Suggested Events for November 5th-11th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Hilltown Families Event

The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bulletin Board

Open House: Nov 5

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House for prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their parents on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30-11am. Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA.

Open House: Nov 9

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, November 9 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

Nov 12

On Saturday, November 12, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, will hold its annual Veterans Day Tribute to Veterans and Active Military from 10am-4pm. Families will have the opportunity to talk with military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. Reps from local veteran organizations will be present, and a collection of personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., will be received to donate to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission. www.neam.org

Nov 11, 21 & 22

Kids have no school on Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving? Send them to the CyclePottery studio in Florence where they can create beautiful handmade functional or decorative pottery just in time for the holidays too! For ages 9+. Veterans Day Workshop on Nov. 11 from 9am-3pm: Fee $120. Thanksgiving Vacation Week, Nov. 21st & 22nd, 9am-2pm: Fee $240. In addition to day-of instruction, the workshop fee includes the cost of post-workshop tasks, such as trimming, bisque-firing, glazing, and the final firing of student pieces. Private workshops and lessons available too! For more info or to register contact: kathryn@cyclepottery.com; 413-219-9594; CyclePottery, 225 Nonotuck St. Unit A, Florence, MA 01062

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Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

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


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Saturday, November 5, 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. Harvest Episode with Story Laurie. Autumn means harvest time in the northeastern United States. But what are people harvesting in other parts of the country, and around the world? Hilltown Family Variety Show guest DJ, Story Laurie shares songs that relate to the season. 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, November 5, 9am-12pm
REUSE/RECYCLING
Sometimes, recycling items brings communities together in a collaborative exchange of needs. Northampton ReUse is sponsoring a ReUse and Recycling Rally, where they will collect pumpkins, bulky rigid plastic, large chunk Styrofoam, bicycles and secure documents (on-site shredding is available). Reusable rigid plastic will be made available to the public. Fall is a great time for taking inventory of your unused household items. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 9am-3pm
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
Amherst Splash offers local middle and high school students the opportunity to learning about subjects from ranging from game theory, to film studies, to acapella! This is a great opportunities for kids and teens to direct their own learning. Classes are taught by college students, providing opportunities for both students and teachers to learn from the experience. Visit the Amherst Splash website for more information and to register for open classes. 102 Keefe Campus Center. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 5, 9am-4pm
NATURAL HISTORY
Want to learn more about naturalist careers and scientific studies in environmental fields? Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is offering a Berkshire Natural History Conference full of fun and educational presentations by regional naturalists, including Pam Weatherbee, Joan Edwards, and Alyssa Bennet, in addition to local field biologists and naturalists. This conference is targeted toward novice naturalists, and is thus a great opportunity for homeschoolers and self-directed teens. Lunch is included. Registration is required. Call 413-236-2127. Rain date is November 19. 375 Church Street. North Adams, MA. ($$; Students <$)

