Suggested Events for October 15th-21st, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Oct 14-16

An interactive theater family event is being held Oct 14-16 at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. You and your children can free the world from the great dragon by working with the elves, fairies and dwarves to solve riddles that will give the forest back to its people. This will be a Halloween adventure that you and your family will always remember. Shows depart every 15 minutes for a 45 minute production. Please arrive ready to travel 1/2 mile through Valley View Farm’s grounds and bring a flashlight for the evening shows. Show times are Oct 14 & 15 from 5:30-8:30pm and on Oct 16 from 2-5pm. Food trucks will also be there: Holyoke Hummus, Beets & Barley, GoBerry, Mission Cantina! Buy tickets at farmtheater.com, also at State St and Coopers.

Oct 15

The CT River Valley NEA Big Read of Into the Beautiful North kicks-off with a “Spirit of Place” Community Event at Greenfield Community College on Saturday, October 15, beginning with a 10am performance by two-time GRAMMY winning storyteller/musician, Bill Harley; followed by a morning of placemaking: hands-on learning stations exploring our community’s traditions through art, music, dance, history, and literature. All are welcome at a community meal beginning at 11:45am. Meal and morning events are FREE. An afternoon conference for adults begins at 1pm with a keynote by Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, followed by interdisciplinary panel discussions. The afternoon is “Pay as You Can.” Info or questions: marylyonfoundation@gmail.com

Oct 15

Celebrate fall at the Common School’s Children’s Carnival, Saturday, October 15, from 10am-2pm, at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. Enjoy old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house, and live music. Admission is free; games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. (In the event of rain, the Children’s Carnival will be held indoors at Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street.) Info: mainoffice@commonschool.org or www.commonschool.org.

Oct 15

OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 15 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. Fifty of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Food trucks and locally made ice cream and brownies will be part of the fun! Come support our talented local artisans — shop local, shop small! The Hadley Town Commons are adjacent to Esselon Cafe on Route 9 (99 Russell St.). Free admission; 10am to 4pm; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 15 & 16

Hold onto your hats! Come to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, this weekend for two amazing book launches. Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel are back on Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm with Some Pets, the companion book to 2014’s Some Bugs. Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will join us! On Sunday, October 16 at 1 pm Jon Klassen presents We Found a Hat, the final book in his award-winning hat trilogy. I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Both events are free with Museum Admission and include a book signing. Can’t make it to the event? You can reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. For more information visit: www.carlemuseum.org

Oct 16

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 16, at 11 a.m. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus a live birds of prey demo with Tom Ricardi, entertainment for kids, and free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at www.kestreltrust.org

Oct 16

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 16, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Oct 22

Children’s Fair & Open House: Come to the Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House on Saturday, October 22 from 11am-3pm. The fun includes arts and crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, obstacle course, and much more. Entertainment will be provided by Tony Vacca, Tom Knight & Burchie Green, Chris Scanlon, and DJ Quin. Admission is free; participation in some activities requires purchase of activity tickets at a minimal change. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Families can also tour the school and meet the staff. Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years and is located at 51 Bates St., Northampton. Information at 413-586-4538 or northamptonmontessori.org.

Oct 23

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst hosts its Fall Community Open House on Sunday, October 23, from 10am to 4pm. This free, daylong celebration for all ages includes screenings of short films by the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, including Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story; a cabaret-style concert of Yiddish songs old and new by Di Shekhter-tekhter: The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen; guided tours of the Center’s permanent exhibits; hands-on demonstrations in the reproduction Yiddish print shop; and the opening of Balka’s Lower East Side, a multi-artist visiting exhibit focusing on the experiences of immigrants in that New York neighborhood. Find details and a full schedule at yiddishbookcenter.org.

