42 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Bikes to Botany. Farming to Financial Literacy.

Love to paddle a canoe, go fishing, or watch wildlife? Learn more about how to enjoy your local riverways!

Love to paddle a canoe, go fishing, or watch wildlife? Learn more about how to enjoy your local riverways!

Bikes to botany. Farming to financial literacy. Earth Day to entomology. 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 highlight this week: Children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin has said: “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” Lin grew up in upstate New York and hers was the only Asian American family in her neighborhood. As a Taiwanese author drawing upon her personal experiences, Lin has enriched the world of children’s literature with greater diversity. Asian American children reading her books have the pleasure of feeling represented, and children of other cultures and backgrounds get to learn about experiences beyond their own. On Saturday, April 23, at 2pm, Lin will be giving a talk, discussing these issues as they relate to her picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6315. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)


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Sustainability

BIKING
Saturday, April 23, 10am-1pm
Did you know that before inventing the first successful airplane, Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle shop? Tinkering with bicycles laid the engineering foundation for them to later make history in the field of aviation. Bicycles are a powerful tool for freedom of movement. They are powered by human energy, fun to ride, and a sustainable way of getting around. With the warmer weather, now is the perfect time to buy a bike. Come to the West Springfield Earth Day Fair on the town green and check out the recycled bikes. There will also be plenty of other sustainable living products for sale, as well as a book swap, tree planting and soil testing. 413-244-1389. Town Common. 30 Park Street, West Springfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

We are accustomed to car traffic during commuting times, but what does a bicycle rush hour look like? Watch this clip from Utrecht (Netherlands) to find out. And remember, unlike most of the riders you see here, always wear your helmet when you go out for a ride!

EARTH DAY
Saturday, April 23, 11am-1:30pm
Celebrate Earth Day by protecting local lands you care about. Earth Day RiverFest in Pittsfield will start with a community cleanup, providing opportunities to learn about river-dwelling life forms. All ages activities will teach participants about the water cycle and vernal pools. Want to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Learn how to compost. You are also invited to bring clean clothing items for donation. 413-230-7321. Fred Garner Park on Pomeroy Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

SKILLSHARING
Saturday, April 23, 1pm-4pm
If you have internet access, you can find tutorials of practically anything on YouTube. But it’s not the same as having a teacher help you in person. What if you hit a snag? You can’t ask a video to explain something differently if you don’t understand. And most importantly, you miss out on the connection which forms through exchange of knowledge. At the Lenox Fix It Fair, community members will bring their broken (but fixable) household items, and others will bring their knowledge and tools. Or, bring both! Maybe you know how to sew, but you don’t know how to fix appliances, or vice versa. Bring tools you or someone else may need, and get to fixing! This is a great way to make connections with your neighbors and finally wrap up some household projects. If you can, let the organizers know what type of item you’re bringing. Call Ellen Jacobson at 413-441-0686. Lenox Community center. 413-637-5530. 65 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

LOCAL FOOD
Tuesday, April 26, 1:30-6:30pm
Farmers’ Markets, both winter and summer, are a terrific opportunity to partake in collaborative consumption. Farmers share their knowledge and families learn how to grow a better garden or how to better preserve their foods. The power of collaborative consumption not only supports sustainable living, it is a great source for community-based education too. You can meet farmers and artisans while shopping for local goods at the Northampton Farmers Market behind Thornes Marketplace. 413-584-5582. 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Nature Studies

DENDROLOGY/CITIZEN SCIENTIST
Saturday, April 23, 9am-11:20am
Naturalists typically identify tree species by leaves, if there are any, or bark. Signs with tree species’ names can help people learn about the trees in their local environment. You can assist in the gathering of data on 200 trees in Forest Park as part of the Regreen Springfield effort. This event will involve photographing and measuring, and will be split up in an easily manageable way. Take a closer look at the trees in your neighborhood. Please register at the Regreen Springfield website. Meet at Forest Park in the Rose Garden gazebo. 200 Trafton Road, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

BOTANY
Saturday, April 23, 9am-4pm
The “Spring Ephemerals” are here! The Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble is underway and will be open until May 6th. 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. See them while you still can! 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)

NATURE WALK
Saturday, April 23 10am-11am
Introduce your child to nature at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with an hour-long guided hike designed specifically for caregivers and their young children (ages five and under). You will learn skills and tricks to guide your own nature walks with your children. Feel free to stay after the event for a picnic or to continue exploring. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

