Suggested Events for September 24th-30th, 2016

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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.

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Sep 24

Shabbat Shabloom! Saturday, Sept 24 at 10am on Abundance Farm in Northampton. Celebrate the end the week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer – especially for ages 0-5. Stay to stroll the farm, play on the playground and enjoy grape juice and homemade challah. All are welcome. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, across the street from the YMCA. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! Facebook group.

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.

Oct 1

Harvest Day Open House at The Hartsbrook School, Saturday, October 1, 10am-12noon. Join the festivities and learn more about The Hartsbrook School, and the Land Stewardship Program. Take a workshop in beekeeping, seed saving and fiber arts. Meet the animals that live on the farm. Explore the gardens, woods, streams and fields that the students care for, work on and learn about. This event is for current families and those wishing to learn more about the school. A bountiful, locally grown snack will be served! Experience Hartsbrook’s rich, hands-on curriculum firsthand and imagine the possibilities for your child. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Rd. in Hadley. For more info call 413-586-1908 or visit online at www.hartsbrook.org.

Sep 23

The Hartsbrook School is pleased to welcome Kim John Payne, family counselor & internationally acclaimed author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. In defense of the extraordinary power of less, Kim John Payne helps to reclaim the space & freedom we all need. This simplifying path allows kids’ individuality to shine & their attention to flourish. The Simplicity Parenting approach is based on over 30 years’ experience of successfully supporting busy families. For those who want to balance their children’s lives but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration & a blueprint for change. Fri, Sept 23 at 7pm. $15. 193 Bay Rd, Hadley. 413-586-1908

Sep 24 & 25

The 18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is the weekend of September 24 & 25 from 10am-5pm in Orange, MA. There’s something for everyone at this annual cultural celebration! Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, and fabulous food. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word, and dance on three stages; chef demos and renewable energy education including the new Portal to the Future. Great for families with performances throughout the fields, a pottery tent, hula-hooping, horse-drawn hayrides, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5/adults; Kids 12 & under are free! More info at www.garlicandarts.org, including directions/parking & program updates. Follow on Facebook for updates on the festival that stinks!

Oct 2

The 55th Annual Conway Festival of the Hills is on Sunday, October 2 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Enjoy live music, the famed “skillet toss,” craft fair, parade, log splitting contest, art, blacksmithing, weaving, local products, and of course, yummy food, freshly pressed cider and fried dough with maple cream! For the kids, a hay maze, hill slide, children’s book signing, and lots of free activities. Sign up for the Covered Bridge Classic or Kids Fun Run! The festival is located in historic Conway center, Route 116, 8 minutes from Route 91 in Deerfield. Admission, parking, and almost all activities are free. See www.festivalofthehills.com for details.

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September 24-30, 2016

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Saturday, September 24, 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. 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 24,
ECOLOGY/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
The Connecticut River dictates the landscape of much of western New England. Western Massachusetts’ hills and mountains provide a river- and stream-filled frame for the Connecticut River as it flows through towards Connecticut and, eventually, into the Atlantic Ocean. You can help keep that river thriving by participating in the 20th annual Source to Sea Clean-Up, an event that mobilizes volunteers from all over the Connecticut River watershed for a day of cleaning and caring for the river. For more information and to sign up, visit the Connecticut River Watershed Council website.

Saturday, September 24, 8am-10pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Belchertown Fair will celebrate its 159th year with traditional activities such as a giant pumpkin contest, exhibit halls, photo booths and live music! There will be plenty of entertainment for people of all ages. Each day, kids can drop by the Farmer For A Day activity area and learn about agriculture in hands on ways. Check the Belchertown Fair website for a full schedule of activities. Park Street and Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE admission)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
This September and October, Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more! On September 24th, you can learn about the history of the Berkshire through the lens of 18th and 19th century industries such as charcoal, lime, glass and iron. Attendees will travel together to lime and charcoal making sites at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and to the Lenox Historical Society’s iron ore sites in downtown Lenox. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more information. Registration is required. Email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320. Lenox and Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
ECOLOGY/HISTORY
The landscape of the Berkshires has undergone massive changes, largely due to human activity. Come to this program, “From Iron Ore to Orioles,” to learn about how 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries impacting the land. Educators will explain the impact these industries had on forests and wildlife. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
You can learn about ecology and biology by helping out at the Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup. Participants ages seven and up, and their caregivers, are invited to meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center Great Hall for a morning of improving the watershed through hands on tasks. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/HISTORY
Textile and paper mills are a part of local and agricultural history. You can learn about the thriving woolen mill operation on the East Branch of the Housatonic River on a guided, three mile hike. This program is suitable for families. Wear sturdy footwear and bring drink and snack. Walk goes rain or shine. Call 413-394-9796 to register. Old Mill Trail. Hinsdale, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 9am-4pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Fans of public libraries know the joy of sharing knowledge in the form of free, borrowed books. Sometimes, though, it can be nice to own a book. You may want to lend it to friends, annotate it, or read it again years later. You can purchase books, and other items, to own while still supporting your public library. Come to the North Adams Public Library Book Sale and search through paper and hardback books, books on CD, DVDs, children’s books, and religious books all moderately priced, including some free VHS tapes. 413-662-3133. 74 Church Street. North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 9:30am-12:30pm
DENDROLOGY/GEOLOGY
What do rocks and trees have to do with each other? Find out on a three mile hike of Mount Holyoke. You will learn how rocks affect trees, and how you can tell by looking at the trees what kind of rocks you might find near them. This program is appropriate for ages twelve and up. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 9:30am-5pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/APPLES
Attending an “Apple Day” at Old Sturbridge Village can teach you about local and New England history through food culture. Participants will be able to make cider and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can learn about how varieties of apples are created, taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties, and pick your own! Apple days will take place September 24 and 25, as well as October 1 and 2. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adult $$; 3-17 $; children age 2 and under FREE )