Saturday, November 5, 9am-5pm
FIBER ARTS
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. The seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England will showcase products from over 150 vendors including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. Experts and learners are invited! There will be workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, rug hooking and more. The event will take place November 5 and 6 at the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (Adults <$; Children under 12 FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 9:30am-11am
PARENTING/EDUCATION
Looking for the right school for your child? Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school, is currently enrolling. You can attend this open house for prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their parents. Explore classrooms, ask questions, meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information or to register for the open house call 413-585-3270. 33 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 10am
STEM/MAKERSPACE
3D printing, a type of industrial robot which can synthesize three dimensional objects for a variety of purposes, is one of the most exciting technological, scientific, and creative innovations of recent years. Kids and teens are invited to the Hatfield Public Library to design their own 3D pieces. Call 413-247-9097 to register. 39 Main Street. Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 10am-11am
FAMILY THEATER/STORYTIME
The word “fairy,” comes from the old French “faerie,” meaning “enchantment.” Fairies appear frequently in English folklore. These tiny, magical creatures continue to enchant children in stories today. This performance by Anna Sobel, “Fairies of the Season,” will feature magic, fairy puppets and a grumpy gnome. Attendees will create their own fairies after the show! Shutesbury Town Hall. 1 Cooleyville Road. Shutesbury, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE
“Chrysanthemum” is a beautiful word for an equally beautiful family of flowers. The word is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower), though it refers to many different types of flowers in a range of colors and appearances. You can explore various chrysanthemums at Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Show. The Fall Mum Show has been a popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s and showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The show runs daily through November 20th. The conservatory will be open 10am-4pm daily and have extended hours 10am-8pm on Fridays. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 10:30am-1:30pm
POLITICS
Sometimes, kids and teens don’t find politics interesting, in part because they are not old enough to express their opinions through voting. Kids Vote at the Granby Library invites local youth to make choices and practice the act of voting. Kids will have two tough choices: What pet should be in the White House? What is your favorite ice cream flavor? This is a fun activity for kids who want to vote just like their parents do. This event can be a launching point for discussing the importance of voting! Granby Library 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 12pm-2pm
BOWLING/FUNDRAISER
Bowling is a fun all ages activity which involves hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can bowl with your family while supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County at their Masquerade Bowl-a-thon! This event directly benefits youth of Hampshire County. Choose one day to participate, either November 5 or November 6. Spare Time Lanes. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County for more information: 259-3345. 525 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 5, 12pm-5pm
UPCYCLING/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you have extra bird seed or other animal feed bags lying around? The Bag Share will be at Eastworks teaching people how to turn them into sturdy, reusable totes! These totes can also make great gifts. All ages are welcome to come and participate. Bring your own clean bird seed or other animal feed bag or use one that is provided. 413-527-1000. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 1pm-2:30pm
SEED SAVING
Seed saving is a fantastic way to practice self sufficiency and resilience, and also helps to preserve plant varieties for years to come. In addition to the cultural and agricultural value of holding onto these plants (and their seeds), practicing seed saving at home is a great way to engage in hands-on science learning – the digging-in-the-dirt kind that leads to some serious discoveries. You can get started and learn about seed saving techniques at this presentation at Great Falls Discovery Center. You will learn what kind of seeds to buy, how to prevent cross pollination, wet and dry methods of seed saving and proper techniques of drying and storing seeds. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 1pm-2:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY/NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
You can learn about the history of Northfield through American Indian artifacts housed at the Dickinson Memorial Library. Learn about Squakeag, the “fishing place” where Abenaki and Pocomtuc cultures intermingled. Artifacts such as stone ax heads, arrowheads, pestles and more will be displayed.413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 2pm
HISTORY
A “Lyle Gun,” named after inventor David A. Lyle, is a line throwing gun meant to be aimed at boats or victims in distress. They were used in the 19th century until 1952 when they were replaced with rocket-based line throwers. Dennis Picard, director of the Storrowton Village Museum, will be giving a presentation on the Lyle Gun and New England history at Springfield Armory National Historic Site 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 2pm
POLITICS
Humor can help us process political concerns. Local author John Sheirer will be discussing the current state of politics in the United States in his presentation, “Making Common Sense Common Again.” Sheirer will provide witty commentary which is compassionate and focused on shared experiences. Sunderland Public Library. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 2:30pm
HISTORY
Thomas Paine was a political activist and philosopher whose writing strongly impacted American politics and history. You can learn more about this important figure by attending a screening of the new film, To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine. This 73 minute film of Ian Ruskin’s acclaimed one-man play will be screened at the Jones Library, followed by a discussion. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 3:30pm
HISTORY
Did you know that when Susan B Anthony was trying to get women a say in government, there were more women who called themselves Anti-suffragists than women who were Suffragists? Join Colleen Janz, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum, at Ventfort Hall, for a discussion about what Susan B Anthony had to overcome to change the mindset of so many. For information or reservations call 413-637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA ($$)