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 15-21, 2016

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Saturday, October 15, 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, October 15, 8:30am-4:30pm
CITIZEN SCIENCE/NATURE STUDIES
The Northeast Wildlife Trackers are a group of nature enthusiasts who aim to convene, network, motivate, and inspire wildlife trackers across the Northeast. One way they will be bringing trackers together is through the 8th Annual Northeast Wildlife Trackers Conference, an event which is open to both beginners and experts, encouraging citizen scientist work through field sessions and general environmental education through speakers. Space is limited and registration is required. Mass Wildlife Headquarters. Visit the The Northeast Wildlife Trackers website for more information. 1 Rabbit Hill Road. Westboro, MA. ($$)

Saturday, October 15, 9am-3pm
ART STUDIES
Local artwork and crafts connect community members. Local artwork, such as painting and photography, sometimes features familiar local landscapes. Supporting local artists by purchasing their work ensures that your artistic community will continue to thrive and create! If you’re interested in meeting local artists and seeing their work, you can attend the 9th annual Arts Festival at the Farmington River Regional School. There will also be food and live music. 555 North Main Road. Otis, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, October 15, 9am-3pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/BOOK SALE
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.You can help support the Sunderland Public Library by purchasing books and media at their book sale. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 9:30am-12:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Do you have a stone wall in your yard? Have you ever wondered why they are so popular in New England? Stone walls are an interesting feature of our local landscape, and can provide insight into local history. Learn about their structural variety and past uses, by attending this presentation at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Attendees will learn about the types of rocks that were used in stone wall construction, and about how stone walls came to be such a fixture in this part of New England. Registration is required. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (Members <$; Non members $)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-11:30am
PARENTING/CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Early childhood is a time of immense learning, from linguistic understanding to spacial relationships and much more. The Collaborative for Educational Services offers this “Hand Gym” class, offering activities to support fine motor skill acquisition. The class will teach parents how to construct a box full of fine motor goodies for your little ones. The class is intended for parents of children from birth to five years old. registration is required to attend. Childcare is offered during the class. For more information and to register, visit the Collaborative for Educational Services website. 413-586-4900. This class will be held at New Hingham Regional Elementary School. 30 Smith Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-1pm
STORYTELLING/COMMUNITY MEAL/CULTURAL STUDIES
You and your family are invited to celebrate local culture through art, music, history, dance, and literature at Greenfield Community College. Two time Grammy winning storyteller and musician, Bill Harley, will perform. There will be hands-on learning stations, a pop-up art exhibit, and finally, a shared meal. All are welcome to attend this event, “Spirit of Place,” which will explore themes of community engagement, urban design, placemaking, and similar ideas. 413-775-1801. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-2pm
PLACEMAKING/CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL
Celebrate fall, and back-to-school season, by socializing with other families at The Common School’s Children’s Carnival. Kids will be able to enjoy old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house, a cake walk, and live music. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. 21 South Pleasant Street. (In the event of rain, the Children’s Carnival will be held indoors at Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street.) Amherst, MA. (FREE admission)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-4pm
ART STUDIES/NATURE STUDIES
Nature has been a form of inspiration for artists all throughout the history of artwork. Nature photography allows you to capture your experiences in nature for further contemplation. You can see excellent nature photography from Mass Audubon’s 2015 photography contest “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” on exhibit in the Barn at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The exhibit will be on display through October 30., 2016. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-4pm
SHOP LOCAL/HANDMADE
OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on the historic Hadley Town Commons. Fifty of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Food trucks and locally made ice cream and brownies will be part of the fun! Come support our talented local artisans — shop local, shop small! The Hadley Town Commons are adjacent to Esselon Cafe on Route 9. 99 Russell St. Hadley, MA (FREE Admission)

