Suggested Events for November 4th – 10th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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Nov 4

It’s like a comic book convention for PBS KIDS! On Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10am-3pm at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, WGBY, along with a dozen local education-focused community and cultural partners, hosts WGBY Kids Fan Day, a family-friendly PBS KIDS fan fair with live music, interactive games, show-themed creativity stations, live animals, and more. Meet characters Arthur, Curious George, the Cat in the Hat for hugs and photos. Tickets cost $10/adult and $5/child. Free kid-sized ice cream with every ticket courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery. Proceeds benefit educational programming and PBS KIDS content in the region. Questions? Contact Marie Waechter at mwaechter@wgby.org. Event details and tickets at wgby.org/fanday.

Open House Nov 4

Smith College Campus School Open House. Prospective kindergarten through third grade students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, November 4, from 9:30-11:30am, at the school on Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. Explore classrooms and try a variety of activities. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit www.smith.edu/sccs.

Nov 10 & Dec 8

Montessori at the Forbes: On Friday, November 10 and on Friday, December 8, at 11am, bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include time to explore Montessori materials, circle time and a story. The Forbes Library is located at 20 West Street in Northampton. Free; all families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Nov 11

On Saturday, November 11, 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. A collection of personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., will be received to donate to local veterans home. An area will be set up for children to make holiday cards for veterans. Veterans and active duty military are free. www.neam.org

The Common School, serving children ages 3-12, is accepting applications for Fall 2018. The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and a deep commitment to the natural world. The Common School provides admissions tours Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, please contact Dana Kadish, Director of Admissions at outreach@commonschool.org or visit their website at www.commonschool.org.

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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Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 4th – 10th, 2017

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Saturday, November 4, 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.orgYou can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends and sometimes your best friends are in your family. This week, children’s recording artist David Tobocman takes you on a fun tour through musical styles and genres, all on that most endearing of subjects, friendship. — www.DavidTobocman.com. 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, November 4
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION/CO-OP
 In early November 2012, a few hundred Hilltown citizens and supporters successfully raised the funds needed to purchase The Old Creamery’s business and real estate and begin operating under cooperative ownership, continuing its original vision to serve the rural communities of the Hilltowns. Today this community-owned business continues to be central to life in the Hilltowns around Cummington. Live music by local musicians, an old-fashioned cider pressing, samplings from local and regional producers. The Old Creamery. Route 9. Cummington, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 4
LOCAL FOOD/FALL FESTIVAL
Western Massachusetts’ fall festival season concludes with the 23rd annual Franklin County CiderDays. A weekend jam-packed with educational opportunities, tastings, tours, and more, CiderDays spotlights the tradition of cider-making in Franklin County by honoring the history of the art in local communities and bringing cider-makers together to share the tips, tricks, and taste of the trade. While some CiderDays events require tickets to be purchased in advance, many tastings, tours, and other events are free and open to all ages – and all require a visit to the beautiful hills of the northeastern corner of our region. Find out more at www.ciderdays.org. Franklin County.

Saturday, November 4, 9am-5pm
FIBER ARTS/NEW ENGLAND CULTURE
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. The seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England features fiber of all varieties and will host demonstrations, fun activities, and learning opportunities for families. Those interested in expanding their understanding of fiber art and industry can watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving (which will produce a colorful coat by the end of the festival!), or sign up for a fiber art workshops – topics for which include rug hooking for beginners, and creating needle-felted scarves. There will be workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, crochet, rug hooking and more. Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (Adults <$; Children under 12 FREE)

