35 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Tiny Houses to Fermented Foods. Physics to Anthropology.

Local flower societies and college conservatories are community resources that can offer opportunities to learn about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Three upcoming annual flower shows featuring orchids, flower bulbs and spring flowers are perfect events to support these interests and to inspire a love for flowers! Read more in our post, Orchids & Tulips: Learning About Botany & Habitat.

Buddhism to World Culture. Citizen Science to Neutrinos. Comics to Anime. Tiny Houses to Fermented Foods. 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 highlight this week:

On Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm at the Westhampton Public Library, Family Code Night will take the intimidation away from computer coding for kids as well as parents! Children ages five and up, and their caregivers, are invited to learn the basics of computer coding through fun puzzles. No experience is necessary for this introductory STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program. Registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring one device for every two participants, if possible. Laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets will all work as long as they are able to connect to WiFi. There will be a limited number of laptops available for use. The event will take place at the Hampshire Regional High School library. Questions? Call the library at 413-527-5386 or email westhampton@cwmars.org. 19 Stage Road Westhampton, MA. (FREE)


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Religion Studies

BUDDHISM
“The Buddha’s philosophy teaches us that our desires are at the root of our restlessness – and that calm can be achieved through willpower and spiritual exercise.” – TED-Ed

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The Philosophy of The Buddha

BUDDHISM
Wednesday, March 1, 5pm
The Five College Center for East Asian Studies connects students as well as community members with educational opportunities for learning about East Asian cultures. Dr. Yifa has received her PhD in religious studies from Yale University and has been a nun at Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan since 1979. She will be bringing her vast knowledge and experience to a public lecture, “Buddhism in Current China,” at Hampshire College. Franklin Patterson Hall. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Botany

FLOWERS
Local flower societies and college conservatories are community resources that can offer opportunities to learn about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Three upcoming annual flower shows featuring orchids, flower bulbs and spring flowers are perfect events to support these interests and to inspire a love for flowers! Read more in our post, Orchids & Tulips: Learning About Botany & Habitat.

ORCHIDS
Saturday, February 25, 9am-5pm; Sunday, February 26, 10am-4pm
How many orchids can you identify? There are thousands of floral species in the orchid family, making it one of the largest families of flowering plants. The video above shares characteristics of the orchid that make it unique, and desirable! The Amherst Orchid Society invites you to their annual orchid show at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Come curious and ready to learn from a coterie of orchid enthusiasts who can talk shop about orchids, their history, their natural habitat, and how you can take up the hobby of growing your own orchids. 413-584-1414. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

PLANT BIOMECHANICS
Friday, March 3, 7:30pm
Did you know that plants move? In addition to sensitive plants which react noticeably to their environment, plants do make rapid movements, so fast you would not necessarily notice it. In the Smith College Bulb Show Opening Lecture, “Botanical Explosions: The Evolutionary Impact of Ultra-fast Plants,” botanist Joan Edwards will discuss her research on this topic. Edwards studies the biomechanics of fast plant movements using high-speed video, and teaches courses in Ecology, Plant Systematics and Conservation Biology at Williams College. A reception at the Lyman Plant House will follow her talk. Campus Center Carroll Room. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Film Studies

MUSICAL
Saturday, February 25, 10am
The classic and much-loved 1965 musical The Sound of Music (rated G) offers children and adults several launching points for learning about history. While young children can enjoy and appreciate the beautiful music, older youth and adults can use this film as an opportunity to learn about German and Austrian relations before World War II. The film follows the singing von Trapp family, their flight from Nazis, and their personal struggles as a family. Beyond the specific historical context of events leading up to World War II, this movie also provides an entertaining depiction of early 20th century life. You can screen this film at Amherst Cinema as part of their Family Films Series. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

ANIME
Saturday, February 25, 1pm-3pm
Hayao Miyazaki is a highly respected Japanese director, screenwriter, author, and animator. Many of his films explore feminist themes and star powerful heroines. Prior to the 1990s, all of his films featured freehand drawn artwork without computer graphics. The 1986 film Castle in the Sky follows a young girl as she searches for a floating island in the sky. Families are invited to view this enchanting film at the Goodwin Memorial Library. Please arrive before 1pm; the showing will start promptly. Popcorn will be served! 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

ANIME
Wednesday, March 1, 6pm
Screening foreign films is an entertaining way to gain insight into a culture different from your own. The animated drama Only Yesterday was the highest grossing film in Japan when it was released in 1991. This animated film was targeted to adults, rather than children, but with its PG rating and animated style children may also be interested in seeing it. Only Yesterday tells the story of 27-year-old Taeko as she wrestles with her career and romantic life, with frequent flashbacks to her childhood in the late 1960s and 1970s. This film is being screened at the Clark Art Institute as part of “Anime Wednesdays,” a series celebrating the art of contemporary Japanese animation. All ages are welcome. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