Saturday, October 15, 10am-5pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Sturbridge’s 27th annual Harvest Festival will connect community members with local crafters, artisans, and culinary artists, in a celebration of place and changing seasons. The Publick House’s Scarecrow Contest gives people participate in an autumnal and agricultural tradition of scarecrow making with the chance to win prizes. Check out this year’s scarecrow creations, buy local food, and enjoy live music. The festival will take place on October 15 and October 16, rain or shine. Sturbridge, MA. (FREE admission. MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, October 15, 10:30am-12pm
LOCAL HISTORY/FIBER ARTS
What does the city of Holyoke have in common with weaving? Holyoke was originally intended to be a textile manufacturing city. Families with children ages 7 and older (siblings welcome) are invited to Holyoke Heritage State Park to learn about that history and the basics of how cloth is woven. Participants will be able to engage in hands-on learning, weaving their own colorful cloths. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 10:30am-4pm
WOODWORKING/HISTORY
Learning the woodworking, silversmithing, and other historic trade techniques techniques of a particular time period can be an interesting way to engage with history. Come to Historic Deerfield for a demonstration of architectural woodworking and silversmithing. For more woodworking and historic trade resources, check out our post, Inspiration for Aspiring Woodworkers & Blacksmiths. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 11am
FAMILY MUSIC
Family concerts are a kid-centric activity that adults can also enjoy. The Family Concert Series at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will feature the Flannery Brothers, a duo whose influences include Al Green, the Beatles, and the Muppets. Come ready to sing with your kids! 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 15, 11am
LITERATURE/LOCAL HISTORY
Western Massachusetts is home to many historic sites with ties to literary figures, which may be of interest to historians and avid readers. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is one such destination, once home to one of America’s greatest poets. On this general house tour you can see the desk where Bryant translated the Iliad, observe objects required during his travels and learn about his life. For information call 413-628-4485 x3. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Saturday, October 15, 11am-2pm
PLACEMAKING/AUTOMOTIVE
Touch A Truck events are a fun opportunity for youth interested in automobiles and how things work to get up close with cars, and meet members of the fire department. The Community Action Family Center’s Family Fun Day will include Touch A Truck, as well as a bounce house, pumpkin painting, prizes and more. There will be food for sale and live music. This is also an opportunity to learn about the family center. 413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 11am-4pm
ARCHAEOLOGY
October is Archaeology Month in Massachusetts! Budding archaeologists can celebrate, and also get into the spooky holiday spirit, by enjoying a guided tour of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road with Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield. Dr. Heidi Bauer-Clapp from the University of Massachusetts Amherst will also deliver a lecture. This is the perfect, educational way to kick off your Halloween celebrations. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 11am-4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/SCARECROW
Scarecrows are a part of agricultural history, as they have been used for hundreds of years to scare birds away from crops to prevent damage. Scarecrows are also part of culture, often appearing in autumn months, around Halloween. You can build your own life-sized scarecrow at Atkins Farms. All materials are included. This intergenerational activity allows you and your children to flex your creativity and participate in a local tradition. You can show off your scarecrow as a fall decoration. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 15, 11am and 1pm
MUSIC STUDIES/A CAPPELLA
A cappella music, a genre of music consisting of vocals without instrumental accompaniment, has its origins in Jewish and Christian worship songs. A cappella, today, exists in a variety of forms. You can hear a cappella groups from Williams College as they perform for audiences of all ages at the Clark Art Institute. Singers will perform a wide range of musical genres, from popular songs and jazz standards to original compositions. The Ephlats will perform at 11am, The Springstreeters at 1pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 12pm-6pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Pumpkin carving is a fun, spooky tradition which connects people to food and place, and the fall harvest. The 6th Annual Harvest Festival in Easthampton will feature a pumpkin carving station and contest, as well as a pie eating contest, horse drawn wagon rides, food, drink, a bonfire and more!. Enjoy live music at the Dan Kane and Friends concert. Bring friends and family. All are welcome. Visit the Easthampton Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information. 1 Daley Field Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 1pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FESTIVAL
Help build a new, local tradition by attending the 4th annual Fall Festival at Just Roots Farm! People of all ages can come to carve pumpkins, hear live music, and celebrate fall! Just Roots is the organization behind the Greenfield Community Farm, a vital resource for learning about and growing food. 413-325-8969. 34 Glenbrook Drive. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, October 15, 1pm-2:30pm
ZOOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
The moose is Massachusetts’ largest land mammal. Sadly, moose populations are struggling in New England due to warming winters and winter ticks. MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Manager Ralph Taylor will discuss the state of moose populations in Western Massachusetts. Learn about local ecology and natural history as it relates to moose.Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 1pm-3:30pm
PLACEMAKING/IMMIGRATION
How can we build resilient communities, with ample opportunities for growth and education? How does a strong sense of place affect our sense of identity, and vice versa? Through panel discussions and talks, “Spirit of Place” at Greenfield Community College will explore topics such as placemaking, urban design, heritage, borderlands, migration, and community. Lifelong learners, educators, and self-directed teens may be interested in this lively discussion. Hilltown Families founder Sienna Wildfield will deliver the keynote address, “Community-Based Education: Patterns of Learning. Rhythms of Engagement.” 413-775-1801. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, October 15, 2pm
ART STUDIES/LITERACY
Therapy dogs help children learn to read and associate reading with fun and relaxation. Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will be visiting the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art while Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel read from Some Pets, the companion book to 2014’s Some Bugs. This program is free with museum admission and will include a book signing. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 15, 2pm and 7:30pm
THEATER
Amazingly, Shakespeare’s poetry and plays from the 16th and 17th century are still read and analyzed regularly, and appear on required reading lists in high school and beyond. The world seems to agree that he is one of the greatest writers of all time. You can get a crash course in the plots of Shakespeare’s plays by attending Silverstone Theater Comany’s performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). This play is a comedic take on Shakespeare’s work, representing all 37 of Shakespeare’s works (poems included) in one evening’s entertainment. The performance will take place at The Arts Block. Reserve over the phone at 413-768-7514. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 15, 2pm-4pm
PHOTOGRAPHY/NATURE
Have you been thinking about improving your photography skills? Before you run out and buy an expensive camera, see what you can do with what you already have. Bring your smartphone and a seasoned photographer will show you the best settings, techniques, and apps to capture the rocky terrain of Bartholomew’s Cobble. Photography can be a great metaphor for attitude and personality. Two people can capture the same image with a completely different focus, even creating different moods from the same scene. See what your creative lens reveals. 413-298-3239 x 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. ($)

