Suggested Events for April 16th-22nd, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Hilltown Families Event

Stop by Hilltown Families first ever Pop-Up Open House taking place during the Amherst Sustainability Festival this Saturday, April 16 from 10am-4pm. Come meet some of our board members, staff and volunteers and learn about the work of Hilltown Families and how you can get involved. Look for our tent on the Amherst Town Common while perusing all of the family fun activities this annual sustainability festival has to offer.

Summer Camps in Western MA

60 summer camps & programs, in and around western MA, to choose from with new camps added every week!

Check out our featured post, 2016 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region! Summer opportunities featured range from music, arts & crafts, wilderness adventures, dance, performance art, farming, rock climbing, STEM, pre-college, sports, theater… to good old traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Apr 22

Celebrate Earth Day with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem to benefit Kestrel Land Trust! Friday, April 22 at 8pm, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton. The New England based folk quartet’s music and style will leave you humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. For 15 years, they’ve performed across the country from the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival. All proceeds will benefit Kestrel’s work to conserve and care for the land you love throughout the Pioneer Valley. Tickets $25, available online http://bit.ly/23Hktul or at Broadside Bookstore in Northampton or A.J. Hastings in Amherst. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Visit kestreltrust.org for more details!

Open House: Apr 30

Considering preschool or kindergarten options? Explore Montessori! Amherst Montessori School will host a Preschool & Kindergarten Open House on Saturday, April 30 at 10am. Tour their beautiful new building and playground, meet teachers and administrators, and learn about the benefits of the mixed-age, child-centered Montessori learning environment. Register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Apr Vac Week

The New England Air Museum will hold family fun school vacation week programs from April 9-24. Explore three giant hangars filled with over 80 aircraft and experience the wonders of flight. A variety of activities will be offered daily including hands-on build and fly challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft scavenger hunts, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open daily between 11am-3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and suitable for ages 10 and up. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT. For more info call 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

Apr Vac Week

Enjoy April vacation week at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA! Create boats, airplanes, and cars using found materials in The Art Studio. Celebrate National Poetry Month with author/illustrator Micha Archer as she shares her recent book, Daniel Finds a Poem, and see CactusHead Puppets bring the classic tale The Bremen Town Musicians to life on stage! Next up, find Eric Carle’s hidden messages in our new exhibition The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek. Cap off this fun-filled week of activities, storytimes, films and special guests with author/illustrator Steve Light whose new book, Swap, is a clever tale of friendship and ingenuity. The Museum is open Monday, April 18 for Patriots’ Day. www.carlemuseum.org 413-559-6300.

Apr Vac Week

Earth Day, April School Vacation at Springfield Museums: April 17-22. Spring has sprung at the Springfield Museums! There’s a variety of family-friendly events and activities happening all month long, starting with the 25th annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 17 from 11am-4pm, with music, environmental displays, and live animal demonstrations. The fun continues Monday April 18 through Friday April 22 (10am-5pm each day) with the “Claws, Paws, Scales, and Tales” programs, featuring tons of hands-on activities and family shows like Jungle Jim’s Jedi Knight Training, plus the ongoing exhibit, Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs. For more information, visit springfieldmuseums.org.

Journey Camp at Woolman Hill, Deerfield and at Open View Farm, Conway this summer! The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music, and crafts. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Session One, boys & girls ages 7-12, June 27-July 1, 8:45-4, Deerfield; Hilltown Session, boys and girls ages 7-12, July 11-15,8:45-4pm, Conway; Moonseed Teen Leadership for Girls, ages 11-18, July 25-July 28, two overnights & campfires, Deerfield; Girls Week, ages 7-12, Aug. 1-5 & Aug. 8-12, 8:45-4, Deerfield. www.sarahpirtle.com Contact: 413-588-6399, marsha.journey@gmail.com.

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April 16-22, 2016

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ongoing Saturday Events

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. 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 to choose from over 9 years!

Saturday, April 16, all day
LIVING HISTORY/NATURE STUDIES
School vacation weeks are the perfect time for your children to delve deeper into subjects that interest them personally. There are many events for junior history buffs and nature lovers at Old Sturbridge Village between April 18th and April 22nd. For children ages six through fourteen who want to explore the trails, there is a two day, non-costumed adventure on April 18th and 19th. Two and five day costumed adventures allow participants opportunities for further exploration and learning about colonial life. Register now on the Old Sturbridge Village website. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$$)

Saturday, April 16, 8:30am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/LOCAL HABITAT
Celebrate Spring by participating in a volunteer, town cleanup event while observing local habitat. Please bring gloves. Participating in your local community is one piece of the puzzle for holistic health. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community, meet people, and boost your self-esteem. Plus you will get exercise and spend time in nature. Coffee, donuts, and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Larger groups wishing to focus on a particular clean-up site should contact Dori at 413-733-3843 or Pam Breglio at 413-731-9249. Participants will meet at Mittineague Park’s Rotary Pavilion. 1695 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, April 16, 9am-2pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
One of the many great things about books is that they’re easy to share. Once you’re done reading a book you can lend it to friends, give it to someone to keep, or sell it. The Westfield Athenaeum will be continuing this cycle of learning with their annual book sale to benefit the library. Buy new books and support the educational programming and other services provided by the Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm St, Westfield, MA. (Various >$-$$)

Saturday, April 16, 9:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL/PLAYGROUP
This month, The Family Center will be bringing people together for a community pancake breakfast. Please bring a dish to share. There will be time for kids to play together. The goal of this event is to bring everyone together to give The Family Center a final spruce up before switching to the park for the warmer months. The Family Center provides a space for children to get together and engage in art activities, stories, songs, and creative free play. 2 Main St. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 9:30am-12:30pm
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP/COMMUNITY SERVICE
Kestrel Land Trust’s “Stew Crew” work as volunteers monitoring one or more of the Land Trust’s conservation properties. These individuals help ensure that their communities can continue to enjoy preserved natural spaces. Current volunteers are invited to this training session to keep their skills sharp. If you are not already involved but are interested in becoming a volunteer, attend this session to learn conservation skills and find out what being a member of the “Stew Crew” entails. Arrive early for coffee, refreshments, and mingling. Registration is required. For more information and to register please call 413-549-1097. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 9:30am-5pm
GEOLOGY/ARCHEOLOGY
Do you have an interesting rock you want to identify? Bring it to the Western Mass Mineral Show where students from the UMass Amherst geology department can help you identify stones. Learn about mineral identification techniques while checking out mineral art and jewelry. Included in this showing will be precious stones, crystals, birthstones, rough gems, fossils and petrified wood. Scouts in uniform get in free. Children will receive a specimen with admission. Attendees of all ages can learn about geology, archaeology, and jewelry making. Hadley Farms Meeting House. 41 Russell St., (Route 9) Hadley, MA. (admission >$. Vendors $ – $$$)