JAPANESE FILM
Sunday, February 26, 1:30pm-3:30pm
The first color film was made in 1932. Even in the 1940s and 1950s, color film was a relatively new art form and filmmakers were experimenting with the visual effect of color on their movies. The 1958 film Equinox Flower (unrated) was director Yasujiro Ozu’s first film in color, released seven years after the first Japanese color film. You can screen this film at the Clark Art Institute, thinking about the role of color and cinematography play on your experience on the film. This film is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, on view through April 2. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

FRENCH FILM
Monday, February 27, 7pm In American culture, it is well known and understood that artists of all kinds struggle financially. We sometimes convey this through the phrase “starving artist.” Is this the case in other cultures? In the 2014 film Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!), French rapper and novelist Abd Al Malik draws upon his own experiences as a struggling artist. The film’s main character, Régis, uses petty crime to fund his music, before eventually finding salvation in literature and Islam. You can learn about contemporary French film, culture, and music, as well as Islamic religion, by viewing this film at Images Cinema. This screening is the final event in Williams College’s series, “School Stories: Diversity and Adversity in New French Film.” 50 Spring Street. 413-458-5612. Williamstown, MA. (<$)

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Nature-Based Learning

TRACKING
During the cold months of winter, many of the creatures often seen during the rest of the year have migrated south, are tucked away in burrows for most of the winter, or have become even better at hiding so as not to be easily spotted against the snow. But their signs are still there and a lot of fun searching for! Looking for signs like tracks, scat, dens, and nests is a fun and educational way to learn about the habits of wildlife living near you. Read more in our post, Western Mass Winter Brings Tracking Opportunities.

GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Saturday, February 25, 10am-12pm
Do you like solving riddles, puzzles, or mysteries? You might enjoy tracking wildlife! Come to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for a two hour adventure outdoors and learn how to look for visual clues of animal behavior. This event is suitable for ages six and up. Time spent in nature is an opportunity to learn through observation, once you know what to look for. Dress warmly and in layers. Snowshoes will be provided if the conditions warrant. Registration is not required. Call 413-637-0320 for more information. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (<$)

GUIDED NATURE HIKE
Sunday, February 26, 10am-12pm
With a careful eye you can find evidence of moose, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and more in our local forests. Your nature hikes will soon be opportunities to track local wildlife and learn about ecology. Expert naturalist John Body will be teaching a workshop at Notchview to teach participants the skills of animal tracking. After a guided nature hike, attendees will settle indoors with cocoa to see footage from Body’s wildlife camera. For more information call The Trustees at 413.628.4485 ex3. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (<$)

CITIZEN SCIENCE/AMPHIBIANS
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program that provides people of all ages with the opportunity to learn about amphibians and help with conservation efforts. Every year from February through August, volunteers collect data on the calls of frogs and toads. This data is then used to identify the species, gain information on their populations, and is used directly in conservation work.

CITIZEN SCIENCE/AMPHIBIANS
Friday, March 3, 6pm-9pm
Not long from now, local ponds, wetlands, and vernal pools will be teeming with life. Teetering somewhere between ice-crusted and mucky as of late, these aquatic habitats are home to a variety of fascinating species – including many types of frogs! The emergence of frogs in late winter and early Spring offers families lots of educational, citizen science opportunities, through learning to identify species, exploring the life cycle of amphibians, and helping to track and protect species. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science organization helping families do just that. Frog Watch Citizen Science Evening at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is an educational evening geared toward adults, but there will be information on how you can conduct citizen science projects with your family in the coming warmer months. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (Members <$; Non members $)

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STEM

ROBOTICS
Saturday, February 25, 10am-12pm
The joy of coding lies in creative problem solving, and being able to watch things work just the way you planned. Sometimes this process involves lots of trial and error, thus programming can teach you resilience and persistence. Lots of amazing careers involve programming skills. If your child enjoys learning about cause and effect, figuring out how things work, and general tinkering, he or she may have a knack for programming and robotics. Youth ages ten and up are invited to Holyoke Codes to try their hand at building a SumoBot, a small robotic sumo wrestler designed to compete in a ring. Participants will build these robots, program them, and compete with them! 413-552-4900. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER CODING
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm
Family Code Night will take the intimidation away from computer coding for kids as well as parents! Children ages five and up, and their caregivers, are invited to learn the basics of computer coding through fun puzzles. No experience is necessary for this introductory STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program. Registration is required. Register in person at the Westhampton library or on the Westhampton Public Library website. Registration will be limited to 50 participants. You are encouraged to bring one device for every two participants, if possible. Laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets will all work as long as they are able to connect to WiFi. There will be a limited number of laptops available for use. The event will take place at the Hampshire Regional High School library. Questions? Call the library at 413-527-5386 or email westhampton@cwmars.org. 19 Stage Road Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Physics