Saturday, October 15, 4pm
LOCAL HISTORY/AGRICULTURE
The Worthington Historical Society annual meetings are open to all. This meeting will explore the history of potato farming in Worthington. Attendees are invited to share their personal potato farming recollections through stories, photographs, or memorabilia. 413-238-0491. WHS building, 6 Williamsburg Road. Worthington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 5:30pm-8:30pm
HALLOWEEN/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate Halloween early with a spooky, intergenerational celebration. People of all ages are invited to Valley View Farm for an adventure on candlelit trails. Participants will free the world from the Great Dragon, with the help of elves and fairies! This interactive theater production departs every 15 minutes for a 45 minute dramatic experience through ½ mile of the farm’s grounds. This show is written by Jessica & James Gelter. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at farmtheater.com. 16 Walpole Road. Haydenville, MA. ($; ages 4 to 12 <$; 3 and under FREE)

Saturday, October 15, 5:30pm-8:30pm
TRAINS/HALLOWEEN
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 14, 15, and 16, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

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Sunday, October 16, 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, October 16, 10am-6pm
PLACEMAKING/FALL FESTIVAL
Fall festivals often bring together people of all ages for a chance to celebrate the beautiful autumn weather and fall harvest. The Westhampton Fall Festival will kick off with a community interfaith church service, followed by Westhampton Hills 5K Road Race/2 mile walk. Afternoon activities will include a car show, games, steeple tours, cider making, corn shelling, Civil War camp, woodsman demo, and more! Stick around for The Great Pumpkin Roll at 4:15, followed by more food, a bonfire and a sing-a-long. Visit the Westhampton Public Library Facebook page for more information including a full schedule. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 11am-4pm
FARMERS’ MARKET/5K
Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus a live birds of prey demo with Tom Ricardi, entertainment for kids, and free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. West St. Common, Hadley, MA (REGISTER ONLINE)

Sunday, October 16, 11am-4pm
INTERGENERATIONAL/SCARECROW
Scarecrows are a part of agricultural history, as they have been used for hundreds of years to scare birds away from crops to prevent damage. Scarecrows are also part of culture, often appearing in autumn months, around Halloween. You can build your own life-sized scarecrow at Atkins Farms. All materials are included. This intergenerational activity allows you and your children to flex your creativity and participate in a local tradition. You can show off your scarecrow as a fall decoration. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Sunday, October 16, 11am-4pm
PLACEMAKING/HARVEST FESTIVAL
Sturbridge’s 27th annual Harvest Festival will connect community members with local crafters, artisans, and culinary artists, in a celebration of place and changing seasons. The Publick House’s Scarecrow Contest gives people participate in an autumnal and agricultural tradition of scarecrow making with the chance to win prizes. Check out this year’s scarecrow creations, buy local food, and enjoy live music. The festival will take place on October 15 and October 16, rain or shine. Sturbridge, MA. (FREE admission. MARKET/SALE)