Saturday, November 4, 9:30-11:30
Smith College Campus School Open House
Prospective kindergarten through third grade students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, November 4, from 9:30-11:30am, at the school on Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. Explore classrooms and try a variety of activities. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit www.smith.edu/sccsNorthampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 4, 10-11:15am
YOGA
Yoga for Young Children at the Whately Library (ages 3-4). A story, some games, and an art activity will introduce yoga poses, breath work, inquiry and self-reflection to your young child. This fun class will offer structure with plenty of room for spontaneity with restorative poses for relaxation—all in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. Please sign up to reserve your spot today by emailing, calling or stopping by. 413-665-2170. Whatley Library. S. Dickinson Memorial Library. 202 Chestnut Plain Ave. Whately, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 4, 10am-3pm
FAN DAY/PBS KIDS
It’s like a comic book convention for PBS KIDS! Taking place at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, WGBY, along with a dozen local education-focused community and cultural partners, hosts WGBY Kids Fan Day, a family-friendly PBS KIDS fan fair with live music, interactive games, show-themed creativity stations, live animals, and more. Meet characters Arthur, Curious George, the Cat in the Hat for hugs and photos. Tickets cost $10/adult and $5/child. Free kid-sized ice cream with every ticket courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery. Proceeds benefit educational programming and PBS KIDS content in the region. Questions? Contact Marie Waechter at mwaechter@wgby.org. Event details and tickets at wgby.org/fanday. Springfield, MA ($)

Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 4, 10:15–11am
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/PreK
Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure for toddlers and their caregivers at the Smith College Museum of Art. Explore a different theme each session, in the museum’s galleries and around the Smith College campus. Space is limited and available on a first-sign-up basis. To register, email scmamembers@smith.edu or call 413-585-2777. Smith College Museum of Art. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, November 4, 11am.
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Adults and families with children are welcomed to join naturalist Tammy Olszewski for an interpretative nature walk beginning at the Bear Hole Rd parking lot .Tammy will lead participants on a 1 mile round-trip walk on easy terrain (1/2 mile each way). Participants will be welcomed to ask questions about the natural world around them, as well as enjoy the explanations of interesting finds along the way. Participants will follow an easy terrain, maintained woodland trail that navigates through Bear Hole’s forest while enroute to the glen of the historic Bear Hole restaurant where everyone will explore along Paucatuck Brook, abutting woodlands and along the edge of the reservoir. The fun of it is you don’t know what will be discovered or maybe you always had a question about something you routinely see and hope Tammy can provide an answer. Dialogue will be fun and energetic. Questions are highly encouraged. West Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 4, 12noon
MUSIC STUDIES/CHORAL
The Amherst College Choral Society presents its annual Homecoming Concert. Performers include the Concert Choir, the Chorus and the Glee Club, and the Madrigal Singers. The program features a wide range of music, including classical and world music–Brahms, Hatfield, Sametz, Roueché, and more, ending with traditional College songs. 413-542-2484.Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, November 4, 5-7pm
LIVING HISTORY
Once again, history comes alive as the ghosts of past Stockbridge residents congregate at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives for the “Shades of Stockbridge” program. These characters, played by volunteers, invite living, breathing residents and visitors to join them for an evening of historical gossip and spirited discussion. Early authors Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Rachel Field will return as well as industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. They will be joined by original settler Abigail Williams Sergeant and photographer Anson Clark, plus many other illustrious guests. Shady Porches Image Visitors may merely eavesdrop or they may speak directly to the apparitions if they wish. No reservation is required. Tickets are available at Library in advance or on the day. 413-298-5501. Stockbridge, MA (>$)

Saturday, November 4, 5-9pm
PARENTS NIGHT OUT/FOOD SECURITY
Think about Feed the Spirit, the Amherst Survival Center’s fall celebration, as an option for date night this weekend! Rather than dinner at a restaurant and a movie, how about a delicious meal catered by Hillside Organic Catering, with produce from Atlas Farm, Brookfield Farm and Queen’s Greens, and a great performance by Nimble Arts/Gemini Trapeze at the Montague Retreat Center! A worthy way to spend a night out while raising critical funding to support food security in the region. Register online. Montague, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, November 4, 7:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/FLAMENCO
The Northampton Center for the Arts hosts the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio for an intimate performance in their downstairs studio space. Virtuoso flamenco guitarist/composer/improviser Juanito Pascual has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio, a major accolade which in this case is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native’s musical style. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco plus influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, Jose Moreno (percussion/vocals) one of the most sought after flamenco artists in the U.S. percussion, and stunning bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh and exhilarating sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad, adding to their enthusiastic fan base with each performance. Downstairs at 33 Hawley Street. 413-584-7327. Northampton, MA ($$)

