22 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Scutes to Scales. Social History to Music Theory.

Playing music is a physical as well as mental process, encouraging careful listening and focus. Reading musical scores requires us to train our brain to recognize patterns and decode information. We can get our children started with exploring sound, building instruments, and creating music at the Clark Art Institute’s Music Day on Sunday, January 15. 1pm-3:30pm. In conjunction with I/O Fest this day of musical exploration will also feature performances brought to you by the Williams College Department of Music. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

Reptiles to Shays’ Rebellion. Music Theory to Social History. MLK Day of Service to Nature Studies. Photography History to Racial Equality. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured community highlights this week: Have you ever heard the term “scute?” This biological term refers to an external bodily “plate,” such as a turtle’s shell, crocodile skin, and bird feet. Children and their parents are invited to learn about “Scutes and Scales” at this biologically themed nature event at the Hitchcock Center on Saturday, January 14, 10am-11am. This program is part of an ongoing Saturday Science series for children and their parents to explore natural topics through scientific activities. These events will take pace on the second Saturday of the month, through June. Call ahead to reserve your spot. 413-256-6006. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)


ZoologyCivic EngagementTeen AdvisoryRevolutionary WarLocal HistoryMusic StudiesAmerican HistoryCivil RightsService-Based LearningMartin Luther King, Jr.HerpetologyCulture StudiesSkillsharingCommunity MealSocial HistoryPhotographyCulinary ArtsSocial Justice


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Zoology

HERPETOLOGY
Saturday, January 14, 10am-11am
Have you ever heard the term “scute?” This biological term refers to an external bodily “plate,” such as a turtle’s shell, crocodile skin, and bird feet. Children and their parents are invited to learn about “Scutes and Scales” at this biologically themed nature event at the Hitchcock Center. This program is part of an ongoing Saturday Science series for children and their parents to explore natural topics through scientific activities. These events will take pace on the second Saturday of the month, through June. Call ahead to reserve your spot. 413-256-6006. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

REPTILES
What qualifies an animal as a reptile, critters studied by herpetologists? Free School offers this video that gives a quick overview of this major vertebrate classification.

Civic Engagement

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD/LITERACY
Saturday, January 14, 1pm-2pm
Come make your voice heard and share what you would like to find at the Jones Library. Library patrons between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board. Participants will help brainstorm programming, make suggestions for the collection, and help design the new Teen Space! Joining a Teen Advisory Board is a fun way to make friends while boosting your resume and experience for jobs and college applications. Participating on a Teen Advisory Board is considered community service and, therefore, a great resume booster. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

TEEN ROUND-TABLE/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Monday, January 16, 10am-3:30pm
Residents of Holyoke: does your teen want to become more involved in the community? Maybe they wish there were some recreational opportunity which doesn’t currently exist. Holyoke teens are invited to a youth community conversation, to discuss issues such as employment, safety, engagement, and recreational activities in the area. Discussions will be recorded and compiled into a 10 year youth vision plan for the City of Holyoke. The Holyoke Youth Commission will present the plan to Elected Officials and a permanent recording will be housed at the Holyoke Public Library. Holyoke Council on Aging and Senior Center. Lunch and snacks will be provided. 291 Pine Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Local History

REVOLUTIONARY WAR
“Shays’ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (called Shaysites) in an uprising against perceived economic and civil rights injustices. In 1787, the rebels marched on the United States’ Armory at Springfield in an unsuccessful attempt to seize its weaponry and overthrow the government.” Read more on Wikipedia or take a crash course with this short video that explains Shays’ Rebellion in one minute:

AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Saturday, January 14, 2:00pm
This January will be the 230th anniversary of Shay’s Rebellion, the armed uprising in western Massachusetts following the American Revolution. In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, curator Alex Mackenzie will be presenting “Behind the Storage Door,” highlighting firearms of the American Revolution. The weapons shown during this presentation will highlight the tactics and weapons used in Shay’s Rebellion, which peaked with an attack on the Springfield Arsenal on January 25, 1787. MacKenzie will explain the history and details of each firearm, enabling visitors to learn more about the rich collections of Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Music Studies

MUSIC THEORY/READING MUSIC
“Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm). Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock. Tim Hansen hits the instrumental basics you need to read music.” – TED-Ed

