Suggested Events for September 10th-16th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Sep 10

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst is celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary author Roald Dahl with a fast-paced, live interactive game show on Saturday, September 10 at 2pm! The program is filled with fun facts, trivia and challenges that celebrate Dahl’s beloved stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and The BFG. Brought to you by Penguin Young Readers and Story Pirates, the performance culminates in a brand new, improvised story based on ideas from the audience and inspired by the themes, language and hilarity of this iconic author. Recommended for 3rd-6th graders, but enjoyable for all ages! Free w/museum admission. www.carlemuseum.org

Sep 15

Amherst BID’s 5th Annual Block Party happens Thursday, September 15, from 5-9pm. North Pleasant Street is closed to traffic and vendors, performers and music fills the street. There is something to see and experience for every age. WRSI/The River and Hits 94.3 provide amazing live music on two stages with DJ Ragoza spinning tunes from the Peter Pan Futureliner bus. The Amherst Poetry Festival launches at the Block Party with a Poemkemon Scavenger Hunt and other fun activities. Please join the fun and help celebrate Downtown Amherst. For more information, please visit the BID Amherst Downtown.com site or write to ann@amherstdowntown.com.

Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There will be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Sept 24 – Jun 3

Full Moon Girls – Wild Natured Girls. Monthly Saturdays. Registration is open! Join in woodland adventures, learn practical crafts, and forge friendships through play. Girls immerse in the teeming wonders of nature and the connectedness of community. Learn to build friction fires, harvest wild edibles, climb trees, and more! Explore empowerment and embrace aliveness in this village of girls, guided by women mentors! Monthly in Montague for girls 7-15, (split into two clans). Sept 24th-June 3rd, 9:30 – 2:30, a sliding scale of $45-75/day. Contact FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com or 413-367-6191 or visit online at www.vermontwildernessschool.org/full-moon-girls!

Preschool Openings: Sept 2016. Clarke’s Integrated Preschool Program in Northampton offers a high-quality, affordable preschool program. Preschoolers engage in activities that facilitate all aspects of development. In our enriched learning environment, children come to know themselves and the world around them through classroom and extended experiences. Both children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss attend five days per week. To learn more or schedule a visit, please contact 413-582-1144. clarkeschools.org/prek

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 10th-16th, 2016

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

 

