38 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Acoustics to Zines. Aviation to Circus Arts.

Great events and self-initiated opportunities this week to support an interest in aviation! Tour the cockpits of historic airplanes, learn about the history of women in aviation, support lessons in math with the art of making paper airplanes and the physics of their flight, and enjoy family music to lead younger kids to even higher levels of the atmosphere… and beyond!

Maple sugaring to ‘zine making. Rock carving to Celtic music. Pi to physics of sound. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured community highlights this week: On  Sunday March 13, 2pm, the Motion Man will be doing what he does best, lifting spirits through physical performance, at the Chesterfield Community Center, and all are welcome. In his performances, the Motion Man uses physical comedy, magic, miming and illusion to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring your family and friends, and enjoy some laughs. The Motion Man may inspire children to learn any one of the many techniques he uses (magic, mime, illusion) and more generally will show them how to blend art forms into something original and captivating. Any questions? Please email Kristen: chesterfieldcoanews@gmail.com. 400 Main Rd. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)


Maple SugaringLiving HistoryCulinary ArtsPerformance ArtCircus Arts ♦ Musicals  ♦ AviationWomen’s History  ♦ FolkloreGrandparentsPhotographyGraphic Novels  ♦ DancingCommunity MealSingingCeltic HarpSTEMCodingAcousticsLimnology ♦ OrnithologyIrish CulturePolish Culture


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Maple Sugaring

How sweet the end of winter is here in western Massachusetts – and not just because the snow is beginning to melt! Warmer temperatures signal the start of sap flow in sugar maples, whose frozen and sleepy roots and limbs come alive when the landscape begins to thaw. Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. Additionally, maple sugaring brings opportunities for families to engage in intergenerational community-based learning through visits to farms, community meals, living history, and experiential hands-on activities. Read more in our post, Maple Sugar Season: A Sweet Point of Entry to Community Engagement… and Learning!

LIVING HISTORY
Saturday, March 12, 9:30am-4pm
Sunday, March 13, 9:30am-4pm
Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. The production of maple syrup is historically important in part because it is one of few North American agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import. The sugar season is weather dependent since the sap needs to thaw in order for it to be harvested. Sugaring, therefore, is not only a historic tradition and a still thriving part of industry; sugar harvesting signals that Spring is near! Come to Old Sturbridge Village on a Maple Day in March to witness maple harvesting techniques, including Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets, and contemporary tubing. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

FOOD HISTORY/MAPLE SUGAR HARVESTING
Saturday, March 12, 11am-2pm
Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. The production of maple syrup is historically important in part because it is one of few North American agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import. The sugar season is weather dependent since the sap needs to thaw in order for it to be harvested. Sugaring, therefore, is not only a historic tradition and a still thriving part of industry; sugar harvesting signals that Spring is near! At Williams College’s Maplefest, you will be able to try your hand at tapping a tree and gathering a sap. You will witness every step in the sugaring process right down to bottling the final product. The event is free to the public and appropriate for people of all ages; it will be held regardless of the weather.Transportation will be provided from Chapin Hall on the hour. Office of communications: 413-597-4277. Hopkins Forest, (at the junction of Bulkley Street and Northwest Hill Road in Williamstown). Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

CULINARY ARTS/LIVING HISTORY
Sunday, March 13, 11am-3pm
At Storrowton Village Museum’s annual Maple Harvest Day you will learn about the historic tradition of maple sugaring through tree taping and sap boiling demonstrations. Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. The sugar season is weather dependent since the sap needs to thaw in order for it to be harvested. Sugaring, therefore, is not only a historic tradition and a still thriving part of industry; sugar harvesting signals that Spring is near! Celebrate the soon-to-come warmer weather with your fellow community members at the Gilbert Farmstead home while also enjoying open hearth cooking demonstrations. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA (<$-$)

Performing Arts

SHADOW PUPPETRY
Saturday, March 12, 10:30am
Shadow puppetry may seem like a simple activity, but it’s actually rather impressive and a great activity to teach to children. Successfully turning your hand’s shadow into a dog or a duck requires visuospatial reasoning and dexterity. The Toe Jam Puppet Band have been performing musical shows with shadow puppetry since 2000. They will be performing at the Jones Library for children aged 4-10 and their families. Come ready to sing and dance. The Toe Jam Puppet Band shows are hands on and highly interactive. Woodbury Room Jones Library. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Watch the Toe Jam Puppet Band perform its hit, “Go Ape in Outer Space!”

