Suggested Events for November 12th-18th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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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

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

Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes at the Springfield Museums through May 14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, meet your samurai ancestors! A unique and imaginative exhibit that brings together original TMNT graphic novel art and the Museums’ own world-famous collection of Japanese artwork, arms and armor. There’s a Saturday morning cartoon area and samurai-inspired activities on assorted weekends, too! While you’re here, see the new Cats in Hats exhibit, with wonderfully whimsical illustrations by our region’s finest illustrators. For information, visit springfieldmuseums.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

Nov 19

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 19 in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the marionette performance by their Early Childhood teachers. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 19. 10am-3pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Nov 20

Everyone Has a Voice concert, Northampton – Enjoy an afternoon of song as Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus teams up with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion to perform songs by Sarah Lee’s grandfather, Woody Guthrie, and other folk legends! The Everyone Has a Voice concert takes place on Sunday, November 20, 3pm, at First Churches of Northampton. The concert unites singers with and without disabilities to work toward the common goal of performing in concert. Whole Children is a Pathlight program and provides social and recreation programs for kids and teens of all abilities, particularly those with special needs. The concert is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.wholechildren.org for tickets.

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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
November 12 – 18, 2016

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Saturday, November 12, 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, November 12, 9:30am-12:30am
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING
 Do you love to ski? You can help prepare for an excellent skiing season by helping clear the trail at Notchview. Cleared trails make for safe and reliable skiing throughout the season. This is also an opportunity to meet other skiers and learn about upcoming programs. Call 413 684-0148 with questions. Register on the Trustees of Reservations website. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (VOLUNTEER)

Saturday, November 12, 10am-12pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK/INTERGENERATIONAL
Spending time outside with your child can help instill a love of nature and outdoor play. Sue Kelly of the Amherst Family Center will lead a wilderness education hike for families. The group will meet at the Mill River Playground and continue north connecting with the town’s conservation area. Pine Street. 413-545-0865. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 10am-4pm
VETERANS’ DAY/AERONAUTICS
Learn about war history, aeronautics, and services for veterans at the New England Air Museum’s Tribute to Veterans and Active Military event. Visitors will have the chance to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. The museum will be collective personal care items for veterans overseas. Veteran visitors are admitted free for this event; active duty military will receive a 20% discount on admission, and servicemen and women in uniform will be admitted free of charge. 860-623-330. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. (12 and up $; Ages 4 to 11 $; 3 and under FREE; Veterans FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 10am-5pm
LOCAL ART
 The winter holidays are around the corner, a time for appreciation and giving. The Crafts of Colrain Annual Open Studio Tour offers an alternative opportunity for shoppers interested in supporting local and handmade words. Enjoy some non-commercial holiday shopping with your family or simply admire the works, which include stoneware, fiber art, pastels, collages, iron work and more. The tour begins at Pine Hill Orchards. 248 Greenfield Road. Colrain, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 12, 10am-7pm
CULTURE STUDIES/DAY OF THE DEAD
While it is well known internationally, the Day of the Dead originated in Mexico, where it is celebrated as a public holiday. Dia de los Muertos honors the deceased through the creation of altars and other traditions and ceremonies such as the creation of sugar skulls and catrina dolls. This Day of The Dead celebration will include art, performances, and workshops on how to create sugar skulls and memory boxes. Workshops will be held at the Flywheel Arts Collective. Music and dance performances will take place at the Brookside Cemetery. Bring a candle. 413-529-1440. Williston Avenue. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 11am-2:30pm
GUIDED NATURE HIKE/ANIMAL STUDIES
What sorts of species thrive in wetlands? You can find out, up close, on this guided walk of Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Participants will look for signs of mammals preparing for winter. This program is open to participants ages sixteen and up. Directions to nearby meeting location will be shared with registered participants. Please register by calling 1-800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 12pm
COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LITERACY
You can help contribute to and support the Greenfield Public Library’s adult and children’s programs by attending the Book Sale and Fall Raffle Drawing. Enter the raffle for a chance to win an iPad, or support the library by purchasing items at the book sale, which will take place on the lower floor of the library. Apple cider and donuts will be available. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, November 12, 1pm-3pm
SPORTS/HOCKEY
Starting a new sport can be intimidating at first. Boys and girls ages four and up, with or without skating experience, are invited to try hockey risk free! The Amherst Hockey Association hosts this free day of hockey for kids at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink. Skate rentals are free. Please bring winter gloves and a bicycle or hockey helmet. For more information, email mbedan@comcast.net or register online at the Amherst Hockey Association website. Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Northampton has a rich textile history and specifically ties to button making as an industry. Costume and textile historian Lynne Zacek Bassett will be giving a talk, “Button It!” at Historic Northampton. This presentation takes place in conjunction with the art exhibit, Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher’s Northampton Unbuttoned: the Girls of The Mill River Button Company, on view through December 18th. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 2pm and 7:30pm
FAMILY THEATER
The character of Mary Poppins originates from beloved books by 19th century author P.L. Travers. Her tale has been adapted into the Walt Disney classic film. You can see a stage adaptation performed at Bay Path University. Introduce your children to this classic character, and see her portrayed on stage. Mills Theatre, Carr Hall. Bay Path University. Call 413-565-1307. To purchase tickets. Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow MA. (Adults $; 18 and under <$; College students with ID FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 2:30pm
THEATER/PICTURE BOOKS
Families who love Eric Carle’s artwork have the chance to see some of them brought to life by Picture Book Theater! The group will be performing The Very Quiet Cricket and The Lamb and The Butterfly, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Each family will receive a copy of Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket during the show. Older kids and parents will be able to think about how the theater troupe interpreted and performed their adaptation of a heavily visual story. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, November 12, 3:30pm
HISTORY
Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, became famous following her father’s presidency. Alice formed a rivalry with her cousin Eleanor. Their politics and personalities were in conflict and liked to play up their rivalry under the public eye. You can learn more about them in this presentation, “Hissing Cousins,” at Ventfort Hall. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 12, 6pm
COMMUNITY MEAL/VETERANS’ DAY
Veterans are invited to enjoy a community meal at the Lenox VFW’s annual Veterans’ Day dinner. The dinner will take place at St. Ann’s Parish Center. Call 413-822-4343 to reserve your spot. 134 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHORAL
Celebrate homecoming weekend at Amherst College with world music. Performers from the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club will be singing compositions from Estonia, Georgia and Ireland, as well as traditional Amherst College songs. 413 542 2484. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Amherst, MA. (Adults $; Children and senior citizens $; Five college students with ID FREE)