Saturday, November 5, 4pm
IMMIGRATION
Immigration is not just a political issue and it does not just take place in other areas of our country. The book Words in Transit is a collection of first-person narratives by immigrants of New England. Contributors to this book will be giving a presentation at the Stockbridge Library followed by questions and discussion. Hear individual voices of immigration with a local focus and contemporary focus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 4pm-5:30pm
POETRY/CHAMBER MUSIC
Poetry and song lyrics tend to diverge in many ways, and yet famous poems are often later set to music. You can hear examples at Smith Choir’s performance: Autumn Serenade Choral Concert “Celebrating Poets.” Poetry by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson and others will be set to music by André Thomas, Rosephanye Powell, Schubert, Whitacre, and local composers. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm
THEATER/PUPPETRY
Theatrical performances can kick-start meaningful discussions and educate audiences. This puppetry show, The Chronicles of Rose, tells the story of Nazi plundering of art during World War II. This tale is based on the true story of Rose Valland, curator of the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris which was commandeered by the Nazis during the occupation of France. Local theater artist David Lane will perform this piece and lead a discussion at Congregation Beth Israel. 413-663-5830. 53 Lois Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 5, 8pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Alam Khan, son of the legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, continues the legacy of his father’s musical style while adding 21st century touches. Khan plays classical ragas as well as a diverse range of other genres. You can see him perform at the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst in this concert, “In The Footsteps of the Master,” also featuring Sarode, Nitin Mitta, and Tabla. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Drive. Amherst, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 5, 8:30pm
SINGING/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Singing as a group is a fun way to bond across communities. As part of Franklin County Cider Days people will gather at Ashfield Community Hall to sing together songs of cider and harvest. This first ever Cider Sing will be lead by Amanda Witman, the leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing. Come out and be a part of a new town tradition and enjoy some cider. Tim Van Egmond, folk singer and hammer dulcimer player will also be participating. 521 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (<$)

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Sunday, November 6, 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, November 6, 9am-5pm
FIBER ARTS
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. The seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England will showcase products from over 150 vendors including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. Experts and learners are invited! There will be workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, rug hooking and more. Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (Adults <$; Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, November 6, 11:30am and 1pm
LIVING HISTORY/THEATER
Join Enchanted Circle Theater and The Trustees at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead for a unique living history experience! A Fiery and Still Voice: William Cullen Bryant at Home is a site-based history play where past and present converge to bring the Homestead to life! This is a play about love, passion and social justice. The audience will travel through several rooms in the house as well as outdoors. Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve in advance. 413-532-1631 x 3110. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA ($)

Sunday, November 6, 12pm-2pm
BOWLING/FUNDRAISER
Bowling is a fun all ages activity which involves hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can bowl with your family while supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County at their Masquerade Bowl-a-thon! This event directly benefits youth of Hampshire County. Choose one day to participate, either November 5 or November 6. Spare Time Lanes. Call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County for more information: 259-3345. 525 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, November 6, 1pm
NATURAL HISTORY
The history of the Commonwealth’s largest inland body of water is fascinating. JR Greene is chairman of the board of directors of the Friends of Quabbin and an expert on all things Quabbin. He is the author of sixteen books and 32 annual history calendars relating to the Quabbin Reservoir. Join Greene for a presentation on his newest book, B.V. Brooks: Pre – Quabbin Art, Photos and Postcards, and learn something new about the Pioneer Valley! <b.Keep Homestead.35 Ely Road. Monson, MA(FREE)

Sunday, November 6, 2pm
ART STUDIES/JEWISH CULTURE
The Yiddish Book Center exhibit, “Balka’s Lower East Side,” is a multi-artist exhibit focused on the experiences of Eastern European Jews who settled on New York’s Lower East Side beginning in the late nineteenth century. Through various mediums including lithographs, drawings, and woodcuts, the artwork explores topics such as immigration, the struggle for acceptance in American culture, and the Great Depression. You are invited to see the exhibit and hear from curator Laura Kruger. The exhibit will be on view at the Yiddish Book Center through March 13, 2017. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 6, 2pm-4pm
HISTORY
Did you know the first known novel written by an African American was “Clotel” by William Wells Brown? Brown was an abolitionist and antagonist of Frederick Douglas. You are invited to the celebration of the publication of Geoffrey Sanborn’s book on William Wells Brown! For more information, check out the book website: Plagiarama. Florence Community Center (near the Sojourner Truth statue). 140 Pine Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 6, 2pm-4pm
ANIMAL STUDIES
Moose are amazingly large creatures sharing our environment in Western Massachusetts and far beyond. This talk and guided walk with Westfield State University wildlife expert, Dr. John McDonald will teach you all about local moose. Participants will learn about how moose interact with their habitat, and find out about the current state of their population. For more information please call 413-298-3239 x3013. Bartholomew’s Cobble. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, November 6, 3pm
MUSIC STUDIES/ARCHITECTURE
You can celebrate local history and music by attending the organ concert at Springfield’s Old First Church. Check out this historic architectural structure which is rarely open for the public to explore. The last public use of the organ was in 2014. Three local organists will be performing at this afternoon concert. Community members with an interest in architecture or organ music should find this an exciting event. Call 413-454-1195 with questions. 50 Elm Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, November 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/ROBOTICS
Robotics is a fascinating branch of engineering and computer science which applies these skills in order to create robots. These robots can be made purely for fun, for some practical purpose, and even for artistic purposes. Holyoke Codes robotics labs allow people to experiment with creating their own robots. This robotics lab is open to participants ages 7 and up and will involve LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS kits. Learn about cause and effect, computer science, and engineering, all the while flexing your creativity. 413-552-4900. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 7, 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)