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. Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina. 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, September 10, 8am-7:30pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Franklin County Fair is a 168-year-old local tradition celebrating food, agriculture, and the culture of Franklin County. On September 10, and 11, you can witness truck pulls and horse draws, as well as sheep, cattle, and rabbit shows. Youth agricultural exhibits give young people the chance to showcase their work and share their knowledge. Come learn about and support the year round work of local farmers and agricultural workers of all kinds. Check the fair website for a full schedule and details. 413-774-4282. Fairgrounds. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $; Senior (60 plus) and Youth (8-17) <$; 8 and younger FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 9am-11am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY
September is hunger action month. Want to get involved? You can volunteer with your child at this Hilltown Families Family Volunteer Day with The Food Bank of Western MA. Engaging children in community service can increase their participation as future volunteers, helping to create more resilient and sustainable communities. There will be a number of educational and hands-on activities for children and their caregivers at this event. Register online. 97 North Hatfield Road. Hatfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, September 10, 9am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/LOCAL HISTORY
Fall festivals sometimes include community-wide tag sales, thus supporting both placemaking and collaborative consumption as community members come together in an exchange of goods and conversation. The Longmeadow Fall Festival on the Town Green will include a community tag sale. During the festival, the Longmeadow Historical Society will be hosting an open house of the 413-565-4160. Town green. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 9:30am
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Invasive plant species thrive and spread to a degree that they begin to do harm to the biodiversity of their habitat. These species can be harmful to human health, or dominate an ecosystem in a dangerous way. Hardy Kiwi is a locally invasive species which kills all other vegetation as it spreads. You can help remove Hardy Kiwi from Kennedy Park, in the area between the West Dugway parking lot and the Arcadian Shop and along the Log Hop trail. Bring gloves, comfortable shoes, water, and snacks–also, best to dress in a way to discourage ticks. 413-637-5500. 275 Main Street, Lenox, MA (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, September 10, 9:30am-5pm
SUSTAINABILITY/CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is an issue that all humans must face. The Earthcare Festival at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead will explore climate change issues through presentations, poetry, music, and more. This is also an opportunity to learn about Hilltown Chautauqua, a new organization presenting programs on urgent issues in American life in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. 413-532-1631. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 10, 10am
IMMIGRATION STUDIES
Attending a naturalization ceremony is a great way to learn about modern immigration, through a personal lens. The Norman Rockwell Museum will be hosting a naturalization ceremony for Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world! Meet people from various cultures and nations in a celebration of new citizens. Check out the museum’s collection for further learning about American culture and history through art. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10am-12pm
BIOLOGY/WEAVING
Invasive species grow and spread to the point that they threaten the biodiversity of a region. Adults and teens 16 and older are invited to Holyoke Heritage State Park to do their part eradicating invasive species. First, participants will learn how to identify and safely remove these plants. Then, they will learn how to repurpose properly harvested vines into decorative autumn wreaths! 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10am-1pm
DRAWING/LINE DESIGN
Doodling, drawing, coloring- all forms of casual art making can be relaxing and quiet the mind. This three hour workshop will focus on the small changes and experimentation which artists can execute through line design. Christine Southworth will teach this workshop at Westfield Creative Arts. Supplies will be provided and participants will draw to the sound of relaxing music. 413-579-5967. 105 Elm Street. Westfield, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 10, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/ART STUDIES
Get to known local artists and musicians at the longest running arts festival in the Pioneer Valley! The Mattoon Street Arts Festival will be taking place this weekend, with more than 100 exhibitors, food vendors, and strolling musicians. Support and connect with local artists as you explore the attractions of downtown Springfield. Mattoon Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10am-6pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Purchase items at the Retrofaire 2016 Open Air Market in Northampton and you will be supporting local artists! All proceeds from the event benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Grant. The market will feature live jazz along with vintage fashion items, re-purposed jewelry and design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records. Connect with the past through historic objects and support your community of artists today. The market will be set up between Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 10, 10:30am
GEOLOGY/GUIDED HIKE
Many local nature sites are great resources for geological learning. Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus will be leading a guided hike of Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute. Participants will learn about the area’s 500-million-year geologic history, while taking in the current landscape. This program is free with museum admission. For more geological adventures, check out our post, 4 Outdoor Adventures for Exploring Geology and Local History. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE )

Saturday, September 10, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/ZOOLOGY
Do your kids love animals? You can help nurture your child’s love of animals into a love of science learning. Youth ages three to six are invited to Kidleidoscope programs, on September 10, and 17, at Great Falls Discovery Center. Siblings and friends are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. At the September 10 program, participants will learn about deer, who share our home in the Connecticut River. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 10:30am and 11:00am
LOCAL HISTORY
You can learn about America’s industrial past through a local lens by touring the historic paper company, Paperlogic, which has been in operation since 1839. Learn about the paper making process, from pulp to finished paper. This tour is not handicap accessible, with flights of stairs to climb. Children must be 10 years or older. Meet under the Paperlogic sign on Turners Falls Road, just over the Canal Street bridge. For more information, call Great Falls Discovery Center. At 413-863-3221. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 12pm-11pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/GREEK CULTURE
Greek “Glendis” are celebrations, often highlighting Greek culture through traditional food and dance. Every year, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts a Glendi for thousands of visitors from far and near, providing the best in traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and more. All are welcome to this celebration on September 9th through 11th, 2016. Call 413-737-1496 for more information. 22 St George Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 12pm and 1pm
ARCHITECTURE/ART STUDIES
Buildings are designed with both form and function in mind, therefore, architecture can teach us about stylistic as well as practical and historic trends. Come to Field Farm to see mid-20th century sculptures and tour the guest houses. You will have the chance to view and compare the award-winning Folly guest house (post-modernist) and the American modern style guest house. For information call the Trustees at 413-458-3135. 554 Sloan Road. Williamstown, MA. (Non members <$; Members FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 1pm-2:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Learn about the topics of industrial and cultural archaeology through a tour of the John Russell Cutlery Company sites. The walking tour includes uneven, irregular ground, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Meet in the Great Hall to see cutlery artifacts.Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 1pm-3pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Want to learn about seed saving? Seed saving is a harmonious practice of taking seeds, which are reproductive material from fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers, to continue the cycle of growth through planting. This is how farms and gardens were traditionally maintained for thousands of years. You can connect with local and agricultural history, while learning about ecology, at this beginner seed saving workshop. Daniel Botkin will teach this workshop at Just Roots/Greenfield Community Farm. Register on the Just Roots website. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 10, 1pm-3pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you prefer making art with paint, ink, collage, photographs, glass, or something else? All kinds of visual art media will be available at this all ages, multi-media workshop at Make It Springfield. Come by Saturday afternoon for an inspiring multi-media art workshop. You are free to bring any of your favorite supplies, but there is no need to bring anything. No experience is necessary. 168 Worthington Street. Springfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, September 10, 1pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/FOLIAGE
Time spent outdoors is worthwhile and enjoyable for its own sake, but it can also coincide with learning about birds, wildlife, and plants. You can join a group of naturalists for a guided hike along the Threemile Hill Trail. The guides will focus on early signs of fall foliage, encouraging you to look and listen for birds and wildlife, and identify trees and flowers. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. For registration, directions, and information call 413-528-2810 ext. 10. Meet at the gazebo/trailhead located at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Road off Route 7. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm
FAMILY FILM
Going to the movies can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family and older children can look for themes and morals in the narratives. The 2015 film Phantom Boy (rated PG) uses spectacular animation to depict the adventures of Leo. Leo has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city of New York as a ghostly figure. Parents and kids alike will appreciate this film which draws upon film noir cinema to create an impressive visual experience. Images Cinema. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm
LITERACY
Aaron Becker’s wordless picture book series appeals to visual learners and thinkers. Return is the final chapter in the Journey trilogy. Journey was the recipient of a 2014 Caldecott Honor. You can celebrate the entire trilogy and meet Becker at the Odyssey Bookshop. Snacks will be available and there will be an opportunity to draw. 413-534-7307. 9 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm
LITERACY
2016 marks 100 years since the birth of the beloved author Roald Dahl. He is best known for his children’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG. You can celebrate his legacy by attending the Splendiferous Showdown, an interactive live game show inspired by Roald Dahl, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Recommended for third through sixth graders but all ages are welcome. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Wild edible plants can add an element of learning to your time spent outdoors. Learn to identify and pick wild edible plants on this walk led by naturalist John Root. Edible perennials and bluebird boxes will be offered for sale. All ages are welcome. Crabapple Farm. 22 Sugar Hill Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 10, 2pm and 8pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 10, 8pm
STEM/OPERA
Science Fair is a unique combination of opera and science experiments! This performance was created as a collaboration between an opera singer and science writers and teachers. Learn about scientific concepts such as the solar system, atomic orbitals, molecules of DNA and more through music and wit. This performance takes place in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (DONATION)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

 

Hilltown Family Variety Show7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of 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 9 years of archived shows.