Saturday, September 24, 10am
PLACEMAKING/CULTURE STUDIES
Celebrate Jewish culture at a “Shabbat Shabloom” gathering! Families will gather for music and movement at Abundance Farm. Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer lead a musical performance especially for young children, (ages birth through six) encouraging participation. Families are invited to tour the farm, sample what is in season, and take home flowers. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, September 24, 10am
FILM STUDIES/FAMILY FILM
Fairy-tales continue to influence narrative forms across various cultures. The 2011 animated film, Tales of the Night (not rated), blends history with the magic of fairy-tales as it weaves together six exotic fables from different lands. This film could be of interest to children and adults who appreciate the visual arts. The film uses 3D animation and a shadow puppet style with black silhouetted characters. This screening will take place at Amherst Cinema. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
It’s never too early to get your child interested in nature and the outdoors. Caregivers of children ages birth to five years old can join Mass Audubon for their “First Child in the Woods” infant/toddler walk at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Come prepared to have fun outdoors, learn about nature, and meet other kids and caregivers. This is a great way to get your young child introduced to nature! Call 413-584-3009 to register. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-12pm
NATURAL HISTORY/LOCAL HISTORY
Through the lens of local, Holyoke history, you can learn about the progression of industries such as the creation of paper. Individuals and families with children ages 7 and older are invited learn about how paper was made in Holyoke’s historic paper mills. Participants will have the chance to make their own paper, decorated with wildflowers found in Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet n the Visitor’s Center lobby 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-1:30pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
Fans of public libraries know the joy of sharing knowledge in the form of free, borrowed books. Sometimes, though, it can be nice to own a book. You may want to lend it to friends, annotate it, or read it again years later. You can purchase books, and other items, while still supporting your public library, at the Greenfield Public Library Early Fall Book Sale. The sale will take place in the library basement. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET
Farmers’ markets offer a consistent, simple way for local farmers and food producers to connect with the community. These markets provide locally grown items, teaching buyers about their habitat through seasonal variation in what is available. This Easthampton farmers’ and makers’ market will also offer locally made items, bringing artists and crafters into the mix. See what you can find, every Saturday from 10am-2pm through September 24th. For more information, visit the Easthampton Farmers’ and Makers’ Market website. 50 Payson Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-4pm
COMMUNITY FESTIVAL/PLACEMAKING
The Amherst Apple Harvest Festival combines the traditional culture of a New England community fair, with art sales and fine crafts. This Amherst Family Center event brings together artisans, crafters and performers. Come to the 30th Annual Apple Harvest Festival to celebrate fall with local families! The event will feature activities for kids, local food, and a silent auction. 413-545-0865. Town Common. Amherst, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-4:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/SCHOOLHOUSE
Historical one room schoolhouses provide insight into local and New England history, as well as the history of families, childhood, and education. Harvest Day for Families at Historic Deerfield will feature visits to The Wapping Schoolhouse and early 19th-century lessons for grades one through fix. Participate in early math, reading and writing lessons, as well as recess with historic toys! The whole family can be a part of this day. Learn about early agricultural life as you celebrate the fall harvest this year. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 10am-5pm
CULINARY ARTS/PLACEMAKING
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a unique Western Massachusetts tradition blending together the culinary and visual arts into one! Celebrate a favorite ingredient and bountiful local crop- garlic- with silly games, an eating contest, and chef demonstrations! Browse the local artists’ booths and gain a strengthened sense of place through local artwork. The 18th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to support local artists, farmers, and chefs. www.garlicandarts.org Forster’s Farm. 60 Chestnut Hill Road. Orange, MA. (Admission: <$. 12 and under FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 24, 10:15-11:15
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. Seed saving can help you save money on plants and gain a greater understanding of where your food comes from. Come to the seed saving social at the Gaylord Memorial Library to discuss seed saving efforts and swap stories.413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 10:30am
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/ART STUDIES
The Clark Art Institute’s summer exhibition, Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, honors the natural beauty of the land surrounding the museum. The Clark is set within 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails. You can explore stone hill through a guided walk, as well as a visit to the exhibit. Hike leaders will discuss landscape architecture and design, as well as sustainability efforts at the Clark. The moderate hike is open to all ages; participants should wear shoes appropriate for varied terrain. Meet at the entrance of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus. Free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; members, 18 and under, and students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 11am
FIBER ARTS/HISTORY
Quilting is undeniably an impressive art form requiring patience, planning, and fine motor skills. It can also be an entry point for learning math, since quilting requires basic geometric concepts. Further, you can learn about history through a lens of fiber arts by studying quilting. The Harvest of Quilts at Hancock Shaker Village will showcase new and antique quilts, while also providing talks and demonstrations. The Harvest of Quilts takes place during the County Fair, which will provide a farmers’ market as well as live music and much more. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for more information. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($; ages 13 to 17 <$; members and children under 12 FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 11am, 12pm and 1pm
LIVING HISTORY/THEATER
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 24, 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 24, 12pm-2pm
LANGUAGE ARTS
As part of a series of events showcasing local authors, East Springfield Branch Library. Springfield City Library will host Kate Anderson, author of the mystery novel Hospital Hill, which is set in the Northampton State Hospital. The Northampton State Hospital is an important part of local history. The hospital was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Anderson’s talk will include a slideshow of historic Northampton State Hospital pictures and collection of related artifacts. Refreshments will follow the book signing. 413-263-6828. 21 Osborne Terrace.. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 12pm-2pm
ENTOMOLOGY/POLLINATORS
You are most likely aware that pollinator insects are on the decline, and that these insects are vitally important to humans and other species. Pollinators are essential to the growth of many foods and flowers. Come to the “Pollinator Party” to learn about pollinators, enjoy a pollinator picnic (rice cakes and cranberry juice), craft a pollinator house, and find out what you can do to help! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 24, 12pm-3pm
DRAGON BOAT RACING/PLACEMAKING
The practice of racing dragon boats, which are traditionally wooden boats powered by rowing, originated in China more than 2500 years ago. Paradise City Dragon Boat will be providing a more relaxed dragon boat experience, as well as some light competition, at this gathering in Easthampton. Easthampton Public School teachers will participate in a fun dragon boat “tug of war.” You and your child can go for a dragon boat ride! Admissions for the ride is a donation of a school supply or canned food item, to be collected in special dragon boxes the day of the event. Flotation devices will be provided. Nashawannuck Pond. Cottage Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 1pm-3pm
LOCAL HISTORY/SCHOOLHOUSE
Historic one-room schoolhouses provide a lens into the history of American education. You can learn about local history on a walking tour with Gloria Morse of the Richmond Historical Society. You will see historic structures of the area including the former Branch Tavern, once a popular 18th and 19th century stopover on the stagecoach route. Meet at the Richmond schoolhouse. 981 Summit Road. Richmond, MA. (FREE)