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Sunday, November 13, 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 13, 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)

Sunday, November 13, 1pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
 An area of Plainfield, Massachusetts has been designated as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places, and new signs have been erected to mark the site. You are invited to celebrate this achievement, which is the result of a decades long research process dating back to the 1980s. Countless hours have been spent working on Plainfield’s historic house inventory. This designation will help preserve the historic character of Plainfield into the future. Meet at the Shaw Hudson House for a walk to admire these new signs, and convene at back at the Shaw Hudson House at 3pm for donuts. Email judithbryanwilliams@verizon.net, or call 413-634-8099 to register. Shaw Hudson House. Plainfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 1pm-4pm
GEOLOGY/FOSSILS
Have you ever found a fossil before? Studying rocks in your backyard and beyond is a great way to engage with science, even from an early age. Community members are invited to bring fossils, as well as seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers, and insects to the Beneski Museum of Natural History. Scientists will attempt to identify the objects. Come by even without a specimen, to check out the museum and learn about species and rock identification. 413-524-2000. Amherst College. 11 Barrett Hill Road. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 1pm-4pm
ART STUDIES/GEOSCIENCE
Families are invited to celebrate the reopening of the Manton Research Center at the Clark Art Institute with hands-on activities. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi and The Architects Collaborative in the early 1970s. Attendees will have the chance to make a granite mosaic picture frame, contribute to the community message board and learn about the center’s iconic red granite with Williams College Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus. 1970s sitcoms will stream in the auditorium, from 2:30–5 pm. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 2pm
FAMILY THEATER
The character of Mary Poppins originates from beloved books by 19th century author P.L. Travers. Her tale has been adapted into the Walt Disney classic film. You can see a stage adaptation performed at Bay Path University. Introduce your children to this classic character, and see her portrayed on stage. Mills Theatre, Carr Hall. Bay Path University. Call 413-565-1307. To purchase tickets. Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow MA. (Adults $; 18 and under <$; College students with ID FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
 Infrastructure often lends insight into the values and daily life of a society. Studying architectural structures around you can teach you a lot about history. Margaret Waggoner will be presenting a documentary about Goshen history, exploring who built the Goshen tunnel and why, at this Goshen Historical Society Program. Refreshments will be served. The screening will take place at the Goshen Town Hall. 413-268-7120. Goshen, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 2pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Have you ever heard of “Roberts Meadow?” This is the name of a small village which once resided in the northwest corner of Northampton on Kennedy, Sylvester and Chesterfield roads.
John Irving Clapp will be giving a presentation at Historic Northampton about his book, The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow: Northampton’s Forgotten Settlement. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 13, 5:30-7pm
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. This community sing will be will be a fundraiser for the Steele Family in Plainfield. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street. Plainfield, MA. (DONATION)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Monday, November 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
STEM/PROGRAMMING
Some educators in the field of computer science have taken up the motto that, “Coding is the new literacy.” Programming languages, the logic used to build tools such as websites and video games, do have similarities with the written word. Lab nights at Holyoke Codes offer unstructured time for participants to work on any project, independently or in groups. People of all ages are welcome to attend.413- 552-4900. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 5:45pm-7:30pm
PARENTING/COMMUNITY MEAL
Parents can benefit immensely from tips and advice when given in a supportive, discussion-friendly environment. Parents and kids of all kinds are invited to Dinner on Us at the Amherst Family Center. This Positive Parenting session will cover the topic: “How to Empower Children to be Responsible & Respectful.” Supervised children’s activities occur during the entire session. A roundtable discussion begins at 6:15. Registration is required. 413-545-0865. 1200 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 12, 6pm
SPORTS/LOCAL HISTORY
Springfield can boast a rich sports history as the birthplace of basketball, invented by James Naismith. Created in 1891 in order to offer athletes an exciting and physically challenging indoor sport, basketball is now internationally known and loved. Professors Dennis Gildea and Rick Paar of Springfield College will be giving a presentation on the history of basketball, at the Holyoke Public Library. Materials on the origins of the game will be on display on the third floor of the library through November. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 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 last of three workshops at the Storrs Library. This session will focus on “favorite things.” Register on the Storrs library website or by calling 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 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 14, 7pm
PSYCHOLOGY/ARCHITECTURE
This week’s “Nerd Nite Noho” bring you two different presentations covering very different topics. The first, given by Andrea Cataldo, doctoral candidate in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at UMass Amherst, will discuss the role emotions play in decision making. The second, by Brianne Zulkiewicz from Valley Free Radio, will talk about the origins and current status of triple decker homes in New England. These structures were at first built to house factory workers. The talks will take place at the World War II Club. All ages welcome in the banquet hall, but valid ID required for front bar and alcoholic purchases. 50 Conz Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