Sunday, October 16, 11:30am
LOCAL HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY
Much can be learned about women’s history, through the topic of war. The Springfield Armory National Historic Site will be exploring women’s history through stories of local Women Ordnance Workers of the WWII era. This program will educate attendees through four performing arts programs, including both theater and dance. Events are indoors. The building is wheelchair accessible with free parking. For more information call 413-271-3982. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 1pm
ART STUDIES/LITERACY
Live readings make books exciting to kids and can teach them about art and writing. Jon Klassen will be reading from We Found a Hat, the final book in his award-winning hat trilogy, at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat was the winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. This program is free with museum admission and will include a book signing. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Sunday, October 16, 1pm
NATURE STUDIES/GUIDED WALK
The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee invites you to experience a brand new walking trail! This trail is an excellent resource for learning about local and natural history, as it leads to the ruins of the dam that caused a flood disaster in 1874. This project is still underway. Attendees will learn about the work still to be done including additions of interpretive signage, the trailhead kiosk, parking, and minor trail improvements. Please note that this hike is approximately 1.5 miles total, of moderate difficulty, with some steep/rugged portions. Call 413-268-7523 to register. Parking for the event will be in the field at the trailhead. The entrance is off Ashfield Road, approximately three miles north of Williamsburg center, just before the Judd Lane intersection. Look for the sign directing you to the event location. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 1-3pm
OPEN HOUSE
The Academy at Charlemont will host an Admissions Open House for interested families with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. 1359 Route 2. Charlemont, MA (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 2pm
PLACEMAKING/LAWN CONCERT
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 October 16th, funk rock band the Seratones will perform. Colgrove Park. 151 Kemp Avenue. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Studying local history can give community members a greater sense of attachment to, and investment in, the area where they live. Similarly, staying informed about local government through meetings and elections can open up new community connections and ways of affecting local culture. You can do both by attending “The Story of Caleb Cooley Dickinson,” presented by retired District Court Judge W. Michael Ryan, in the Goshen Town Hall. The GHS Annual Meeting and Elections will follow. 413-268-8236. 40 Main Street. Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 2pm-3pm
POETRY/ART STUDIES
Visual art is one form of inspiration for the written word. This poetry reading at The Mount will focus on poetry inspired by sculpture. SculptureNow artist Murray Dewart is the editor of the book, Poems About Sculpture, and she will be leading this reading. Listen as materials such as clay, wood, glass, marble, granite, and bronze are reflected and transformed by lines of verse. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Sunday, October 16, 2pm-4pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/ZOOLOGY
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, October 16, 2-5pm
HALLOWEEN/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate Halloween early with a spooky, intergenerational celebration. People of all ages are invited to Valley View Farm for an adventure on candlelit trails. Participants will free the world from the Great Dragon, with the help of elves and fairies! This interactive theater production departs every 15 minutes for a 45 minute dramatic experience through ½ mile of the farm’s grounds. This show is written by Jessica & James Gelter. Tickets can be purchased in advance, at farmtheater.com. 16 Walpole Road. Haydenville, MA. ($; ages 4 to 12 <$; 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, October 16, 5:30pm-7pm
SINGING/COMMUNITY MEAL
Singing releases both endorphins and oxytocin, leaving the singer more relaxed. Oxytocin also causes a feeling of bonding with others. Combine singing with a sense of community and you are bound to experience a strong sense of belonging. Come to this community singing event at EarthDance, followed by a potluck supper, to experience the benefits of music and community involvement. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (DONATION.)