DENDROLOGY
Saturday, April 23, 12:30pm-2pm
You may have heard the Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” This is a wonderful metaphor for life but also a good reminder of the importance of trees! Practically speaking, if you want to plant a tree, you have to know how to care for it so that it will grow successfully. Come to the Meekins Library to hear tree planting techniques from an expert. This workshop will cover site evaluation, plant selection, watering, mulching, pruning, and natural pest control. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

HOUSATONIC RIVER
Sunday, April 24, 1pm-3pm
Thanks to the work of the Housatonic Valley Association, a new river access point allows community members to go on paddle trips on the Housatonic River. At the Source to Sound River Festival, the HVA will be educating citizens on the ways in which they can enjoy and learn from the river, through wildlife exhibits and family-friendly river activities. You can learn to fly fish, inspect river dwelling insects, and learn about water quality during this celebration at the Lee Athletic Field. 413-394-9796. Lee, MA. (FREE)

SOIL SCIENCE
Friday, April 29, 11am
Every Friday, the Cushman Library puts on an event which blends STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts with literacy. This STEM storytime is for anyone ages zero to five, and their caregivers. On Friday, April 29th, participants will learn about plant and soil science as they help bring new life into the library’s terrarium. Kids will plant flower seeds, bring them home, and watch them grow! After the gardening adventures, kids and their caregivers will hear a story. 413- 648-5402. 28 Church Street, Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Fascinated by the seemingly magical transformation from seed to plant? Enjoy this time-lapse cutaway view of radish seeds sprouting!

Community Engagement

GARDENING
Saturday, April 23, 9am-1pm
Gardening The Community is a farming organization in Springfield working to support food security. They offer inexpensive farm shares and offer youth leadership opportunities. You are invited to come learn more about GTC as they celebrate their groundbreaking! GTC has achieved the goal of land ownership and in doing so will now be able to build a greenhouse for food growing year-round, establish a permanent, youth-run farm stand, and increase their storage space. RSVP for the Groundbreaking and Volunteer Impact Day at the GTC website. Attendees will view a short presentation and will have the chance to pitch in with beginning projects. Bring a shovel if you have one. 200 Walnut St, Springfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

ECOLOGICAL PRESERVATION
Saturday, April 23, 9am-1pm
Explore Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary up close as you help prepare the grounds for summer and fall. You can gain new appreciation for this natural resource as you learn about the work that goes into protecting and preserving it. This intergenerational event is suitable for children 2 – 12 years. Tools and gloves will be provided and there will be a pizza lunch. Call 413-637-0320 to register. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

RIVER CLEAN-UP
Saturday, April 23, 9am-2pm
Celebrate Earth Day and explore the Housatonic River by helping clean up the trails that surround it with the Housatonic Valley Association. This communal effort helps keep this natural resource accessible and safe for all visitors. Volunteering is always more fun with a group! Try to get your friends involved. If you have a large group of people coming, call 413-528-3391 so the organizers can arrange the work accordingly. Wear safe, protective clothing, shoes with good traction, and bring gloves. Meet at the DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River Streets, Great Barrington, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

GARDENING
Saturday, April 23, 10am-3pm
Did you know that there is going to be a community garden in Great Barrington? You can celebrate Earth Day this year by helping build it! From 10am-12pm participants will work the garden, then from 12pm-3pm there will be entertainment and gardening advice. With expert help available, this is the perfect way to start gardening and connect with local gardeners. This is part of a broader revitalization project for the fairgrounds. For more information visit the Great Barrington Fair Ground website. 659 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Animal Studies

RAPTOR REHABILITATION
Saturday, April 23, 2pm
Tom Ricardi, wildlife rehabilitator, cares for hawks, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey, and he is bringing them to Springfield Armory National Historic Site for you to meet! Learn about these birds through Tom’s interesting stories and extensive knowledge. Children who understand and value nature and its inhabitants tend to carry that perspective into adulthood. Bring your children along to learn about Tom’s efforts to rehabilitate these birds and protect local wildlife. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Suite 2. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

MOUNTAIN LIONS
Sunday, April 24, 2pm
Did you know that mountain lions are reoccupying the Northeast? Come to the Berkshire Museum to find out why, and to learn all about cougars. This presentation by naturalist Bill Betty will cover topics such as reproduction, sport hunting, the keeping of lions as pets, predation and habituation. These big cats are native to the Americas and frequently appear in Native American folklore. This event is free with regular museum admission. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (adult $ children under eighteen <$ children under three and museum members FREE)

