Recess: What to do the week of June 21

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"Nature at Naumkeag," a nature-based family playgroup, will host two more meetings, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Wednesday and next Wednesday, June 29, at the estate and gardens located at 5 Prospect Hill Road in Stockbridge, in partnership with Community Health Programs. Bring water, sturdy shoes and dress appropriately. The program is free but registration is recommended: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

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Sheryl White of Baby Kneads, a New England-based early childhood communication and development program, will lead two introductory sessions — from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., this Thursday, and on Thursday, June 30, at the Mason Library — for parents and caregivers interested in teaching infants and pre-verbal toddlers American sign language (ASL). The library is located at 241 Main St. in Great Barrington, and the sessions are free and open to families, as sponsored by South Berkshire Kids. The sessions will allow attendees to review research and benefits of ASL, learn and practice several signs, and learn how to teach ASL to a child. Info: 413-528-2403, ext. 4, or 413-464-5095.

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"Paddle the Housatonic," with guided canoe trips being offered from 9 to 11 a.m., and from 1 to 3 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, at Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield (Ashley Falls section). Paddles, life preservers and boats are provided. General admission is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 9 to 16; discounts for Trustees of Reservations members. Info: 413-298-3239, ext. 3013 or cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org.

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The Family Fun Fest returns to Tanglewood from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, as part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program. There will also be a scavenger hunt, Instrument Playground, craft-making, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, local cultural institutions and more. The event is free, but registration is recommended: 617-638-9390 or www.tanglewood.org/familyfunfest.

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Spots are still available in The Berkshire Family YMCA's "Bright Futures: Summer Literacy Program," for students entering grades 2-5 needing reading development support in a summer camp atmosphere. The program will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 5 through Aug. 26, for $25 per week. Info: 413-499-7650, ext. 233 or jlevesque@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.


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