Suggested Events for September 9th-15th, 2017

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Sat & Sun thru Labor Day

Hoosac Valley Train rides are for families, groups, and couples. Travel 10 miles on a one-hour scenic train trip through history. Staff are excited to share this rail experience with you. Their authentic Budd railcar is from 1955. Gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Group size 20+ are asked to make reservations one week in advance. Summer train rides are every Sat and Sun thru Labor Day at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm. Cost $8/10/12. Cabaret Trains are Saturday Aug 26, Sept 9 & 23. Cost $20. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. See www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org.

Sep 10

Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA on Saturday, September 10th from 1:30-3pm. Children ages 4 and up are invited to bring along their grandparents, family members, or caregivers to celebrate this special day by sharing stories and making art together. In this workshop, participants will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that will become a keepsake for years to come. Held in their Art Studio, attendees can enjoy the Museum before or after the workshop. $12 per adult/child pair. Sign up at www.carlemuseum.org by September 4th.

The Prindle School is a music school in the Pioneer Valley offering private music lessons, classes, and ensembles. Their faculty have a wealth of experience delivering exactly the right program of lessons for each individual client: young children as they begin their music journey, highly dedicated professional musicians, adult learners who hope to bring more joy into their lives, and everything in between. They offer lessons on all instruments and voice in two convenient locations: 123 Union Street, Suite 301 in downtown Easthampton; and 31 Campus Plaza Road in Hadley, just off of Route 9 near the Amherst town line. For more information or to register, call 844-929-1909, email info@theprindleschool.com, or visit www.theprindleschool.com.

Begin Sep 5

Amherst Archery Academy offers multi-level, multi-generational archery classes for kids ages 7 and up. Your archer will use a quality Olympic-Style Recurve Bow to learn the National Training System which is used by our USA Olympic archers to develop consistent and focused arrow releases. Their friendly, professional coaches work with each archer-athlete to create a solid foundation of archery. Openings in all classes, Tuesday through Saturday, beginning September 5, 2017. 90-minute classes meet once a week for five weeks at their indoor range in Florence. All equipment provided. Para-athletes are welcome. Private lessons also available. All classes are taught by USA Archery certified coaches. www.amherstarchery.com

Sep 11 -Dec 1

Join Pioneer Valley Ballet for their Fall Session, September 11-December 1. PVB is offering an 8-week community class for ages 4-6 and an 11 week pre-professional ballet training for all ages. Modern and contemporary ballet are other options. Adult ballet is offered Sundays 4:30-6pm. Visit online at www.pioneervalleyballet.org to register. Join PVB for their 40th season of Nutcracker performances on December 8-10. Community auditions are September 9 for ages 5-10. No dance experience necessary. Pioneer Valley Ballet is located in the Eastworks Building at 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton, MA. 413-527-6363.

Trial Class Sept 20

A delightful music class for children age 0-5 and their grown-ups, created and taught by national recording artist, Katryna Nields. All songs are hand-selected by Katryna and Nerissa Nields. In HooteNanny, participants sing, play, and dance and make wonderful friendships. Come spend playful, enriching, connected time with your child and be part of the wonderful HooteNanny community. Fall session begins September 27/28, 2017. Free trial class on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10am. For more information go to www.hootenannyfamily.com or write to hootenannymusicclass@gmail.com.

Learn in Motion gets kids playing and learning through enrichment programming for schools, libraries and museums, educational introductory sports classes, and special events. Programs get children off screens, active, learning and having a ball. They encourage children to socialize and practice important life skills such as sharing, listening, following directions, working as a team, and overcoming obstacles. Through their programming, Learn in Motion also teaches traditional academic content such as letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. For more information about their schedule, programs and offerings, visit www.learninmotionma.com, email learninmotionma@gmail.com or call 413-244-2073.