CIRCUS ARTS
Sunday March 13, 2pm
The Motion Man will be doing what he does best, lifting spirits through physical performance, at the Chesterfield Community Center ,and all are welcome. In his performances, the Motion Man uses physical comedy, magic, miming and illusion to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring your family and friends, and enjoy some laughs. The Motion Man may inspire children to learn any one of the many techniques he uses (magic, mime, illusion) and more generally will show them how to blend art forms into something original and captivating. Any questions? Please email Kristen: chesterfieldcoanews@gmail.com. 400 Main Rd. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

MUSICAL THEATER/CHILDREN’S THEATER
Saturday, March 12, 8:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 3pm
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation Film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Featuring all new songs, Shrek The Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Shrek is an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got yourself a hilariously entertaining show sure to delight audiences of all ages. Ultimately, through adventure and humor, Shrek The Musical teaches us that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. The show is presented by J-ART and performances will be held in the Herbert M. Goldstein Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

MUSICAL THEATER/ORIGINAL
Friday, March 18, 7pm
Have you ever read a book or watched a movie set in a town you know well? It can be interesting to bring your own knowledge of a place to a work of art, and enlightening to have see the town from a new perspective. West Side of The Bridge is an original play based partly on Grease and West Side Story but set in Amherst and Northampton. This uplifting story of a rivalry between “The Hurricanes” and “The Devils” will provide a new take on your community and on traditional musicals. Students of Whole Children, an inclusive community center, will perform this musical for the public at Smith College. Purchase your tickets at the Whole Children website before they sell out! Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre.122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Find out about theater performances taking place across the region on our
Theater Bulletin Board!

Aviation

HISTORICAL AIRCRAFT/HANDS-ON
Saturday, March 12, 10am-4pm
What is it like to sit in the cockpit of a “Huey” helicopter, a Starfighter, or a Super Sabre jet? Find out at Open Cockpit day at the New England Air Museum! Visitors will be invited into three large hangars to view and explore a variety of aircraft. Aviation pioneer Howard Bunce will be at the museum from 11am-3pm to talk to visitors and share his adventures. At the age of 17, Bunce built his own airplane. What an inspiring person with whom to converse! There will also be a hands-on build and fly challenge, remote controlled plane demos, and flight simulators. 860-623-3305. Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT. ($; FREE for children 3 and under)

WOMEN’S HISTORY/CREATIVE-FREE PLAY
Friday, March 18, 3:30-4:30pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Forbes Library as we discuss the impact of Amelia Earhart! In addition to being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart left her mark on history by writing two books about her experience. Her journal entries have also been collected and published. As we learn about her legacy we will make paper airplanes and other crafts. This event can launch a discussion with kids about historical and current figures who have defied gender roles. It can also open up conversations about careers. Meet in the community room. 413-587-1010. 20 West St. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

PAPER AIRPLANES
Paper airplane are a time honored engineering activity for kids.  Make up your own or try some of these designs to start.  Add some math by measuring which design flies the farthest.

ATMOSPHERE/UNIVERSE
Do you have younger kids interested in flying or anything related to the heavens above? Suzanne Jamieson Selmo celebrates the SKY and everything in it in this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. She takes us through a whole day, from waking up with the sun to going to bed with the stars and the moon…and lots of fun stuff in between. She threads through poetry, history, and science into the hour and showcases a variety of music… from old classics to modern pop, jazz standards to popular children’s music. It’s a celebration of the sky with great tunes! Listen to podcast:

Early Literacy

EARLY LITERACY
Monday, March 14, 5:30pm-7pm
There are tons of ways to get your young child comfortable with reading and ultimately help them grow to love books. Creating safe, encouraging spaces where they can learn to read and providing them with books to choose from are two good steps. This four part (March 14, 21, 28, April 4) parent-child reading workshop at Pelham Elementary School will give you many more tips and activities, as well as a book to take home each week! Please bring your child with you for this night of talking, playing, singing and sharing books. This workshop is for parents of children from birth to age five. This Collaborative For Educational Services program is part of a larger series, “The Puzzle of Parenting.” Look out for similar events in the future. 413-586-4900-Option 3. 45 Amherst Rd. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

FOLKLORE/CREATIVE-FREE PLATY
Thursday, March 17, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Leprechauns are an enduring creature from Irish folklore, still frequently appearing in children’s literature. They may appeal to children because of their mischievous, sneaky behavior. Come to the Meekins Library with your children three years old and up, to hear leprechaun tales. You can also make a dancing leprechaun puppet for your child. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

INTERGENERATIONAL/STORYTIME
Friday, March 18, 10:30am
Grandparents and great-grandparents are the story keepers of our families. They’re the ones who can share with us the magical memories of our parents before we knew them, when they were our age or younger. They can provide a different perspective than parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and tell us about family history and history in general. We will be celebrating grandparents at the Gaylord Memorial Library with a story time and craft workshop. Grandparents are welcome to come with their grandkids, or all three generations could visit the library together. We will be reading Todd Parr’s The Grandpa Book. 413-538-5047. 47 College St, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Photography

CAMERA SKILLS
Saturday, March 12, 10:30am-12:30am
More people own cameras now than ever before. Social media paired with the pervasiveness of cameras has changed the way our culture preserves memories and interacts with them. But if you want to take high quality photographs, a camera phone will not suffice. Photographer Shawn Davis will be running a workshop at the Monson Free Lobrary. He will teach visitors how to navigate their cameras’ many settings, and move beyond auto mode. Participants will discuss the creative decision making involved in photography, as well as the more objective concepts of exposure, iso, shutter speed, aperture and white balance. With his help, you can capture your memories and beautiful images in a more informed way. The library will be closed for re-carpeting during this time but programming will still occur in the available space. 413-267-3866. 2 High St, Monson, MA. (FREE)

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY/NATURE
Sunday, March 13, 2pm-3pm
Have you been thinking about improving your photography skills? Before you run out and buy an expensive camera, see what you can do with what you already have. Bring your smartphone and a seasoned photographer will show you the best settings, techniques, and apps to capture Bartholomew’s Cobble’s rocky terrain. Photography can be a great metaphor for attitude and personality. Two people can capture the same image with a completely different focus, even creating different moods from the same scene. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA. ($)

Visual Arts

GRAPHIC NOVELS/AUTHOR TALK
Saturday, March 12, 1pm
Gareth Hinds is part of a growing movement of authors reenvisioning classic texts in graphic novel format. His illustrated versions of The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth are not only entertaining; they provide young readers with an important resource for helping them understand these often required reading books. Gareth Hinds also entertains and educates through his historical graphic novels. During this talk at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art he will discuss his career and give a drawing demonstration. He will also show illustrations from his latest work,Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (written by Pamela S. Turner) and sign copies. This talk is free with the regular cost of museum admission. Recommended for ages 12 and up. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. ($)

PICTURE BOOK ART
Sunday, March 13, 2pm
Looking at the artwork of Leonard Weisgard takes you on a journey through the history of children’s books from the forties all the way to the eighties. And yet, among changing narrative and artistic trends, Weisgard maintained a distinct illustration style which enchanted children across generations. He is best known for his collaborations with author Margaret Wise Brown. At this gallery talk at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, curator Leonard S. Marcus will discuss the influence of cubism and modern design on Weisgard’s illustrations. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

ZINE MAKING
Tuesday, March 15, 6pm
You don’t need a publisher to get your stories, poems, or drawings out to be the public. If you want to share your work with the community, you can always make a zine. Zines are small magazines, made inexpensively and often distributed for free. Since zines don’t usually travel far in their distribution, zine collections can give you an idea about the culture of your community and connect you with local writers. Zine making is also a great way to collaborate with other artists. Come to the Sunderland Public Library and learn how to make your own zine. (If you want to check out a zine collection, visit the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. The Flywheel houses a library of non-circulating zines, some of which date back more than a decade!). Ages 11 – 18. Please register by calling 413-665 2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