ENTOMOLOGY
Sunday, April 24, 2:30-3:30pm
Studying Monarch butterflies allows children (and adults) to learn about many biological concepts in hands-on and visual ways. It’s hard not to be fascinated by the life cycle of these creatures which start off as eggs, grow into caterpillars, spin a silk enclosing, shed their skin and emerge as seemingly new creatures. This is, in fact, a beautiful and poetic transformation. In addition, Monarch butterflies also migrate, providing an opportunity to teach kids about habitat and migration. At the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art your child can learn about butterflies through hands-on activities and crafts, making sculptures, butterfly gardens, and observation journals to take home and continue learning after the visit. (Ages 6 and up with an adult; up to 2 children per adult). 413-559-6315. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($$ plus museum admission <$)

Watch as a monarch caterpillar undergoes metamorphosis to become a butterfly:

BIRD IDENTIFICATION
Wednesday, April 27, 8am
For humans, the natural world is peaceful and a great place to learn. Once you become interested in identifying birds (as well as plants, trees, and other wildlife) nature walks become puzzles to solve. This beginning bird identification walk around Jackson Pond, hosted by the Hoffman Bird Club, will get you started with basic bird identification tips and examples of local birds to look and listen for. Bring water and a snack. Contact Doug at dbruce@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596 with questions. Meet at the Stockbridge Bowl boat launch on Route 183. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

BEAVERS
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm-8pm
Beavers have a remarkable impact on their habitat, as other animals are attracted to the ponds beavers create. Beavers help keep drinking water safe and increase biodiversity. Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to learn more about their habits and the history of beavers in North America. Beavers have spent 7 million years in this region, and many reintroduction efforts have taken place to improve declining beaver populations. This event is suitable for children three to twelve years old and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors in long pants, long sleeves and a hat. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. ($ Adult <$ Child <$ Members)

EMUS
Thursday, April 28, 12:15pm-1:15pm
It can be difficult to wrap your head around the fact that birds, which are usually small, are closely related to a type of dinosaur which evolved over 60 million years ago. It may be easier to see resemblance in larger birds, such as emus. The Springfield Museums will be hosting a talk on emus, explaining their relation to large, meat-eating dinosaurs, and why farmers in America raise these ancient birds which originate from Australia. This talk will also teach listeners about the life cycle of emus, including development of the embryo. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch. 413-314-6488. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

HERPETOLOGY
Thursday, April 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Did you know that the Woodland salamander has no lungs? They respire through their skin. This time of year you can find these salamanders under logs and stones, where they shade themselves from the sun until nighttime. Come to the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary to see them up close with nature experts. This event is suitable for children 5 – 12 years and their caregivers. Dress for the outdoors in long pants, long sleeves and boots. Call 413-637-0320 to register. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. ($ Adult <$ Child <$ Members)

History

FARMING
Saturday, April 23, 9am-4pm
Sunday, April 24, 9am-4pm
Spring is the perfect time to learn about anatomy by meeting baby animals! At Old Sturbridge Village family farm fest, you can learn about history through farm presentations. There will also be demonstrations of pottery, shoemaking, blacksmithing and mill work. Hear Bluegrass music, meet Laura Ingalls Wilder, and listen to readings of Irish poetry and prose. This event is perfect for parents and kids, whether you enjoy hands-on learning or observing and listening. Trails will be open for nature walks throughout the day. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($$ Adults. Youth 3-17 <$. Under 3 FREE)

Shoemaking is one of many fine crafts that has become increasingly automated over the years. Take a moment to appreciate the skill involved in creating a pair of shoes entirely by hand.

ARCHAEOLOGY
Saturday, April 23, 2pm
Do you know what an archaeological artist is? Did you know a Northampton native worked as an archaeological artist at the turn of the century on some of the most exciting discoveries of Ancient Greece? Join Frances Freeman Paden of Northwestern University for an illustrated talk on Adelene Moffat’s experience as an archaeological artist in Crete in 1903. Before heading to Crete, Adelene was a painter, philanthropic manager, civil rights activist and world traveler. She spearheaded Home Culture Clubs, a social settlement project founded in Northampton. But in 1903, recruited by her friend Harriet Boyd (a Smith graduate), Moffat took leave from the organization to work as an archaeological artist in Crete. For more information, take a look at the Historic Northampton website. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

