Suggested Events for October 22nd-28th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Oct 22 Oct 23

Rescheduled to Sunday, October 23rd due to weather.

Children’s Fair & Open House: Come to the Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House on Saturday, October 22 Sunday, October 23 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

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sunday, October 23rd from 10am-1pm at 253 Prospect Street, Northampton. Come celebrate the harvest with apple cider pressing, pizza baking in a cob oven, garlic planting, fire cider making, corn grinding, soup on the fire, nature crafts, local food and live music. Rain or shine! Suggested donation: $5.00. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1597001317271745

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 OpenHouse 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.

Oct 29

The Haunting of the Springfield MuseumsOctober 29th, 10am5pm. Is the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum haunted? Find out what Agawam Paranormal discovered in their recent investigation, plus you can march in a Costume Parade with music by the Expandable Brass Band and meet some of the creepy creatures that call the Springfield Science Museum home. And be sure not to miss the new “Cats in Hats” exhibit at the D’Amour Museum! 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA. www.springfieldmuseums.org

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100& grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. We raise all of our own animals on our family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork and chicken fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in South Deerfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!

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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.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 22-28, 2016

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Saturday, October 22, 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 22, 10am
PLACEMAKING/SCARECROWS
Scarecrows are an old and practical invention, used to frighten away birds which harm crops. This practical invention has also made a strong cultural impact and led to people creating scarecrows for decorative purposes, particularly in the spooky fall months. Scarecrow in the Park celebrates fall traditions such as scarecrows and pumpkin decorating with activities for all ages. Running from October 22 and 23, this festival will include antique tractor parade, hayrides, and live music, and also features work from local artists and crafters. Cushman Park. Fox Hill Road. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10am
LOCAL HISTORY
Learning about local history can help you see the structures of your town in a new light. The Pelham Historical Society will be offering a series, “Pelham Points of Interest” in which participants will explore unusual structures, artifacts, and stories of Pelham through a walking tour. At this event, Bruce Klotz will lead attendees through Pelham’s horse troughs, the gravesite of a smallpox victim, and Pelham’s Rocking Stone. Call 413-695-1797 to register. Meet at the Town Hall Complex to Carpool. 351 Amherst Road. Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10am
ART STUDIES/STILL LIFE
You can learn about art history, as well as gain practical techniques, at this Montgomery Library event. Greg Maichack will lead this pastel workshop in which he will demonstrate techniques for creating still life. Participants should enjoy working with pastels, but experience is not necessary. Sign up at the library or call 413-862-3894. The workshop will take place at the Montgomery Town Hall. 161 Main Road. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10am-dusk
NATURE STUDIES/FOLIAGE
Self-guided walks allow you to move as quickly or as slowly as you want while exploring local ecology and natural history. You are invited to take a self-guided walk, alone or with family and friends, along the Rivulet Trail at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. While you enjoy the fall colors of the homestead, you may want to capture the view in a photograph or two. By tagging #bryanthomestead on Instagram, you could be chosen for a special prize. For information call the Trustees at 413 458-3135. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10am-11:30am
PARENT WORKSHOP/STEM
Children are natural scientists, constantly asking questions and exploring the world around them. As a parent, you can help foster this natural inquisitiveness with fun, scientific activities. This Collaborative for Educational Services workshop will have lots of things for you and your child/scientist to explore together. Child care will be available during the parent learning session, which will be followed by fun parent-child activities. Registration is required via the Collaborative website. Session will be held at Warren Elementary School. 413-586-4900. 51 Schoolhouse Drive. Warren, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10am-3pm
CULINARY ARTS/CIDER
Apple cider has a long and varied history. Both “soft” (non-alcoholic) and hard ciders are woven into the history of Massachusetts and New England. This cider pressing demonstration will show attendees how to make fresh apple cider. Stop by and help turn the press, or just sample a glass of fresh pressed cider. There will also be apple cider donuts. This event is sponsored by the Smith College Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability and is open to the public. Chapin Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 10:30am-12pm