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

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 9th-15th, 2017

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

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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. Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs our Back To School Episode. Joanie hand picked all of the school themed songs including a few from her new CD, Bandwagon as well as from artists such as: Pop Ups, Dizzy Gillespie, Justin Roberts, Bari Koral, Recess Monkey, Lunch Money, Astrograss, Miss Nina, They Might Be Giants, The Verve Pipe, Chuck Berry, Trout Fishing in America and Rocknoceros. 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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Saturday, September 9, 8am-8pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The 169th annual Franklin County Fair will feature cattle, oxen, poultry, rabbit, draft horse, and sheep as well as a kids’ entertainment tent, live music, a museum, and much more. Visit the website for full details and a schedule. 413-774-4282 . 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 9, 10am
IMMIGRATION STUDIES
Often, immigration is taught to students in a way that focuses on the history of immigration in the United States. Central to the development of our country and responsible for bringing people from all over the world to be part of communities across America, immigration is discussed with students mainly in the past tense. By examining modern immigration, students can develop an understanding of what immigration means in modern times. In order to begin examining what immigration looks like today, families can attend a naturalization ceremony at the Norman Rockwell Museum, honoring new U.S. citizens as they take their oath surrounded by Norman Rockwell’s paintings. Note: seating is reserved for new citizens and their families; visitors may observe from adjacent galleries. Check out the museum’s collection for further learning about American culture and history through art. 413-298-4100. 9 MA-183. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 10am
ECOLOGY
Trail Building is a complex and rewarding process. This is especially true for trails in the riverfront area. Great Barrington Land Conservancy invites you to learn about the planning and implementation of riverside trails from expert trail builder, Peter Jensen. Peter has been building trails for over 30 years, and River Walk was one of his early projects. Learn how this National Recreation Trail grew from a garbage filled bank. Attendees will see the steps that allowed for a rehabilitated riverfront area and a peaceful walkway celebrating the beauty and history of Great Barrington and the Housatonic River. Register by emailing info@gbtrails.org. Saint James Place. 352 Main Street. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 10:30am-6pm
PLACEMAKING/FASHION HISTORY
The fourth annual Northampton Retrofaire will be offering a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records! This is an opportunity to support local artists and also learn about history through the fashion, music, and other items of that interest you. All proceeds benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Fund, a grant designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents. The event will be held in the space between Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Saturday, September 9, 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm
HISTORY/AUTOMOTIVE
Hoosac Valley Train rides are for families, groups, and couples. Travel 10 miles on a one-hour scenic train trip through history. Staff are excited to share this rail experience with you. Their authentic Budd railcar is from 1955. There is gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Groups of more than twenty are asked to make reservations one week in advance. There are Cabaret Trains on Saturday Aug 26, September 9 and 23. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. Visit or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org for more information. North Adams, MA. ($)

Saturday, September 9, 11am-3pm
ART STUDIES
A new mural at the Sixteen Acres Branch of the Springfield City Library is the product of a collaboration between the library and library patrons. The colorful work of art was planned and painted by local teens with the help of Reference Librarian Emma Petersen and Springfield Central High School Fine Arts teacher Christie Chisholm. All are welcome to celebrate this 24-foot mural, which has transformed the community room, by attending the grand opening celebration. 413-263-6858. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield MA.

