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June 2008 Listings

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Stagecoach rides now available at Old Sturbridge Village!
Ongoing-Springfield, SeniorNet. Computer Club meets the first and third Friday of each month at Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Ave., Springfield, at 9 a.m. Discuss computing, hardware/software, Internet or just ask questions. All are welcome, no membership is required. Ongoing, National Yiddish Book Center presents schoolroom exhibit. The National Yiddish Book Center located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will display a new exhibit about the traditional Jewish schools of Eastern European, "In the beginning was the kheyder." The exhibit will run through August and features text, literature, images, and music. Many modern Yiddish writers acquired their literary language, rich in moral teaching and symbolism, in kheyder. Special features of the exhibit are original Yiddish primers from the Book Center's collection, ranging from turn-of-the-century America to the 1980s. For more info call 256-4900, email or visit Through Sept., Riverboat Cruises Aboard The Lady Bea. Daily cruises at Brunelle's Marina and Dockside Restaurant, South Hadley. Info. 315-6342. June 1-Sept. 28, Lunchtime Concerts and Farmer's Markets. Every Friday: market 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; lunchtime concert, noon-1:30 p.m., Tower Square Park, Springfield. Info: 781-1591, X14. June 5-6, Tag and Craft Sale. The Springfield Hobby Club will hold a tag/craft sale on June 5 and 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. (lower Franklin next to the YMCA). In addition to craft tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members tables. The Thrift Shop will hold a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours. June 7-8, Heirloom's West Springfield Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival, Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds, West Springfield, June 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and June 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 413-265-5115 or June 9-10, Southwick Motocross 338 National Championship Motocross Races. Southwick Motocross, Southwick. Info: 569-6801. June 14-17, Taste of Amherst. Food sampling, live entertainment, games. Town Common, Amherst. Info: 253-0700. June 14-15, Military Gun and Knife Show, Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds, West Springfield, June 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and June 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 413-265-5115 or June 14-15 N.E. Water Garden and Ornamental Fish Show "08," Mallary North building at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds, West Springfield, June 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and June 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 413-265-5115 or June 15, 30th Annual Fathers' Day Road Race. Beginning at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. this flat, wheeled 10-kilometer course runs through Springfield and Longmeadow and is sanctioned by T.A.C. Get your entry form at the JCC. The road race is sponsored by F.L. Roberts & Co., Millennium Press, Fred's Shoes, Red Stone Promotions, A.O. White, and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. For additional info contact Michael at 739-471 or June 15-17, Baseball Card and Collectible Show. Cards, memorabilia and collectibles, Eastfield Mall, Springfield. Info: 543-8000. June 18, Author Augusten Burroughs reads from his memoir "A Wolf At The Table," at 7:30 p.m. at Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, Route 116, South Hadley. Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and services of 88.5FM/WFCR, NPR News and Music for Western New England and its AM broadcast service 640AM/WNNZ. During his appearance, Burroughs will read excerpts from "A Wolf At The Table," speak about the book, field audience questions, and sign copies of the book and the audio, which he narrates. Book in hardcover and audio will be available for sale at the event. Producers Circle ticketholders can meet the author at a pre-event reception in the New York Room at Chapin Auditorium. Tickets (general admission) priced $30-$70 with a specially-priced copy of "A Wolf At The Table" and $10-$50 without the book, available at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Box office, by phone: 545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS or online at Producer's Circle tickets include premium seatings and a pre-event reception. June 28, Western Massachusetts Highland Games and Celtic Festival. Scottish games and activities; music and food. Greenfield; 586-9182; June 23-24, Old Deerfield Summer Craft Fair. One of the 25 best craft fairs in America, Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield. Info: 774-7476, X6. June 26, Lecture and Slide Show on King Phillips War. Local author Michael Tougias will give a lecture and slide presentation on the 1675-1676 war between the Colonists and Native Americans at the Pine Point Branch Library, 240 Boston Road, Springfield, June 26 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; no registration is necessary and copies of Tougias' books "Until I Have No Country: A Novel of King Phillip's War" and "King Phillip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict" will be available for purchase and signing. Tougias' other books include the national bestseller "Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea" as well as "River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River From Source to Sea" and the award-winning "There's a Porcupine In My Outhouse!" to learn more about this and other library events, visit Tougias' Web site is June 27-July 4, Boston Harborfest. Festival celebrating the maritime history of Boston; fireworks and concerts; Chowderfest; historical reenactments. Boston; 617-277-1528; Handicapped accessible. Free. July 4, Boston Pops "Pops" Goes the 4th! Concert and Fireworks. Join conductor Keith Lockhart and special guests; annual outdoor concert and fireworks. Hatch Memorial Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston; 617-266-1492; Handicapped accessible. Free July 7-8, Berkshires Arts Festival. More than 200 artists; live demonstrations, music and gourmet food. Great Barrington; 298-0175; Handicapped accessible. July 21, Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival. Celebrate Scottish/Celtic heritage, customs, and culture; live entertainment; athletic contests; bag-pipe competitions. Northampton; 848-2816; Handicapped accessible. Free.