Suggested Events for November 11th – 17th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I am constantly kept up to speed on things happening all over the area. A real life performance type date night is so overdue at my house it’s embarrassing, so thanks for the opportunity!” – Marissa Potter (Shelburne Falls, MA)

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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Bulletin Board

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.

Nov 18

Art Supporting Students – The annual Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to the Franklin County Technical School (82 Industrial Blvd) in Turners Falls on Saturday, November 18th from 9am-3:30pm. This juried craft fair features over 65 artists & craftspeople from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, presenting their unique handcrafted products. All proceeds help to fund scholarships for Franklin County Technical School students. Admission is free, free parking and completely ADA accessible. Lunch and baked goods available, prepared by FCTS culinary students.

Nov 18

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 18th in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the marionette performance by their Early Childhood teachers. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 18th. 10:00am – 3:00pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

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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 11 – 17, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 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.What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.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 11, 9am-4pm
WOMEN’S STUDIES/AMERICAN HISTORY
Rediscovering Jane Addams in a Time of Crisis Jane Addams (1860-1935) may be the most important American woman that most people today have barely heard of. A disciple of Lincoln, Tolstoy, and Gandhi, Addams was an astute critic of Gilded Age capitalism and advocate for economic and social justice. She was a pioneering feminist, suffragist, internationalist, peace activist, ethicist, co-founder of the NAACP, the ACLU, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Yet today she has all but vanished from the pantheon of popular American history. Join the first public gathering to revisit the life and legacies of Jane Addams and reflect on how her work is carried on today in the Pioneer Valley. Panelists will include Addams scholars, practitioners in fields she influenced, and representatives of vulnerable populations. General audience discussion will be encouraged. Best for older students and lifelong learners. Edwards Church. 297 Main Street. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 11, 10-11am
ZOOLOGY/COMPOSTING
Nature has been composting, or turning organic matter into soil through decomposition, for much longer than we humans have been doing it. Composting Critters this Saturday at the Hitchcock Center, come meet some of the creatures that are busy breaking down the dead stuff out in nature, including earthworms, pill bugs and beetles. Learn all about the lives of these composting critters and how they can help us compost our own waste. The Hitchcock Center is open to families and the community on the second Saturday of the month from 9am-1pm, thru December. Stop by to explore their building, talk with an educator, read a book with your kids or grandkids in their visitor center, or join them for one of their family science programs. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, November 11, 10am-1pm
NATURE STUDIES
Wind through the northern hardwood forest and learn how to document and share your observations from the natural world using the iNaturalist app/website. The Basin Pond Trail is 2.5 miles and brings visitors through a natural amphitheater of rock-strewn slopes and cascading streams. State-of-the-art trail design and stonework create a trail with gentle grades and an intriguing visitor experience. Please bring lunch/snack, water, and appropriate footwear. 413-499-0596. Lee, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 11, 10am-4pm
VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE/AVIATION
The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Veterans Day Tribute to Veterans and Active Military. 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 Windsor Locks, CT ($)

Saturday, November 11, 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 11 10am-5pm
HANDMADE/NON-COMMERICAL
Looking for the perfect gift? Something local, something hand crafted, something really special? Then the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale might be the place for you! Check out this former toothbrush-factory-turned-artists-studios and marvel at the amazing works of art! Find treasures for yourself and those you love. Over 50 fine crafters and fine artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers open their studios to show off their best work. You will find painters, sculptors and a variety of creative people. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse and repurpose found objects there is something for everyone, adults and children. Talk with the distinguished artists about their work. Enjoy live entertainment and catered cuisine. Begin your holiday shopping with some unique handcrafted gifts. Buy direct while supporting our local creative arts economy at Arts and Industry Open Studios. Pine Street. Florence, MA (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, November 11, 10am-5pm
HANDMADE/NON-COMMERCIAL
 Enjoy a weekend of off-line shopping in Colrain’s many artists’ and artisans’ studios. For the fourteenth year, they throw open their studio doors on Veterans’ Day weekend. Newcomers might well begin their tour at Pine Hill Orchards where greeters will show a display of work on the tour. Tour veterans will be pleased to meet new artists and see the new styles and media represented in familiar studios. You will see the wide array of stoneware and porcelain dishes and bowls, inlaid wooden cutting boards and traditional New England furniture, hand-forged iron accessories and wall art that includes fabric, pastel, collage, prints, photography and calligraphy. Cloth and fiber are well represented with felted and silk scarves and upcycled accessories, mohair and wool apparel and throws, kitchen accessories and rug-hooking. Four studios offer jewelry and another offers hand-crafted baskets, carved gourds and fishing lures. A favorite stop for many is for hand-crafted beer. Children and other animal lovers will visit sheep and goats, peacocks and chickens which are also a frequent motif in Colrain art. Brochures/maps are available at all studios and on-line at craftsofcolrain.com. Colrain, MA (FREE/MARKET)