Saturday, September 9, 11:30am
ART STUDIES/SCULPTURE
Chesterwood’s artist-led programs in conjunction with current exhibition Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, offers the public opportunities to learn about the physical mechanics as well as the figurative aspects on sculpture art. On September 9, artist Amy Podmore will discuss the development and fabrication processes involved in the making of her work, “Whiplash.” This talk is free with museum admission. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($; children under 13 FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 11:30am-12pm
ORNITHOLOGY
Species which travel to the North, must later return to the South. Warblers and other songbirds traverse vast distances in the Spring to reach their breeding grounds far North of their winter
abodes in Central and South America. In late summer and fall, the pattern reverses. You can learn what to look for to witness this migration of birds by venturing out for a day of birding during the southbound exodus. Adults and families with children ages twelve and older are invited to participate in this program at Skinner State Park. Meet on the Summit House deck. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, September 9, 1pm-3pm
PLACEMAKING
Technology has vastly changed the ways in which we socialize and meet new people. A new app, Grazb, has been launched at UMass Amherst with the goal of connecting like-minded students on campus. Students, as well as community members, are invited to the official launch party for the app, during which participants will attempt to beat the Guinness book world record for blowing bubbles simultaneously. The current record is 34,529 people and was set in the UK in July 2007. All are welcome to help beat the record, meeting community members and families through a love of the simple fun of bubbles! Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 2pm
ART STUDIES/PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography is an art form which can provide important information about history. Photographs can be used as primary source documents for historical research. Photographic portraits help artists to define themselves and others in present and future. Though they may portray individuals, these artworks are also about time and place, race, class, gender and culture. What we see in them changes over time. Sandra Matthews will be giving a talk on this topic at Historic Northampton, in conjunction with the photographic exhibition by Sara Lyons on view until October 1. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 2pm-2:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY
Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys. Though their long trek can sometimes take up to four generations to complete, it spans an almost unbelievably large portion of North America. The distinctive black-and-orange butterflies lay their eggs along the way, and depend on the availability of milkweed-filled habitat throughout their journey. Unfortunately, this beautiful and fascinating species is threatened by pesticide use, diminishing habitat, and climate change. Come learn about the remarkable migration this species makes and discover how you can help prevent their demise, by attending a short program at Skinner State Park. Suitable for all ages. Meet on the Summit House deck. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Saturday, September 9, 2:30pm
LITERATURE/FILM STUDIES
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the world’s most beloved authors. Many of Austen’s works have been adapted for the screen. The Jones Library will be hosting a film series to celebrate Austen’s life and work. On September 9, the library will screen the 1996 film “Emma” (rated PG) based on the book which was published in 1815. In this film, young Emma Woodhouse has engineered the marriage of her companion, then turns her attention toward making a match for the local vicar and her new protegée, Harriet Smith. Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm, but she eventually discovers the pitfalls of her good intentions. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 5pm-7pm
PLACEMAKING/FUNDRAISER
The Northampton Survival Center provides community members with access to food, community connections, and information. You can support food access in your neighborhood by attending a fundraiser for the survival center at Glendale Ridge Vineyard, featuring three food trucks, and Latin Folk music by MarKamusic. Bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic. 155 Glendale Road. Southampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, September 9, 5pm-8pm
ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING
Every second Saturday of the month, head to Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly showcase of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Ample free parking is available at the Municipal Building Parking Lot at 50 Payson Ave. There is also a parking lot centrally located on Cottage Street. 413-529-1425. Downtown. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 9, 7pm-8:30pm
HORTICULTURE/BOTANY
Tomato Fest, thrown by the group Grown in Northampton, offers the opportunity to learn about horticulture, botany, plant and soil science, and taste local tomatoes! Attendees will also learn how they can save seeds for years to come. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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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 select from over 10 years of archived shows!

Sunday, September 10, 8am-7pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Agricultural fairs help to preserve our local history by showcasing the skills, crafts and home-grown produce unique to rural life. Through participation in these rich traditions we support the preservation of culture and a connection to place. These generations-old traditions of agriculture, self-sufficiency, and resiliency in rural communities afford families opportunities to participate in intergenerational community-based traditions while offering a myriad of entertainment and skill-sharing experiences inspired by a shared interest in traditional crafts, history, land, and art. The 169th annual Franklin County Fair will feature cattle, oxen, poultry, rabbit, draft horse, and sheep as well as a kids’ entertainment tent, live music, a museum, and much more. Visit the website for full details and a schedule. 413-774-4282 . 89 Wisdom Way. Greenfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, September 10, 9:30am-10:15am
MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION
You can practice meditation while sitting, standing, or walking, in all different environments. The “mountain mindfulness” program at Skinner State Park will help participants connect to the natural world through silent meditation and contemplation. A park interpreter will guide you through the meditation and a mindful walk. Participants will focus on listening and breathing in the sights and sounds around them. Bring something to sit on or a yoga mat. Suitable for all ages. Meet on Summit House deck. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Sunday, September 10, 10am
ANIMAL STUDIES/FUNDRAISER
Dog lovers, and animal lovers of all kinds, are invited to the Berkshire Humane Society’s annual Woofstock! This event invites participants to raise money on behalf of BHS’s shelter animals and register to walk a loop around downtown with or without their dog. Meet other dog owners and learn about the work of the humans society. Senior Greyhound and adoption alumna, Gabby, will serve as the Grand Marshal. Downtown common. 413-477-7878, ext. 131. Pittsfield, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, September 10, 10:30am-11:30am
BOTANY
You may want to learn how to identify plants because of their possible nutritional value, their medicinal properties, their beauty, or to avoid the dangers of poisonous plants. The “Big Picture Botany” program at the Great Falls Discovery Center appeals to all of these reasons. Participants will deal more with visual patterns than Latin names, to spark your own connection to plant identification. Participants can attend one or all sessions on September 10, 17 and October 1. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 10, 11am, 1:30pm, and 3pm
HISTORY/AUTOMOTIVE
Hoosac Valley Train rides are for families, groups, and couples. Travel 10 miles on a one-hour scenic train trip through history. Staff are excited to share this rail experience with you. Their authentic Budd railcar is from 1955. There is gift shop has memorabilia and rail-related products for adults and children. Groups of more than twenty are asked to make reservations one week in advance. Purchase tickets online only to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. 80 persons per ride. Visit or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org for more information. North Adams, MA. ($)