WIRE SCULPTURE DRAWING
Thursday, March 17, 3pm-5pm
How would you define the word “drawing?” You might feel inclined to say that a drawing is a form of artwork typically done with pen or pencil on paper. Does a drawing, by definition, have to be one dimensional? Since wire is relatively thin and often one solid color, wire sculptures can be made to look like drawings, particularly when placed in front of a white backdrop. Come to The Clark Art Institute’s Makerspace to make your own wire sculpture! This event is recommended to 4th through 8th graders. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with the price of museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA. ($. Children under 18 FREE)

Discover visual art exhibits happening across the region on our
Visual Art Bulletin Board!

Movement

5K RUN AND HEALTH FAIR
Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to eat better foods or exercise more? Beyond eating and exercise, there is one often overlooked component of mental and physical health: community. Who we eat with has a huge impact on what we choose to eat, as does our relationship to where our food comes from. Get together with your health conscious neighbors at this health fair in Look Park. At 11:00 am we will kick off the Western Area Massachusetts Dietetic Association 5K run/walk. Cheer on the runners and support their efforts to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 300 N Main St. Florence, MA. (DONATION)

FAMILY DANCE PARTY
Saturday, March 12, 10am-12pm
Dancing is one of the most fun forms of exercise imaginable. It requires listening, movement, and creative improvisation while at the same time being a social activity that connects friends and family to each other and to music. You and your children are invited to the 5th Annual Family Dance Party to take place at the Jackson Street School. In addition to music and dancing there will be games, relaxing spaces to just socialize, face painting and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit the Nonotuck Community School. 120 Jackson St. 413-586-5996. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

INTERGENERATIONAL DANCING/FREE PLAY
Friday, March 18, 10am-11am
Young children and their caregivers can dance their worries away at the while socializing with local families. There will be opportunities for kids to play creatively, as well as a more structured “Circle Time” with songs, finger movements and a story. Your child will be practicing fine motor skills, in a relaxed environment with positive feedback. Hosted by Child Care of the Berkshires. 40 Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Community Meal

MAPLE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
Saturday, March 12, 8am-11:30am
Can you name a North American agricultural practice which did not originate from Europe? The process of maple sugaring is one of the few. Celebrate New England history and the upcoming Spring season at the Buckland Public Library with a community pancake breakfast! Enjoy locally sourced syrup and meet maple sugar harvesters. Alan Young will be selling his handcrafted wooden spoons. Purington Maple and Tree Farm will be selling their maple syrup. At this intergenerational event you can meet your neighbors and discuss your seasonal traditions in anticipation of Spring. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper St, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

POTLUCK SUPPER
Saturday, March 12, 5pm
The mission of the Amherst Community Co Op is to create a cooperatively owned and operated grocery store stocked with locally sourced food. This organization hopes to begin planning for their build in June of this year. You can get involved in these exciting, early stages and help guide the direction of the store. Find out more about the co op including how to get involved at this pot luck supper. Meet other community members interested in locally sourced foods, and share your recipes at the Shutesbury Athletic Club. 282 Wendell Rd, Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Music Studies

SINGING
Saturday, March 12, 10am-11am
Come to the first meeting of singing classes at the Easthampton Public Library and write songs with friends and neighbors. Practice makes perfect, but first you need to know how to practice without putting unnecessary strain on your vocal chords. Singers can come trade tips on healthy vocal technique while improvising and composing songs together. Join now, and help build upon the vision of this new group. Maybe you will meet your next band mate! 9 Park St. Easthampton MA. (FREE)

LIVE MUSIC: CELTIC HARPIST
Saturday, March 12, 12pm-2pm
The Celtic harp requires considerable hours of practice to play well. Harps have a long lasting resonance, therefore many songs require players not only to pluck the strings but to quickly dampen the strings they don’t want resonating. Come to River Valley Co Op and see this technique in action as Jesse Doane plays her Celtic harp. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, this event could instill a new interest in traditional Irish music. 330 N King St. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Enjoy a short piece of Celtic harp music and watch how the harpist’s fingers move across the instrument!