Sunday, October 16, 5:30pm-8:30pm
TRAINS/HALLOWEEN
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 14, 15, and 16, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, October 17, 12:30pn
CULINARY ARTS
Cookbook Club at the Storrs Library gives people the chance to share their cooking, and discuss their experiences with. To join in on the culinary learning, stop by the library and pick up a copy of this month’s cookbook selection, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. Choose a recipe to prepare, and bring it to the meeting for a book discussion and a meal. Registration is required and space is limited. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/CODING
Want to learn how to make your own video games? The people at Holyoke Codes can teach your how to make your own version of the game Fruit Ninja using Scratch, a visual programming language. This workshop is appropriate for people who have never tried Scratch. Experienced Scratch users will learn some new techniques as well. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 17, 6pm
PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Do you have trouble keeping houseplants alive? Longmeadow Gardeners will be offering tips at this talk: “The Indestructible Houseplant.” Experts will teach you how to pot, repot, water, and fertilize. Participants will also learn about fun, funky containers and gain inspiration on how to display their houseplants. Please register on the Storrs Library website. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 17, 6:30pm
MEDITATION
In the Western part of the world, people are beginning to appreciate the vast healing benefits meditation can have on mental and physical well being. Even short meditations can help sharpen focus throughout the day. You can learn basic meditation techniques at this meditation workshop led by Longmeadow resident Amy Appell. This is the second of three workshops at the Storrs Library. This session will focus on intuition. The final session will take place on November 14. Register on the Storrs library website or by calling 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Yoga practice has lots of benefits, from improving strength and flexibility, to decreasing pain and stress. Thus, the activity can be helpful for people of all ages. You and your family can try yoga together at the West Springfield Public Library’s Family Yoga class. Children must be at least five years old. Please register by calling or visiting the library. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, October 18, 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, October 18, 6pm
GEOLOGY/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Rockachusetts: An Explorer’s Guide to Amazing Boulders of Massachusetts contains fun-filled adventures for individuals and families, with directions, pictures, a maps to help you find remarkable boulders. This book is great for families interested in hiking, nature studies, and geology. In it, the authors direct outdoor enthusiasts towards glacial boulders, and balanced or perched rocks scattered throughout the local landscape. You can hear co-author Christy Butler discuss the book at the Monson Free Library. 413-267-3866. 2 High Street. Monson, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 18, 6pm-7pm
SPIRITUALITY/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
In the mid to late 1800s, spiritualism was a quickly growing religion, predicated on the idea that people had discovered a sort of “spiritual telegraph” enabling them to commune with the departed. Wistariahurst will be hosting this presentation, “Mysteries of the Dead and Talking to Them.” Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst, will deliver this talk about the hearing of spirit voices and how this belief fit into the culture of the time. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. (<$)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, October 19, 9:30am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/PLAYGROUP
It’s never too early to get your kids out and enjoying nature! In this nature playgroup at Bartholomew’s Cobble, children ages 2.5 and up, and their caregivers, will learn about exciting changes happening all around us this fall season. Kids and their parents will get up and moving around the cobble as they learn. This playgroup is not stroller friendly and requires walking on uneven paths in all weather conditions. Snacks are provided. Families must register the week before by emailing cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. This ongoing group will take place through November 9th, so participants will be able to take in autumn as the environment changes. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 19, 10am
FIREFIGHTING/AUTOMOBILES
It’s no surprise that little boys and girls want to grow up to become firefighters. Firefighters are local heroes, keeping us safe, not to mention they get to ride around in fire engines! Families with children ages 18 months to five years old are invited to take a four of the North Adams Fire Station, meet a local firefighter, explore the fire engine and learn important safety tips. Registration required. Call 413-664-4821. meet at the Fire Station on American Legion Drive. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 19, 4pm
STEM
Young scientists are invited to an afternoon of fun and learning at the Greenfield Public Library. Participants will learn various scientific concepts through hands-on experiments. A guest presenter will introduce a concept with a book as well as a creative activity. This program is open to all. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30pm-7pm
JEWISH CULTURE/COMMUNITY MEAL