Sunday, September 10, 1pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
The Bisbee Mill in Chesterfield is a still-working 1800s grist mill. It originally ran on water power but now an engine is used. If you have an interest in local history, industry, or agriculture, stop by the Bisbee Mill Museum to learn more! Corn is usually ground around 2pm. 66 East Street. Chesterfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 10, 1:30-3:30pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Children ages 4 and up are invited to bring along their grandparents, family members, or caregivers to celebrate this special day by sharing stories and making art together. In this workshop, participants will read stories inspired by grandparents and work together to make creative books that will become a keepsake for years to come. Held in their Art Studio, attendees can enjoy the Museum before or after the workshop. $12 per adult/child pair. Sign up at www.carlemuseum.org by September 4th. Amherst, MA ($)

Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm
ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Why are some immigrants, or long-standing residents for that matter, seen as more “foreign” than others? It is an unfortunate double standard and prejudice that Asian Americans are often seen as foreign, regardless of how many years and generations of Asian individuals have lived in this country. A presentation from the Human Rights Commission, “Asian-Americans: No More Perpetual Foreigners,” will explore these issues. Helen Haerhan Moon, DeepikaShukla, Setsuko Winchester, and K. Scott Wong will discuss what it means to be Asian American, in this talk at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street. Route 7. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, September 10, 2pm-4pm
LOCAL HISTORY
Video games? Television? View-Masters? No. Not yet. Take a step back in time to the late 1800s at the Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop to see some really basic entertainment. Stereoscope viewers were all the rage and those fortunate enough to own them planned parties around showing their newly arrived images. The ruins of Athens and Scottish castles were very popular themes, but local images such as those taken of the aftermath of the 1874 Mill River Flood also quickly made their way to the western Mass. marketplace. After a few weeks, friends, cousins, and neighbors would swap collections for some variety. Come to the museum and see what you can see through their stereoscope viewer! 413-527-3209. 5 Stage Road. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

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Monday, September 11th, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, September 11, 9:30am-11:30am
PARENTING
For thirty-one years, the Northampton Parents Center has been bringing together families with young children and providing them with useful resources. The center invites you to drop in to their cooperative playgroup for families with young children, as part of their Opening Day celebration. Attendees are welcome to donate not-free snacks. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 11, 12:30pm
CULINARY ARTS
One of the most satisfying things about learning to cook is being able to share your creations with others. The Cookbook Club at the Storrs Library invites participants to select a recipe from their cookbook of the month, and then bring the dish for a taste-testing and book discussion. The cookbook for September is Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101. Get a copy and register. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Monday, September 11, 1pm-1:30pm
ENTOMOLOGY
Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys. Though their long trek can sometimes take up to four generations to complete, it spans an almost unbelievably large portion of North America. The distinctive black-and-orange butterflies lay their eggs along the way, and depend on the availability of milkweed-filled habitat throughout their journey. Unfortunately, this beautiful and fascinating species is threatened by pesticide use, diminishing habitat, and climate change. Come learn about the remarkable migration this species makes and discover how you can help prevent their demise, by attending a short program at Skinner State Park. Suitable for all ages. Meet on the Summit House deck. 413-586-0350. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Monday, September 11, 5:30pm-6:30pm
YOGA/INTERGENERATIONAL
Want to take a yoga class with your child? Children ages ten and up are welcome to yoga classes in Stanley Park! A certified instructor will lead participants of all levels through foundational yoga poses and breathing exercises. Yoga In The Park will take place weekly through October 16. Bring your own mat and any props as needed, wear comfortable and stretchy clothes. You may sign up by emailing gdelmastro@stanleypark.org or call 413-568-9312 ext. 112 or register at the park at your first class where registration forms will be available. 400 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware & West Springfield.