STEM

EARLY CHILDHOOD STEM
Saturday, March 12, 3pm-4pm
Your child could be one of the first to play with the Westfield Athenaeum STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) kits for kids! The tools in these kits can help your child explore concepts of physics and chemistry while also playing creatively with other children. These kits are also great for kids in need of sensory outlets or sensory integration. Children will be able to play with a marble run track, bubble center, sensory tubes, fold-a-prism, and texture blocks. For children aged 3 to 6. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

MATH
Saturday, March 12, 6:30pm
How many digits of pi can you recite? Celebrate upcoming Pi Day with mathematical discussions…and pie! In early American cuisine, sweet and savory pies were an integral part of diet year-round. Pilgrims brought to America their practice of pie making and developed recipes with newly available ingredients. Robert Cox, head of special collections and archives at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and author of New England Pie: History Under A Crust can tell you a great deal more about pie during this free presentation at the Northfield Public Library. 413-498-2455. 115 Main St. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

What does pi look like? It’s not as simple as 3.14159… Take a look at these beautiful mathematical representations of it!

CODING
Wednesday, March 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm
There has never been a better or easier time to learn computer programming. Free websites like Scratch use simple language to show you the basic logic of coding. At the same time, you can use the site to learn actual programming symbols and apply them to your own independent project. Whether you are new to scratch or you’ve used it extensively, you’re invited to join fellow programmers at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center to make your own virtual pet. If you’re already experienced in Scratch, you can learn more sophisticated behaviors for your pet. Ages 7 and up. 100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

PHYSICS/ACOUSTICS
Friday, March 18, 3:30-4:30pm
Can you really shatter a glass with your voice? It’s highly unlikely, but possible, and the reason why it’s possible has to do with the physics of sound. A wine glass, for example, has a resonant frequency. That frequency corresponds with the pitch you hear if you clink the glass. If a singer were able to hit that exact frequency with enough force, and if the glass already had some imperfections such as a tiny crack, the glass could break. Kids ages nine and up can come to the West Springfield Public Library with their own investigative questions and learn all about the science of sound. 413-736-4561 x4. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Watch as scientists at MIT shatter a glass using sound waves.

PHYSICS/GUITAR
Throughout history, the many different media that humans have used in order to channel their creativity has expanded – whether as a result of changes in technology, shifting culture, or the availability of different and materials, the ways in which we convey and share our creativity constantly evolving.  Check out this video to help understand the physics of the rock guitar, as illustrated by physicist Mark Lewney:

Nature-Based Learning

ROCK CARVING/INTERGENERATIONAL
Wednesday, March 16, 4pm-6pm
Learn how to carve a river rock at the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Carve an image, your name, or a special word. Do you like to canoe? How far have you traveled on a river? After rock carving participants will look at the journal and sketch book from the 1875 Source to Sea canoe journey of T.H. Pattison. At 5:30 we will discuss current issues regarding the Connecticut River. Learn about the past and present of river culture and stay up to date on the relicensing effort of five hydroelectric facilities on the Connecticut River. A great introduction to limnology, the study of the biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other bodies of fresh water. 413-772-2020. All ages welcome. 15 Bank Row. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

ORNITHOLOGY: SNOWY OWLS
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm-8pm
In their migration, snowy owls are attracted to coastal dunes and prairies. Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph followed the snowy owl across beaches in Salisbury, Hampton, and Plum Island for fourteen days during the winter. He will be presenting his photographs at the Westfield Athenaeum. Come with questions. Why did he decide to follow the snowy owl? How did he know where to look and how easy was it to find and photograph the snowy owl? Lang Auditorium. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

ORNITHOLOGY: BALD EAGLES
Wednesday, March 16, 7pm-8:30pm
The bald eagle is a species restoration success story. Bald eagles are beginning to breed in healthy amounts. Barton Cove at Northfield Mountain is one example of an area with eagle nests. Come to the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environment Center to hear author, photographer and nature enthusiast William Dean talk about the eagles of Barton Cove. His presentation will include photos, videos and stories as well as information about regional nests. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Cultural Studies