September 24, 1pm-3pm
SOLAR ENERGY/STEM
You can learn about engineering and solar energy through hands on projects at Holyoke Codes. Participants ages seven and up are invited to collaborate on a solar city of LEGOS. This event is weather dependent. If there isn’t enough sun, the group may postpone to Sunday, September 25th. Call 413- 552-4900 for more details. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 1pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/SCHOOLHOUSE
Historical one room schoolhouses provide insight into local and New England history, as well as the history of families and childhood. You can find out what education was like in the late 1700s through exploration of the books, documents, maps, artifacts, clothing, tools and other historical items at the Norwich Bridge School. This tour is offered by the Huntington Historical Society. Corner of Worthington and Littleville Roads. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 1pm-5pm
WELLNESS
Like any other illness, mental or physical, substance abuse causes heartbreak and strife for numerous families. Entire communities are affected when widespread problems remain untreated. The harmful stigma around substance abuse makes it difficult for individuals and families to seek help. For national recovery month, you can make a difference by participating in the Voices for Recovery Rally, Walk and Vigil. For more information visit the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition website or call 413-663-7588. Noel Field. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 1:30pm
STORYTELLING
Local storytellers help build our sense of communal identity through shared experiences and narratives. Stories and Music from Appalachia will feature West Virginian musician Otto Ross and storyteller Katie Ross. There will be additional storytelling voices as audience members are invited to speak at 2:45. Finally, Dr. Gail Herman will share stories for children around 3:15. Come to share, or to listen, or both. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 2pm and 11pm
FILM STUDIES/HISTORY
The local, community-supported theater Images Cinema is celebrating its 100th anniversary! This year, the cinema will be participating in the nationwide event, Art House Theater Day with two special screenings. At 2pm, you can come to a family matinee of the animated film, A Town Called Panic: The Specials. Or you can attend a late-night screening of the recently restored cult classic Phantasm. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 24, 2pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/GUIDED WALK
Learning about the history of your town can be more fun and engaging when it is paired with visuals and exercise. You can learn about Shelburne Falls by strolling the town. Participants will architectural sites such as the Patchwork House, movie set locations, and re-purposed buildings. You will also have the opportunity to learn about geology through the so-called Glacial Potholes. Register and pay on the Greenfield Community College website. Call 413-775-1661 for details. Downtown. Shelburne Falls, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 24, 2pm-6pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
At Shelburne Falls Art Walk you can visit seven different art exhibits in a single afternoon! This casual event can be a great introduction for kids to explore local artwork, with many different galleries and locations to explore while walking downtown. You can also explore fine cutlery and tools at Lamson Factory Outlet, or explore local restaurants, markets, and bookstores. Pick up an Art Walk Map at the Village Information Center, 75 Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 3pm-4pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/CLOTHING SWAP
Have you ever thrown a clothing swap with your friends? It feels great to give to your clothes away, get new clothes in return, and minimize your wardrobe so that your closet isn’t full of items you never wear. You can participate in a community-wide clothing swap at The Haberdashery by donating Fall or Winter clothing or accessories. Drop your items off sometime before the event, during the Haberdashery’s hours of operation (Wed, Sep 21 thru Fri, Sep 23, 10 – 5pm & until 2pm on Swap Day). Recycle your unwanted clothes, get some new items and check out this local resource for D.I.Y. products and classes. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (>$)