Saturday, April 16, 10am
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/LOCAL HABITAT
Besides birds and frogs, what other harbingers of Spring do you see? The appearance of wildflowers such as bluets, trout lily, trillium and jack in the pulpit signal the start of warmer weather. Celebrate the growth and vibrant life of early Spring with a guided nature walk around Bear Hole Watershed. Participants will meet at the end of Bear Hole Road where there is a parking area. This all ages walk will last about two hours. Rain date is Sunday, April 17th. For more information call 413-788-4125. Bear Hole Road, West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am
WOMEN’S HISTORY/IRISH HISTORY
On Easter morning, 100 years ago,a group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion against the occupying British government in Ireland, in an attempt to establish an Irish Republic. The group of rebels hoped to spur the public into rebellion to overthrow the British, but didn’t attract much public support. Come learn what happened, and the heroic women involved in the uprising. For more information and contact information, see Holyoke Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians website. Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am
HORTICULTURE/AGRICULTURE/HISTORY
Gaylord Memorial Library’s “seedy social” will be an open discussion on a wide array of topics including indoor and outdoor growing, and soil testing. In addition to swapping gardening tips, attendees will also explore the topic of farming from a historical standpoint as they discuss the history of German prisoners of war who worked on farms. These German POWs were utilized to ease a farm labor shortage. They were also placed on farms for security purposes, in order to separate them from urban areas. Come learn about farming from a new vantage point while also gaining knowledge about plant and social sciences. 413-538-5047. 47 College St, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-11:30am
U.S. HISTORY
Visit the Springfield Armory National Historic Site during April school vacation week, and share the experience in an old fashioned way, through a post card! Connect with friends and family by sharing what you learn at your visit. This is a fun opportunity to teach your kids how to craft a thoughtful post card. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Street #2, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-11:30am
ECOLOGY/VERNAL POOLS
Do your children like to observe wildlife in rivers, ponds, or oceans? Teach them about a different kind of aquatic habitat: vernal pools. These temporary accumulations of rain water house a surprising number of creatures including wood frogs, peepers, egg masses, and fairy shrimp. Fairy shrimp are crustaceans which swim upside down and filter food as they swim. Vernal pools are fascinating habitats and due to their temporary nature, you have to see them before they’re gone! Come to Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to see vernal pools and the creatures who inhabit them, and learn about how humans can protect them both. Registration is required. Call 413-584-3009. 793 Main St., Hampden, MA. (<$)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-2pm
FUNDRAISING/ANIMAL STUDIES
Observing animal behavior is a fun way to learn about biology and habitat. You’re invited to “adopt” an animal at The Zoo in Forest Park and get one free admission to the Zoo! The Rainbow Rescue group and the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter will introduce you to lots of furry friends who need support. For $25 a year, you can sponsor an animal and help pay for its care (your adopted pal will remain at the zoo under the care of trained professionals.) Learn about the biological needs of various animals, observe their behaviors and help support one. 413-733-2251. 293 Sumner Ave, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-2pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
One of the many great things about books is that they’re easy to share. Once you’re done reading a book you can lend it to friends, give it to someone to keep, or sell it. The Field Memorial Library will be continuing this cycle of learning with their annual book sale to benefit the library. Buy new books and support the educational programming and other services provided by the library. 413-369-4646. 16 Elm St, Conway, MA. (<$ – $$)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm
HISTORY/ANIMAL STUDIES
The opening up of Hancock Shaker Village to visitors brings many educational opportunities for children and adults. Starting April 16th and running every day, 10am-4pm, through May 8th, you can meet newborn lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks and ducklings in the Round Stone Barn. Learn about the biology of these animals and their significance in the context of farming life. In addition to history and biology, many people who visit Shaker Village are interested in the architecture of the Round Stone Barn, built in 1826 as a cow stable. Through the entire run of this season, animal paintings will also be on display. Hancock Shaker Village has something for everyone: art, history, science, and baby animals! 413-443-0188. 843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA. (Children 12 and under FREE. 13-17 <$. Adult $)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm
SUSTAINABILITY/RENEWABLE ENERGY
Learn sustainable living skills like beekeeping, gardening, and composting, while enjoying live entertainment at the Seventh Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival! Hilltown Families will be represented at the festival, at a pop-up open house! Come to our tent to find out about our resources for connecting community members of all ages to educational events, workshops, and volunteer opportunities, while learning how to get involved! At the festival you can see live animals, jugglers and stilt walking on the common to keep you entertained as well as informed. Bring items for the Recycling Drive. For more information, visit the event website. 413-259-3149. Town Common, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm
LIVING HISTORY/COLONIAL
Any plans for Patriot’s Day Weekend? No? Why not travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard ’round the world” at Historic Deerfield? Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, a re-enacted skirmish, and a parade and muster. Historic Deerfield Guides and Open Hearth Cooks will interpret open hearth cooking and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring. Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade, and take it home as a memento. A “Liberty Quest” will also be available for adventurous visitors. Those who complete the “quest” will receive a prize at the end. This is a great event for adults and kids alike. 413-775-7214. 84B Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-5pm
NEUROSCIENCE/PROGRAMMING
Fascinating scientific innovations are happening today at the intersection of neuroscience, biology, and electronic games. A relatively new game call “Mindball” uses electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback sensors to track players’ Alpha and Theta brain waves. Players focus, mentally, on the act of sending their ball across the table and into their opponent’s goal. Participating in or viewing this game could get people interested in a number of topics. Games such as this one can be created by individuals with an interest in both neuroscience and gaming, or through collaboration with innovators in each relevant field. Come celebrate the Berkshire Museum’s reopening of their Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation by playing a game of mindball! 413-443-7171. 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission. Adult $. 17 and under <$. Three and under FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 10am-5pm
ARCHITECTURE/LOCAL HISTORY
Explore local history from the vantage point of the home, at this tour of Naumkeag, a 19th-century architectural wonder. On this tour, you will see the residence as it would have looked in the Spring when the servants prepared for the return of the Choate family. Experience the architecture, the fountains, gardens and grounds while learning about daily life for the Choates as well as their housekeepers. 413-298-3239 x3008. Stockbirdge, MA. (Member <$. Non member $)

Saturday, April 16, 11am-6pm
COMMUNITY SERVICE/FUNDRAISER
Spend the day bowling at the French King Entertainment Center and help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County! This year, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland, a local artists’ Alice-inspired artwork will be on display at the fundraising event. Call 413-772-0915 to reserve your spot. 55 French King Hwy, Erving, MA. ($-$$)