NEUTRINOS
“Elementary particles are the smallest known building blocks in the universe—and the neutrino is one of the smallest of the small. These tiny neutrinos can tell us about the furthest reaches and most extreme environments of the universe … but only if we can catch them. Sílvia Bravo Gallart details how the IceCube telescope in Antarctica is working to do just that. ” – TED-Ed

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Why neutrinos matter – Sílvia Bravo Gallart

NEUTRINOS
Thursday, March 2, 5pm-6:30pm
View the video above and learn about neutrinos, elementary particles with a very small mass and neutral electric charge. Boris Kayser is a particle physicist and expert in neutrino physics. He will be giving a talk explaining the science and meaning of neutrinos, also exploring aspects of theoretical physics, at Smith College. You will learn the impact that neutrinos have had on our scientific understanding of reality. Seelye 106. Smith College. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Comics

STORYTELLING
Serving as a continuation of innate childhood creativity, comics and role-playing games offer maturing tweens and teens the opportunity to exercise imagination and creativity within complex structures. Comics challenge readers’ ability to combine textual and visual elements for understanding, while role-playing games challenge players by containing creative story-telling to a pre-existing structure. Families can utilize a handful of community resources to pursue these interests! Read more in our post, Comics & Role-Playing Gaming Promote Creativity & Storytelling for Teens.

SCIENCE
“What if super strength wasn’t just the stuff of epic comic book stories? Is it scientifically possible to be super strong? In this series, Joy Lin tackles six superpowers and reveals just how scientifically realistic they can be to us mere mortals.” – TED-Ed

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If superpowers were real: Super strength – Joy Lin

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World Culture

LANGUAGE
“Conflict and cultural clashes are a part of our global reality, but so is the universal desire for peace. From Bangladesh to Myanmar to Lesotho, discover this inspiring common sentiment in traditional greetings of peace.” – TED-Ed

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Greeting the world in peace – Jackie Jenkins

ANTHROPOLOGY
Saturday, February 25, 10:30am
Travel the world without leaving Massachusetts! At “Our Big World Culture Fair,” you and your children can learn about other cultures and nations through listening to personal narratives, playing games, sampling foods, and engaging with lots of hands-on, educational activities. Past performances at this annual event have included African dancing and drumming, and stories in different languages. This event can help foster in your children an understanding that in this country and across the world, people live differently, and yet share important similarities. Call 413-664-4821 with any questions. Haskins Gym. 210 State Street. North Adams, MA (FREE)

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Architecture

TINY HOUSE MOVEMENT
“Bigger doesn’t always mean better. From Washington state to Washington D.C., the Tiny House Movement is challenging the way we think about modern living, one square foot at a time.” – WatchTheDaily

ARCHITECTURE/TINY HOUSES
Saturday, February 25, 11:30am-1pm
Tiny houses are growing in popularity across the country. These structures have many advantages including their relative low price compared to large homes and the fact that individuals can be involved in the process of building their own homes. Tiny house communities have the potential to foster strong ties with neighbors and reshape our neighborhoods. For those who want to learn more and possibly build their own tiny house, how do you get started? Where do you get materials? How do you draw up a floor plan and what does your plan need? Local resident Lia Douillet will be answering these and other questions in a talk at the Ramsdell Library. She will also be talking about the philosophy behind minimalism, and how you can apply these ideas to your life and home even if you do not intend to build a tiny house. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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History

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/TOWNSHEND ACTS
Sunday, February 26, 2pm
The Townshend Acts placed taxes on items such as glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea in America, the revenue of which benefited English rule. Most people are familiar with the rebellions which ensued, including the Boston Massacre. Historic Deerfield is hosting a winter lecture series to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Townshend Acts through an exploration of the politics of tea, consumer culture, and resistance. This second lecture, “‘Renounce the Baneful Herb:’ Colonial Boycotts and the Invention of Liberty Tea,” will be presented by Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History at Towson University. 413-774-5581. 80 Old Main Street. Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

