Suggested Events for February 10th – 16th, 2018

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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Big News from Hilltown Families!

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: Executive Director Job Description. Please spread the word!

Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Summer Camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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Feb. 21

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 65 Milltion Years in the Making! Two Shows February Vacation Week! February 21, 2PM & 7PM at CityStage, Springfield. Observe, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t miss a minute of it. Click here for more info. Buy tickets here.

Feb 10

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, NEAM will hold a paper airplane contest throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

Feb 10

This Saturday, February 10 from 10am-4pm join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary! Free admission and a free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, and enjoy art making, films and, storytimes. The Center Dance Studio will kick off an Elephant & Piggie dance party inspired by Mo Willems’ book, Elephants Cannot Dance. Free round-trip bus transportation from Holyoke and Greenfield, courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines. Seating is limited. Call 413-559-6301 or email info@carlemuseum.org to reserve bus seats. Visit carlemuseum.org for a complete schedule. Special thanks to First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Feb 19-23

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum during February School Vacation Week! Explore 3 giant exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos, computerized Flight Simulators, and Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, 3 screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10+). Additional learning opportunities include a Balsa Wood Airplane Workshop (Feb 19), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 20), Parachute Drop (Feb 21), Frisbee Fun (Feb 22) and Straw Rocket Launch (Feb 23). More info at www.neam.org.

Feb & Apr

Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts has been empowering children in the Pioneer Valley since 1993. Located in Northampton with classes also in Greenfield and Ashfield, Spirit of the Heart offers open enrollment for 4-18 year olds. Children are lovingly coached to find focus, control, expression, strength and resilience to face everyday challenges. The class blends martial arts, meditation, communication skills, self-defense and fun fitness. Spirit of the Heart is committed to protecting your child. Just like you are. The first class is always free. February and April Vacation Camps and Summer Camps are filling up fast! Join Us For Your Free Introduction. For more information, email: nohokungfu@gmail.com

20% Off

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Oak Meadow! Take 20% off in their bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Exploring education options for your child next year? Oak Meadow’s creative, flexible homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The 36-week print curriculum includes all you need for a year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individual courses for high school, or just stock up on books and supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! Questions? Send ‘em to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor will be in touch.

Add your class

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.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 10th – 16th, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

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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. Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. 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, February 10, 8:30am-4:30pm
KIDS PARTY/YOUTH LITERACY
As a parent, there are few things more satisfying than enjoying a good book with your child. And there are tangible educational benefits as well! Data suggests that children who are read to several times a week are able to recognize the letters of the alphabet at a much higher rate than those who are read to less often. The Greenfield Public Library is launching a special program to promote literacy by urging parents to read to their children more often. This program kicks off with a fun party for kids, featuring live entertainment and refreshments. Greenfield Public Library. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 9:30am-12:30pm
TEXTILE ARTS/PHYSICS
Are you interested in textile arts? This is a workshop not to be missed! Textile art puts us in touch with interconnectedness in ways that we may not realize. This workshop, The Dimensions and Metaphors of Fibers, Thread and Fabric, challenges us to conceptualize textile art as an art form that draws us into connection the world around us, both through the process of its creation and the metaphors that it evokes within us: “Every stage invites responses to givens, to laws of physics, and to our creative impulses. We realize that each stage, or dimension, is a work in progress that resembles elements in the fabric of our living communities.” Amherst Media. 246 College Street, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, February 10, 9:30am
FILM SCREENING/FUNDRAISER
Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit, named after her own childhood pet bunny, first appeared in 1902. Potter first wrote the story for the sick child of a friend. Over the years Potter’s charming characters, crisp prose, and unforgettable illustrations have made Peter Rabbit into a household name. Most recently, the Potter’s characters have come to life on the big screen. Come support the Erving PTO and enjoy this screening of the new film Peter Rabbit! For more information visit Erving PTO Fundraiser. Garden Theater. 361 Main Street, Greenfield, MA ($)