Saturday, September 24, 3pm-3:30pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is approximately 20 minutes long and appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 3pm-5pm
ENTOMOLOGY/POLLINATORS
Bees are pollinators. They are vitally important to the survival of humans and other species because they are necessary for the growth of various foods and flowers. You are most likely aware that pollinator insects are on the decline, and that these insects are vitally important to humans and other species. Veteran beekeeper Kenneth Warchol will be sharing his knowledge of the challenges honeybees face in this presentation at the Bushnell-Sage Library. Ken will also have a variety of honeys to sample. 413-229-7004. 48 S Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 5pm
FILM STUDIES
Wes Anderson has directed eight films in the past twenty years, impacting contemporary cinematography with his distinct visual style. The Academy of Music Theatre’s Weekend With Wes Anderson will give you the chance to see three of Anderson’s most popular films on the big screen. On September 24 or 25, you can see Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou back to back. Gather with other Wes Anderson fans, or get a crash course by seeing his films for the first time. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 24, 5pm-10pm
FASHION/UPCYCLING
Upcycling is the act of transforming an item, often something otherwise not useful, for a new purpose. The Turners Falls Lost and Found Fashion Show is a creative effort to transform laundry abandoned at Suzee’s Third Street Laundry into high fashion for the runway! There will be live music, dance from Craze Faze, and other obtuse performances which celebrate the act of creative transformation. Tickets can be purchased from the Turners Falls River Culture website. The event will take place in The Shea Theater. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 24, 6:30pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/FOOD CULTURE
You can learn about local and New England history through food. The Pelham Historical Society’s New England dinner and a pie auction is a chance to celebrate the fall harvest and agricultural tradition. Call 413-259-1117 to purchase tickets, or purchase them in person at the Pelham Library. Pelham Historic Town Hall. Amherst Road. Pelham, MA. (Adults $. 12 and younger <$)

Saturday, September 24, 7pm
THEATER/PLACEMAKING
Local, original theater performances can connect community members with each other and with local spaces. Double Edge Theater’s show, The Springfield Spectacular, is a large-scale outdoor performance showcasing youth performers from Springfield Conservatory of the Arts Public School. The performance in Forest Park will incorporate music, and explore many aspects of Latin American culture. 413-787-6440. 200 Trafton Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 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 24, you can see GRIMM WOMEN by Leanna James Blackwell. 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)

Saturday, September 24, 6:30pm and 8:30pm
MUSIC & THEATER
The Water Project (Immersive) submerges the audience in a dreamscape evoking the final week of the decision making-process: to flood or not to flood Quabbin Reservoir in service of providing clean water to rapidly growing Boston. The audience is invited to explore the story unfolding around them in this theatrical journey through our local landscape. Faced with imminent flooding, the Doubleday family confronts the end of life and home as they know it, while anxiety rises and rumors walk the halls. Live theater joins forces with the Pioneer Valley’s thriving independent music scene in this original production that immerses audiences in the currents of time. Presented by TheatreTruck and The Swift River Valley Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or cash-only at the door. The performances will be held at the The Swift River Valley Historical Society, 40 Elm Street, New Salem, MA. ($$)