Sunday, September 11, 9am-6:45pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Franklin County Fair is a 168-year-old local tradition celebrating food, agriculture, and the culture of Franklin County. You can witness truck pulls and horse draws, as well as sheep, cattle, and rabbit shows. Youth agricultural exhibits give young people the chance to showcase their work and share their knowledge. Come learn about and support the year round work of local farmers and agricultural workers of all kinds. Check the fair website for a full schedule and details. 413-774-4282. Fairgrounds. Greenfield, MA. (Adult $; Senior (60 plus) and Youth (8-17) <$; 8 and younger FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 10am
MEMORIAL
The Springfield Museums 9/11 memorial ceremony will provide an opportunity to honor and remember the fallen victims of this historic tragedy. At 10am there will be a memorial ceremony at St. Michael’s Cathedral (260 State Street). At 1pm, there will be an artist talk with Dawn Siebel, creator of Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11. You can honor the memory of these firefighters by learning about them and the impact they had. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/ART STUDIES
Get to known local artists and musicians at the longest running arts festival in the Pioneer Valley! In it’s second day, The Mattoon Street Arts Festival hosts more than 100 exhibitors, food vendors, and strolling musicians. Support and connect with local artists as you explore the attractions of downtown Springfield. Mattoon Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 12pm-7pm
NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/GREEK CULTURE
Greek “Glendis” are celebrations, often highlighting Greek culture through traditional food and dance. Every year, St. George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts a Glendi for thousands of visitors from far and near, providing the best in traditional Greek foods, pastries, music, dancing, and more. All are welcome to this celebration on September 9th through 11th, 2016. Call 413-737-1496 for more information. 22 St George Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 12:30pm
FAMILY FILM
Going to the movies can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family and older children can look for themes and morals in the narratives. The 2015 film Phantom Boy (rated PG) uses spectacular animation to depict the adventures of Leo. Leo has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city of New York as a ghostly figure. Parents and kids alike will appreciate this film which draws upon film noir cinema to create an impressive visual experience. Images Cinema. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 11, 2pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

Sunday, September 11, 2pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CONTEMPORARY PAINTING
Pablo Casals is often regarded as one of the best cellists of all time. A new exhibition of artwork at the Springfield Central Library will honor his life and work through paintings by local artist Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría. This reception for the exhibit will feature cellist Boris Kogan from 2:15-2:45 p.m. playing in the style of Pablo Casals. 220 State Street. Springfield., MA. ()

Sunday, September 11, 2pm
LAWN CONCERT/PLACEMAKING
Placemaking is a practice and a philosophy. It is an approach to both the creation and use of public spaces, aiming to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Lawn concerts are one type of event which supports placemaking, by drawing people together and strengthening a connection to neighbors via community spaces. The North Adams Music Series will be running through October 16, with free live music every Sunday. Check the Levitt Foundation website for a schedule of musicians. On September 11th, Olive Tiger will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 11, 2pm-4pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
How many musical instruments can you name by sight? Come see and hear lots of different instruments at the Northampton Community Music Center’s Open House and Instrument Petting Zoo. Participants will have the chance to meet teachers, take free demo classes, and enjoy live music on the front lawn. NCMC Programs include instruction in 25 different instruments, choruses, instrumental ensembles, vocal performance classes, recording studio classes, summer programs and special workshops. Learn about their offerings at this open house. 413-585-0001. 139 South Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, September 12, 9:30am-11:30am
PARENTING
The Northampton Parents Center brings families together for conversation, play, and learning. You’re invited to drop in during their opening day of the season for a cooperative playgroup for families with young children. Play is essential to children’s learning and development. Playing with your child helps you connect, build happy memories together, and enjoy the moment. Donations of snacks are welcome (Fruits, crackers, baked goods, just NO NUTS.) 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Monday, September 12, 10am-11am
GUIDED HIKE/NATURAL HISTORY
A love of the outdoors can inspire an interest in local history, as naturalists learn about history through the changing landscape of forests, parks, mountains, and trails. People ages twelve and up are invited to a “Changing Landscapes” guided hike to learn how forests in Massachusetts changed since European colonization, and how they continue to change. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 12, 11am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/DENDROLOGY
New England is a beautiful place to spend autumn, as the leaves change colors. But why exactly do they change colors? You can learn about all of the changes trees are undergoing as they prepare for winter on a 1.5 mile hike at Skinner State Park. Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on the summit house deck. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 12, 5:30-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Scratch is a website which allows users to program their own characters and stories, and to share them with other users online. It is a resource for beginners to experiment with coding and commands. Participants ages 9 and up are invited to Holyoke Codes to build video games with Scratch. The group will collaborate to build a game called Space Defender. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 12, 6pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Conservación Panamás’s Executive Director, Ezekiel Jakob, will be giving a talk about migratory New England birds at the Greenfield Public Library. You can learn about species conservation efforts, the organization Jakob runs, and scientific research which has been conducted in this field 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 12, 8pm
LITERACY/CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is a reality we must all face and grapple with, and sometimes the first step is a greater understanding of the phenomenon through education. Elizabeth Kolbert is author of the Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, about the future of planet Earth and the possibility of human extinction. Her book talk will offer the opportunity to learn about writing, Earth science, geology, natural history, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Please reserve tickets online at the “The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance page of the Williams College website. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2106