Saturday, April 16, 11am-1pm
ANGLING/FISHING
Do you know an excellent young angler? Youth 14-years-old and younger can participate in a fishing derby at the West Springfield Upper Reservoir. All town children and Worthington Rod and Gun Club members are eligible to participate. Youth will be able to participate in the following categories: 4 years of age & younger, 5-8 years of age, 9-11 years of age and 12-15 years of age. Participants will compete for Longest Trout caught by a boy and a girl. Fun competition with friends and neighbors is bound to improve your children’s fishing skills. Parents may assist children in baiting the hook, casting the line, untangling the line and netting the fish.413-263-3284. Upper Reservoir, located at the intersection of Amostown Road, Piper Road and Smyrna Street in West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 12pm
CULTURE STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN
According to the National Congress of American Indians, there are more than 550 tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, rancherias, communities and Native villages in the United States today. Tribes can differ in many aspects of their culture including language, customs, and dress. There is a lot to learn about Native American culture, and it’s a good idea to start locally, by connecting with Native American communities where you live. You can do just that by attending a Powwow celebration of Native American culture at UMass Amherst. Listen to drummers and storytellers. Curry Hicks Cage. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 1pm-2pm
NUTRITION/PARENTING
Most store-bought snacks, for adults as well as children, are packed with unnecessary amounts of sugar and salt. But kids aren’t always interested in eating raw vegetables, nuts, or other healthy snacks. Come to the Ramsdell branch of the Great Barrington Libraries to learn new recipes for healthy snacks that kids will get excited about eating, such as cinnamon raisin mochi waffle cake! Bring a lunch to enjoy while you listen. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 2pm
SPORTS HISTORY/BASEBALL
Join Brian Turner, writing instructor at Smith College and baseball history aficionado, for a talk on early 19th century baseball . Turner’s talk will focus on an experiment in progressive education: The Round Hill School for Boys. While this school was only open for 11 years, it left a lasting influence on education, especially physical education. Round Hill became the first school in the nation to introduce a gymnastics ground and physical education program, supervising all manner of physical activities, including sports and games, at a time when few educators regarded child’s play as part of the curriculum. Brian Turner will discuss the sort of ball played at Round Hill. For more information, check out the Northampton Historic Society website. 413-584-6011. Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 2pm
POETRY/STORYTIME
This National Poetry Month, you can develop a love of poetry in your children with this reading of Daniel Finds a Poem by author Micha Archer. The main character, Daniel, develops an interest in poetry through his encounters with various animals at the park. Your children may learn from his example, or otherwise simply enjoy Archer’s storytelling and artwork. Experience poetry and art with other families at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6315. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)

Saturday, April 16, 2:30pm
FILM STUDIES/CULTURAL STUDIES
The 2013 animated film Boy and the World (PG) involves almost no dialogue, but features stunning visuals and an equally superb soundtrack of Brazilian music. Screening this movie at Images Cinema is a good opportunity to experience a foreign film, from Brazil, without the struggle of reading many subtitles. Instead, viewers can focus on the artwork and music. The lack of dialogue makes this already family-friendly film great for children. You can also discuss with your children the themes of environmentalism which are implicit in the story. Parents and kids who enjoy making art will likely feel inspired by the unique animation style employed by the filmmakers. Boy and the World has won over 40 film festival awards. Images Cinema. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (>$)

Saturday, April 16, 4pm
LITERACY/CULTURE STUDIES/AMERICAN POLITICS
In election years, there is often talk of the “Hispanic vote” or the “Latino vote,” although those broad terms refer to millions of people of different nationalities and cultures, who do not necessarily have homogenous political views. Charles R. Venator Santiago has extensively studied both Political Science as well as Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He has undergone research projects on topics such as deportation of Dominicans from the United States. He will be discussing his current manuscript and research project at the Holyoke Public Library, with his talk: “Puerto Ricans’ Territorial American Citizenship: Second Class Citizens?” His talk would appeal to anyone interested in learning about the politics of Puerto Rican life in the United States. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, April 16, 4pm
INTERACTIVE THEATER/COMEDY
Have you ever wanted to try improv comedy? Do you have a child who loves the limelight? You and your family can take your turns in the spotlight, or relax and laugh in the audience at the “Happier Valley Family Comedy Show”. The show will utilize audience participation to create scenes, songs and games. If your child does a great job making people laugh, you can take a great deal of pride in this. Humor is a sign of both intelligence and creativity (and requires a degree of fearlessness to try!) Ages 5-12 and their caregivers. 121 Club. 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA (<$ Kids. $ Adults)

Saturday, April 16, 5pm
ART HISTORY/HOME DECOR
How are trends in domestic style interwoven with wider artistic trends? Curator Charles Sable will discuss trends in American domestic style in the 1940s and 1950s in this talk, “Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era.” This talk is part of a wider series of presentations on the life and times of Mac Conner, meant to draw connections with the art on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Mac Conner grew up in the 1920s and 1930s, admiring the art of Norman Rockwell which appeared on magazine covers at the time. Conner went on to create his own hand-painted illustrations for women’s magazines in the years following World War 11. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members).

Saturday, April 16, 7pm
THEATER/MUSICAL
In Disco Inferno, the classic tale of the soul-selling Faust is set to the greatest disco hits of the 1970s. Grabbing that jive old story and injecting it with groove, Disco Inferno is chock-full of the songs that defined a generation. Jack is an aspiring musician who wants nothing more than to be famous. Signing away his soul is a small price to pay. But Jack soon finds all that glitters isn’t gold on the other side, especially if you’re all out of love. Come watch a talented cast of young actors bring this artful and entertaining masterpiece to life! Veterans, active military, and Scouts in uniform (with accompanying adult) receive free admission with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Performances will be held in the auditorium at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Saturday, April 16, 8pm-9pm
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Courtship displays, in which animals attempt to attract mates through a set of behaviors, can take the form of dances, songs, or acts or strength. These displays are more commonly executed by males, or done mutually by a pair, though there are a small number of species whose females execute courtship displays. The courtship display of the American woodcock is executed by males, and it is both a dance and a song, designed to attract a mate and mark territory. You can witness this display in action at the Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Attendees will watch and listen quietly until nightfall. This program is recommended for youth ages ten and up, and adults. Please dress to be outdoors for the entire program. 413-584-3009. 793 Main St., Hampden, MA. (<$)

Saturday, April 16, 8pm-10pm
DANCE STUDIES
How do you tell a story through dance? Imaginative, award-winning dancers and choreographers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser will be exploring the theme “Memory of the Future,” in their new performance at Smith College. Aiken and Hauser teach as well as perform, and emphasize the skill of improvisation through dance. Both dancers are skilled in collaborative improvisation techniques such as contact improvisation. Witness their performance along with other internationally recognized dancers and musicians. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ongoing Sunday Events

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores 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 see over 8 years of archived shows.

Sunday, April 17, 10am-1pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
One of the many great things about books is that they’re easy to share. Once you’re done reading a book you can lend it to friends, give it to someone to keep, or sell it. The Field Memorial Library will be continuing this cycle of learning with their annual book sale to benefit the library. Buy new books and support the educational programming and other services provided by the library. 413-369-4646. 16 Elm St, Conway, MA. (<$ – $$)

Sunday, April 17, 10am-4pm
U.S. HISTORY/CIVIL WAR
Your child can earn a Junior Ranger badge, patch, and certificate at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site while learning about walnut trees, firearms, and the inventors who worked at the Armory. Participants will have the opportunity to express their thoughts on what they’ve learned through this experience, as they write letters to soldiers. The museum’s Facebook page is an excellent resource for Civil War history, with daily posts about items in the museum’s collection and the war in general. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Street #2, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 10am-4pm
GEOLOGY/ARCHEOLOGY/JEWELRY
Do you have an interesting rock you want to identify? Bring it to the Western Mass Mineral Show where students from the UMass Amherst geology department can help you identify stones. Learn about mineral identification techniques while checking out mineral art and jewelry. Included in this showing will be precious stones, crystals, birthstones, rough gems, fossils and petrified wood. Scouts in uniform get in free. Children will receive a specimen with admission. Attendees of all ages can learn about geology, archaeology, and jewelry making. Hadley Farms Meeting House. 41 Russell St., (Route 9) Hadley, MA. (>$ admission. Vendors $ – $$$)