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 the Hatfield Public Library. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 11am-1pm
ART STUDIES/COLOR
Color theory, which includes the visual effects of color combinations, is important to art, graphic design, interior design, and more. Conway fiber artist Sue McFarland will be discussing color theory through simple cut and paste exercises. This class is appropriate for all who want to enhance their use of color in whatever their choice of expressive media. Participants are encouraged to bring their own scissors for paper and a glue stick. Call 413-369-4646 for more information and to register. Field Memorial Library. 16 Elm Street. Conway, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 11am-3pm (Rescheduled to Sunday, Oct 23 due to weather)
PLACEMAKING/FAIR
The Montessori School of Northampton’s 17th annual Children’s Fall Fair doubles as an open house for interested parents, as the school will be open during the fair for families to meet staff. The Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years. The fair will include children’s games, arts and crafts, animals, bounce houses, and much more. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Tom Knight and Burchie Green, Chris Scanlon, Tony Vacca, and DJ Quin. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 413-586-4538. 51 Bates Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 12am-5pm
HOMESTEADING/SKILL SHARE
Skill swaps allow people of all vocations to play both the role of teacher and student. Rivival Homestead Supply’s 2016 Skillfair will feature a variety of food and craft competitions judged by makers. Competitions will judge skills such as baking, fermenting, canning, fiber arts, crafts, and home/care products. The Skill fair is a celebration of the revival of homesteading skills. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 12:30pm-4pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
Volunteering connects people to place and each other through shared values and interests. Volunteers who enjoy spending time out doors are invited to participate in Volunteer Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Take in the beautiful views as you help care for the native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. There are a variety of projects to be done. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Registration requested. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, October 22, 1pm
ANIMAL SCIENCE/THERAPY
Dogs have been used as service animals, primarily to assist blind individuals, as far back as the 16th century. Today, service dogs and therapy dogs are used to assist individuals with a wide range of disabilities including anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. You can learn more about the amazing things that therapy dogs do, ask questions, and meet some working therapy dogs at the Sunderland Public Library. Find out about the kind of training these dogs undergo, and the process of therapy dog certification. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 1pm
DENDROLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Enjoying spending time outside in fall? You can learn to identify trees while exploring the grounds of the Clark Art Institute on this free, guided hike. Grounds manager and horticulturist Matthew Noyes will lead participants, teaching them how to identify trees by their leaves, bark, leaf buds, structure, and texture. Hikers should meet at the Clark Center and are advised to wear shoes appropriate for covering varied terrain. All ages are welcome. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 1pm-2pm
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Wildlife rehabilitator and wildlife biologist Tom Ricardi’s educational presentations teach people of all ages about birds of prey. Come to Great Falls Discovery Center to see raptors up close and learn about their lives, habitats, and conservation efforts for various species. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 1:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
Everyone needs to know how to cook in order to function in the world independently. Culinary arts can also be a career path or a creative hobby for those who enjoy it. Teens are invited to an Iron Chef challenge at the Sunderland Public Library. Participants will use apples and other ingredients, and their arrangement of the food will be judged on appearance, taste, and creativity. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 2pm
HISTORY/FASHION
Today, fashion trends come and go quickly, communicated through advertising and the availability of certain styles. How was fashion information distributed at other times in history? In this program, Edward Maeder will examine methods of communication from the late Middle Ages until the middle of the nineteenth century. His talk will examine ways in which clothing was used to express “national” identity. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition “Mask” by Jenni Sussman and is free and open to the public.Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 4pm
LITERACY
Book themed events help children and families associate reading with fun! This “experience the book” event at the Greenfield Public Library will celebrate the work of Natasha Lowe, including her three books in the popular “Poppy Pendle” series. The author will be present, as well as the library’s youth theater group, to bring this book alive through performance. Space is limited in the library, so please sign up at the children’s desk by coming to the library or calling 413-772-1544 extension 5. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 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)