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, September 13, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY
Studying birds is a sensory experience, requiring birders to clear their minds and focus in on particular sounds and sights. On the second Tuesday of the month, through November, Joe Superchi will be running an accessible birding course, for birders of all abilities. For additional outdoor activities, check out our post, Accessible Outdoor Trails in Western MA. Call ahead for wheelchair van access, 978-248-9491. 100 Main Street. Athol, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 10:30am-11:30am
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Spending time outdoors, in natural settings, helps people connect to their senses and to the present moment. You can explore Holyoke Heritage State Park with a group at the “Coming to Our Senses” program. This program is intended for teens age 15 and older, and adults. Siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-534-1723. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 1pm
HORTICULTURE
Garden plants tend to die in winter, right? Not necessarily. You can prepare now to build a garden of brightly colored berries, twigs, stems, foliage and even winter-blooming flowers, to brighten up your yard in the cold months. Winter gardens are low maintenance, with no weeding or watering. Find out more at this talk, Celebrating the Winter Garden, to take place at the Storrs Library 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 3pm-4pm
LIFELONG LEARNING
Public libraries can be great local resources for job searching, resume writing, and career readiness skills. The Sunderland Public Library will be providing job seeking workshops for adults, on September 13, and 20. The September 613 workshop will focus on resume writing. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm-7pm
LANGUAGE LEARNING
Learning a second language is a fun and exciting challenge for the brain. The best way to learn and improve is through conversation. Fluent French speakers and learners are invited to a casual gathering for French conversation at the Cushman Library. For more language learning opportunities, check out our post, Language Learning Resources in Western MA. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 6pm-8pm
PARENTING
The first year of a baby’s life is full of learning. For new parents, it’s no different. Women in their last trimester of pregnancy, and/or their partners, are invited to Child Care of the Berkshires for a baby care workshop. Participants will receive a baby box with tons of newborn necessities. Call the Family Center at 413-664-4821 to reserve a spot. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 7pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/FOOD HISTORY
Today, in New England and beyond, pie is a staple dessert during the winter holidays. In early American cuisine, sweet and savory pies were an integral part of diet year-round. Pilgrims brought to America their practice of pie making and developed their recipes with newly available ingredients. Robert Cox, head of special collections and archives at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and author of New England Pie: History Under A Crust can tell you a great deal more about pie at this free lecture at the Pelham Library. For more information and to sign up contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797. 2 South Valley Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 13, 7pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, September 14, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Do you love to watch birds? Can you name some of the species that are frequently found visiting backyard bird-feeders? Would you like to know more, or to simply enjoy some time connecting to nature? Bird watching is a wonderful way to get outdoors early in the morning while the world is especially peaceful. Jonathan Pierce, caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, will run this weekly bird walk for adults. Learn new bird species as you explore the sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30am-11:30am
ZOOLOGY/ENTOMOLOGY
Sometimes children are curious, and possibly concerned, about the sounds outside their window. This program at Holyoke Heritage State Park will teach families with children ages 4-7 (siblings welcome) about the animals and insects that make sounds in the night, and what purposes those sounds serve. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30am-2:30pm
INTEREST-BASED LEARNING/HISTORY
Homeschoolers learn everywhere and anywhere. Homeschooled youth, and their parents, are invited to a day of learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Hands-on activities include open hearth cooking, weaving, painting, paper marbling, and more. Meet other homeschool families as you learn historic and practical crafts and trades! 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. ($)