HISTORY/RACIAL JUSTICE
Monday, February 27, 4:30pm
Travel is a mind-expanding experience, opening the traveler up to new ways of living, different beliefs, and the vast diversity of the human race. Historically, though, the right to travel freely has been a privilege strictly reserved for white citizens. In Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship Before the Civil War, author Jessica Marie Johnson relays the history of African Americans who fought for the freedom of mobility, relying on steamships, stagecoaches, and railroads. Johnson is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University. Hear her discuss her work in this lecture held at Smith College. Neilson Library Browsing Room. 7 Neilson Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/MAPLE SYRUP
Friday, March 3, 9:30am-4pm
Maple sugaring is a centuries-old tradition in New England, and the seasonal industry remains an important part of the foundation upon which local agricultural is built. Additionally, maple sugaring brings opportunities for families to engage in intergenerational community-based learning through visits to farms, community meals, living history, and experiential hands-on activities. Old Sturbridge Village will be hosting a day of maple sugaring and other historic New England traditions, just for homeschoolers! Activities include Open Hearth Cooking: Tunbridge Cakes, Make a Wooden Spoon, Stencil a Tin Tray, Textiles, and Maple Quilted Teapot Mat. Register on the Old Sturbridge Village website. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Child admission $; Adult admission $$; activity fee <$)

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Culinary Arts

COOKING/TEENS
Saturday, February 25, 2pm
Cooking is a life skill that everyone needs in order to survive. Unfortunately, culinary classes have largely been removed from high school offerings. As is the case with many essential life skills, the pressure is now on parents to teach their children how to cook. But this can be fun! You can involve even young children in the cooking process, and teens can have a great time learning with their friends. Iron Chef for Teens at the Sunderland Public Library encourages teens to get creative with various ingredients. This week, the secret ingredient is chocolate! Exploring culinary arts in a fun, low pressure situation can help teens build positive associations with the act of preparing foods. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

FERMENTED BEVERAGES
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm-8pm
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from green or black tea. Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made from grains. River Valley Co Op is offering a free workshop to teach participants how to make both kombucha and water kefir. You will gain the skills to brew and flavor these beverages at your own home. Registration is required. Call 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Theater Studies

MUSICAL
Saturday, February 25, 2pm and 7:30pm
Set in the 1980s, Heathers: The Musical is based on the 1988 cult classic which explores the power of manipulation and pressures which weigh on teenagers in their high school years. The Musical Theatre Guild, formed in 1976, will be performing an entirely student-run performance of Heathers: The Musical at Westfield State University. Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall. Westfield State University. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

SET DESIGN
Tuesday, February 28, 5:30pm
Within the realm of theater, set design is an art form in its own right. You can learn about the art of set design, and how people created ideas about space through painting and other means, at this lecture: “The Painted Stage: Drama in Pictures and Pictures in Drama at Rome.” Clark/Oakley Fellow Marden Nichols will be discussing the Roman concept of theater as pictures-in-motion at the Clark Art Institute, kicking off a seven-part lecture series. Marden Nichols is assistant professor of classics at Georgetown University. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

SHAKESPEARE
Thursday, March 2, 10am
Romeo and Juliet, the story of “star-crossed” lovers from dueling families, remains a popular play to read and to perform today, more than four hundred years after Shakespeare wrote it. William Shakespeare permanently reshaped the English language as we know it today, inventing hundreds of words and phrases in his writing which are now commonly used. Young actors and fans of literature are invited to a performance of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare and Company. This performance is for student audiences. Homeschooled parents are invited to bring their homeschoolers. Performances run for 90 minutes, and are followed by an optional 15-minute talkback with the actors. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. (Student <$; Chaperone FREE)

MUSICAL
Thursday, March 2, 6:30pm; Friday, March 3, 6:30pm
Seeing young actors on stage can be highly inspirational for children. Youth performances also offer families the chance to enjoy theater together! Academy Youth Production will be performing an adaptation of “Singin in the Rain,” called “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” for an audience of all ages at the Academy of Music Theatre. This musical utilizes snappy dialogue and lots of hilarious situations to amuse audiences young and old. Main characters Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are silent movies actors forced to adjust to the emerging “talking pictures.” Will Lina’s squeaky voice ruin her acting career? Come to the show to find out! Purchase tickets on the Academy website or by calling 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

MUSICAL
Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Anything Goes, a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, has been entertaining audiences since 1934. Hampshire Regional High School students will be performing their rendition of this high energy, big tap show as their winter musical! There are three chances to see it on March 2, 3, and 4. Come out to support young actors as they hone their craft and bring their own flare to a classic show. HRHS Auditorium. 413-527-7680. 19 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA ($)