Saturday, September 24, 8pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Antonín Dvořák was a Czech musician and composer who reached worldwide recognition with his Moravian folk-influenced style of composition. The Amherst Symphony Orchestra at Amherst College presenting Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”, the Symphony #9 in E Minor. The “New World” echoes folk, black and Native-American traditions of music, and evokes America’s own myths as well. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. 53 College Street. Amherst, MA. (<$; five college students with valid ID FREE)

Saturday, September 24, 8pm-10pm
ASTRONOMY
The night sky changes with the seasons, thus there is always something new to see and learn about. You are invited to explore stars, planets, and more at Notchview. On Saturday, August 27 and September 24, volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center will teach you what to look for. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Members FREE. Non members <$)

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Sunday, September 25, 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 25,
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FITNESS
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year! 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’ll 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. The Lion’s Club Pavilion. 15 Billings Way. Hatfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, September 25, 8am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
The Belchertown Fair will celebrate its 159th year with traditional activities such as a giant pumpkin contest, exhibit halls, photo booths and live music! There will be plenty of entertainment for people of all ages. Each day, kids can drop by the Farmer For A Day activity area and learn about agriculture in hands on ways. Check the Belchertown Fair website for a full schedule of activities on September 23, 24, and 25. Park Street and Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE admission)

Sunday, September 25, 9am-11am
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including fields, forests, swamps, and abandoned lime quarries. These habitats make Lime Kiln a great place to learn about varieties of local plant and animal species. This “Lime Kiln Through The Seasons” program will focus on fall foliage, including trees and shrubs. 413-637-0320. Silver Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 9am-12pm
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/GUIDED NATURE WALKS
This September and October, Housatonic Heritage will be offering several opportunities to learn about local history, natural history, infrastructure, architecture, ecology, and more! Paddling trips, self-guided tours, and craft projects will allow people of all ages to connect with their community through a greater sense of place. Visit the Housatonic Heritage website for more information. Registration is required. Email berkshires@massaudubon.org or call 413-637-0320. Lenox and Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 9:30am-5pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/APPLES
Attending an “Apple Day” at Old Sturbridge Village can teach you about local and New England history through food culture. Participants will be able to make cider and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can learn about how varieties of apples are created, taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties, and pick your own! Apple days will take place September 24 and 25, as well as October 1 and 2. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adult $$; 3-17 $; children age 2 and under FREE )

Sunday, September 25, 10am
JEWISH CULTURE/APPLE PICKING
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year. The biblical name is Yom Teruah, which is sometimes translated as the “Feast of Trumpets.” You can celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a feast of apples! Families with young children are invited to pick their own apples at Park Hill Orchard. Picking your own apples connects children with where their food comes from, forging a stronger connection with place and making healthy food fun! Email amy@abundancefarm.org with questions. Park Hill Orchard. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE except cost of apples)