Saturday, February 10, 10-11am
SCIENCE/SNOWFLAKES
We all know that no two snowflakes are alike but do you know why? The incredible beauty of snowflakes only intensifies the closer you look at them. At this family science event, participants will learn all about the kind of processes that create these unique crystalline patterns and structures. These events are designed for children and parents to learn about science together at the Hitchcock Center’s innovative living building! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 10am-12pm
ART STUDIES/SHAPE AND COLOR
The Clark Art Institute’s popular “Start With Art” program returns for a special workshop, focusing on shapes and colors . This art program is designed to introduce young children to art through fun activities and guided tours. There are many benefits to exposing children to art at an early age but perhaps most importantly, it can instill a lifelong love for art and inspire creativity. As Sigmund Freud once said, art is the force that resists the culture of death. Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 10am-2pm
PLACEMAKING/WINTER FARE
Our local farmers markets are one of our greatest community resources. They give us the opportunity to get to know local farmers, gather together as a community, and enjoy arts, crafts, and, of course, lots of delicious food. This Saturday CISA (Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture) is coming to the Amherst Farmers Market for a special day of fun and educational workshops. Learn how to make delicious pizza. Attend a home composting workshop. And learn all about making your own amazing hot sauce. For more information and a complete list of workshops and events, please visit CISA Winter Fare. Amherst Winter Farmers Market. Hampshire Mall. 367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 10am-4pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/FRIENDSHIP
Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary! Free admission and a free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, and enjoy art making, films and, storytimes. The Center Dance Studio will kick off an Elephant & Piggie dance party inspired by Mo Willems’ book, Elephants Cannot Dance. Free round-trip bus transportation from Holyoke and Greenfield, courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines. Seating is limited. Call 413-559-6301 or email info@carlemuseum.org to reserve bus seats. Visit carlemuseum.org for a complete schedule. Special thanks to First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 10am-4pm
AVIATION/HISTORY
If you have an airplane fan in your family, you won’t want to miss this event. The New England Air Museum is holding an Open Cockpit Day! Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, NEAM will hold a paper airplane contest throughout the day. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Windsor Locks, CT (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, February 10, 11am-1pm
WINTER HIKE/NATURE STUDIES
The Robert Frost trail runs for 47 miles, along the Connecticut River Valley. Named for seminal American poet Robert Frost, who lived in the valley for twenty years, this trail passes through a number of the regions unique ecosystems and landmarks. It begins at the Holyoke range and ends in Wendell. This winter hike will cover about two miles of the trail around Puffer’s Pond in Amherst. So come shake off the winter blues with this invigorating hike! Robert Frost Trail. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 12-3pm
BLACK HISTORY MONTH/CELEBRATION
Did you know that the first celebration of Black History Month took place in 1970? Over the years the observance has grown and as of 2016, was celebrated in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. When the tradition began in 1926 it was known as “Negro History Week,” to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, on February 12th and 14th. Come celebrate Black History Month at the Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori School. 474 Armory Street, Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 1-6pm
PLACEMAKING/WINTERFEST
Come on out for the Amherst Winterfest Grand Finale! The Cherry Hill golf course will be transformed into a winter wonderland with beloved seasonal activities, such as sledding, wagon rides, and chili cook off. You can also attend a demonstration by the Amherst High School Nordic Ski Team, featuring jumps and cross country racing. And you won’t want to miss the cider donut eating contest, a real crowd favorite. For a complete list of events, please visit Amherst Winterfest Grand Finale. Cherry Hill Golf Course. 325 Montague Road, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, February 10, 1pm-4pm
LANGUAGE ARTS/CREATIVE NONFICTION
Do you enjoy keeping a journal, or otherwise writing about true events? While writing true stories is nothing new, the genre of Creative Nonfiction is currently growing in popularity. Memoirs, personal essays, profiles, and journalism are all types of Creative Nonfiction. You can gain knowledge of this exciting genre and practice engaging with it through prompts, by attending this crash course (“Into to Creative Nonfiction”) from Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop. Meet others who like to write and gain practice at the skill of crafting true stories which engage the reader in much the same way that fictional stories do. This workshop will be led by local writer Emily Butler, whose work you can check out on our website: Emily Butler at Hilltown FamiliesCommons Coworking. 16 Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. ($)

Saturday, February 10, 2:30-4:30pm
ART STUDIES/SURREALISM
Swim in the dark, mysterious waters of the subconscious with this exhibition of local artists, specializing in surrealism. The link between surrealism and the subconscious is foundational. From its inception in the early 20th century, surrealism drew inspiration from Sigmund Freud’s ideas of dream analysis and the unconscious. Early surrealists saw art as a force that could awaken dormant powers within the psyche and thus free the mind of the shackles that contemporary society had placed on it. These three artists continue the tradition of the surrealists by exploring the spaces between awareness and shadow, wakefulness and slumber. Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 3-8pm
PLACEMAKING/FIRE AND ICE PARTY
Come celebrate the lovely community of Williamsburg and the joys of winter with this Fire and Ice party, featuring bonfires, ice skating, and lots more! Sit by the fire and enjoy smores and hot drinks and when you get toasty you can go do some skating or even participate in races on the ice. In the evening, there will be a community potluck dinner at the Williamsburg Grange, with lots of games and crafts for children. Followed by a screening of two short local films on the life and history of Williamsburg. Williamsburg Town Center. 16 Main Street, Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Saturday, February 10, 7-11pm
BOARD GAME NIGHT/COLLECTIVE STORYTELLING
Do you love board games? If so, you won’t want to miss this event! Every Saturday, Modern Myths in Northampton offers a night of board game fun. Modern Myths will be breaking out their full collection of demos games including role playing games, strategy games, and others that allow participants to engage in collective storytelling. This event is a great opportunity to get to know people in your community and use your creativity and imagination! Modern Myths. 34 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA ($)