Monday, November 14, 7pm
HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Historians engaged in preservation seek to protect objects of historic significance. Works of art, architecture, correspondence and household items can all be useful for the study of history. Max Page and Marla Miller, editors of Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States will be facilitating a discussion on historic preservation at the Jones Library. This discussion will ask questions such as, what is important to preserve? How does historic preservation contribute to communities? 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/NUTRITION
Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book , the film In Defense of Food investigates food and health, shedding light on misconceptions. Learn about chronic diseases associated with the modern American diet, and learn the truth about certain foods. This free screening at Images Cinema will be followed by a discussion with Williams College Professor of Biology Hank Art. 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 14, 7pm-8:30pm
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Earlier sunsets in fall and winter provides more chances to observe and study astronomy as well as nocturnal animals. Families are invited to a walk by the light of the full moon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the survival techniques of nocturnal animals. This program is best suited to youth ages six to twelve, and their caregivers. Registration is required. Call 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. ($)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Tuesday, November 15, 3pm
ORNITHOLOGY/MUSIC STUDIES
 There is more to the phenomenon of bird chirping than simple mating messages. Bird songs evolve socially. Although species sing the same song, individual birds learn songs from their fathers and dialects develop regionally. Bird songs have also had a great impact on human music, and as a result, culture. Professor of Biology David Spector will be discussing bird songs and the interplay between birds and human culture, at the Westhampton Public Library. Attendees will also have the change to sing along as the Beautiful Future Band performs new and familiar songs featuring the sounds of birds! Learn about ornithology and conservation efforts. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 15, 6pm-7pm
LITERACY
Reading and comprehension of language are essential skills for functioning; these skills also open up a world of enjoyment through reading for pleasure. Parents can do a lot to encourage literacy in their children. Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills. This program from the Collaborative for Educational Services will teach parents of children ages birth to five years fun activities to encourage literacy. Registration is 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 West Brookfield Elementary School. 89 North Main Street. West Brookfield, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30pm
STORYELLING
You’ve heard of story hours for kids, but what about adults? The Sunderland Public Library is bringing the joy of oral storytelling to adult audiences with a Short Story Series. Actors will give dramatic readings of expert tales. In this program, Kermit Dunkelberg will read “Ed Has His Mind Improved” by Walter R. Brooks and Myka Plunkett will read “Exchange” by Ray Bradbury. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
CULTURE STUDIES/POLITICAL SCIENCE
Racism is a complex problem in the United States. It is embedded in institutions as well as individual minds. Facing Our Truth is a performance which addresses these issues from cultural and political standpoints. You can attend a staged reading at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and further educate yourself about racial issues. Daniel Arts Center. McConnell Theater. 413-644-4400. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/AGRICULTURE
There are many different types of farms, growing different crops or raising animals, and running their businesses in various ways. Farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (farm shares) are growing trends in many communities, but dairy farmers are often left out of these markets. The film Forgotten Farms explore cultural divides in New England’s farm and food communities with a focus on dairy farming. You can screen this film at Amherst Cinema, and enjoy a Q & A session with filmmakers Sarah Gardner and Dave Simonds. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Wednesday, November 16, 3pm
ART STUDIES/POLITICAL HISTORY
Political cartoons are an art form which can have a real social impact. Opening September 10th, the exhibition “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” will be on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The show’s curator will offer will gallery tours exploring Nast’s imagery and impact. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID $. Ages 6-18 $. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES
Have you ever wanted to learn a music instrument? Or, if you already know how to play one, would you like to expand your knowledge to a new instrument? Julie Stepanek will be offering ukulele classes for beginners at the Storrs Library on November 16, and December 14. You can attend one lesson or both. Loaner ukuleles will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Arrive early if you would like to borrow one. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Thursday, November 17, 3:30pm-4:30pm
LITERACY
 Book clubs add fun to reading as participants have the chance to discuss their feelings and reactions to the book. Everyone in grades 5, 6, and 7, is invited to a brand new tween book club at the Meekins Library. Participants will have the chance to vote on which book is read for the next meeting. Contact Wendy Peppercorn at kmit@cwmars.org with any questions and to register. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 17, 5pm-6:30pm
COMPUTER BASICS
The ability to navigate basic computer tasks can open up a world of educational possibilities. The Sunderland Public Library is offering a series of introductory computer classes in November aimed at helping adults learn more about computers. This second session will focus on the internet, including how the internet works, how to use a search engine, and what the cloud is. This classes is free and open to all, and you do not need to bring your own computer in order to attend 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
PARENTING
How can you utilize play in your parenting practice, in order to teach social and emotional skills? This “Positive Solutions” workshop will explore ways parents can help their children develop friendship skills. A light dinner will be provided starting at 5:30pm; the workshop begins at 6:30pm. Registration is required via the Collaborative for Educational Services website. For more information call 413-586-4900 x5568. This session will take place at the Granby Library. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 17, 8pm-10pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is an art form which evokes emotion and tells stories through choreographed movement and interaction. You can see contemporary dance pieces performed by Smith College faculty. New works will be performed by Chris Aiken, Rodger Blum, Angie Hauser and Marilyn Sylla, and guest artist Ephrat Asherie. There will be a resetting of Bill T. Jones’ work “Story/Time,” choreography by Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong.Theatre 14.Mendenhall. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Storyhour & Playgroups