POMOLOGY
Sunday, April 24, 10am
Through the miracle of modern food systems, you can go into a grocery store and buy food from all over the world. Russell Powell is a pomologist, which is a branch of botany that deals with the study and cultivation of fruit. He can tell you about the apples which are native to New England, and weave his botanical knowledge in with his knowledge of history as he tells you about the Dickinson family and their tradition of growing their own produce. This lecture, “From off my Father’s tree! Apples of New England and the Dickinson Family Orchard,” will take place at the Emily Dickinson Museum. 413-542-8161. 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA. ($ Museum members and students k-12 <$)

WOMEN’S HISTORY
Sunday, April 24, 2pm
Monumental events in history, like the women’s suffrage movement and abolition of slavery, are particularly inspiring when studied through a particular person in history. Important historical figures local to your area or state can help build strong connections to where you live. Lucy Stone, Civil War abolitionist and suffragette, is a fascinating and important figure native to Massachusetts. Learn about her life and the history of that time period through a storytelling performance at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Suite 2. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Language Arts

LIBRARY EXPLORATION
Saturday, April 23, 10am
The Buckland Public Library has added dozens of new and award-winning children’s books to their collection and would like to share them with you! In addition to browsing the stacks with your kids to discover new titles to enjoy together, you can gather for a story. Liz will read a picture book at 10am, a short chapter book at 11am, and a kids’ novel at noon. 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street, Buckland, MA. (FREE)

LITERACY
Saturday, April 23, 10am-2pm
Reading books is not just correlated with academic success in linguistic subjects. According to the National Education Association, “children who were read to frequently are also more likely to count to 20, or higher, than those who were not (60% vs. 44%).” Libraries offer parents the opportunity to access books free of charge, but still, children develop an attachment to books and it’s great to be able to own them. Come to the Lee Library to get free children’s books which the library is replacing them with new titles. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

FINANCIAL LITERACY/STORYTIME
Thursday, April 28, 10:30am
The public awareness campaign Money Smart Week seeks to educate people of all ages on the topic of financial literacy. Even very young children can learn these concepts through games, activities, and crafts. Money saving is a form of delayed gratification, the ability to resist an immediate reward in favor of a later reward. Often, and especially in the case of money-saving, the later reward is also a greater one. Saving requires planning ahead, envisioning a goal, and exerting self-restraint. These skills benefit young children just as they benefit adults. This children’s story hour will feature themes of money-saving. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Performing Arts

FAMILY THEATER
Saturday, April 23, 11am and 2pm
What better way to witness the classic fairy tale Pinocchio, the story of a puppet who wants to be a real boy, then in a performance by youth actors? This is your last chance to see Berkshire Children’s Theater’s rendition of Pinocchio at the Berkshire Museum.Your children may be inspired to try acting themselves, or at least reminded of the value of telling the truth! 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (adult $ children under eighteen <$ children under three and museum members FREE)

CIRCUS ARTS
Saturday, April 23, 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 24, 10am-5pm
Circus performances combine acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, balancing, and theatrics. These feats require immense concentration, dexterity, strength, and in some cases, the overcoming of fears. Circus Folk Unite, a collective of circus performers, are bringing people from all over the world together for a festival at Hampshire College. Whether you’re a circus performer yourself or a complete novice, you’re invited to watch and participate as there will be workshops, games, and a show. 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

One type of circus performance involves a piece of equipment called a Cyr wheel. Watching this footage of street performer Isaac Hou riding a Cyr wheel can help you appreciate the athleticism and imagination in circus arts.

CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Friday, April 29, 10am and 7:30pm
This lively musical production is based on the beloved children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Telling the timeless story of a world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, Willy Wonka, a family-friendly musical, is sure to bring back wonderful chocolate-filled memories for adults and entertain children like never before! The show features cast members ranging from age 6 to 70 with an orchestra and engaging choreography. This rollicking performance will encourage children to seek out the rest of Roald Dahl’s quirky and imaginative stories and encourage all ages, perhaps, to become involved in their local community theater. The show is presented by Greene Room Productions and performances will be held at The Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($$)

Cultural Studies

LITERACY/DIVERSITY
Saturday, April 23, 2pm
Children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin has said: “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” Lin grew up in upstate New York and hers was the only Asian American family in her neighborhood. As a Taiwanese author drawing upon her personal experiences, Lin has enriched the world of children’s literature with greater diversity. Asian American children reading her books have the pleasure of feeling represented, and children of other cultures and backgrounds get to learn about experiences beyond their own. Lin will be giving a talk, discussing these issues as they relate to her picture books, early readers and middle grade novels, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6315. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE with museum admission <$)

Watch Lin’s “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf” TEDx talk before this event!