Saturday, October 22, 5:30pm
HUMOR/CULTURE
Engaging with local and national politics is important, but it can be stressful and aggravating. Take some time to laugh this election year! Author and speaker Tom Fitzgerald will be leading this humorous and timely discussion, entitled “Why Only Women Should Vote,” at the Jones Library. The talk will draw upon Fitzgerald’s book, Poor Richard’s Lament. Audience participation is encouraged. Fitzgerald has worked in a variety of fields, from stockbroker to Navy SEAL. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, October 22, 5:30pm-8pm
PLACEMAKING/HALLOWEEN
Halloween is a unique holiday in our culture, in the sense that it is highly focused on children. Although you can celebrate Halloween throughout your life, trick-or-treating and the consumption of sugary treats are primarily children’s activities. Families are invited to a not-so-spooky Halloween Party for young kids at Red Gate Farm. All are welcome, though the target age group is about 2-12. Enjoy haunted hay rides, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, and costumes. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Ashfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, October 22, 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. (<$)

Saturday, October 22, 7pm-8pm
FAMILY THEATER
This Broadway Cabaret Series “The Villains” explores characters you love to hate! Featuring some of Berkshire County’s most talented musical theater performers, this family friendly showing at the Spectrum Playhouse is a great addition to your weekend. Kids and adults with an interest in music and acting should come out and get inspired. Refreshments will be available. 413-394-5023. 20 Franklin Street. Lee MA. (<$)

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Sunday, October 23rd, 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 23, 10am
PLACEMAKING/SCARECROWS
Scarecrows are an old and practical invention, used to frighten away birds which harm crops. This practical invention has also made a strong cultural impact and led to people creating scarecrows for decorative purposes, particularly in the spooky fall months. Scarecrow in the Park celebrates fall traditions such as scarecrows and pumpkin decorating with activities for all ages. This festival will include antique tractor parade, hayrides, and live music, and also features work from local artists and crafters. Cushman Park. Fox Hill Road. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 10am-12:30am
NATURE STUDIES
Hawley Bog stands at an elevation of 1,800 feet, similar to some of the cold bogs of Canada. In this program you can learn about natural history by visiting this peatland and participating in a guided walk. Come see the bog before the weather gets colder, and learn about three types of Massachusetts carnivorous plants: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. Autumn is also the time to see cottongrass. Call 413-584-3009 to register. Directions can be found on the Mass Audubon website. Hawley, MA. (Members <$; Non members $)

Sunday, October 23, 10am-1pm
PLACEMAKING/APPLES
Cider pressing has a long history in New England and beyond. Connect with local culture at the Sukkot Harvest Festival! Harvest festivals draw people together for a chance to celebrate the season. This particular harvest festival will have many opportunities for culinary learning and creativity. There will be apple cider pressing, pizza, garlic planting, fire cider making, nature crafts, local food, and live music. Visit the Abundance Farm Facebook page for more information. This event will take place rain or shine. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, October 23, 10am-4pm
JEWISH CULTURE/HISTORY
You can immerse yourself in local Jewish culture and history through film screenings, music, and presentations at the Yiddish Book Center Open House. At 11pm, a screening of two films from the Wexler Oral History Project will teach you about Jewish culture from a personal perspective. There will be guided tours of the book center, a talk from the founder and president, and a musical performance by The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 10:30am and 11:30am
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 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Sunday, October 23, 11am
MUSIC STUDIES
If you live in proximity to any of the colleges in the Pioneer Valley, you can take advantage of this by attending free, high level concerts. This Smith College faculty concert will feature Joel Pitchon on violin, Volcy Pelletier on cello, pianist Judith Gordon and distinguished guest violist Michelle LaCourse. The group will play Piano Quartet in A Major by Johannes Brahms. This program will also feature Kirsten Lipkens in an early work by Elliot Carter, Pastoral, for English Horn and piano. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. 144 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Rescheduled to Sunday, Oct 23rd due to weather.