Wednesday, September 14, 2pm and 7pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, September 14, 3pm
ART STUDIES/POLITICAL HISTORY
Political cartoons are an art form which can have a real social impact. Opening September 10th, the exhibition “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The show’s curator will offer will gallery tours exploring Nast’s imagery and impact. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 4pm-6pm
ENTOMOLOGY/CATERPILLARS
You can become a citizen scientist by helping to tag monarchs before they head south to the overwintering grounds in Mexico. Jennifer Unkles has been tagging monarchs since 1997. She will be teaching participants at the Hitchcock Center about the monarch’s life cycle, their epic annual migration, how the tagging program works, and how to tag any monarchs you’re able to catch and release. Registration is recommended. 413-256-6006. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 5pm-6pm
FINANCE
At some point, teens need to learn essential banking skills such as how to write a check, how to balance a checkbook, and how to use the bank efficiently. Anita from Greenfield Savings Bank will be discussing those topics in this workshop for teens at the Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 5:15pm-6:15pm
YOGA/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Norman Rockwell Museum
is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. On Wednesdays through September 28th, adults can visit the museum and take a yoga class with the price of admission. Kripalu certified yoga instructor Kathi Hatch will teach this class which is appropriate for all skill levels. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Read more in our post, Community-Based Organizations & Workshops to Support Coding for All Ages. Lab nights at Holyoke Codes offer unstructured time for participants to work on any project, independently or in groups. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Visit the Holyoke Codes website for more information. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, September 14, 6pm-7pm
WOMEN’S HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY
Wistariahurst Museum was originally the home of the prominent silk manufacturer, William Skinner, and his family. This program will focus on Belle Skinner, William’s sister, and the impact she had on the family as well as the structure of the house. The talk will be followed by an optional tour of Wistariahurst focused on the impact of Belle Skinner on Wistariahurst and the Holyoke community. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30pm-8pm
WRITING
Muriel Rukeyser once posed this challenge: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” The Powder Keg Sessions is a women’s writing workshop at the Ramsdell Library, where women come together to share their truths. The workshops are run by Suzi Banks Baum, an author, artist, and mother who teaches classes on nurturing the habit of daily writing. Come see what writing can do for you, and what your writing can do for others. 413- 274-3738. 1087 Main Street. Housatonic, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, September 15, 9:30am-11:30am
WRITING
Whether writing fiction, non fiction, or poetry, writers often draw upon their memories and experiences to create art. Memoir is a genre focused on telling a life story or event through the use of memory. Local writer Mary Clare Powell will lead an 8-week memoir-writing course at the Greenfield Public Library beginning September 15. Registration is required and will be limited to 25. Stop by the library or call the adult circulation desk at 413-772-1544 to register. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 10am-12pm
GENEALOGY
Genealogy is a topic which connects people to their personal heritage, as well as national and cultural history. It also requires a degree of technological and research skills. This four part beginner workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum will cover various research topics in the realm of genealogy. The first meeting will help participants organize their familial information and glean facts from the census. Workshops take place September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. Registration is required and space is limited. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 12:15pm-1pm
CARTOGRAPHY/ART STUDIES
“Imaginative” maps incorporate illustration, exaggeration, and other forms of creativity to the art of map-making. Author and illustrator John Roman will be giving a lecture at the Springfield Museums about his book on the topic, The Art of Illustrated Maps. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, September 15, 1pm-5pm