Saturday November 4, 7:30pm
COLLEGE THEATER/COMEDY-DRAMA
GCC Theater presents Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, a comedy-drama nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and a finalist for a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Young writer Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her famous and politically-connected parents, brother and aunt. When she announces her plans to publish a tell-all memoir of crucial events in the family’s past, she brings to light old wounds, family secrets, scandal and intrigue. Greenfield Community College. Sloan Theater. Greenfield, MA ($)

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 7am-1pm
FOOD CULTURE/APPLE CIDER
Apple Cider Days at the North Hadley Sugar Shack & Market. What is Apple Syrup? Watch Apple Cider be boiled into syrup this weekend. Arrive curious to learn about reduction processes and the flavors different varieties of apples offer. 413-585-8820. 181 River Drive. Hadley, MA

Sunday, November 5
LOCAL FOOD/FALL FESTIVAL
Western Massachusetts’ fall festival season concludes with the 23rd annual Franklin County CiderDays. A weekend jam-packed with educational opportunities, tastings, tours, and more, CiderDays spotlights the tradition of cider-making in Franklin County by honoring the history of the art in local communities and bringing cider-makers together to share the tips, tricks, and taste of the trade. While some CiderDays events require tickets to be purchased in advance, many tastings, tours, and other events are free and open to all ages – and all require a visit to the beautiful hills of the northeastern corner of our region. Find out more at http://www.ciderdays.org. Franklin County.

Sunday, November 5, 9am-5pm
FIBER ARTS/NEW ENGLAND CULTURE
Fiber arts are an expansive and historic art form, intersecting with agriculture and fashion. The seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England features fiber of all varieties and will host demonstrations, fun activities, and learning opportunities for families. Those interested in expanding their understanding of fiber art and industry can watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving (which will produce a colorful coat by the end of the festival!), or sign up for a fiber art workshops – topics for which include rug hooking for beginners, and creating needle-felted scarves. There will be workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, crochet, rug hooking and more. Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (Adults <$; Children under 12 FREE)

Sunday, November 5, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 5, 11am-4pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES
 The Clark Art Institute offers a First Sundays Free program, perfect for families to discover this local art treasure in the Berkshires. A variety of activities and a first look at the fall exhibition The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, including gallery talks, a special one-day display of works from the Clark’s collection of Impressionist works on paper, New York-based dancer and choreographer Jody Sperling presents “Color, Light, and Movement in the Spectacular Dances of Loïe Fuller,” a combination lecture and performance, in the auditorium, and Draw in the galleries with a complimentary sketch pad (pick up from the admissions desk), then create your own large-scale pastel artwork inspired by the special exhibition. l 413 458 2303. 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Sunday, November 5, 1pm-2:30pm
NATURE STUDIES
Naturally Curious at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at Hampshire College. Naturalist, Mary Holland, will describe in detail natural events that take place each month throughout the year. Her presentation will be richly illustrated with her own projected images: lady’s slippers in bloom, beavers chewing, red maple flowers welcoming spring…and more. She also brings an extensive natural history artifact collection for you to examine before and after the program. She will make time after her presentation for your nature questions so arrive curious. Registration appreciated. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, November 5, 1-4pm
MANUFACTURING HISTORY/CUTLERY
 Shelburne and Buckland Historical Societies, in partnership with the Mill at Shelburne Falls, will honor those workers who made Western MA famous for superior cutlery. Celebrate the cutlery workers of Lamson & Goodnow at The Mill. The building will be open for the setup of memorabilia before the official program begins. The Program will include: a guided tour of the restored facility; a panel of individuals with stories about working at Lamson & Goodnow; photographs and displays; an official proclamation recognizing the day and the importance of the industrial heritage it represents from elected officials; and refreshments. 413-834-3477. 45 Conway Street. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Sunday, November 5, 1-4pm
NATURAL HISTORY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES
The Beneski Museum of Natural History presents, Identify It Day! Do you have a mysterious fossil that you found while backpacking, or a picture of the bizarre bird in your backyard? Bring in your fossils, seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers and insects to the museum. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from the Beneski’s greater collections. Stop by, with or without mystery objects, to see (and touch) the scientific specimens out on display. Items identified in previous years have included a dinosaur footprint, the hip of a very large pig, an amazing man-made slag crystal and an ancient arrowhead from the Connecticut River Valley. 413-542-5054. Beneski Museum of Natural History. 11 Barrett Hill Drive. Amherst, MA