Sunday, April 17, 11am-4pm
SUSTAINABILITY/ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
Earth Day is a celebration which originated in America and is now celebrated by over 192 countries. Earth Day is a day to consider and spark important discussions on all environmental issues, including overpopulation, pollution, species extinction, and climate change, to name a few. It is also a day to be grateful and reverent for our home: the Earth! At this Springfield Museum Earth Day celebration, exhibitions on the green of the science museum will include educational information for the whole family, games and giveaways. The Connecticut River Watershed Council will be among those providing educational and entertainment on locally focused environmental issues. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 2pm
THEATER/MUSICAL
In Disco Inferno, the classic tale of the soul-selling Faust is set to the greatest disco hits of the 1970’s. Grabbing that jive old story and injecting it with groove, Disco Inferno is chock-full of the songs that defined a generation. Jack is an aspiring musician who wants nothing more than to be famous. Selling his soul is a small price to pay. But Jack soon finds all that glitters isn’t gold on the other side, especially if you’re all out of love.
Watch a talented cast of young actors bring this artful and entertaining masterpiece to life! Veterans, active military, and Scouts in uniform (with accompanying adult) receive free admission with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Performances will be held in the auditorium at South Hadley High School. 413-563-6023. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA. ($$)

Sunday, April 17, 2pm
STORYTELLING
Humans are a narrative species. We tell stories about our lives so people understand where we come from. We tell stories about our culture, and our family, to build a sense of community. We tell stories about our day-to-day experiences in order to share amusing moments, process information and deal with emotions. Storytellers Matthew Dicks and Tom Lee will showcase their professional storytelling abilities through both traditional folk retelling and contemporary stories. Sit back, enjoy, and gather meaning from their tales. If you’re interested in perfecting your storytelling ability to a professional level, this demonstration will show you a few options for structure and technique.413-551-5111. The Drawing Room at The Mount. Plunkett St. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, April 17, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Have you ever been to a summer camp? After attending or working at a camp for several summers, the people you see there begin to feel like a second family, the camp a home away from home. The Goshen Historical Society presents History of Camp Holy Cross, a presentation on this eighty-five year old camp. Father Christopher Malatesta will teach you about the experiences of thousands of adults and children served by this camp, owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. His talk will discuss the history of the camp including the buildings and their multiple past and present uses. (413) 268-7120126 Berkshire Trail West, Goshen MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 2:30pm-3:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
Cooking is a lifelong skill that everyone needs to survive. Teaching kids at a young age how to cook can make them feel empowered and encourage their natural need to become increasingly independent. This cooking class at the Bushnell Sage Library will teach kids how to make veggie burgers, breakfast, and dessert. This is the final session of a five week cooking class led by Lia P. Douillet on Sunday afternoons for children between the ages of 10 to 13. Please call 413-229-7004 to register. 48 S Main St, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER CONCERT
The Mendelssohn’s were a prominent family in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Moses Mendelssohn was a philosopher who wrote of what he called the “Jewish Enlightenment.” His grandson, Felix Mendelssohn, was a musical prodigy who played piano, composed, and conducted. You can hear Mendelssohn’s compositions brought to life under the direction of cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, with violinist David Chan, at The Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St., Williamstown, MA ($$)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
ARCHITECTURE/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Anyone interested in learning about local architecture, infrastructure, or history is invited to attend this presentation at the Westhampton Public Library. Wayne Perrea will educate attendees on the history of the Loudville mills and factories in this slide show presentation. View historic photos and meet others interested in local history. 1 North Rd, Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER CONCERT
Learn what the music program at Simon’s Rock has to offer by listening to this concert from the faculty members who comprise The Wilderness Players. You will hear Baroque musical compositions played by a professional quintet: Sharon Powers, flute; Judith Dansker, oboe; John Myers, guitar; Pete Toigo, bass. They will also play South American, Argentinian, Brazilian, European, and American compositions in this family concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
THEATER/STAGED READING
The Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting this unique staged reading, Through The Looking Glass: Musings from the Pens of Berkshire Women Writers, in order to demonstrate the diversity of women’s writing in the 19th and 20th centuries. The thread that joins these women together is the dilemma of self-realization versus the socially accepted self-sacrifice of the times in which they lived. With the Berkshires as their palette, Through The Looking Glass opens the journals of these incredible women, sharing the words, letters and stories to highlight their concern for broad cultural, personal, and social issues. Their individual voices resonate with recognition as we see ourselves in the looking glass of their experience. The reading is presented by the Berkshire Theatre Group and will be held at The Unicorn Theater. 413-997-4444. 6 East Street, Stockbridge, MA ($$)

Sunday, April 17, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
You’re invited to the world premiere performance of Fiddler OFF The Roof, a celebration of Jewish music from various time periods. You will hear classic compositions from Gershwin, Bernstein, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Bloch, and original songs from American composer Paul Schoenfield. This performance raises the question, “What Is Jewish Music?” and seeks to answer it in part. To purchase tickets, visit the Close Encounters with Music website. The performance will take place at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA. ($$$ Orchestra and Mezzanine. $$ Balcony)

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 9am-12pm
PUPPETRY
Do you have a child who loves puppets? Unlike toys with pre-programmed voices, set personalities, or extensive instructions, puppets open up your child to a world of creative possibilities. Children sometimes find it easier to express their feelings through the characters they create with puppets. Playing with puppets also provides children with an outlet for writing stories and performing them for friends and family, alone or collaboratively. This five day workshop at The Clark Art Institute will teach your child how to make and use puppets. Master puppeteer David Lane will teach children between the ages of ten and fifteen his personal knowledge of the art form. Participants will also have access to the museum’s collection for inspiration. For more information, call 413-458-0410. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA ($$$)

Monday, April 18, 10am
BOTANY
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! Throughout school vacation week, children will be able to attend the Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble free of charge. Spring ephemerals are wildflowers, native in the Berkshires, which appear early in Spring and are only around for a small window of time. These plants include native white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets.
For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival and a full list of activities, visit The Trustees website. Reservations are strongly recommended. 413-298-3239 x3013 . 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA . (Trustees members <$. Non members $. Children FREE)

Monday, April 18, 10am-3pm
PHYSICS/ENGINEERING/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Explore aircraft, experience flight simulators, and create a LEGO flying machine at the New England Air Museum. Throughout April school vacation week, NEAM is offering additional activities for junior scientists interested in learning basic principles of physics and engineering through fun projects! LEGO lovers are invited to build a fantastic machine and watch it take flight. 36 Perimeter Rd. Windsor Locks CT. (Adults $. Children 4-11<$. Members and children under three FREE)

Monday, April 18,10am-4pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
This April school vacation week, you and your family can visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on Patriots’ Day. The museum honors the life and work of beloved children’s book author, Eric Carle, with exhibitions of his artwork as well as the artwork of other picture book authors. There are fun, family events going on all week at the Carle along with the exhibit: “The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek,” which highlights the hidden messages Carle added in some of his works. See how many you can find! 413-559-6300. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)