CULTURAL STUDIES/FIBER ARTS
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Springfield Library will be hosting cultural heritage programs between September 15 and October 15. The month long celebration kicks off with an educational display about textiles produced in Central America by Mayan Indians at the East Forest Park Branch. Come see books, handwoven clothing, and wall hangings which highlight the culture and history of Mexico and Guatemala. 413-263-6836.122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 2pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/ARCHITECTURE
The Norman Rockwell Museum
is located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life. The museum offers the opportunity to learn about art history as well as biographical information on Rockwell himself. During this adult program, visitors are invited to explore the entire campus, learn about the historic buildings onsite, and enjoy the museum’s outdoor exhibition inspired by Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. The program is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 4:30pm
POLITICAL SCIENCE/ACTIVISM
Often, if you want to be politically active, the first step is educating yourself so that you can be informed and make an impact on important issues. If you want to learn about criminal justice reform, you can attend this lecture at Smith College, presented by Patti B. Saris, chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Saris will discuss the problem of mass incarceration and the reforms necessary to change the system. Neilson Browsing Room. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 5pm-8pm
PSYCHOLOGY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
There are dozens upon dozens of phobias, ranging from the common to the rare, the general to the highly specific. A new exhibition at the Berkshire Museum will explore fears through artwork of various mediums. Get ready for the spooky season of autumn by checking out this exhibition, on view from September 15 through October 31, 2016. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; Museum members FREE; Ages 3 and under FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 5pm-9pm
PLACEMAKING
Amherst BID’s 5th Annual Block Party happens! North Pleasant Street is closed to traffic and vendors, performers and music fills the street. There is something to see and experience for every age, including live music on two stages! The Amherst Poetry Festival launches at the Block Party with a Poemkemon Scavenger Hunt and other fun activities. Please join the fun and help celebrate Downtown Amherst. Downtown. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm-7pm
YOGA
Yantra yoga is a yoga practice that is over a thousand years old. It originated in Tibet and has made its way West, impacting yoga practices across the globe. Martina Kacurova will be teaching a Yantra yoga class every Thursday through November 3rd. Beginners are welcome to this course from the Shang Shung Institue of America. 413-369-4928. Classes take place at the Upstairs Studio. 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Thursday, September 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE/SEED SAVING
Seed saving is a harmonious practice of taking seeds, which are reproductive material from fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers, to continue the cycle of growth through planting. This is how farms and gardens were traditionally maintained for thousands of years. Come to this seed saving workshop at the Gaylord Memorial Library to learn how to develop seeds that become acclimated to our local climate. Seed saving will help you save money on plants and gain a greater understanding of where your food comes from. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm
POETRY/PLACEMAKING
Learning about the historic figures who once resided in a town can enlighten citizens and instill in them a greater connection to place. For those who live in and around Amherst, Massachusetts, learning about the history of Amherst through a lens of historic poetry can do exactly that. The Amherst Poetry Fest and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon kicks off on September 15th with Doughnuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems. The readings of her poems will take place in West Cemetery, where Emily Dickinson is buried. There will also be an open mic reading at 9pm. Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum website for a full schedule of events to take place September 15th-17th. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 15, 7pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 6 Prospect Street, Orange, MA. ($$)