Sunday, November 5, 2-3:30pm
SELF-DEVELOPMENT/T(W)EEN GIRLS
Therapist and dance instructor Robyn Coady leads a workshop for girls ages 8-12, “Embodying Girl Power.” Everyone talks about “girl power,” but what – exactly – is it? How is it different from “boy power”? How do you live it, experience it, and express it? This workshop combines movement and writing to help girls project confidence, assertiveness, and authenticity. Complete workshop information is available at www.athenagirls.com. CLICK Workspace. 9½ Market Street. Northampton, MA ($$)

Sunday November 5, 7:30pm
COLLEGE THEATER/COMEDY-DRAMA
GCC Theater presents Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, a comedy-drama nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and a finalist for a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Young writer Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her famous and politically-connected parents, brother and aunt. When she announces her plans to publish a tell-all memoir of crucial events in the family’s past, she brings to light old wounds, family secrets, scandal and intrigue. Greenfield Community College. Sloan Theater. Greenfield, MA ($)

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Monday, November 6, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

PET FOSTERING SERVICE DOGS
Helping to provide much needed support for humans, service dogs are truly some of man’s best friends. Local families can engage in service-based learning by fostering future service dogs, giving them a loving home while helping to support their training. Information sessions are held weekly for interested local families! Read more in our post, Fostering Service Dogs: Service-Based Learning for Animal Lovers!

Monday, November 6, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, November 6, 5pm
POLITICAL SCIENCE/GOVERNMENT
Lecture “Is the U.S. Becoming a Constitutional Dictatorship? Executive Authority and the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump.” Claire Finkelstein, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, will discuss current challenges to the rule of law in light of both history and character, as well as present recommendations for preserving rule of law values in a constitutional democracy. Open to the public and best for older teens and lifelong learners. Smith College. Seelye 201, Two Seelye Drive. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Monday, November 6, 7:30-9pm
MUSIC STUDIES/NORTH INDIA
North Indian Classical Music Concert at Amherst College. Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians will be offering a free concert at Amherst College. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music performed by two of its finest exponents. Sitarist Rabindra Goswami. Tablaist Ramu Pandit. 413-542-218. Amherst College. Chapin Hall, Chapin Chapel. Amherst, MA

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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, November 7, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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, November 8, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

November 8, 7pm – 9pm.
FIBER ARTS/UPCYCLING
Denim Dahlia Workshop at the Clapp Memorial Library for lifelong learners. Ripped jeans can easily become summer shorts, but what do you do with the rest of the pants leg? Upcycle them, of course! Learn how to repurpose old jeans into beautiful wall art. Participants will be creating petal templates from repurposed material and using them to create a demin dahlia. Workshop leader Amber Ladley of Happily Upcycled is a lifelong crafter and creative entrepreneur. Join her for an inspirational evening and leave with a denim dahlia! Space is limited. Please register in person at the circulation desk. Students will use a hot glue gun. For ages 18 and up. 413-323-0417. Clapp Memorial Library. 19 South Main Street. Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, November 8, 7pm
US HISTORY/WWI
This year is the 100th anniversary of the United States joining the Allies during World War I. The Ramapogue Historical Society of West Springfield is excited to host Stanley Svec, West Springfield History teacher, Reenactor and Military Historian, for an illustrated lecture on The Great War and the making of the Post Modern World. Intellectual History, Military and Political History, Literature and Art will all have their place in this presentation designed to commemorate the sublime scope of what the world now calls World War I and what America so naively labeled, the War to End All Wars. West Springfield Public Library. Community Room. 200 Park Street. West Springfield, MA (Free)