Monday, April 18, 11am
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/FAMILY MUSIC
This musical and educational performance, “In The Nick of Time,” is free with the price of your admission to the Springfield Museums. Nick Deysher’s all ages music makes educational topics fun for kids and adults. He writes songs about dinosaurs, outer space, numbers, animals, seasons, and foreign languages, setting kids’ imaginations in motion while they dance, sing, and learn. The subjects covered in Deysher’s performance should tie in nicely with some of the current Springfield Museum exhibits, including “Wolf to Woof,” an exhibit on the evolution of dogs. “Wolf to Woof” is currently on display in the Springfield Science Museum. Enjoy a live music performance before or after you peruse the museum. With a blend of genres (jazz, pop, reggae, funk) and a variety of lyrical topics, “In The Nick of Time” has something for everyone. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Monday, April 18, 12pm-4pm
PHYSICS/SENSORY EXPLORATIONS
Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. It will be open during school vacation week, Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Monday, April 18, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Monday, April 18, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Even though Looney Tunes first aired between 1930 and 1969, many of the show’s characters are recognizable to children today. Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Old cartoons are something many parents and children can enjoy together. You can screen Looney Tunes Revue, a selection of episodes, with your children at Amherst Cinema. These films are open to everyone, all ages, at a special, family-friendly price during April school vacation week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (<$)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 10am-11:30am
LIFELONG LEARNING/WRITING
Being a grandparent is fodder for tons of creative material. There are all the beautiful stories, whether funny, insightful, heartwarming, or even sad. Join other grandparents at the Amherst Senior Center for the first session of a four part memoir writing workshop for grandparents. Document and share your experience as a parent, grandparent, and unique individual. 413-256-1145. 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 10am-4pm
AVIATION/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Explore aircraft, experience flight simulators, and take part in aviation scavenger hunts at the New England Air Museum. Throughout April school vacation week, NEAM is offering additional activities for junior scientists interested in learning basic principles of physics and engineering through fun projects! On Tuesday, April 19th, visitors will be able to climb aboard real aircraft including helicopters, jet fighters, and WWII era aircraft. 36 Perimeter Rd. Windsor Locks CT. (Adults $. Children 4-11<$. Members and children under three FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 10am-5pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Irish heritage is often associated with Boston, but Western Massachusetts also boasts strong ties to Ireland. The Springfield Museums are hosting a new exhibit titled Easter Rising: Springfield’s Response to the Irish Rebellion of 1916 at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising, this exhibit will allow you to explore the history of the event through newspaper headlines and memorabilia from Springfield residents. You can learn about this important historical event through a highly localized lens, allowing you to broaden your understanding of both Irish history, and the history of Springfield. This exhibition will be on view until Sunday, May 22. 413.263.6800 ext. 459. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 11am & 1pm
BIRDS OF PREY/RAPTOR REHABILITATION
Often, in Western Massachusetts, you can glance up at the sky and find a red-tailed hawk soaring above. Hawks and other raptors live throughout the Pioneer Valley, but face threats due to human activities. Come to the Springfield Museum to learn more about these amazing animals, and how to help protect them and their habitats, at this presentation by internationally renowned raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. 413.263.6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 11am
PLANT SCIENCE/FOOD CHEMISTRY
This month’s STEM programming at the Tilton Library will focus on things that grow! There will be hands-on, interactive activities for learning about plants and food chemistry. This event can get your culinary-focused children interested in science, and your scientists interested in food! 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 11am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE WORKSHOP
This concert and workshop at the Grace Hall Memorial Library will begin with some history of the ukulele and end with participants strumming along using the chords they’ve learned together. With only four strings, the ukulele is relatively simple and a great introduction to playing string instruments. This event will be part music lesson, part concert, as Dave Yubruh entertains participants with his songs and comedy. 161 Main Rd. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 11am-2pm
PUPPETS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The art of puppeteering allows one person or a troupe of people to play several characters each. Enjoy a trip to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with your family, and a performance by CactusHead Puppets. This show combines music with narrative. The puppets bring animals to life including donkey, dog, cat, and rooster. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)