Sunday, September 25, 10am
ORNITHOLOGY/OWLS
Do your kids enjoy watching or identifying birds? You and your children can learn about the owl species that inhabit our region, then play detective and figure out what an owl ate! This program is broken into two 20 minute segments. Feel free to come for either or both. This program is appropriate for ages eight and up. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 10am-3pm
LITERACY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Purchasing books at a library book sale allow you to own the item, while still supporting your library as a local resource for learning. The Whately Library Annual Book and Tag Sale will have tons of bargains on books, CD’s And DVD’s for all ages. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 10am-5pm
CULINARY ARTS/PLACEMAKING
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a unique Western Mass tradition blending together the culinary and visual arts into one! Celebrate a favorite cooking ingredient and bountiful local crop- garlic- with silly games, an eating contest, and chef demonstrations! Browse the local artists’ booths and gain a strengthened sense of place through local artwork. The 18th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to support local artists, farmers, and chefs. www.garlicandarts.org Forster’s Farm. 60 Chestnut Hill Road. Orange, MA. (Admission: <$. 12 and under FREE. MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, September 25, 10:30am-12pm
ARCHITECTURE/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Junior designers are invited to Great Falls Discovery Center to learn about local history and architecture. First, participants will take a walk along the Canalside Rail Trail and learn about the history of the Strathmore Mill. Then they will return to the Great Hall to plan and design the future use of the Mill as part of Turners Falls History Month. Ages 8-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 11:30am
FIBER ARTS/HISTORY
Quilting is undeniably an impressive art form requiring patience, planning, and fine motor skills. It can also be an entry point for learning math, since quilting requires basic geometric concepts. Further, you can learn about history through a lens of fiber arts by studying quilting. The Harvest of Quilts at Hancock Shaker Village will showcase new and antique quilts, while also providing talks and demonstrations. The Harvest of Quilts takes place during the County Fair, which will provide a farmers’ market as well as live music and much more. Visit the Hancock Shaker Village website for more information. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street. Pittsfield MA. ($; ages 13 to 17 <$; members and children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 12pm-3pm
PLACEMAKING/APPLE FESTIVAL
Fall is a time for new change- back to school for kids, changing weather, and possibly some new clothes or supplies. The community tag and craft sale at Outlook Farm’s Apple Festival is one place to look for locally sourced items. All are welcome to come and bring their own treasures to sell. Celebrate the autumn harvest with great food, and live music by Sarah the Fiddler. 413-539-9388. 136 Main Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE admission; MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, September 25, 1pm-2pm
NATURAL HISTORY/ANTHROPOLOGY
Towns, cities, civilizations of all kinds are often built along water sources. The Algonquian peoples established political and economic centers by careful planning centered around rivers, islands at the crossing of trade routes, fording places, bends in rivers, waterfalls, estuarine valleys, heads of tide, and more. Professor Evan Pritchard, of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, will be discussing this anthropological and natural history at Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 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 25th, indie folk group DuPont Brothers will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 2pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spending time outdoors can connect us with our senses as we watch and listen to animals, and take in the smells and sensations of being in nature. Animals, too, use their senses to find food and survive. Kids ages six and up, and their caregivers, are invited to a guided hike to learn about local animals and their survival techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is about 2 ½ miles long, and covers easy terrain. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 2:30pm
ART HISTORY
Provenance, the record of ownership for an item, is a significant part of art history. Some works of art remain in families and homes, some find their way to museums, and some are stolen. If you have visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, you may have learned that 13 pieces were stolen from the museum in 1990. Stephen Kurkjian, author of Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled off The World’s Greatest Art Heist, will be reading from and discussing his book at the Jones Library. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm
HISTORY/PHOTOGRAPHY
History is not always found in books. Some of the history of the United States over the past 40 years have been captured by photographs, such as those taken by renowned photographer Diana Mara Henry. Come and enjoy a reception to highlight her work. The collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives in the W.E.B. DuBois Library, is a rich evocation of four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America, beginning in the late 1960s, as seen through the life of one photojournalist. This diverse body of work is particularly rich in documenting the women’s movement, the Women’s Pentagon Action, marches for the Equal Rights Amendment, and the political scene in the 1970s. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 154 Hicks Way. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 3pm
FILM STUDIES
Wes Anderson has directed eight films in the past twenty years, impacting contemporary cinematography with his distinct visual style. The Academy of Music Theatre’s Weekend With Wes Anderson will give you the chance to see three of Anderson’s most popular films on the big screen. On September 24 or 25, you can see Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou back to back. Gather with other Wes Anderson fans, or get a crash course by seeing his films for the first time. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Sunday, September 25, 3pm
ART STUDIES/MYTHOLOGY
Mythology, explanatory tales full of cultural lessons, appear across the globe in all cultures. These stories often feature gods and goddesses with human qualities, giving narrative explanations for the way the world operates. In addition to mythological storytelling and writing, myths appear in all art forms.You can learn more by attending this lecture, led by Scholars of Northern European art Larry Silver and Aneta Georgievska-Shine at the Clark Art Institute. Each scholar will present their own lecture on the mythological paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. Both lectures are free with museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($; members, 18 and under, and students with valid ID FREE)