STEPDANCING
Sunday, April 24, 2pm
Ottawa Valley Stepdancing is a type of Canadian dance with origins in France, Ireland, and Scotland. In this type of stepdancing, steps reach high off the floor and are paired with flowing arm movements. You can witness Ottawa Valley Stepdancing paired with music on piano, fiddle, guitar, and vocals at the Palmer Historical and Cultural Center. Erin and Colleen Searson’s performance will be accompanied by Danno O’Shea on percussion and bass. 413- 289-9295. 2072 Main Street, Three Rivers, MA. ($. PHCC members <$)

Parenting

SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, April 25, 10am-11am
One of the struggles of special needs children is that they can be misunderstood by uninformed peers. Parents of special needs children may have a similar feeling, that people around them don’t quite know what they’re going through. The Family Center in North Adams is providing a chance for parents of children with special needs or delays to share their experiences with an understanding audience. Meet local parents with children ages birth to eight years in a casual environment. Snacks will be provided. Transportation and child care are available. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

EMOTIONAL REGULATION
Tuesday, April 26, 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 last of six workshops taking place at Erving Elementary School. This class promises to instill greater competence and confidence in your children and help them follow directions more effectively. Come to the final class to reflect on how this workshop has impacted your parenting strategies. 28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA. (FREE)

HAPPINESS
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Happiness studies have exploded in the last several years. It seems natural that neuroscientists and psychologists would be interested in empirically analyzing happiness, since it is often cited as the thing humans desire the most. Naturally, then, it is also one of the things parents want most for their children. And yet, happiness is elusive, and people often look for it in entirely the wrong places. Come to this presentation, “Raising a Happy Child,” and learn about the emotional tools and behaviors you can teach your children. Children often learn from example, and parents will likely come away from this talk with ideas on improving their own emotional state as well. Hosted by the Amherst Regional High School PTO, and located at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Register for childcare by April 20th. 413-783-5500 ext 16. 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT
Wednesday, April 27, 5:30pm-7pm
Time outs are a classic parenting technique for disciplining a child. The effectiveness of time outs demonstrates how much children need and want stimulation, and feedback from their parents. Some psychologists advise that brief time outs, even as short as one minute, can effectively enforce positive behaviors in young children. This four-part parenting workshop at The Family Center will provide recommendations about discipline methods, active communication, problem solving and consequences. Try out new methods and provide feedback for other parents as you meet on April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18. Child care and transportation are available. This workshop is for caregivers who are actively parenting. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 210 State Street, North Adams, MA. (FREE)

FILM SCREENING
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm
The documentary series The Raising of America is meant to increase awareness of the struggles of modern parenting in this country, and to inspire changes in our education system, employment benefits, and culture. The film discusses political issues such as paid parental leave, sick leave, and affordable housing. Screening the film with other parents, educators, and people who care about children, is particularly productive. After this screening at the New Salem Public Library you can discuss potential solutions and ways of advocating with other parents and educators. 978-544-6334. 23 South Main Street, New Salem, MA. (FREE)

SUPPORT WORKSHOP
Thursday, April 28, 6pm-8pm
Second opinions, commiseration, and laughs are a huge help to anyone trying to raise a happy, healthy child. Parents of children ages birth to eight years are invited to meet, chat, and share experiences over the course of this three-part workshop. Meetings will take place at Easthampton High School on Thursday April 28, Thursday May 5, and Thursday May 12th. Registration is required through the Collaborative for Educational Services website. 413-586-4900 x5568. 70 Williston Avenue, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

MEDIA
Thursday, April 28, 7pm
Parents today have to compete with pervasive media and advertising for their children’s attention. What’s worse, these media outlets often promote unhealthy values such as materialism, consumerism and violence. Child development expert Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige works to fight back against these pressures on children through her work and research. She will be discussing her research and her book, Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids at The Eric Carle Museum. Please call 413-256-8989 to RSVP. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
Friday, April 29, 10am-12pm
Learning de-escalation techniques can help prevent conflicts from becoming serious. These techniques are useful to know in many scenarios and are particularly useful for parents who want to handle their children’s emotional conflicts in the healthiest way possible. As part of the Positive Parenting Series, the Hilltown Family Center is hosting a workshop on de-escalation techniques for parents. Little Roots, an intergenerational music troupe, will also be performing, demonstrating the ways in which they enrich a love of music in children. 9 Russell Road, Huntington, MA. (FREE)

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