View full lesson: How to read music – Tim Hansen

MUSIC STUDIES
Sunday, January 15, 1pm-3:30pm
Playing music is a physical as well as mental process, encouraging careful listening and focus. Reading musical scores requires us to train our brain to recognize patterns and decode information. We can get our children started with exploring sound, building instruments, and creating music at the Clark Art Institute’s Music Day. In conjunction with I/O Fest this day of musical exploration will also feature performances brought to you by the Williams College Department of Music. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Friday, January 20, 7pm-9pm
One of the Oxford English Dictionary 2016 finalists for “word of the year” includes “hygge,” a word of Danish origin which translates to: “A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” (Oxford English Dictionary). Hygge may be a key explanation as to why the citizens of Denmark rank number one on the World Happiness Report in spite of the frigid winters in their country. In addition to fuzzy blankets and mugs of hot chocolate, a sense of belonging to your community can be another way to achieve “hygge.” Connect with your community this winter by attending a community concert! All are welcome to the Williston Northampton School’s concert which will involve singing groups, instrumental groups, and solo musicians. Phillips Stevens Chapel. 19 Payson Ave. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

American History

CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT/LECTURE
Sunday, January 15, 2pm
Pamela Chatterton-Purdy’s new exhibition at the Springfield Museums combines historical learning with art studies. Her work, Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, uses wooden panels and painted portraits to depict dynamic leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Ralph David Abernathy, Julian Bond, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harry Belafonte and Jeffrey Brace. In time for Martin Luther King Day, you can think about the influence of these civil rights activists while exploring contemporary artwork. On Sunday, January 15, the artist will be providing a lecture. Bring your curiosity and your questions. The lecture is free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

SOCIAL HISTORY/CIVIL RIGHTS

Martin Luther King, Jr.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Monday, January 16, 9am-7pm
This year, on American Friends Service Committee’s 33rd Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., AFSC will sponsor a series of events over the course of the day – from the Sojourner Truth Walking Tour and a Children’s Program (run by Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene) – to the traditional convocation at Edwards Church – to a series of workshops and trainings in various spaces in downtown Northampton by local activists and activist groups. For schedule and more details, visit afscwm.org. 413-584-8975. Florence & Northampton (FREE)

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Monday, January 16, 10am-1pm
Greenfield Community College invites the community to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of activities and programs for families. To volunteer and/or RSVP, click here or call 413-775-1819. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Monday, January 16, 11am-1pm
An understanding of social justice history and knowledge of how citizens of this country have fought for change in the past can inform acts of resistance in the present. Baptist minister Martin Luther King Junior sparked change locally and nationally by articulating the injustices felt by marginalized groups. His actions involved extreme personal sacrifices as he was jailed 29 times during his campaign against racial segregation. This year, the MLK Day celebration at Mass Mutual Center will explore the theme of “Lifting the Spirit of Healing & Unity in our Beloved Community.” The event will feature performances musicians from the Sonido Musica School Partnership programs; the Springfield Community Chorale, CMSS Martin Luther King Festival Orchestra; a performance by D.R.E.A.M STUDIO; an oratorical selection by Wesley Days Jr and much more. 1277 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Service-Based Learning

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Follow King’s model by helping to create a more resilient, dynamic, diverse, and compassionate community in Western Massachusetts through meaningful community-based service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Read more in our post, Civic Engagement: MLK Day of Service. In 2015, President Obama spoke of the value of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service shared here in this video:

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 16, 9am-7pm
Berkshire Community College hosts a day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with different community projects for volunteers to choose from, such as cooking and serving a community meal, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, or assisting staff at a community center to run activities for kids. Volunteering at the Harvest Table is a good match for families with children. rbroch@berkshirecc.edu. 55 Fenn St. Pittsfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)

MLK DAY OF SERVICE
Monday, January 16, 12:30pm
One way to teach your kids about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is to encourage their participation in community service tasks. People of all ages are invited to MCLA’s Church Street Center to engage in service tasks such as painting, cleaning, organizing, building, winterizing, simple sewing, or making kits. The free luncheon and celebration begins at 12:30pm. Registration begins at 8:30am along with coffee and pastries. For more information call 413-664-4006 or visit the Northern Berkshire Community Action Coalition website. Church Street. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

Culture Studies

FRENCH/NATURE STUDIES
Monday, January 16, 1:30pm-7pm
Viewing educational films is a great way to learn while being entertained. Foreign films can help you connect with a language and culture other than your own. The 2015 documentary, Seasons (not rated), follows travelers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud throughout Europe in search of brown bears, wild horses, wolves and other animals in their natural European habitat. You can view this film, in French with English subtitles, at the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. Learn about animals and earth science while brushing up on your French knowledge. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (<$)