Sukkot is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated through prayers and special meals. Sukkot is also a harvest festival and a time to appreciate local agriculture and seasonal changes. Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy invites you to celebrate the holiday with dinner and a carnival! Reservations are requested but not required. The event will be held rain or shine. Proceeds of the dinner will benefit LYA Israel Experience 2017. 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, October 19, 6pm-7:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/PARANORMAL
Ghost stories are a part of every culture and region. Massachusetts, specifically, is home to such real life mysteries as the Salem Witch Trials and the Dover Demon. Come to the Westhampton Public Library to learn about sea-side ghosts, UFOs over the Berkshires, and other paranormal legends and events. This program is appropriate for tweens, teens, and adults. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 19, 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, with screenings every Wednesday through October 26. On October 19, you can view the 2015 film Que horas ela volta? family drama (The Second Mother). The film will be in Portuguese with English subtitles. This screening is open to the public. 303 Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, October 20, 9:30am-10:30am
INTERGENERATIONAL/ART STUDIES
Parents of toddlers are invited to create art with their children! Caregivers and their children aged two to five years are invited to engage in process based art projects on three Thursdays: October 20, 27, and November 3. Non-toxic, nature-based materials will be used and the projects will be inspired by books and music. Healthy snacks included. Please register by calling 978-544-5157 by October 17th. Space is limited. Old Wendell Town Hall. Wendell, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 10am-11am
PARENTING/CULTURAL STUDIES
Early childhood is the best time to introduce languages to your child. As part of their Puzzle of Parenting series, the Collaborative for Educational Services is providing a bilingual story, music, and games session for families. Participants will engage their children with both English and Spanish, and learn about Spanish and Latin American culture. This could be a great way to connect your child to their own heritage, or to introduce other cultures for a more global understanding. This program is intended for children ages birth to five years, and their caregivers. Register on the Collaborative for Educational Services website. This session will take place at the Ware Family Center. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. 49 Church Street. Ware, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 12:15pm-1pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/WITCHES
In Massachusetts we often talk of the Salem witch trials, but panic concerning witches existed in other locations and at earlier times. The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the events in Salem by over 40 years. You are invited to learn the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches in Connecticut during this lunchtime lecture at the Springfield Museums. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 20, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Edith Wharton wrote numerous ghost stories and murder tales. Wharton was fascinated by the murder case of Lizzie Borden, a Fall River woman accused of murdering her parents. Adults not put off by macabre subjects may be interested in learning more about the local history of this trial as well as the literature it spurned. As part of the Literary Roundtable series at The Mount, you can listen as a museum interpreter leads the discussion, “A Taste for the Macabre: Edith Wharton and Lizzie Borden.” This lecture is free with museum admission. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($; 18 and under FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 1:30pm-2:45
WELLNESS/SLEEP SCIENCE
Lots of people suffer from insomnia at various stages of their lives. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep can be a good reason to re-focus energy on mindfulness and relaxation as much as possible. Measures which can improve sleep include avoiding work or stressful activities in the bedroom, avoiding screens (television, computer, phone etc.) for an hour or two prior to sleeping, and tons of relaxation techniques. The Forbes Library is offering an ongoing workshop, on Thursdays through December 8, to help people promote better sleep through mindful and creative journaling. Bring a Journal or sketchbook, pens, colored pencils, watercolor paints or your favorite art supplies. Creative journaling doesn’t require any previous art making experience.413-587-1011. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 4:30pm
COMEDY/INTERGENERATIONAL
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, it can be funny too! At the Springfield City Library Forest Park branch you can see minstrel Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack perform her “Howlarious Halloween” show, which includes ghost stories, songs and jokes. Maichack has won two national awards for her storytelling. This program is suitable for both children and teens. It is perfect for families who want to celebrate this spooky holiday without the scary elements. 413-263-6828. 220 State Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 5pm-7:30pm
GUIDED WALK
Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 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, October 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm
LITERACY/LOCAL HISTORY
William Cullen Bryant was one of America’s great poets. As part of the Bryant literary series, you can visit the historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead and enjoy a reading from local poet Jan Freeman, founder of Ashfield’s Paris Press. Learn about local poetry of the past and present. Freeman will be reading from her new book, Blue Structure. For information call the Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3. 413-532-1631. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members FREE; Non members <$)