IRISH HISTORY AND CULTURAL CELEBRATION
Saturday, March 12, 9:30am-4pm; Sunday, March 13, 9:30am-4pm
Irish step-dancing combines the quick foot movements of step dancing with a stiff upper body and traditional costumes. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at Old Sturbridge Village and you will see this traditional Irish dance for yourself. You will also hear Irish music and learn the difference between a jig and reels. Historians will discuss early 19th century Irish immigration and Irish American culture. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

IRISH MUSIC
Sunday, March 13, 3:30pm
Beyond the obvious examples of U2, The Dropkick Murphys, and Sinead O’Connor, other Irish musicians have reached immense fame in America. Did you know that Van Morrison, as well as the members of The Cranberries, Snow Patrol, and Enya are Irish musicians? Irish and American music have similarities, leading to fans of each culture in both locations. And many residents of Massachusetts are of Irish origin. You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with Irish influenced music at Ventford Hall. “Rocks and Water” will perform their original music, influenced by Irish, folk, and bluegrass sounds. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($$)

POLISH HERITAGE
Saturday, March 12, 1pm-4pm
Drop in at the Westfield Athenaeum for a celebration of Polish culture with accordion music, a children’s dance troupe, a raffle, refreshments, and a film. At 1pm Father Joe Soltysiak of St. Joseph’s Church will kick off the afternoon and soon after, Stas Radosz, of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning will deliver the keynote address. Check out the athenaeum’s art gallery’s exhibit of Wycinanki. Wycinanki is a Slavic form of papercut art which most likely originated in Ukraine. Polish visitors can exchange memories and traditions with their neighbors, while those not of Polish origin can learn a great deal about Polish culture. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm St. Westfield, MA. (FREE)

Parenting

PARENTS’ ART WORKSHOP
Sunday, March 13, 12:30-3:30pm
Children make art constantly, but parents can greatly benefit from the same stress-relieving art activities. In this workshop, Kidspace artist Jesse Fleming will teach arts-based activities which promote empathy among all ages. Join your neighbors and engage in the kinds of fun, group activities kids do at school or daycare. Childcare and lunch are provided. RSVP by March 11 to Amanda Tobin at atobin@massmoca.org or 413.664.4481 x8165. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

BABY AND ME GROUP
Monday March 14, 11am-12pm
Meet local parents at The Family Center to relax and share experiences. It can be hard to meet other parents before your child enters a daycare or school program. Even after they do, it is always good to expand your network of local parents. This is a casual event for any and all parents with children ages infants to walking. Drop by whenever you can during the hour. Transportation is available. Please call 413-663-6593 to set up child care. Haskins Community Center. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Tuesday, March 15, 6pm-7:30pm
Managing emotions and communicating effectively are lifelong skills we use every day. All young children struggle with regulating their emotions. Children feel frustrated with their lack of freedom and their limited (yet constantly growing!) abilities. In this workshop series, Certified Holistic Health Counselor Sarah Patton will provide strategies to help parents help their children. This is the first of six workshops taking place atErving Elementary School on in March and April: on March, 15, 22, 29, April, 5,12,26. This class promises to instill greater competence and confidence in your children and help them follow directions more effectively. These are complex issues and there is no magic solution.Unlike one-time parenting events, in this workshop you can test new strategies, provide feedback, and ask questions over the course of several weeks. 28 Northfield Rd. Erving, MA. (FREE)

PARENTING SERIES: FINANCIAL LITERACY
Friday, March 18, 10am-12pm
As part of the Hilltown Community Health Center’s series on Positive Parenting, caregivers can attend this free financial literacy workshop. Meet at the Hilltown Family Center for a positive, non-judgmental discussion of family financial planning. Learn tips on smart investments and planning for your family’s future. Childcare will be provided. For more information or to register, please contact Susan LeBarron at 667-2203 or slebarron@hchcweb.org. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

[Photo credit: (ccl) Gianluca Micheletti]


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