Sunday, September 25, 3pm-4:30pm
HISTORY/MUSIC STUDIES
Richard Perlmutter’s album, Sing Along, adds lyrics to the music of Beethoven and other classical artists. In doing so, Perlmutter was able to shed new light on classical music, bringing it to new audiences and adding an educational component through his lyrics. You can watch him perform “Beethoven’s Wig” at Wistariahurst Museum. All ages welcome. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 25, 4pm
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 25, you can see HOTPOT and MY LIFE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: Two pieces by Tanyss Rhea Martula. 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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Monday, September 26, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, September 26, 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 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 Visitor Center of Mount Holyoke Range State Park.. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 26, 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 26, 6pm
STEM/MATHEMATICS
Did you know that the IRS uses algebra and number theory to detect tax fraud? You can learn about their methods and the theories behind their work, at this Sci Tech Cafe. Williams College associate professor of mathematics Steven J. Miller will discuss research is in number theory and probability, including problems on the boundary of math and physics. This event is open to the public. Email scitechcafe@gmail.com with any questions. Union Station. 125 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 26, 6pm-8pm
PARENTING/CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Over the past several decades, children and teens have begun spending less and less time outdoors, and unstructured time has, for some kids, been partly replaced by structured time spent on clubs and teams. In this parenting environment, it can be difficult to go against the majority and limit screen time, or structured time, for your kids. This Brain Building in Progress workshop from the Hilltown Family Center, “Whatever Happened to Go Outside and Play, Changing Screen Time to Green Time,” will focus on strategies to develop healthy early childhood development. Child care will be provided during the sessions. Registration is required. Please contact Susan LeBarron at slebarron@hchcweb.org. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road. Huntington, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, September 27, 9:30am-12pm
GEOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Throughout Mount Holyoke there is geological evidence about the natural history of the Pioneer Valley. Nature enthusiasts ages twelve and up are invited on a guided hike to see these pieces of history and learn how the shape of the Pioneer Valley came to be what we know today. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles over moderate to steep terrain. Bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet at the summit house deck at Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 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 27, 1pm-1:30pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the summit house picnic area next to the kiosk. Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 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 Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 3pm-4:30pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Spending time outdoors can connect us with our senses as we watch and listen to animals, and take in the smells and sensations of being in nature. Animals, too, use their senses to find food and survive. Kids ages six and up, and their caregivers, are invited to a guided hike to learn about local animals and their survival techniques. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This hike is about 1 ½ miles long, and covers easy terrain. Please bring water, bug spray, and sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Meet in the halfway area at Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 6pm
MINDFULNESS/DRAWING
Coloring books provide guidance, allowing people to focus on the creative decisions of color choice and shading without worrying about what to draw. Partly for this reason, adult coloring books have gained popularity as a tool for relaxation. The Adams Free Library will be providing a space for adult coloring. The Library has purchased a small supply of coloring pages and pencils for your use or you can bring your own favorites. 413-743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 6pm
CULTURE STUDIES/CULINARY ARTS
Culinary arts reveal a lot about a particular culture. Every culture has its own rituals around food, it’s own signature ingredients determined by both location and beliefs. You can learn about Israeli culture through food and film at the Congregation B’nai Israel of Northampton. At 6pm there will be an Israeli buffet, followed by a film screening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine at 7pm. Award-winning director/producer Roger Sherman will be present. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Tuesday, September 27, 6pm-7:30pm
ANTHROPOLOGY/HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
Oral histories are still a vitally important part of our sense of self, and our understanding of our families. In the digital age, you can also record, organize, and preserve family stories as part of family history projects. Storytelling coaches Jan Sadler and Theresa Chamberland will be giving a workshop at the Sunderland Public Library teaching participants how to gather, select, and present various kinds of family legacy materials and how share them with family and friends. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 27, 7pm
POETRY/MUSIC
Song lyrics and poetry have their similarities, and yet they have their differences as well. Over the years, countless artists have attempted to draw out the musical qualities of poetry by adding instrumental accompaniment. You can hear one such attempt by PoetryMusic, a chamber jazz duo dedicated to performing poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well-known writers who were also accomplished composers. The duo will be performing at the Jones Library. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after the performance. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, September 28, 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 birdfeeders? 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. The caretaker of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will run this weely 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 28, 4pm
FILM STUDIES
The Northampton Film Festival will not only connect you to the latest in contemporary fillmmaking, it will also bring you together with other fans of film and filmmakers in the area. The festival will showcase the very best of Five College student filmmaking, as well as full length, professional feature films, virtual reality experiences, and more. games, participatory art projects, speakers, workshops, ticketed features and shorts will be showcased across various venues in Northampton. Check the Norhtampton Film Festival website for a full schedule of screenings and events to take place from September 28 through October 2. Northampton, MA. (Full festival pass $$; Day pass $)

Wednesday, September 28, 5pm-6:30pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Grassland birds including bluebirds, boblinks, and meadowlarks, are in need of conservation action. These birds thrive in large fields. Mass Audubon has developed a habitat improvement plan to help these birds at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. You are invited to a presentation and tour to learn more about the plan. Friends and family welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 28, 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 Wednesday 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 28, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/STATISTICS
In the 2011 sports drama Moneyball (PG-13), the Oakland A’s general manager hires an economist to help turn around their fiscally strained and failing team. This “Science on Screen” viewing of the film at Amherst Cinema will feature a talk from data scientist Dr. Ben Baumer, explaining the concept of sabermetrics and how it is used by characters in the film. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, September 28, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/CULTURE STUDIES
The 3rd Annual Spanish/Portuguese film festival at Holyoke Community College invites the entire community to learn about Spanish and Portuguese culture through contemporary films. The festival begins on September 28th with a screening of the 2015 film, Todos Se Van (Everybody Leaves). This film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. This drama portrays a family struggle in Cuba under the rule of Castro. 303 Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