Tuesday, April 19, 11am-6pm
RECYCLING DRIVE
Why do people love to clean in Spring? Symbolically, Spring is a time for new beginnings and growth: out with the old, in with the new. The warmer weather makes it pleasant, sometimes, to open up the windows during cleaning. For many people, a fresh start means downsizing and simplifying their lives. If you’re getting rid of your seldom-worn clothing this Spring, don’t just throw it out, find an alternative use for it. In honor of Earth Day 2016, the Epilepsy Foundation of New England is running a textile recycling drive at Whole Foods. Please bring any type of linens in any condition, for example: clothes, outerwear, accessories, uniforms, costumes, fabric, linens, towels, drapes/curtains, tablecloths, comforters, shoes, pocketbooks and accessories.413-586-9932. 327 Russell St, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 12pm-4pm
PHYSICS/SENSORY EXPLORATIONS
Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. It will be open during school vacation week, Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, April 19, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Even though Looney Tunes first aired between 1930 and 1969, many of the show’s characters are recognizable to children today. Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Old cartoons are something many parents and children can enjoy together. You can screen Looney Tunes Revue, a selection of episodes,with your children at Amherst Cinema. These films are open to everyone, all ages, at a special, family-friendly price during April school vacation week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm
MAGIC/MUSIC
Magicians often ask audience members to choose a playing card “at random.” Researchers from McGill University, however, have found patterns in these choices. Much like a computer cannot generate a truly random number, humans do not pick cards entirely at random. The researchers found that of their 667 participants, women were more likely to name the King of Hearts, and men the Queen of Hearts when asked to name any card. Understanding the role of human behavior in the phenomenon of magic can make magic shows that much more interesting and entertaining. You can witness this phenomenon in action at a magic show combining illusions with humor at CityStage. Young magician Adam Trent will be performing his show, “The Futurist.” Trent has won multiple awards at Pro Magic Challenge and was named one of the 10 most influential youth in the nation by US News & World Report Magazine. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. (Matinee $)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm-3pm
WELLNESS/YOGA
Mindfulness meditation and yoga practices can help you mentally and physically, increasing levels of relaxation and awareness as well as strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness, and breath control. It’s not just for adults! This youth yoga event is intended for participants ages five and up, at the Whately Public Library. Yoga can help kids where they struggle most: with attention, focus, and emotional regulation. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm-4pm
WRITING WORKSHOP
Writers of all genres often give the advice: “write what you know.” This advice is perhaps most applicable to the genre of memoir. You don’t have to be famous or have led a spectacular or unusual life to write memoir. In fact, this genre shows readers that every life is spectacular and everyone has a message to share through the recounting of their experiences. This process can be emotionally challenging, however, and it’s great to have a support system of other writers. The Sunderland Public Library is holding a memoir writing workshop for four weeks on Tuesdays, April 5-26. Participants are welcome to drop in at any particular week as the group will cover four different topics: Getting Started, Writing Through Fear, Excavating Memories, and Memoir Writing Strategies. To register for this class, please call Ruth Flohr at 413-367 0127. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, April 19, 2pm-4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL CREATIVE PLAY
Most educators and parents understand that for children, playing is essential to learning as well as emotional well-being. Playing allows children to grow their imaginations, and practice new skills in a safe, fun environment. With so many useful and healthy aspects to play, parents can benefit from participating. Taking time out of a busy day to play with your children not only helps you form happy memories and bond with your kids, it can also increase your well-being and vitality. Jeanne Bassis will be running an intergenerational play shop at the Ramsdell branch of the Great Barrington libraries. These activities will be a mix of imagination, games, creative movement, and relaxation. 413-274-3738. 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30pm
MAGIC SHOW
A good magic show can captivate children’s attention as they watch intently, trying to figure out how the magician made an object appear, disappear, or change. As children try to make sense of the world around them, magic opens up their minds to a world of seemingly impossible possibilities. Magic duo and brothers Pete and Chris Paliulis have performed hundreds of family magic shows. Your family can see their captivating performance at Ventfort Hall Mansion. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($. Children 4-12 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30pm
FORAGING/EDIBLE PLANTS
Why bring snacks for your hikes when you can pick them as you go? Come to the Northfield Public Library where local author Russ Cohen will teach you foraging techniques. Learning how to identify edible plants around you will add another layer of fun, understanding, and discovery to your nature walks. Challenge your friends and family to learn too! You can make a game out of who spots edible plants first. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Rd, Whately, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm
MUSIC & CULTURAL STUDIES/WEST AFRICAN
Lots of interesting instruments, many of which are percussive, originate in Africa. The Shekere, Balafon, and Akuba come from West Africa.The percussive nature of many African instruments lends itself easily to collaborative, improvisational music making. You can explore music from the southern Togo, Ghana and Benin at the 5-College West African Music Ensemble Concert to take place in the McCulloch Auditorium in Pratt Hall at Mount Holyoke College. 50 College St, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-11am
CRIMINOLOGY/FORENSIC SCIENCE
Kids who love mystery novels and detective games will enjoy this interactive program at the Bushnell Sage Library. Participants will examine a fake crime scene while learning about real scientific techniques including fingerprint examination, ink separation, and teeth impression match-up. 413-229-7004. 48 Main St. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-11:30am
U.S. HISTORY/PHYSICS
The museum at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site was established just after the Civil War ended and holds arms and equipment that came back from the battlefields. Over April school vacation week, you are invited to visit the museum free of charge. On Wednesday, your children can also learn about levers and build a tiny catapult to take home! 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Street #2, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-12pm
AUTOMOTIVES/JUNIOR ENGINEERING
Do your kids love to play with toy trucks? They can see the real thing in person at the Haskins Center while learning about the science of how automobiles work. Your kids can explore fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, tractors, dump trucks and many more community vehicles. Encourage your children’s interest in engineering and machines. Please donate a baked good for the bake sale fundraiser. 413-664-4821. 210 State St, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 10am-4pm
AVIATION/ENGINEERING/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Explore aircraft, experience flight simulators, and take place in aviation scavenger hunts at the New England Air Museum. Throughout April school vacation week, NEAM is offering additional activities for junior scientists interested in learning basic principles of physics and engineering through fun projects! Today, junior engineers are invited to design their own parachute, competing to design the parachute which takes the longest to drop to the floor. 36 Perimeter Rd. Windsor Locks CT. (Adults $. Children 4-11<$. Members and children under three FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 11am
BIOLOGY/ZOOLOGY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Observing animal behavior is a fun way to learn about biology and habitat. Going for a simple nature walk allows you to identify birds and small, native animals. At “The Premium Live Animal Show” at the Springfield Museum, you can see and learn about rare and exotic animals which you won’t see in your backyard or on local trails! Professional zoologists will introduce you to these rare animals and teach you their traits and habits. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 12pm-2pm
ART/ENVIRONMENTALISM
Teach your kids about environmentalism through an Earth Day celebration and art activity at Whole Foods. Representatives from the Eric Carle Museum will be there to lead kids in the creation of a Garden Vegetable Collage. This event is a great introduction to conversations with your children about environmentalism and nutrition, plus they will have a great time and you can get some shopping done while you’re there! The event will take place in the cooking classroom. No registration necessary. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell St, Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 12pm-4pm
PHYSICS/SENSORY EXPLORATIONS
Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. It will be open during school vacation week, Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, April 20, 12:30-1:30
WELLNESS WORKSHOP
What are your health goals? Since the mind and body are intricately connected, making one seemingly small change can have a far-reaching impact on your overall sense of well-being. Berkshire Health Systems will be holding a four week workshop series on healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and more. Participants will receive a wellness screening. Each participant will identify his or her own personal goals and hear strategies for taking small steps in the direction of a healthier lifestyle. Join others interested in making these small changes, at the Adams Visitor Center. 3 Hoosac Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Wednesday, April 20, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Even though Looney Tunes first aired between 1930 and 1969, many of the show’s characters are recognizable to children today. Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Old cartoons are something many parents and children can enjoy together. You can screen Looney Tunes Revue, a selection of episodes, with your children at Amherst Cinema. These films are open to everyone, all ages, at a special, family-friendly price during April school vacation week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, April 20, 3pm
LITERACY/POETRY SLAM/TEENS
Most poems are short, making them a great literary art form for reading aloud. Poetry shares a lot of qualities with musical lyrics and lends itself towards performance. Teen poets are invited to the Southwick Public Library to participate in a long tradition of poem sharing at this Teen Poetry Slam! Participants should choose a poem no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud and it must contain no inappropriate content. Boost your literary confidence by sharing your work in this positive environment. Refreshments will be served. Call 413-569-1221 ex.3 to sign up. 95 413-569-1221. Feeding Hills Rd, Southwick, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 4pm
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE/NEUROBIOLOGY/PARENTING
Dr. Kelly Lambert, Professor and Chair of Psychology at Randolph Macon College, studied parenting behaviors in rats in order to approach a social question from a scientific standpoint. She asks difficult, complex questions about the roles of mothers and fathers, and what their natural inclinations and abilities may be on a biological level. Hear her discuss her findings as well as her career in general at Bay Path University. This is part of a Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) speaker series. For more information contact acantin@baypath.edu. 588 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 4pm-5pm
LITERACY/LOCAL HISTORY
Emily Dickinson’s life in Amherst is an integral part of local history and her legacy continues to inspire a strong literary culture in the town. Celebrate the life of Emily Dickinson, in honor of National Poetry Month, at the Jones Library in Amherst. Two local authors, Jane Yolen and Burleigh Muten, will be reading from their historical books about Emily Dickinson. Honor past and present literary figures of the Pioneer Valley. 413-259-3091. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 5:30-7:30pm
PROGRAMMING
Do you like to play video games? You should make your own! Learning how to code teaches attention to detail and logic skills. It can be extremely satisfying when things work as planned, and you learn patience and persistence when they don’t. Computer science experts at Holyoke Codes can get you started creating your first game, or improving one you already started, using Scratch. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30-8pm
MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE
Come learn to play this convenient, portable string instrument, in a supportive environment with other beginners. More experienced ukulele players are also welcome to come join in on the fun at the Storrs Library. Please bring a ukulele if you own one. Loaner ukuleles will be available on a first-come first-served basis. With only four strings, the ukulele is easier to learn than the guitar and can be a great introduction to learning chord progressions. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm-8pm
PLANT STUDIES/EDIBLE PLANTS
Learning about wild edible plants opens up new possibilities for learning and lifestyle. Once you’ve begun recognizing local edible plants, your nature walks will be filled with discovery. This is a fun skill to teach to your family or friends. Once you’ve identified an edible plant such as black locust flowers, cattail buds, or stinging nettles leaves, you can try cleaning and eating them, and possibly even incorporating them into cooking. Come to the Meekins Library for this talk to get you started identifying wild edible plants. 413-268-7472. Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm
WELLNESS/LAUGHTER THERAPY
Laughter provides instantaneous relaxation by reducing levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress response. Laughter also increases levels of endorphins. In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mark Sherry is Certified as a Therapeutic Laughter Leader by Laughter Yoga International. He will be bringing his knowledge and his jokes to the Westfield Athenaeum for his performance, “Rejuvenate Your Life Through Laughter!” 413-568-7833. 6 Elm St, Westfield, MA. (Various >$-$$)