Sunday, October 23, 11am-3pm
PLACEMAKING/FAIR
The Montessori School of Northampton’s 17th annual Children’s Fall Fair doubles as an open house for interested parents, as the school will be open during the fair for families to meet staff. The Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years. The fair will include children’s games, arts and crafts, animals, bounce houses, and much more. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by Tom Knight and Burchie Green, Chris Scanlon, Tony Vacca, and DJ Quin. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 413-586-4538. 51 Bates Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 1pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Storywalks in nature give families a chance to enjoy the outdoors while taking in the artwork and writing in children’s books. This nature storywalk will be lead by Dawn Marvin Ward and feature the picture book, Looking for a Moose. Meet at the Leverett Library. 413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road. Leverett, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 2pm
PHOTOGRAPHY
The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are historic events which reflect current states of political and cultural movements. This year, Barry Goldstein interviewed and photographed several participants at the 2016 Republican National Convention and covered demonstrations in Philadelphia during the Democratic Convention. This photojournalist will be giving a talk, “Guerilla Portraiture at the Political Conventions,” at Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 2pm
MUSIC STUDIES
You can hear a variety of instruments and compositions at this Music on Main concert with the Florence Camerata Piano Trio. The trio includes Richard Mickey on cello, Joe Jewett on violin, and Gregory Hayes on piano. The program will feature pieces by Mozart, Dvorak, and Fred Hersh. Donations benefit the Music on Main concert series, and a reception follows the concert. First Congregational Church at 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, October 23, 3pm
POETRY
Jubilat is a literary magazine which has been publishing poetry and artwork since the Spring of 2000. In 2001, Jubilat began conducting annual readings in partnership with the Jones Library. Come be a part of a local tradition supporting writers, and hear readings from Tyehimba Jess and Camille Rankine. Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Rankine was the recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation’s 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES
College faculty recitals bring you high quality musical performance, often at a low cost or free. This Amherst College faculty recital, “Different Duos,” will feature new works by two composers: Amherst College Professor of Music Eric Sawyer and Valentine Visiting Professor of Music John McDonal. This afternoon of contemporary music will feature cello, double bass, and piano. 413-542-2195. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 5pm-6:30pm
HALLOWEEN
Halloween can be a fun way to explore your neighborhood and meet neighbors. Sometimes, though, you may live in a neighborhood which is not ideal for trick or treating. Agawam Congregational Church invited families to a Trunk or Treat event! Show off your costume and celebrate Halloween early. 745 Main Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, October 23, 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. (<$)