Friday, November 18, 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)

Friday, November 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
ICE SKATING
One benefit to homeschooling your children is that the schedule can sometimes allow greater flexibility for your child to explore their interests during school hours. The Mullins Center at UMass Amherst invites homeschooling families to skate on November 18 and December 2 at discounted prices. All children school age and younger are invited. Adults must be accompanied by children. Parents receive free admission and skate rental when accompanying children. Cash only. Commonwealth Avenue. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, November 18, 12:15pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Before the University of Massachusetts, there was the Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC), a small school providing a rural education. In this “History Bites” lunchtime lecture, Robert Cox will explore the daily lives and permanent legacies of the first nine African American students at MAC.
Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea, and cider will be provided. For more information see the Amherst Historical Society and Museum website. Simeon Strong House. 67 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 18, 7pm
MUSIC STUDIES/OPEN MIC
Open mics provide the rare opportunity for anyone to practice playing in front of a crowd, and for audience members to hear brand new local music! Try out a few songs or simply listen at Palmer Historical and Cultural Center’s Triple Creek Coffeehouse Open-Mic Night. This event is all ages and open to all levels of ability. Center 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE).

Friday, November 18, 7pm
ART HISTORY
Many famous artists of history interacted with one another, in positive and negative ways, during their lifetimes. These interactions between artists, and the ways in which personal relationships affected artwork, are a vital and important facet of art history. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee is author of the recent work, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art. He will be discussing rivalries between artists such as
Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet, in a presentation at the Clark Art Institute.413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 18, 7pm
FOLK MUSIC
Local music concerts of bring people together as a form of placemaking. People with an appreciation for folk music will enjoy this concert at the Sunderland Public Library, featuring music from local folk duo Hungrytown. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
FAMILY THEATER
Reading to your children at bedtime is a relaxing activity which can ease them into sleep and help instill a love of stories. You and your family can see a beloved children’s story, Ludwig Bemelman’s tale of Madeline, brought to life by The Drama Studio. This story has been popular with people of all ages for decades. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street. Springfield, MA. (Adults $; Students <$; The Drama Studio students FREE)

Friday, November 18, 8pm-10pm
DANCE STUDIES
Dance is an art form which evokes emotion and tells stories through choreographed movement and interaction. You can see contemporary dance pieces performed by Smith College faculty. New works will be performed by Chris Aiken, Rodger Blum, Angie Hauser and Marilyn Sylla, and guest artist Ephrat Asherie. There will be a resetting of Bill T. Jones’ work “Story/Time,” choreography by Bill T. Jones with Janet Wong.Theatre 14.Mendenhall. 122 Green Street. Northampton, 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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