Saturday, November 11, 10:30am
SHABBAT
Shabbat Shabloom. Join Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer to celebrate the end of the week with joyful music, movement and stories, followed by a mini-kiddush of challah and grape juice. Especially for ages 0-5 and their grownups. All are welcome. Congregation Bnai Israel. 253 Prospect St. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 11, 3-5pm
CULINARY ARTS/SEAFOOD
BerksShore will be at River Valley Co-Op for an oyster tasting. Learn how to properly select and dine on oysters. — Do you chew an oyster? What do you drink with oysters? What should you put on oysters? How do you cook them? — Come curious and ready to learn about this locally sourced food from the east coast of Massachusetts. River Valley Co-op. 330 North King St. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday November 11, 4pm & 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 ($)

Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm
THEATER/SHAKESPEARE
The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Theater Program presents Henry V by William Shakespeare. Ill prepared after his misspent youth, young Prince Hal must take on the mantle of king after the premature death of his father, King Henry IV. Counselors of Church and State, eager to advise, offer him war with France as an opportunity to cement loyalty to his throne but the new king discovers that leading a country challenges him intellectually, morally, personally, and spiritually in ways he never imagined. Over 400 years after it was first performed, Shakespeare’s Henry V continues to ask the most important questions about what it means to be a leader of men and how deeply and complexly our humanity is challenged when we are called to such a task. Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater. 84 Alford Rd. Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, November 12, 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!

NATURE-BASED SCAVENGER HUNT
BNRC’s self-guided scavenger hunt is here! Download their scavenger hunt and seek out special features on BNRC properties around the Berkshires and win a prize: Scavenger Hunt (PDF)

Sunday, November 12, 9am-12:30pm
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/TRAIL DAY
 Get outdoors and make an impact at next BIG trail workday hosted by Kestrel Trust! The Greenberg Family Conservation Area in Westhampton has a user-made trail system that needs to be improved. Volunteers can help fix up existing footpaths, blaze new trails, install signs, or get rid of invasive plants. (No prior experience needed!) Trail work will take place from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Then you can stay for a free picnic lunch onsite and explore the property’s lovely woods and shady brook. Volunteers will also have a special treat during lunch: Two young oxen trained for stewardship work will give a demo of their skills. RSVP: Required: email Jill@kestreltrust.org. Greenberg Family Conservation Area. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, November 12, 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 19th. 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 12, 10am-5pm
HANDMADE/NON-COMMERCIAL
 Enjoy a weekend of off-line shopping in Colrain’s many artists’ and artisans’ studios. For the fourteenth year, they throw open their studio doors on Veterans’ Day weekend. Newcomers might well begin their tour at Pine Hill Orchards where greeters will show a display of work on the tour. Tour veterans will be pleased to meet new artists and see the new styles and media represented in familiar studios. You will see the wide array of stoneware and porcelain dishes and bowls, inlaid wooden cutting boards and traditional New England furniture, hand-forged iron accessories and wall art that includes fabric, pastel, collage, prints, photography and calligraphy. Cloth and fiber are well represented with felted and silk scarves and upcycled accessories, mohair and wool apparel and throws, kitchen accessories and rug-hooking. Four studios offer jewelry and another offers hand-crafted baskets, carved gourds and fishing lures. A favorite stop for many is for hand-crafted beer. Children and other animal lovers will visit sheep and goats, peacocks and chickens which are also a frequent motif in Colrain art. Brochures/maps are available at all studios and on-line at craftsofcolrain.com. Colrain, MA (FREE/MARKET)