Tuesday, September 12, 5:30pm
ART STUDIES
Matthew Jesse Jackson, Beinecke Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, will be sharing his unique take on contemporary art in a lecture entitled, “everythingism.” Jackson argues that the most compelling art is no longer defined by particular media (painting, sculpture, photography, video), or by particular subjects (portraiture, landscape, still life, devotional image), or by particular strategies of representation (Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Appropriation). Instead, he asserts, the true art of our time might best be described as being distinguished by activities that employ everything to evoke everything by means of everything. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30pm-8pm
YOGA/WOMEN’S HEALTH
Yoga can help you increase strength and flexibility while letting go of tension and stress. Discover Bliss, a yoga workshop at River Valley Co Op, will focus on self-care for women. 413-584-2665. 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, September 12, 7pm
LITERATURE/FILM STUDIES
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the world’s most beloved authors. Many of Austen’s works have been adapted for the screen. The Jones Library will be hosting a film series to celebrate Austen’s life and work. On September 12, the library will screen the 2008 PBS film Mansfield Park (not rated), based on the book which was published in 1814. In this film, Fanny Price goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield Park and must navigate a labyrinth of intrigues and affairs among the occupants of the house. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.

Wednesday, September 13, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s caretaker will lead adults on a weekly, guided bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, September 13, 1:30pm
ART STUDIES/ILLUSTRATION
A thorough study of Norman Rockwell’s work is essential for understanding American art history as well as the medium of illustration. A visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum provides a great crash course in all of those topics. Adults visiting on September 13 can also take part in Curatorial Conversations: an informal gallery conversion focusing on the museum’s summer exhibitions, with Museum curators. Free for Museum members, or included with admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.

Thursday, September 14, 12:15pm
LOCAL HISTORY/TRANSPORTATION
Anyone interested in local, automotive history may be interested to learn about the 40-year fight to preserve the 91-year-old Springfield railroad station. Joseph Carvalho III, M.A., M.L.S., C.G.R.S. and certified archivist, retired president and executive director of the Springfield Museums, as well as Wayne E. Phaneuf, Executive Editor at The Republican, will cover this topic in a lecture at the Springfield Museums. This lecture, “Saving Union Station,” will tell the story of the railroad in Springfield from the 1830s to the present. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, September 14, 2pm
ART STUDIES
In addition to learning about the life and work of Norman Rockwell, a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum can also connect participants with architecture, sculpture, and history. Interested adults are invited to participate in Historic Property Walks of the museum’s bucolic 36-acre campus. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$)

Thursday, September 14, 3:30pm-4pm
ZOOLOGY
What can you learn from the bones of an animal? Find out at the “Speaking with Skulls” program where you will examine the skulls of species which thrive in our local habitat. This program is suitable for all ages. Meet at the picnic table behind the kiosk in Mount Holyoke Range State Park. In case of rain, meet in Visitors Center. 413-253-2883. 1500 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, September 14, 7pm
LOCAL HISTORY/POETRY
For citizens of Amherst and beyond, Emily Dickinson’s life in Western Mass is a point of pride and a launching point for education. Learning about Emily Dickinson’s life in Amherst can strengthen your connection to place through a broadening of your historical knowledge. The annual Amherst Poetry Festival brings poets and fans of poetry together in a celebration of local history and contemporary writing. Throughout the festival you can visit the exhibitions Of Soil and Tongues at the Hampshire College Art Gallery and His Twin Obsession: The Art of E.E. Cummings at Hope and Feathers Art Gallery. The festival kicks off on September 14 with screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World at Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. ($)

Thursday, September 14, 8pm
LITERACY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Community Read programs, whether they take place at colleges, schools, or public libraries, are a great way to encourage literacy while fostering community-wide dialogues on important topics. The Williams College community read book selection for 2017 will be Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson who is founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. This New York Times bestseller explores notions of compassion, justice, and mercy through Stevenson’s career within the context of the criminal justice system. You can learn more by hearing Stevenson speak on these topics in a lecture at Chapin Hall. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.