Monday, November 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Historical photographs are an essential tool for envisioning the past of a particular area.
Jim Moran of The Longmeadow Historical Society will be giving this presentation, “Through the Lens: Longmeadow 100 Years Ago,” using an interactive photo map programs known as Maps Alive. You will see Longmeadow in its early stages of development as an early 20th century suburb of Springfield. This event will take place at the Storrs Library 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 7, 6:30pm-8pm
BABYSITTING/WORKPLACE READINESS
Babysitting is a fantastic first job for teenagers. Babysitting connects families while giving teens a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to the West Springfield Public Library for an introduction to babysitting course. The program will take place on two days, November 7 and 14. Participants must attend both sessions. Call 413-736-4561 to register. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

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

Tuesday, November 8, 10am-5pm
STE(A)M/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
Science, technology, engineering, art, and math topics can engage children in acts of invention, innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration. The Berkshire Museum’s new space, LAB 102, is designed to encourage collaborative learning for children and families. Science-based activities will be available, as well as art-making projects using recycled materials. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (Adult $; Child <$; Museum members and children age 3 and under FREE)

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, November 9, 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, November 9, 10am-11am
LITERACY/PARENTING
Reading and comprehension of language are essential skills for functioning; these skills also open up a world of enjoyment through reading for pleasure. Parents can do a lot to encourage literacy in their children. Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills. This program from the Collaborative for Educational Services will teach parents of children ages birth to five years fun activities to encourage literacy. Registration is reguired through the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information, call the Collaborative at 413-586-4900. This program will take place at the Ware Family Center. 49 Church Street. Ware, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 9, 4pm-5pm
PARENTING/EDUCATION
What do Montessori schools offer middle school aged children? You can find out at this information session at the Montessori School of Northampton. Learn if this school is a good fit for your child. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss the middle school curriculum for students aged 12-14. This school focuses on a combination of challenging academics, an exploration of identity, and opportunities to contribute to the community. For more information, call 413-586-4538. 1 Bates Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, November 10, 12pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Émile Bernard and Odilon Redon are two 19th century painters who influenced the styles of that time. In this talk, “Women with Flowers,” collector Dr. Heinrich Medicus will discuss these two artists, their similarities and their impacts on art history. Clark Art Institute. This talk is free with the cost of museum admission. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adult non member$; Members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Thursday, November 10, 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, November 10, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PAINTING
Contemporary artwork sometimes incorporates “found objects,” which can be everyday, ordinary materials either altered or used as they were found. Jan Ruby-Chrystal’s paintings utilize fresco and found materials, pigment and wax rubbing to create her images. At this reception of her exhibition at the Westhampton Public Library, she will give a talk and demonstration. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 10, 6pm
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
Science Cafe brings science to the community with educational talks which are open to the public. This month, Dr. Brian Umberger will be giving the presentation, “How and Why We Walk Upright: the Evolution of Human Locomotion.” Learn some basic evolutionary biology, focused on motion. Nacul Center. 592 Main Street. Amherst MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm
LIVING HISTORY/CIVIL WAR
Living history performances provide historical education from a personal perspective, bringing the facts alive so that they are interesting and relevant. Costumed reenactor Doug Quigley will play a Civil War era union soldier. Find out information on the everyday lives of these soldiers, from what they wore and carried, to what they ate while serving. Children, teens, and adults are all invited to this event at the Springfield City Library Forest Park Branch. 413-263-6828. 380 Belmont Avenue. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, November 11, 10am-11am
VETERANS DAY/PARADE
You can help honor local veterans by attending the Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at Greenfield Middle School. For more information, check the Greenfield Town Website. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-4pm