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

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, November 9, 10am-4pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, November 9, 12:15pm
ART HISTORY
Museums à la Carte lecture at the Springfield Museums, Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: How Art Adapted to New Ideas with Gloria Russell, art historian, lecturer, retired art critic, writer, teacher. The Protestant Reformation sparked by Martin Luther 500 years ago changed western society and culture forever. Luther’s uniting of sacred and secular in this time of transformation encouraged artists to situate their ordinary subjects in scenes of everyday life, describing the reality of human experience. Best for self-directed teens and life-long learners. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, November 9, 8pm
COLLEGE THEATER
The Amherst College Theater and Dance Department presents a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, camaraderie and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self? 413-542-2277. Amherst College. Kirby Memorial Theater. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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, November 10, 10am-8pm
HORTICULTURE/FLOWERS
“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 The Botanic Garden of Smith College’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. Parking info. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 10, 11am
STORYHOUR
Montessori at the Forbes: Bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include time to explore Montessori materials, circle time and a story. All families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org. Forbes Library. 20 West Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 10, 4-7pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/INTERGENERATIONAL
Second Friday at the Smith College Museum of Art. Hands-on Art making for all ages,inspired by works on view. Surreal Scenes: Follow their recipe for an Honore Sharrer inspired collage scene. Start with colorful background paper, add an animal + household object + human figure for a curious commentary on modern life. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 10, 6:30pm
ASTRONOMY/CULTURE STUDIES
James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College and active in the International Dark-Sky Association, will be facilitating Viewing the Night Sky at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Telescopes will be provide to help participants view constellations, planets, galaxies, and stars from the Hitchcock hilltop. Discuss what you are viewing, including science facts, as well as legends from other cultures that teach deeper lessons about how we can connect with the sky. No matter what the sky conditions, there will be additional activities planned to teach participating families more about the sky. Dress for the weather. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration appreciated. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Friday November 10, 7:30pm
THEATER/LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
The Drama Studio a live production of The Phantom Tollbooth, based on the book by Norton Juster. The Phantom Tollbooth tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth and a small working car. Having nothing better to do he drives through the tollbooth and is transported to the magical Kingdom of Wisdom! Recommended for ages 6 and over. 413-739-1983. Springfield, MA ($)

Friday, November 10, 8pm
COLLEGE THEATER
The Amherst College Theater and Dance Department presents a contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt, an early play of the renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. This play is a phantasmagorical journey that spans over the lifetime of Peer, a young, dreamy and ambitious man who sets out on a quest to find his true self. From the mountains of Norway to the desert of Egypt, from encountering trolls, to riding a moose, to sailing across the ocean, the audience accompanies Peer in his adventurous journey. Peer wants to fulfill himself, find his self and define who he really is while remaining loyal only to his desires and goals. Peer is the personification of our age—one in which individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity, camaraderie and social consciousness. By joining his journey around the world, we ask ourselves, What is the cost of the obsessive search after our true Self? 413-542-2277. Amherst College. Kirby Memorial Theater. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 10, 8pm
ASTRONOMY
 While some people lament the shorter days of fall and winter, longer nights provide more chances to learn about astronomy through observations of the night sky! The Old Hopkins Observatory and planetarium at Williams College are rich resources for learning about astronomy, as well as the history of the topic. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Astronomy students at the College will host this free show, open to the public. Attendees will learn about topics such as retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, and more. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. 413-597-2188. Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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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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