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REDCOATS AND REBELS: Old Sturbridge Village transforms itself into a Revolutionary War-era military encampment Saturday and Sunday, offering families a chance to learn about the soldiering life in the 18th century. Re-enactment groups representing both the British and American armies will offer mock battles and canon firing, perform fife and drum music and show off their camp sites. Visitors will see 18th-century dances, baseball games and other elements of Colonial life. The Village is offering free admission to children throughout August; adult admission is $24. For more information, visit http://www.osv.org/event/redcoats-rebels
THE BIG LATCH ON: The Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital celebrates World Breastfeeding Week with a “Big Latch On” event Friday at 10:30 a.m.
At this time across the country, thousands of nursing women and their babies will take part in similar events at other locations. Breastfeeding mothers and their babies are invited to nurse together at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in the upper atrium hallway, outside of the Childbirth Center. Participants may arrive beginning at 10. Refreshments will be available.
GARDENS, GREAT AND SMALL: More than 1,000 homesteaders, gardeners, farmers, environmental activitists and food lovers are expected for the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 39th annual conference Aug. 9 to 11 at the University of Massachusetts. The event includes hundreds of workshops on myriad topics — like growing tomatoes, harvesting rainwater, starting a school garden, using draft horses, and, of course, backyard chickens. Plus there are speakers, a country fair, farmers market, children’s programs, music and dance. Details: http://www.nofasummerconference.org/
TEEN DRIVERS: Driving-Tests.org has released a new safe driving contract for parents and teen drivers, aimed at preventing traffic fatalities.
Summer is most dangerous for teen drivers, the organization notes: That’s when there are the most teens behind the wheel, and that’s also the time of year with the highest number of traffic fatalities. To download a copy of the contract, go to http://driving-tests.org/parent-driver-contract-color.pdf
ZUCCHINI BONANZA: Zucchini decorating, anyone? Even if you’ve had it with stuffed zucchini, sauteed zucchini and zucchini bread, there will be more to try Aug. 10, at the 10th annual Zucchini Festival in West Stockbridge ... such as a zucchini catapult, zucchini weigh-in, zucchini costume contest, a bake-off, a pet show and parade. It’s held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine. http://www.weststockbridgetown.com/ZFest2013PressRelease.html
PUPPETS, TIMES TWO: CactusHead Puppets perform Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Call ahead for tickets: 413-658-1126. Later in the day, the Mettawee River Theater Company perform a free, outdoor show, “Taliesin,” based on an ancient Welsh myth, at 8 p.m. Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls.
CUMMINGTON FAIR: The Hilltowns celebrate rural living at the 145th annual Cummington Fair, to be held Aug. 22 to 25 at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Attractions include demolition derby, lumberjack contest, antique tractor parade, pumpkin contest, a square dance, Marvelous Mutts canine show, craft displays, Johnny Cash tribute band, livestock exhibits — plus fair rides, food. Details: http://www.cummingtonfair.com/
— NICOLE CUSANO