SHAKESPEARE
Friday, March 3, 10am
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a great introductory play for students beginning to learn about Shakespeare. This comedy has a relatively simple plot compared to other Shakespeare plays and as a comedy, it has a happy ending. More advanced students can use this play to contrast a Shakespearean comedy with one of his tragedies, such as the also popular Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare permanently reshaped the English language as we know it today, inventing hundreds of words and phrases in his writing which are now commonly used. Young actors and fans of literature are invited to a performance of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare and Company. This performance is for student audiences. Homeschooled parents are invited to bring their homeschoolers. Performances run for 90 minutes, and are followed by an optional 15-minute talk-back with the actors. 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble Street. Lenox, MA. (Student <$; Chaperone FREE)

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Music Studies

SYMPHONY
Saturday, February 25, 8pm
Come support youth musicians! The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra will be performing in collaboration with the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra in the Abbey Memorial Chapel. The groups will be playing pieces including Mikhail Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla,” Ernest Chausson’s “Poeme,” and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1 “Titan.” Mount Holyoke College. 50 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

CHORAL MUSIC
Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
In the Pioneer Valley, proximity to five major colleges and many other academic institutions creates a thriving community of scientists, philosophers, artists, and musicians. The Five College Choral Festival will bring you the best performances by choirs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. These groups will also come together for a combined performance of “Oseh Shalom” by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, conducted by Stephen Paparo. Come out to support and connect with these local singers. John M. Greene Hall. 60 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

FOLK MUSIC
Sunday, February 26, 2pm
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential American folk musicians of all time. His lyrics have been praised for their poetic value. He was even awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, a surprising accolade for someone primarily known for his music. Dylan grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota. His family was part of a tight-knit Jewish community. In the 2015 documentary Tangled Up in Blue, writer and painter Natalie Goldberg pays a visit to Dylan’s hometown to explore the effect his roots may have had on him. What role does our sense of home play in shaping our lives, our work, our personalities? Learn more by screening this film at the Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

CHAMBER MUSIC
Sunday, February 26, 2pm
Instruments are inventions which rely on the physical principles of sound in order to produce musical tones. Instruments vary greatly in their design. Double reed instruments are wind instruments which create sound through the vibration of two reeds, or canes, against each other. The oboe, oboe d’amore, English Horn, and bassoon are all examples of double reeds, and you can hear each of them at “A Double Reed Extravaganza!” a Five College faculty concert. Larry Schipull will provide accompaniment on harpsichord. McCulloch Auditorium. Mount Holyoke College. College Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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Inclusion

NEURODIVERSITY
Sunday, February 26, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Whole Children’s Sprout Film Festival aims to support diversity and inclusion in film, by bringing a collection of films featuring people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to the big screen. Representation and visibility in film helps people with disabilities through the presentation of narratives they can relate to. These films also help educate people about neurodiversity. Screenings will take place at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, followed by a discussion. Contact Whole Children with questions 413-585-8010. 125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA. (<$)

PSYCHOLOGY/NEUROSCIENCE
Tuesday, February 28, 4:30pm
Researchers continue to make vast discoveries into the mystery of the human brain. Robert Kegan is a psychologist who researches adult development and adult learning, making connections to how this research could impact the professional world of work. In his prize-winning book, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, he wrote about innovative organizations and workplaces which found ways to support new discoveries in adult learning, professional development, and adult education. Hear him discuss his findings in a lecture at Smith College, as part of their Presidential Colloquium. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. 5 Chapin Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

EDUCATION/CRITICAL RACE THEORY
Wednesday, March 1, 4:30pm
Topics such as racism often elicit strong emotional responses from students when discussed in a classroom. Smith College trustee and former psychology professor at Mount Holyoke College, Beverly Daniel Tatum, is a race-relations expert working to create greater inclusivity in classrooms. In her work and writing she discusses the difficulty of bringing race to the forefront of academic curricula effectively in light of the strong emotions this topic brings about. Tatum has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in religious studies, and is author of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. All are welcome to her lecture at Smith College. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. 5 Chapin Drive. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

IMMIGRATION STUDIES/CULTURAL PRESERVATION
Thursday, March 2, 6pm-8pm
Immigration stories are integral to the history and present culture of our communities. If you have an immigration story to share, The Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project will be offering assistance with the process of digitizing a chosen object and narrating a personal story. These narratives and artifacts will be shared on the “Your Story, Our Story” website. This workshop at the Berkshire Athenaeum is the second in a series of three. Laptops, scanners, digital cameras will be provided, as well as food and drink. There will be writing and translation assistance available. The workshop is open to all. For more information on participating in the project or volunteering: call 413-236-4607. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE/VOLUNTEER)

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