NATURE STUDIES/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Bartholomew’s Cobble is a national landmark and open space preserve, named for its rocky terrain. It is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, geologists, and families to explore outdoors. Veterans and their families are invited to visit for free on Veterans Day. 413-229-8600. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Naumkeag, the former home of the Choate family, was built at the height of the Gilded Age and is a local resource for learning about history and architecture. Veterans and their families can visit free on Veterans Day! Enjoy guided house tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Learn about the Choate family who built Naumkeag and hear about what was happening on the farm. 413-298-3239. 5 Prospect Hill. Stockbridge, MA. (Non members $; Members, Veterans and Veterans’ families FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Springfield Museums are a resource for learning about art, history, and science. Families can also visit the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and celebrate a beloved children’s author. On Veterans Day, the museums are offering free general admission to veterans and active duty military visitors who show a military ID documenting that they are active duty, retired, or reserve from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, or National Guard will receive free general admission to all four museums. Veterans who left military service before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork (DD Form 214). 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (Adults $. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-8pm
HORTICULTURE
“Chrysanthemum” is a beautiful word for an equally beautiful family of flowers. The word is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower), though it refers to many different types of flowers in a range of colors and appearances. You can explore various chrysanthemums at Smith College Botanic Garden’s Fall Chrysanthemum Show. The Fall Mum Show has been a popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s and showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The show runs daily through November 20th. The conservatory will be open 10am-4pm daily and have extended hours 10am-8pm on Fridays. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10:30am
LANGUAGE/FAMILY MUSIC
Learning a second language is a fun and exciting challenge for the brain. Since learning a second language is easiest during early childhood, language learning can be the perfect intergenerational pursuit for parents who want to expand their knowledge. Bilingual families, and those who wish to learn, are invited to this English/Spanish music and movement program. This event is best suited for children ages 0-5 with caregivers, but the whole family is welcome! You will be entertained through hand gestures, dancing, puppets, instruments, scarves, and call and response songs. Full Circle School. 21 Paramenter Road. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 11am
VETERANS’ DAY/PARADE
Honor local veterans by watching the parade! The Springfield parade will step off at 11am at 1 Federal Street, on the Springfield Technical Community College campus. The parade will march down State Street, turn onto Main Street, and then onto Court Street where there will be a brief ceremony on the steps of the City Hall. If you would like to participate in helping place flags on the graves of veterans, call 413 787-6141. Springfield, MA, (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 1pm
FILM STUDIES/NATURE STUDIES
Learn about science through film! This Science on Screen film screening at Amherst Cinema will begin will an introduction Brian Adams, author and professor emeritus of environmental studies at Greenfield Community College. The film, Microcosmos, was created with macroscopic photographic techniques in order to capture the life cycle of an ordinary meadow up close in a visually spectacular manner. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, November 11, 4pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Do you and your children enjoy making art? Your entire family can participate in hands-on art projects and attend a guided gallery tour at the Smith College Museum of Art. In this art making program, “Build Rome in a Day,” participants will cardboard models of Roman landmarks. Gather inspiration from the current exhibition, When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/LOCAL HISTORY
Inspired by Historic Northampton’s rich and varied collections as evidence of working women’s lives in the second half of the 19th century, artists Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher created Northampton Unbuttoned, an installation of contemporary artworks of two and three-dimensional design celebrating the Mill Girls. Lanzi’s Victorine series of monotype collage prints are a contemporary take on the colorful plaid textiles and bodice patterns that were popular at the time. You can attend the opening reception at Historic Northampton during Arts Night Out. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 7pm-9pm
MUSIC STUDIES/AMERICANA
Small, local concerts connect musicians directly with their audiences and each other. Mark Mendevill and Rianna Richards will be performing their Americana and old country tunes at Great Falls Discovery Center. The Great Falls Discovery Center coffeehouse showcases local talent every month. Museum exhibits are open during intermission. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sunderland, Westhampton and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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