JAPANESE/ART STUDIES
Thursday, January 19, 12pm
Now through April 2nd, you can learn about the art of Japanese woodblook printing at the Clark Art Institute’s exhibition, Japanese Impressions. Art lovers are also invited to take a closer look at an object from the Clark’s collection: Utagawa Hiroshige’s Plum Estate, Kameido from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.Collector and donor Adele Rodbell will run this discussion. Tickets include admission to the galleries as well as a lunch. Register online or over the phone. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

WESTERN MA/CULTURAL HERITAGE
Thursday, January 19, 12:15pm-1pm
The Republican Heritage Series was created to educate people on the ethnic heritages and cultural contributions of the people of Western Massachusetts. Learn more about the Pioneer Valley by exploring the personal histories of people who reside here. The Springfield Museums will be providing a lunchtime lecture with three authors of this series. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Skillsharing

BIKE REPAIR
Monday, January 16, 2pm-6pm
Learning to tune up and repair your own bike can save you time and money while teaching you about engineering and problem solving. Bring your bike or just your questions to Make It Springfield, and have your repairs taken care of by RadSpringfield. Stop in anytime during these drop in hours. All ages are welcome. There is a suggested donation up to twenty five dollars or more, depending on the repair. You can also bring by your old, unused bikes to donate. 168 Worthington Street. Springfield, MA. (DONATION)

Community Meal

FUNDRAISER
Sunday, January 15, 6pm-8pm
Nordic skiing is a beloved activity which connects community members to place through an appreciation for the changing seasons. Bread Euphoria invited you to an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad night, as a fundraiser to benefit the Mohawk Nordic Ski Team. Proceeds will help buy new uniforms and offset travel expenses for team members. In addition to a delicious meal there will be a raffle, and by John Bye and Peg Cowen! 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA. (Adult $; Students and children <$)

COMMUNITY DINNER
Monday, January 16, 5pm-6pm
The Berkshire South Regional Community Center hosts a community supper prepared by some of the best chefs in the Berkshires every Monday. Join your neighbors and make new friends. Donations are accepted as well as contributions of non-perishable food items for local food banks encouraged. No reservations required. 413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Photography

ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY
Tuesday, January 17, 2pm
Join Kristen Oehlrich, assistant director of the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, for a talk focusing on the work of female photographers Julia Margaret Cameron, Anna Atkins, and Gertrude Käsebier, whose work is featured in the special exhibition Photography and Discovery. Photography and Discovery, on view through February 5, is the first extensive exhibition of the Clark’s collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography. When viewing the exhibit, notice that most people in portrait images did not smile. Why? Was it because of technology or was it a style of photography? See the video below and then go see primary source examples at the Clark. For more information, call 413 458 2303. The gallery talk is free with paid admission. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (Adults $; Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID FREE)

PHOTOGRAPHY/PORTRAITURE
Tuesday, January 17, 5:30pm-8pm
People have long been a popular subject for paintings. Since the invention of photography, photographic portraits have grown into a thriving industry all over the world. You can learn the basics of modern day photographic portraits by attending a free, interactive seminar at the Lee Library. Photographer Thad Kubis will discuss technical decisions about lighting, depth of field, and selecting the correct focal length. He will also discuss techniques used for candid, studio, and street portraits. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Culinary Arts

COOKING CLASS
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30pm-8pm
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between ghee and clarified butter? Ghee is a high heat, lactose-free cooking oil made from clarified butter. Ghee has been used for centuries to relieve digestive disorders and promote general health. Join Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, community herbalist, and Daniel Rainwater, health coach, during a ghee making demonstration at River Valley Co Op. After transforming butter into ghee, participants will infuse the ghee with herbs and spices to make a medicinal form of Ghee often used in Ayurveda. There will be taste tests and handouts! Registration is required. Call 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Social Justice

RACIAL EQUALITY
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
Political change is often sparked on a community level, through discussion and action among neighbors. Come to the Jones Library for a screening of the TED talk: We Need to Talk about an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson shares some hard truths about America with candor, insight, and persuasiveness. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, with significant success. He is also the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The video will be followed by a brief discussion and then an opportunity to continue work on some local anti-racism action projects. For more information, see the Coming Together website, or contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

[Photo credit: (cc) Maxim Pierre]


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