Sunday, November 12, 10am-5pm
HANDMADE/NON-COMMERICAL
Looking for the perfect gift? Something local, something hand crafted, something really special? Then the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale might be the place for you! Check out this former toothbrush-factory-turned-artists-studios and marvel at the amazing works of art! Find treasures for yourself and those you love. Over 50 fine crafters and fine artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers open their studios to show off their best work. You will find painters, sculptors and a variety of creative people. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse and repurpose found objects there is something for everyone, adults and children. Talk with the distinguished artists about their work. Enjoy live entertainment and catered cuisine. Begin your holiday shopping with some unique handcrafted gifts. Buy direct while supporting our local creative arts economy at Arts and Industry Open Studios. Pine Street. Florence, MA (FREE/MARKET)

Sunday November 12, 3pm
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 ($)

Sunday, November 12, 4-6pm
CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATIONS/OPENING RECEPTION
28th Annual Children’s Illustration Celebration at R. Michelson Galleries. Come meet some of your favorite illustrators and authors. Arrive curious and ready to ask questions and to listen to their stories. How did they become an author. When did they first start drawing. What brings them inspiration as an artist. Get to know these authors/artists and let your own talents be inspired too! Bonus… support an interest in reading by making a personal connetion with the illustrator of many fine children’s books! R. Michelson Galleries 132 Main St, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, November 12, 5:30-7pm
MULTICULTURAL/A CAPPELLA
 Join Earthdance co-founder Penny Schultz for an intergenerational a cappella SING in the Dance Barn. Songs, including gospel, English country, African, and Israeli, will be taught by rote, so you don’t need to be able to read music to participate. A SING is an emotionally, physically, and musically connected celebration of the earth, love, and community. All ages/levels welcome. Potluck supper to follow. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. (<$ DONATION)

VALUE-BASED ENGAGEMENT
Engaging in opportunities for collaborative consumption invites the acquisition of knowledge related to many themes through authentic use of community-based resources and community members. Emphasizing togetherness, opportunities for collaborative consumption are often intergenerational, allowing young community members to work alongside and learn from people of all ages, sharing skills, stories and knowledge. Additionally, collaborative consumption emphasizes cooperation, allowing families to learn how to work together and with others toward a shared goal of community resilience – the strength and cohesiveness to survive and thrive through challenges big and small. Read more about collaborative consumption in our post Collaborative Consumption: Learning How to be Resilient Supports Community-Based Education.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES
Though western Massachusetts isn’t known as a sports mecca, it’s filled with communitybased resources for exploring sports and the history behind them. As the birthplace of at least two major sports and home to teams and clubs engaging in a great many more, the area offers a variety of ways to learn about sports of all kind. Read more in our post, Exploring Athletics and Sports History Through Community-Based Resources.

Monday, November 13, 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 19th. 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 13, 6:30pm
LIVING HISTORY
Treasures from the Attic with historian, Dennis Picard, featuring Storrs House Museum Treasures. Dennis Picard will ‘show & tell’ a collection of interesting items from the Storrs House Museum attic. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for over 30 years at both Old Sturbridge Village and Storrowton Village Museum. He has authored many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England and has served as a consultant for several historical societies and museums. Richard Salter Storrs Library. 693 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, November 14, 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, November 14, 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 19th. 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)