Thursday September 15, 7:30pm
THEATER
The Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents their second annual festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors. Play By Play 2016 will feature new plays and performance pieces by playwrights Meryl Cohn, Mojie Crigler, Harley Erdman, Leanna James Blackwell, Tanyss Rhea Martula, and Eric Henry Sander. This festival offers audiences the chance to see contemporary theatrical work written, produced, and performed by local artists. On September 15, you can see CROWSNEST by Harley Erdman . An early arrival is recommended. Seating is limited and there are no reservations. All performances will be held at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($10 SUGGESTED DONATION)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, September 16
PLACEMAKING
The Big E is turning 100! The fair kicks off on the 16th with horse shows and races, a circus tent, parade, live music, and much more. Opening day is also Military Appreciation Day, where active duty, retired military personnel and veterans will receive free admission. This 100 year old community fair and exhibition provides the opportunity to learn about agriculture as well as New England culture and history. Check the Eastern States Exposition website for a full schedule and a breakdown of admission costs. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($-$$)

Friday, September 16, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
You can bird watch year-round, but Spring and Fall are the best times to learn about migrating birds. You can learn to identify newly arrived wood-warblers during this guided nature walk. These birds are small, but many of them are bright and colorful, making them relatively easy to spot. Learn about local ecology while enjoying a walk around the Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. Come each week to observe changes in bird species. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 10am
AGRICULTURE/PICK YOUR OWN
Picking your own apples as a family helps kids make connections between their food and where it comes from. Staff from the Family Center invite you to join them for apple picking in Lakeview Orchard. Each registered child ages 2 to 5 years old will receive a bag to fill with apples. Space is limited. Call 413-664-4821 to register. 94 Old Cheshire Road. Lanesborough, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 10am-11am
ZOOLOGY
Your children between the ages of three to six can learn about biology, ecology, and animal studies through interactive programs at weekly “Kidleidoscope” Mount Holyoke Range State Park. On September 16, participants will learn all about snakes- how they smell with their tongues, and other quirky traits that help them survive. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 2pm-3pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Walking in the woods is a relaxing and mind-clearing exercise. With a guide, you can add education to this healthy activity. People of all ages are invited to Wild Woods Walk at Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. A park interpreter will teach you about the plants and animals that call the park home. You will learn how to recognize some of them by sight and sound. Meet at the Notch Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 3pm-3:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Aerial tramways, which transport people up mountains, were an exciting and possibly frightening invention when they were new. Riding one for the first time can be somewhat intimidating, especially for those who are unfamiliar with how they work. People ages twelve and up, and their caregivers, are invited to Skinner State Park to learn about the history of the tramway and the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. Meet at the summit house. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Friday, September 16, 7pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LIVING HISTORY
Historic cemeteries can teach people about local and natural history, through the structures of gravestones and the information they contain. You are invited to Night of the Living Dead III at Ringville Cemetery, a full moon cemetery walk. Historic figures residing in the cemetery will rise from the dead and relay their stories. Visit the Worthington Historical Society website for more details. 413-238-0491. Witt Hill Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 7pm-10pm
FILM STUDIES
Local film festivals connect viewers with the filmmakers and show audiences emerging trends in cinematography. Smith College’s “Outfest on the Road” festival will feature award-winning documentaries, feature length films, and short film programs. The festival will kick off with a screening of Margarita with a Straw at the Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 16, 7:30pm
THEATER
The Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents their second annual festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors. Play By Play 2016 will feature new plays and performance pieces by playwrights Meryl Cohn, Mojie Crigler, Harley Erdman, Leanna James Blackwell, Tanyss Rhea Martula, and Eric Henry Sander. This festival offers audiences the chance to see contemporary theatrical work written, produced, and performed by local artists. On September 16, you can see THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL by Mojie Crigler. An early arrival is recommended. Seating is limited and there are no reservations. All performances will be held at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. ($10 SUGGESTED DONATION)

Friday, September 16, 8pm
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL
Based on the beloved Walt Disney classic of the same name, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast. The only way the spell can be broken is if he learns to love and be loved in return. The story truly begins when the spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts and the playful teacup named Chip, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Through the art of song and dance, this timeless tale highlights the importance of remaining true to ourselves and reminds us that real beauty comes from within. The production is presented by the Arena Civic Theatre and performances will be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium in the Orange Town Hall. 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.

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