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm
SUSTAINABILITY/FILM STUDIES
Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox’s 2016 film, How To Let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can’t Change, acknowledges from the outset that it may be too late to prevent tragic consequences of climate change. Through this film, Fox seeks to spark discussion and a movement towards renewable resources, while also posing the question: “What is it that climate change can’t destroy?” This screening at Amherst Cinema. will be introduced by Jonathan Lash, President of Hampshire College. He will talk about sustainable building practices and how sustainable building has been implemented at Hampshire College. Celebrate Earth Day by screening a film which takes a broad view of climate change, providing insight that is at once personal, emotional, theoretical, and practical. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. ($)

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm-9pm
ANIMAL STUDIES/SKILLSHARING/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The architectural landscape of the pioneer valley features many converted mills, some of which used to serve as textile producers. Our community still fosters a rich textile culture with farmers raising sheep for locally sourced wool. In an effort to further foster this aspect of our community, the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center is sponsoring a free class about a Massachusetts fibershed start up. Lisa Westervelt of Cranberry Moon Farm in Cummington, will define what a fibershed is and explain its impact. Fiber producers are invited to bring their locally grown fibers and discuss the plant materials they use to dye fibers. Classes will take place at the Middlefield Senior Center 169 Skyline Trail, Middlefield, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 8am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Having a bird feeder in your backyard can familiarize you with birds like chickadees and blue jays. If you want to witness and identify a wider range of species, however, a beginner’s guided walk can help. Experts from the Berkshire Natural Resource Council can help you spot birds around this Housatonic Flats trail. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Housatonic Flats is on Route 7 in Great Barrington, just north of the WSBS radio tower, right across the street from Chelsea and Company Antiques. Call 413-499-0596 with questions. 434 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 10am-1pm
SPORTS/COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING
Does your child enjoy climbing? Maybe she should try rock climbing! Your child can try out this sport in a low risk environment with the help of professionals and all necessary supplies provided. A ten dollar donation to benefit the programming at the Easthampton Public Library gives your child unlimited access to rock climbing at the Northampton Athletic Club. Contact the Easthampton Public Library at youthdept@ewmlibrary.org for more information. 306 King St, Northampton, MA. (>$)

Thursday, April 21, 10am-4pm
AVIATION/ENGINEERING/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Do you children enjoy making paper airplanes? Bring them to the New England Air Museum for a paper airplane making contest. Visitors will also be able to explore aircraft, experience flight simulators, and take part in aviation scavenger hunts. Throughout April school vacation week, NEAM is offering activities for junior scientists interested in learning basic principles of physics and engineering through fun projects! 36 Perimeter Rd. Windsor Locks CT. (Adults $. Children 4-11<$. Members and children under three FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 11am
PUPPET SHOW/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
During April school vacation week, you can visit the Springfield Museums and enjoy family-friendly, animal themed programming. For Thursday’s program, a cast of puppets will act out two classic tales, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse. This performance connects nicely with the educational exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” on display at the Springfield Science Museum. Check out both and get to know a variety of animals through activities, performance and exhibitions. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 11am-4pm
POETRY/LOCAL HISTORY
Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning about the life and work of local, historical figure, Emily Dickinson. Today, “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” you can visit the Emily Dickinson Museum, admission is free for anyone who can recite a Dickinson poem from memory at the tour center. Be a part of the ancient history of verse recitation, connect to local history, and pick an excellent poem to carry in your pocket and share with others! This is a great way to meet new people with a shared interest and hear new poems from various authors. 413-542-8161. 280 Main St, Amherst, MA. (Adult $. Youth 6-17 <$. Five college students, children under six, anyone who recites a Dickinson poem, FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 12pm-4pm
BOTANY/WATERCOLOR ART
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! As part of the Spring Wildflower Festival at Batholomew’s Cobble, there will be watercolor workshops on Thursdays from April 21 – May 11.Throughout school vacation week, children will be able to attend the Wildflower Festival free of charge. Spring ephemerals are wildflowers, native in the Berkshires, which appear early in Spring and are only around for a small window of time. These plants include white and red trilliums, spring beauty, bloodroot, toothwort, wild ginger, blue cohosh and violets. For more information about the Spring Wildflower Festival and a full list of activities, visit The Trustees website. Reservations are strongly recommended. 413-298-3239 x3013 . 117 Cooper Hill Rd, Sheffield, MA . (Trustees members <$. Non members $. Children FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 12pm-4pm
PHYSICS/SENSORY EXPLORATIONS
Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. It will be open during school vacation week, Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Thursday, April 21, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Thursday, April 21, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Even though Looney Tunes first aired between 1930 and 1969, many of the show’s characters are recognizable to children today. Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Old cartoons are something many parents and children can enjoy together. You can screen Looney Tunes Revue, a selection of episodes, with your children at Amherst Cinema. These films are open to everyone, all ages, at a special, family-friendly price during April school vacation week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Thursday, April 21, 3pm
STORYTIME/ARCHAEOLOGY
The word “dinosaur” originates from the Greek words deinos, meaning “terrible,” and sauros, meaning “lizard.” Many children, and adults, find these terrible lizards terribly fascinating! This “Digging Dinosaurs” storytime at the Huntington Public Library will feature colorful posters, embedded scientific facts, and sign language along with two original stories. This event is for dinosaur lovers of all ages. 413-667-3506. 7 E Main St, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 3:30pm
MARIONETTES/FOLKTALES
Have you ever wondered where the phrase “open sesame” originated? The earliest known use of the phrase in writing appears in Antoine Galland’s Thousand and One Nights as, “Sésame, ouvre-toi.” The magical phrase opens a cave of treasure in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a folk tale about the perils of greed. The phrase “open sesame” has been perpetuated in American culture and the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves also lives to this day. You and your family can experience this folk tale through the a marionette show at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($. Children 4-12 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 6pm
MAGIC SHOW/JUGGLING
Magic shows are a great family event because children and adults can have a different, yet equally engaging experience. Viewers can choose to believe wholeheartedly in the performer’s magical abilities, or they can view magic as a puzzle to solve, trying to figure out how the tricks are achieved. Scott Jameson will be captivating viewers of all ages with his magic and juggling act at the Adams Free Library. In addition to his juggling, Jameson will also spin basketballs, make umbrellas appear out of thin air, and unlock the telekinetic abilities of one lucky audience member. 413-743-8345. 92 Park St, Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 6pm-7:30pm
PARENTING/COMMUNITY SUPPORT
What do you think are the qualities, actions, and behaviors of a great father? This “Nurturing Fathers” Program at The Family Place will explore the crucial role which fathers play in their children’s lives, and provide support to help dads raise happy, healthy kids. This is a 12-part workshop which will take place at various times over the course of several weeks. Please call 413-663-7588 for more information and to register. 61 Main Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, April 21, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/PSYCHOLOGY
The prevalence of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders has increased in recent years, though it is difficult to say whether this reflects an increase in the amount of people on the spectrum, or a higher level of diagnosis due to more widespread knowledge of ASD. Either way, we can all benefit from having an empathetic understanding of the lives of people on the spectrum. You can learn about neurodiversity on a personal level by screening the 2015 documentary, How To Dance in Ohio, at MASS MoCA’s Club B10. This film explores the lives of three young women on the autism spectrum as they prepare for their spring formal dance. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA WAY. North Adams, MA. (>$)