Tuesdays, November 14, 1-2pm
STEAM/PreK
 Did you ever think that some things are too hard to do at home with your kids? We will give you fun, easy and not too messy ways to practice STEAM at home with your child/children. Join us for an hour of great fun! This is an opportunity to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore and build! 413-623-5483. Becket Athenaeum. 3367 Main St. Becket, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, November 14, 5:30pm
ANTHROPOLOGY/PRE-COLUMBIAN MAYA
 Associate professor of anthropology at Brown University, Andrew K. Scherer, presents a free lecture entitled “Baak: The Qualities and Craft of Ancient Maya Bone” at The Clark. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion. Scherer’s illustrated lecture explores the materiality of human and animal bone among the Pre-Columbian Maya (c. 400 BCE–1502 CE). The importance of bone as craft material is apparent not only in the wide range of objects made from bone, but also the broader discourse of bone in ancient text and image. 413-458-2303. The Clark. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, November 14, 6:15-7:45pm
CURRENT AFFAIRS/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Springfield City Library’s Sixteen Acres Branch will be hosting a lecture and discussion on the escalating tensions between North Korea, its neighboring countries, and The United States. The featured speaker will be Professor Gary Lefort, Chairman of the International Business School at American International College. The program will focus on the causes for the hostility between North Korea and America and some possible ways to diffuse the rising tension. Light refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Library will be provided. This event will be held at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library. 1187 Parker Street. Springfield, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, November 14, 6:30pm
STEM/OPTICS
 A Day with Superman and Superwoman Vision at the Westhampton Public Library. This workshop introduces children to light. Light is made up of visible and invisible “colors.” “Prism glasses” will be used to separate light into the visible rainbow of colors. While these are not visible to our eyes, we can use a digital camera to “see” these “colors” and give ourselves super vision. Our super vision will be used to see hidden messages and detect dangerous ultraviolet light. Please call, email, or visit the library to register! Presented by: Mount Holyoke College in collaboration with the Dreyfus Foundation & the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The library also has new chemistry kits to check out thanks to the above program. Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm
SOCIAL STUDIES/RACE & CLASS
Monthly Film & Discussion Series: Race & Class and their Intersections at the Jones Library. This month’s screening takes a look at the issue of class with relation to race. Class and race in the United States are clearly related, but what is the relationship? Three short videos will be viewed and then a facilitated discussion will be used to explore this topic. After the discussion, work will continue in small working groups to advance anti-racism action projects that have been undertaken. Open to the public. 413-259-3223. Woodbury Room. Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, November 15, 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, November 15, 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 19th. 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)

Wednesday, November 15, 7-8:30pm
BOTANY/WILDFLOWERS
 Wildflowers in Winter for self-directed teens and lifelong learners at Northfield Mountain. Learning to identify wildflowers in winter can be a fun challenge. Join Dawn Ward to learn how to match the summer wildflowers with their winter attire. Photographs, clues and hands-on exploration will expand your knowledge of the winter landscape. Discover the amazing variety of shapes, forms and textures, learn lore and legend of our local plants and gain an appreciation of wildflowers in their dormant state. Dawn is an educator and naturalist, with a specialty in botany, who has been sharing her knowledge and appreciation of nature for over 20 years. Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960. Northfield Mountain, 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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 19th. 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 16, 12:15pm
SCIENCE HISTORY
Museums à la Carte lecture at the Springfield Museums, Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking with George Capaccio, storyteller, actor, and writer. As a non-scientist trying to share the genius of Einstein’s theory of relativity, George Capaccio took the scientist’s words to heart: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Capaccio’s imaginative storytelling will help the audience gain insight into Einstein’s greatest scientific achievements, which pointed the way to the computer revolution of the 21st century. 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 16, 7pm
THEATER PERFORMANCE
Black Cat Theater presents Nunsense II: The second coming. This show could easily be subtitled “the rest of the story.” The sequel to the international hit musical NUNSENSE takes place approximately six weeks after the first “benefit performance.” The same five nuns are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School for what is billed as a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. You will also meet Sister Julia, the cook, and some of the Sisters who are teachers, as well as part of the Mt. Saint Helen’s student body. Since their first time out was such a success, they have decided that they should stick to their successful variety show formula. This time they are forced to work around the set dressing of “The Mikado” which is being presented the following week by the Hoboken Music Society on the Mt. Saint Helen’s stage. 413-563-6023. South Hadley High School. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA ($)

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Friday, November 17, 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 19th. 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 17, 7pm
THEATER PERFORMANCE
Black Cat Theater presents Nunsense II: The second coming. This show could easily be subtitled “the rest of the story.” The sequel to the international hit musical NUNSENSE takes place approximately six weeks after the first “benefit performance.” The same five nuns are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School for what is billed as a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. You will also meet Sister Julia, the cook, and some of the Sisters who are teachers, as well as part of the Mt. Saint Helen’s student body. Since their first time out was such a success, they have decided that they should stick to their successful variety show formula. This time they are forced to work around the set dressing of “The Mikado” which is being presented the following week by the Hoboken Music Society on the Mt. Saint Helen’s stage. 413-563-6023. South Hadley High School. 153 Newton Street. South Hadley, MA ($)

Friday, November 17, 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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