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, October 24, 4:30pm
MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS
Carrying different meanings in different contexts, Wikipedia defines meditation as, “a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.” In other words, when people meditate, they are focusing their awareness on the present moment, often times to their breath, allowing thoughts to enter and pass through their awareness without attachment, constantly balancing their attention back to the present moment. You can try out meditation for yourself by attending this Green Tara Meditation led by Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Tsetan), Abbot of Tashihunpo Monastery. Dewey Hall Common Room. 4 Neilson Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Robotics and game creation are two fun ways to learn about cause and effect, engineering, and programming in a creative way. In this Holyoke Codes workshop, you’ll learn how to connect electronic components using a breadboard. Participants will create “zombie detectors” using an Arduino microcontroller, a motion sensor, and a sound generator. This program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 24, 6pm
MATHEMATICS/PHYSICS
Studying phenomena such as ripples in space requires advanced mathematics and knowledge of physics. Sci Tech Cafe talks bring advanced STEM topics to the community through presentation and discussion. This talk, “Einstein Gravitational Waves:
Measuring Ripples in Space from a Billion Years Ago,” will explore concepts such as collisions in space and the impact of new technology on scientific understanding. This event is open to the public. Email scitechcafe@gmail.com with any questions. Union Station. 125 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, October 24, 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 25, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, October 25, 9:30am-11am; 6:30pm-8pm
PARENTING
For parents, life can be complicated. The Agawam Congregational Church invited parents to a presentation on ways to simplify your life in order to maximize time, money, and energy. Free childcare and breakfast will be provided during the morning session. There will also be an evening session held at the Agawam Senior Center (954 Main Street). Choose the time which works best for you. 745 Main Street. Agawam, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 25, 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 25, 10am
PUMPKINS/PLACEMAKING
Autumn is a time for people to connect with local farmers and agricultural life. The Easthampton Family Center invites families to Fletcher Farm to pick their own pumpkins, visit baby farm animals, enjoy a hay ride, and even play on child sized tractors. Dress for the outdoors and for possible muddy weather. Snacks will be provided. 22 Gunn Road. Southampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 25, 4:30pm
MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS
Carrying different meanings in different contexts, Wikipedia defines meditation as, “a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.” In other words, when people meditate, they are focusing their awareness on the present moment, often times to their breath, allowing thoughts to enter and pass through their awareness without attachment, constantly balancing their attention back to the present moment. You can try out meditation for yourself by attending this Green Tara Meditation led by Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Tsetan), Abbot of Tashihunpo Monastery. Dewey Hall Common Room. 4 Neilson Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 25, 6pm
MUSIC STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
Come to the Sunderland Public Library for an introduction to American Indian music. In his new book, Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music, author and musician Craig Harris draws on interviews with musicians, producers, and ethnographers to relay the cultural story of Native American musical traditions. He will be discussing his research and book in an interactive, participatory, multi-media presentation. You will hear Native-infused jazz, reggae, country music, blues, hip-hop, and electronic dance music. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 25, 6pm-8pm
ART STUDIES
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “good artist,” engaging in creative activities can be fun, relaxing, and help you process emotions. Complete beginners are invited to learn the art of pastel painting at this workshop at the Buckland Public Library. Experienced artists are also welcome to join and learn from award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s demonstrations. Maichack will also explore the art of painter Robert Strong. Participants will have access to professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. Registration is required. Call 413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street. Buckland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm-8pm
HALLOWEEN
No need to wait until Halloween to show off your costume and get together to explore your community! The City of Chicopee will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular downtown. Local Businesses will be handing out candy for their annual costume walk. Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, October 26, 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 26, 2pm-2:45,
STORY HOUR/HALLOWEEN
Not all children enjoy scary stories. This Halloween themed story time at the Erving Public Library, “Silliest kind of spooky,” will feature three humorous stories. This show is great for children preschool age through third grade. Costumes are encouraged. A snack and book will be provided for each child. 413-423-3348. 17 Moore Street. Erving, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30pm
MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS
Carrying different meanings in different contexts, Wikipedia defines meditation as, “a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.” In other words, when people meditate, they are focusing their awareness on the present moment, often times to their breath, allowing thoughts to enter and pass through their awareness without attachment, constantly balancing their attention back to the present moment. You can try out meditation for yourself by attending this Green Tara Meditation led by Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Tsetan), Abbot of Tashihunpo Monastery. Dewey Hall Common Room. 4 Neilson Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 5:15pm-6:15pm
ART STUDIES/POLITICAL HISTORY
Political cartoons are an art form which can have a real social impact. Opening September 10th, the exhibition “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The show’s curator will offer will gallery tours exploring Nast’s imagery and impact. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm
HALLOWEEN/PARADE
Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. The Rag Shag Parade, hosted by Easthampton Parks and Recreation, invites families to dress in costume for a walk beginning at the Maple Street School and ending at Easthampton Savings Bank. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30pm-8pm
HORTICULTURE/SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
You can participate in a citizen scientist project, while maintaining a local park, at “Weeding Wednesday!” Participants will weed, water, measure growth rates, and engage in general orchard maintenance at Springside Park Chestnut Seed Orchard needed. No experience is necessary to participate. This project will help restore resilient chestnut trees to the forests of Massachusetts. For more information, call 508-667-9685. Benedict Road. Pittsfield, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Wednesday, October 26, 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. On Wednesday, October 26, you can see the 2014 film, ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? (Who is Dayani Cristal?). This movie tells the story of a group of forensic anthropologists trying to figure out the identity of a body found by Arizona border police. The film will be in English and Spanish with English subtitles. This screening is open to the public. 303 Homestead Avenue. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, October 26, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/STEM
Amherst Cinema’s Science on Screen pairs films with talks by experts in STEM fields, providing both education and entertainment. This program will feature the 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent (not rated) and a talk by medical anthropologist Dr. Chris Dole. The film tells the story of the relationship between an Amazonian shaman,and two scientists. This program may appeal to people interested in Latin American studies,botany, and industrialization. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, October 27, 12:15pm-1pm
SPORTS/WRITING
Sports writing is an exciting field which combines a creative interest in writing, with a love of sports! Garry Brown is a sports editor at The Republican Newspaper with many years of experience. You can hear him discuss his career during this lunchtime lecture at the Springfield Museums. Adults who love sports and perhaps have an additional interest in journalism may want to come ready with questions. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 27, 1:30pm-2:30pm
LITERATURE/HISTORY
Halloween can be an educational holiday, intersecting with topics such as local history and literature. You can celebrate Halloween early by attending this final Literary Roundtable event of the season at The Mount. A museum interpreter will lead the lecture and discussion, “An Agony of Terror: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton.” This program is free with museum admission. 413-551-5111. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox, MA. ($; 18 and under FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 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 27, 2pm
ART HISTORY
In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art.The exhibit, Build a Better Baby Carriage at the Norman Rockwell Museum features original three-dimensional artworks inspired by Rockwell’s first Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. The exhibit is on view through October 30, 2016. Adult visitors are invited to explore the historic property of the museum, while enjoying a guided talk about this outdoor exhibit. The event is free for museum members, or included with museum admission. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183). Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Thursday, October 27, 3:30pm-4:30pm
STEM/MAKERSPACE
Makerspaces invite people to collaborate on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts, utilizing their creativity and imaginative skills. This monthly maker lab at the West Springfield Public Library invites patrons ages six and up to work together on various projects. This month participants will be using stamps and an ink pad as tools for creation and exploration. 413-736-4561. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 4pm-6pm
CULINARY ARTS
Sometimes, shopping for groceries can feel like a battle between eating well and eating inexpensively. Leanne Brown is author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day, which she wrote as the capstone for her master’s in food studies from New York University. She will be offering a cooking class and book signing at Whole Foods Market, as a benefit for the Amherst Survival Center. Registration is required Call Whole Foods to register: 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 27, 5pm
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
As political and economic climates shift over time, generations may have different political goals or priorities. That is why it’s important for adults of all ages to engage with local politics (and why it’s important that adults advocate for the needs of children). The Franklin County Young Professionals Group is hosting this millennial engagement open forum, inviting student groups from area high schools and colleges. All are welcome to attend, and to engage in a discussion about the political concerns of the millennial group. The forum will be held in the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. 413-775-1801. 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 5pm-6pm
CEMETERY STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY
The Stockbridge Cemetery is the burial site for well-known figures such as artist Norman Rockwell and Elizabeth Freeman, a woman who set a legal precedent when she was fought for freedom from slavery based on the U.S. Constitution. Norman Rockwell Museum. Curator of Education, Tom Daly will be leading this walking history tour of Stockbridge Cemetery. Attend to learn more about local history. A cider and donut reception will precede the tour on the lawn adjacent to the bell tower parking area at the Old Town Hall. 413-298-4100. Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (<$; Museum members and children 12 and under FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 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 27, 6pm
MAGIC/HALLOWEEN
Halloween is a time for spooky costumes, scary stories….and magic! Ed Popielarczk’s performances encourage audience participation and celebrate individual powers of imagination. All ages are welcome to this Halloween themed magical performance at the Adams Free Library. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Library events are free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Adams Free Library at 743-8345. 92 Park Street. Adams, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, October 27, 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)

Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm-9:30pm
HAUNTED HOUSE
Supernatural stories of ghosts or witches sometimes stem from real historical events, and can add to our understanding of our communities. New England is popular fall destination, the perfect time and place to explore cemeteries and other historic spaces. Naumkeag will be offering a haunted house adventure in their carriage house, meant to thrill visitors through spooky, scary sights. For more information please call 413.298.3239×3013 or email cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Members $; Non members $$)

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
Robert Hite is a painter, sculptor, and photographer, and much of his work includes elements of all three artistic mediums. His exhibition, Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, was recently on view at the Hancock Shaker Village and the Berkshire Museum. Now, Robert Hite will be present at the Berkshire Museum during a screening of town films about his life and work. Little Corn follows Hite during a trip to Central America, while Living on Earth documents his preparations for this summer’s dual museum exhibitions. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
ART STUDIES/HALLOWEEN
Celebrate Halloween with a supernaturally themed evening of art education at the Clark Art Institute. This event will include live music, ghost stories, and gallery talks. Topics include “The Phantom Image,” “The Real Game of Thrones,” and “Apocalypse and Vision.” This Clark After Hours event is designed for young professionals. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($$)

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, October 28, 10am-11am
NATURE STUDIES/ORNITHOLOGY
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 28, participants will learn about owls. Meet at the Notch Visitor Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Enjoy classical music during your lunch hour at this Mohawk Trail Concert. Thomas Pousont will perform on harpsichord, playing compositions by Bach and Frescobaldi at the Arms Library. This concert is free and open to the public.For more call 413-625-9511. Main Street and Bridge Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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, October 28, 3pm-7pm
ART STUDIES
An interest in the study of contemporary art can lead to an interest in various cultures and places. The exhibition, “Migration – Connecting through Art & Culture of the Americas” at Great Falls Discovery Center will explore Guatemalan art. This artist reception will include crafts, dancers, a talk by the curators, video interviews with the artists, and food. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 4:30pm-6pm
STORYTELLING
Fall is a great time for fires, which lend themselves to the sharing of stories. Adults and families who love stories are invited to this storytelling event at Park Hill Orchard. Gail N. Herman and Alane Hartley will host and share tales, but others will also be invited to share a spooky story. Anyone who tells a story can have a S’mores Treat! Spooky songs are also encouraged. Food will be available to purchase. Look for the fire pit. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 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 October28, 29, and 30, 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 28, 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 28, 6pm
PUMPKIN WALK
Pumpkin carving is an all ages activity which allows for the whole family to flex their creativity and learn about the seasons. Younger kids can decorate their pumpkins with markers rather than by carving. If you want to show off your pumpkin carving skills, you can participate in the 6th annual Pumpkin Walk-About. Drop off your Jack O’Lantern at the Stockbridge Library between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. You can celebrate Halloween with a parade and party, including spooky stories. Check out the pumpkins carved by your neighbors and local business members. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 6:30pm-8pm
MEDICINE/BIOLOGY
Does someone in your family want to be a doctor? Anyone with an interest in biology, medicine, and all things “blood and guts” will enjoy this hands-on science program at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Participants will have the chance to touch real human bones, listen to their hearts beat, see x-rays and germs. In this program, presented by Baystate Franklin Medical Center, you will learn about surgery, radiology, nutrition, audiology, infection, respiration, and more. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 7pm
HALLOWEEN/PARADE
Halloween is not just about dressing in a fun costume and getting candy. The holiday gives kids a chance to safely explore their neighborhoods and downtown, with parents, and meet neighbors. Halloween parades similarly get people out into town. Pittsfield Parks and Recreation will be hosting this costumed parade on Tyler Street. Watch the procession of spooky, silly, and creative costumes and dress as your favorite character. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, October 28, 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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