Friday, September 15, 8am-10am
ORNITHOLOGY/GUIDED NATURE WALK
Fall is a great time to learn about ornithology by observing migratory birds. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, bird watchers can find wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes and more as they observe wetlands, walk through meadows and woodlands. A guided bird walk at Canoe Meadows is offered weekly such that adults can observe changes in bird species over time. Bring binoculars; beginners are welcome. 413-637-0320. Holmes Road. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 15, 8am-10pm
AGRICULTURE/PLACEMAKING
Do you know the location of the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard? Do you know the location of the 5th largest fair in the U.S.? The answer to both of these questions is the same: The Pioneer Valley! The “Big E,” or the Eastern States Exposition has been running since 1916. One of the biggest attractions is the “Avenue of States,” life-size replicas of the six original New England statehouses that contain samples of the culture, food and traditions of that state. Filled with culture, history, animals, food, rides, performances and so much more, this intergenerational event connects families with local culture, New England history, and agriculture. 413-737-2443. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. ($; children five and under FREE)

Friday, September 15, 9:30am-11am
ORNITHOLOGY
Hawks falcons, eagles, osprey, harriers, and vultures are migrating birds. In autumn, thousands can be seen traveling overhead in our region, especially from good viewing sites such as mountains. J. A. Skinner State Park’s Summit House deck is one of several great places in the valley to view these birds as they migrate south to their winter homes. Join a Park Interpreter as participants keep a sharp eye out for passing raptors and to identify them. If you have binoculars, please bring them. A scope will be available for shared use. Meet on the Summit House deck. For adults and families with children ages 6 and older. In case of rain, call 413-586- 0350 to confirm. 20 Skinner State Park Road. Hadley, MA. (Parking <$)

Friday, September 15, 5pm
POETRY
For citizens of Amherst and beyond, Emily Dickinson’s life in Western Mass is a point of pride and a launching point for education. Learning about Emily Dickinson’s life in Amherst can strengthen your connection to place through a broadening of your historical knowledge. The annual Amherst Poetry Festival brings poets and fans of poetry together in a celebration of local history and contemporary writing. On September 15, the three poet-artists who created the exhibition Of Soil and Tongues (Miatta Kawinzi, Sahar Muradi and Laimah Osman) will discuss and perform elements of their work at the Hampshire College Art Gallery. Then, at 8pm, Dara Wier and Bianca Stone will read from their work, in the Amherst College Bassett Planetarium. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 15, 5pm-8pm
LOCAL FOOD CULTURE
The town of Lee, Massachusetts is turning two-hundred and forty! You can celebrate by attending the Taste of Lee food festival, featuring food from Lee’s best local purveyors, as well as live music, vendors, face painting, hayrides, and a baby goat petting zoo. There will be contests, raffles, and games at this intergenerational event. Johnny Mystic will perform street magic. The event will culminate in a fireworks show. Main Street. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 15, 6pm
ASTRONOMY
Astronomy is a fascinating branch of science for those who enjoy mathematical computations, or simply like to look up at the sky! The 35th annual Connecticut River Valley Astronomers Conjunction invites you to bring your telescope for observation sessions at “Fuller’s Pasture,” a dark sky viewing site near Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. Before observations begin, you can socialize with other astronomers and interested community members who plan to meet at the Wagon Wheel restaurant. 800-859-2960. 39 French King Highway Rte. 2. Gill, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, September 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm
PLACEMAKING/ART STUDIES
Park Hill Orchard’s annual event, Art in the Orchard, brings together contemporary art and local agriculture! The installation of outdoor sculptures and other art forms coincides with the orchard’s harvest season. You’re invited to bring a picnic, wander the beautiful landscapes of Park Hill, and discover the sculpture installations. Emerging and established artists will give presentations on their work, beginning at 7pm. 413-542-2018. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Friday, September 15, 8pm
THEATER/OPERA
Newton Arvin was a renowned literature professor at Smith College in 1960. He was arrested and disgraced for receiving erotic images of men through the mail. A new opera from award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer draws connections from this event and the novel The Scarlet Letter to tell the unfolding drama of Arvin’s arrest and trial. Lovers of contemporary theater and local history can see a performances of The Scarlet Professor at Theater 14. Smith College. Northampton, MA. ($)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Erving, Heath, Holyoke, Ludlow, Montague, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, Russell, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, and Warwick Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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