September 29, 9:30am-11am
LITERACY
Reading and comprehension of language are essential skills for functioning; these skills also open up a world of enjoyment through reading for pleasure. Parents can do a lot to encourage literacy in their children. Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills. This program from the Collaborative for Educational Services will teach parents of children ages birth to five years fun activities to encourage literacy. Registration is required through the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. This program will take place at the Amherst Family Center. 1200 N Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 29, 12:15pm-1pm
LOCAL HISTORY/INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure, including buildings, roads, and other structures, affects culture and human behavior. Local historian and storyteller Barry Dietz will be giving this lecture at the Springfield Museums., exploring the effects the the Interstate highway system had on Western Massachusetts. This is a great opportunity for people interested in local or New England history, as well as city planning and human behavior. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, September 29, 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 29, 3pm-5pm; 7pm-9pm
LOCAL HISTORY
In celebration of Turners Falls History Month, you can learn about the history of your area in two ways. First, attend a site walk at the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area. Then, you are invited to a talk about the history of the WMA, the unique species and communities there, habitat management, and prescribed fire. For the walking portion: meet on Old Northfield Road between Turners Falls Road and Lake Pleasant Road beneath the large powerline that crosses Old Northfield Road.The talk will take place in the Great Hall at Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (>$)

Thursday, September 29, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Artwork benefits people of all ages and can bring people together from across communities. Budding artists and creative people can gather inspiration at the final DownStreet Art night of the 2016 season! Galleries across downtown North Adams will be open to the public and in some cases artists may be present. Pop up galleries will also be installed in other venues, giving visitors the chance to explore even further. Downtown. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 29, 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 29, 7pm
LITERACY/POETRY
Rochelle Wildfong ‘s poetry explores the concept of place. Her first published book of poetry, Just Ask , is is arranged by places she has lived and traveled, The Country, The Town, The Pond and, Somewhere In-Between. This book spans 40 years of poetic writing for Wildfong. Her husband Jack Barry is an author and Haiku poet, influenced by the Beat Poets and Henry David Thoreau. Both Barry and Wildfong will be reading from their works at the Meekins Library. Come hear from a range of genres! 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 29, 9pm
POLITICAL SCIENCE
David Greene and Henry Epp are co-hosts New England Public Radio’s Morning Edition, a program which brings both national and local news information to our community. They will be at the Springfield Jewish Community Center discussing the 2016 election and a range of other political topics. Tickets can be purchased at the JCC website. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. ($)

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, September 30, 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 30, 10am-11am
NATURE STUDIES
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. Through a story, an art project, and activity, kids will learn about local plants and animals. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 10am-12pm
LOCAL HISTORY/PHOTOGRAPHY
Do you enjoy architecture, photography, history, or all three? Individuals and families with children ages 8 and older (siblings welcome) are invited on a 1.8 mile walking tour which will explore Holyoke’s local history of textile and paper mill industry. Participants will explore the architectural and decorative aspects of old mills and capture them through photography. Bring a camera, smart phone, or binoculars. Meet in front of the Visitor Center of Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain cancels. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 11am-2pm
LITERACY/PARENTING
Reading and comprehension of language are essential skills for functioning; these skills also open up a world of enjoyment through reading for pleasure. Parents can do a lot to encourage literacy in their children. Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills. This program from the Collaborative for Educational Services will teach parents of children ages birth to five years fun activities to encourage literacy. Registration is required through the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. This program will take place at the Granby Library. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 2pm-3:30pm
COMEDY/HISTORY
Much has been said about the philosophy behind comedy and what makes something funny.Carol Burnett famously stated, “comedy is tragedy plus time.” But what we consider funny, and the kind of humor which appears in media, differs over time and across cultures. You can learn about the history of comedy at the Berkshire Museum series, “A Serious Look at 20th Century Comedy.” Fridays through October 28 (no session October 7), learn about the impact of silent film, radio, and early television through video clips, photos, illustrations and discussion. Drop-ins welcome, no registration required. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, September 30, 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. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 5pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FOLIAGE
Do your children like parades? How would they like to participate in one? The annual children’s parade in North Adams invites children to make costumes and walk together in a parade. This year’s theme is “Salute to National Parks and Monuments”. Group and float winners will be invited to participate in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday, October 2. Groups should consist of 10 or less children. 413-346-7196. Main Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 6pm
CULINARY ARTS
With the weather changing in fall and winter, you may crave different varieties of comfort foods. In addition, different crops thrive in the colder months. Fall is a great time to learn how to make hearty soup. Marco will be at the Bushnell-Sage Library teaching participants how to make butternut squash soup, a delicious and healthy staple for the colder months. Registration required; space is limited. 413-229-7004. 48 S Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 30, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
While some people lament the shorter days of fall and winter, longer nights provide more chances to learn about astronomy through observations of the night sky! The Old Hopkins Observatory and planetarium at Williams College are rich resources for learning about astronomy, as well as the history of the topic. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Astronomy students at the College will host this free show, open to the public. Attendees will learn about topics such as retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, and more. 413-597-2188. Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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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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