Thursday, October 20, 7pm
PSYCHOLOGY/RACE
Derald Sue is credited as the primary developer of the idea of microaggressions. The term “microaggression” refers to a subtle, everyday statement or action which expresses a harmful or negative stereotype. Microaggressions are often committed unconsciously or unintentionally, but this does not make them any less harmful. The Jones Library will be screening Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence, a 20 minute video talk by Derald Sue, followed by a brief discussion and then an opportunity to continue work on some local anti-racism action projects. This event provides a chance for people to address racism on a local level. For more information, call 413-259-3223. . 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 20, 7pm
IRISH HISTORY/POLITICAL ACTIVISM
Bernadette Devlin is an Irish socialist and republican political activist who served as a Member of the UK Parliament for five years. The 2008 film Bernadette (37 minutes) by Duncan Campbell explores her legacy. Historic Northampton will be screening Bernadette along with other short films. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (>$)

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, October 21, 10am
STORYTELLING
Stories bring together people of all ages, teach us lessons, move us emotionally, and make us laugh. Rochelle Wildfong has been telling stories for 30 years. Wilfong is a poet, founding member of the Western New England Storyteller’s Guild, and Children’s Librarian at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. She will be telling stories for the young and old, and facilitating circle games, at the Chesterfield Community Center. All ages are welcome to this public event. 400 Main Road. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 10am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/ARACHNOLOGY
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. On October 21, participants will learn about spiders. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 12:15pm
LOCAL HISTORY/LIBRARY SCIENCE
Learning about the history of your town can strengthen your connection to place, as you situate local history within a wider national context. The Amherst Historical Society and Museum’s History Bites Lunchtime Lecture Series will do just that by teaching attendees about the historically impactful events which have taken place in Amherst and surrounding towns. On October 21, Steve Strimer will present “Prudence Crandall, Lydia Maria Child & the Roots of Utopia in Florence, Massachusetts” Visit the Amherst Historical Society website for more details. Simeon Strong House. 67 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 1pm-3pm
PARENTING/EDUCATION
There are numerous reasons why a parent and child may choose homeschooling. Homeschooling your child opens up a world of self-directed opportunities and more flexible scheduling around your child’s interests. The Sixteen Acres Branch Library in Springfield invites homeschool families to an open house! You will have the chance to meet other homeschool families, discuss your family’s educational goals with a youth librarian, browse a showcase of books, magazines, multimedia, puppets, puzzles, manipulatives, take a “tour” of online resources, and provide input on the future materials and programs at the library. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 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)

Friday, October 21, 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, October 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm
SCIENCE/BIOLOGY
Ever wonder about the bones inside your body, or how your brain controls movements? Science Rocks at the West Springfield Public Library invites kids ages nine and up to learn and become excited about scientific concepts. During this program, participants will learn about bones and biology by making an articulated hand. This is a fun craft which demonstrates key concepts of anatomy. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 5pm-7:30pm
GUIDED WALK
Fall and Halloween celebrations don’t have to be scary. You and your family can enjoy a guided walk of the Pumpkin Trail at Naumkeag, and learn about various woodland creatures who reside there. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are recommended. Guided walks will take place every 15 minutes and the event will occur rain or shine. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; child under 3 FREE)

Friday, October 21, 5:30pm-8:30pm
TRAINS/HALLOWEEN
Look Park in Florence is a destination for parents whose children love trains. The park is home to a Steamer Train, offering a one-mile ride around the Park and Zoo. The train runs regularly and rides last about 10 minutes. On October 21, 22, and 23, you can get in the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted train ride! This program is weather dependent. For more information, call 413-584-5457 or check the Look Park website. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (<$)

Friday, October 21, 5:45pm and 7pm
PARANORMAL/HISTORY
Besides dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins and eating sweets, there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween. Some celebrations may even be educational, as well as entertaining. “Ghost tours” can be combined with real historic learning. The Mount, once a home to writers such as Edith Whatron, as well as actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls, will be providing ghost tours on Fridays in October, as well as Saturdays October 22 and 29, and on the night of Halloween (Monday October 31). The 90-minute ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Friday, October 21, 6pm-7:30pm
LITERACY
Talking, playing, sharing books and even singing with your children can help them grow into avid readers. In this four-session workshop at the South Hadley Public Library you will learn why these things are important. There will be lots of time to do fun activities with your child. Each session starts with a light supper. Childcare is provided during parent learning times. (Please plan to bring your child.) You’ll receive a book at each session to take home. Sessions take place on October 6, 13, 21, and 27. Register for this workshop series on the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. 2 Canal Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 6:30pm-8pm
LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY
Graveyard walks can be an educational experience as well as a spooky, seasonal activity for fall. The Longmeadow Historical Society invites people of all ages to attend their annual “Ghosts in the Graveyard” to learn about early life in Longmeadow! Long since deceased citizens will come to life to tell their tales. Please bring a flashlight. 413-567-3600. Olde Burying Yard of Longmeadow Cemetery behind First Church of Christ. 763 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHAMBER MUSIC
Attending concerts at local colleges, you can sometimes have the privilege of hearing original compositions, thus expanding your knowledge of contemporary music as it is created before you. This performance by The Carl Clements Quartet will include original compositions, providing a glimpse into modern jazz studies. The Carl Clements Quartet features Carl Clements on saxophones and flutes, Bennett Paster on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Bob Weiner on drums. For more information and additional upcoming concerts, visit the Amherst College Music Department website. This performance is open to the public. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. 53 College Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 21, 7pm-8pm
HISTORY/FOLKLORE
New England is a destination in the fall, due to beautiful weather and sights. October is also a great time to learn about New England’s spooky past! Come to Storrowton Village Museum for a candlelit evening of strange folklore and eerie history. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Friday, October 21, 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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