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday, April 22, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE STUDIES
Celebrate the coming of Spring by welcoming some of nature’s new visitors: migrating birds. On this guided walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary participants will look and listen for all kinds of migrating species, especially wood-warblers. No previous knowledge necessary, beginners are welcome. Please bring binoculars. This program is recommended for adults and self-directed teens. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 22, 9am-1pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/VOLUNTEERING
The Worthington Library Annual Book Sale will feature delicious baked goods to buy, but the library needs your help! The Friends of the Library are seeking donations of a baked good, to be dropped off before 1pm on Friday, April 22nd, or by 9am on Saturday, April 23. If you have any questions or if you would also like to volunteer your time on Friday or Saturday, please call 413-238-5306. 1 Huntington Rd, Worthington, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, April 22, 10am
LITERACY/ STORY WALK
Even light exercise can help people stay alert. This family event at the New Hingham Elementary school grounds combines literacy with nature exploration and crafts! You will hear the story “Sheep Take A Hike” as you walk around the school grounds. A snack will be provided.413-296-9201.30 Smith Rd, Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 22, 10am-11:30am
U.S. HISTORY/CRYPTOLOGY
The museum at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site was established just after the Civil War ended and holds arms and equipment that came back from the battlefields. Over April school vacation week, you can visit the museum free of charge. On Friday, you can also learn about the role which spies and secret codes have had in wars since the Revolution. Try to crack an example code, and make a spy cipher to send hidden messages to your friends. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory Street #2, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 22, 10am-4pm
AVIATION/ENGINEERING/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Are your children interested in outer space, aircraft, or engineering? Bring them to the New England Air Museum where they will have the chance to build a compressed air launcher. Visitors will also be able to explore aircraft, experience flight simulators, and take part in aviation scavenger hunts. Throughout April school vacation week, NEAM is offering activities for junior scientists interested in learning basic principles of physics and engineering through fun projects! 36 Perimeter Rd. Windsor Locks CT. (Adults $. Children 4-11<$. Members and children under three FREE)

Friday, April 22, 10:30am
DANCE/LITERACY/INTERGENERATIONAL
Parents, children, and young adults will all be experiencing and interpreting the classic story of Three Billy Goats Gruff at the Gaylord Memorial Library. Dancers from Mount Holyoke College will present this story in a new light through an original choreographed performance. Three Billy Goats Gruff is a Norwegian fairy tale which has sustained widespread popularity across cultures. 413-538-5047. 47 College St, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 22, 11am & 1pm
PUPPET SHOW/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
During April school vacation week, you can visit the Springfield Museums and enjoy family-friendly, animal themed programming. For Friday’s program come discover how to train to be a Star Wars Jedi Knight with magician, Jungle Jim! Star Wars fans get a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4-9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls. Children are lead through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children 2 and under FREE)

Friday, April 22, 12pm-4pm
PHYSICS/SENSORY EXPLORATIONS
Experience the fun of physics by bringing your kids, or grandkids, for a ride on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Known as “Holyoke’s Happiness Machine,” the antique carousel with brightly painted wooden animals and calliope music is a sensory treat for young and old. It was once part of Mountain Park, an amusement park on the side of Mt. Tom, and was moved to Holyoke Heritage Park when Mountain Park closed in 1987. It will be open during school vacation week, Monday-Friday 12pm-4pm. 413-538-9838. 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Friday, April 22, 1pm
STORYTIME
In addition to learning how to share, children naturally learn how to barter. They swap snacks at lunch, or trade toys for a period of time. Bartering can teach children about value and the social skill of coming to an agreement. This storytelling performance at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art tells the tale of a young sailor who barters for materials to fix his captain’s ship. Author Steve Light will read from his book, and sign copies for interested families. 413-559-6315. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)

Friday, April 22, 1pm-4pm
ART/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
The Norman Rockwell Museum is fostering creativity all week long with their Drop In On Art program, featuring a creative workshop each day. In these sessions, children are invited to invent their own story-lines, and to design characters, plots, and settings inspired by art they view throughout the gallery. Caregivers are welcome to join, working collaboratively or side by side with their children. 413-931-2221. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE with museum admission and for members)

Friday, April 22, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Even though Looney Tunes first aired between 1930 and 1969, many of the show’s characters are recognizable to children today. Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Old cartoons are something many parents and children can enjoy together. You can screen Looney Tunes Revue, a selection of episodes i, with your children at Amherst Cinema. These films are open to everyone, all ages, at a special, family-friendly price during April school vacation week. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, April 22, 3:30pm
MARIONETTES/FOLKTALES
Have you ever wondered where the phrase “open sesame” originated? The earliest known use of the phrase in writing appears in Antoine Galland’s Thousand and One Nights as, “Sésame, ouvre-toi.” The magical phrase opens a cave of treasure in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a folk tale about the perils of greed. The phrase “open sesame” has been perpetuated in American culture and the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves also lives to this day. You and your family can experience this folk tale through the a marionette show at Ventfort Hall. Reservations are recommended. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. ($. Children 4-12 <$. Children 3 and under FREE)

Friday, April 22, 4pm-5:30pm
GARDENING/HORTICULTURE
Learning to garden can seem daunting at first. What if you put in the time, effort, and money and your plants don’t grow? Come to the Food for All Garden in the UMass Agricultural Learning Center and find out about relatively easy-to-grow Spring vegetables. Those running the Food For All Amherst project work in conjunction with the Amherst Survival Center to provide fresh vegetables and herbs for the community. 911 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, April 22, 6pm-8pm
COMMUNITY SERVICE/FUNDRAISER
Spend the day bowling at the Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley and help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County! This year, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland, a local artiss’ Alice inspired artwork will be on display at the fundraising event. Call 413-772-0915 to reserve your spot. Memorial Dr, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($ – $$)

Friday, April 22,8 8pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER
Since 1970, the Kestrel Land Trust has worked with landowners, governmental agencies, and groups of volunteers to protect land, including farmland, woodlands, wildlands, wildlife habitat, water resources, historic landscapes, and endangered species habitats. With environmental issues, it can be easy for some to tune out, or the problem can be so overwhelming, you don’t know what to do to help. One suggestion would be to start at home, protecting local lands you care about and have the ability to see and visit. You can do just that by attending a benefit concert for Kestrel. Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem are a well-loved New England folk quartet, and they will be performing at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence. Tickets can be purchased at the Kestrel Land Trust website. 220 Main St. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, April 22, 8pm
THEATER/ROCK MUSICAL
Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical with lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Duncan Sheik. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion. Presented by the Arena Civic Theater. Performances will be held at the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall. 413-233-4368. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

1 Comment

  1. Rebeca said,

    April 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    The event at the Gaylord Library in S. Hadley is at 10:30, not 8:30am

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