Saturday, February 10, 7:30-10pm
CONCERT/CLASSICAL GUITAR
Classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar refers to both a slightly different instrument and mainly, to a different style of playing. The instrument itself in only a little bit different from other guitars: it has less frets and uses a different type of string. Traditionally, classical guitar strings were made from sheep and goat intestines. Nowadays, nylon strings are used instead but it still creates a different sound from other metal stringed guitars. Most importantly classical guitar players use a distinctive finger picking style, as opposed to strumming. This creates the intoxicating and exotic sound that is associated with this style. If you are interested in classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar come check out this performance of Spanish guitar by the Pioneer Valley Symphony. Greenfield High School. 21 Barr Ave, Greenfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, February 10, 7:30-10pm
SYMPHONY/VIVALDI
Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” written in 1721, is perhaps the most popular piece of classical music ever written. It is speculated that Vivaldi’s inspiration for the piece was drawn from the pastoral beauty of the countryside around the Italian city of Mantua, where he lived at the time. The piece famously moves through each of the four seasons, evoking the sounds, scenes, and emotions of each. Storms, babbling brooks, a lonely shepherd, drunken dancers, flies and birds all come to life in the course of the four movements. This performance by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will also include Beethoven’s 7th symphony, which the composer himself considered his best work. Springfield Symphony Orchestra. 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA ($$)

Saturday, February 10, 7:30-10:30pm
SWING DANCE/PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Come out and enjoy an evening of lively swing dance with live music from local band One Straw Revolution. If you love to dance and enjoy the music of mid-century America, you won’t want to miss this event. One Straw Revolution features 18 or more musicians playing the finest swing and retro jazz music. Swing dance is an exciting and dynamic genre of dance that evolved during the first half of the 20th century. Dances such as the lindy hop, jitterbug, and the charleston are examples of dances that were developed during this period. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re just a beginner or a veteran swing dancer who dips and twirls with the best of them. For more information visit Swing Dance. Dewey Hall. 91 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA ($)

Saturday, February 10, 8-10pm
THEATER/PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Do you love live theater? Interested in seeing a brand new play, written, directed, and starring local students? Come experience an exciting performance of Denzel Wood’s senior honors thesis in playwriting and directing “The Electric Dream.” This tale of mystery and intrigue set in a virtual world poses fascinating questions about the nature of our increasingly digitized lives. For more information visit The Electric Dream. Holden Experimental Theater. 200 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

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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, February 11, 9am-3pm
AGRICULTURE/CONFERENCE
Are you passionate about farming? Interested in engaging in the latest discussions from experts in the field of agriculture? Come to the Rural Commonwealth Agricultural Summit and attend a day of workshops, guest speakers, and legislation updates relevant to the topic of agriculture in Massachusetts. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how local businesses and local government can strengthen agriculture. Mohawk Trail Regional High School. 24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Sunday, February 11, 12:30-2:30pm
OPEN MIC
Do you have something inside of you that you have been waiting for an opportunity to share with others? A song? A poem? Come on out to Open Mic at Mill 180 in Easthampton and let your talent shine! It can be scary to stand up in front of others and perform but the experience brings with it the satisfaction of knowing that you had the courage to share something important and true within yourself. And there is a special kind of comfort in knowing that you are there with your community in a safe and welcoming environment. You’ll be glad you did it! Mill 180. 180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, February 11, 3-4pm
ART STUDIES/MODELS
When looking at paintings such as Ingres’ “La Grande Odalisque” it’s impossible not to wonder who the beautiful woman is that looks back so mysteriously over her shoulder. This talk at the Clark Art Institute, on French artists and their models, examines the relationships these painters established with their models and describes the creative process of working so intimately with them. Analyzing works by Fragonard, Delacroix, Ingres, and others, this talk will pose the question: how did the artists relationships with their models and the models themselves influence the broader trajectory of their art? Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Sunday, February 11, 4:30-6:30pm
FILM FESTIVAL/DISABILITIES
Whole Children is a local organization that is dedicated to providing classes, support, and resources for children of all abilities, with a special emphasis on special needs children. The organization offers recreational, social, and skill building classes designed to fill the gaps in the services that currently exist in our community. Come learn more about Whole Children with their special film festival, with films that highlight and celebrate the lives of individuals with a range of disabilities. The films will be followed by a reception and panel discussion with filmmakers. Hadley Farms Meeting House. 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA ($)

Sunday, February 11, 5-6:30pm
COMMUNITY SING ALONG
Come enjoy an evening of a cappella harmony singing at Earthdance in the lovely Berkshire hills! There are few things that are as good for the body and soul as singing together in a group with others. Singing is an amazing way to connect with your community and has myriad physical and psychological benefits. Since 1986 Earthdance has been offering singing events for the community in a beautiful setting. This event will feature songs from South Africa and other cultures from around the world. Earthdance. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA (FREE)

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, February 12, 5-6pm
CULINARY ARTS/CHILDREN’S COOKING CLASS
Teaching children how to cook has so many amazing benefits. It can boost confidence for them to learn how to do things themselves. It’s also a great way to foster creativity. And perhaps most importantly, instills a love of food! This children’s cooking class is a great opportunity for young people to get excited about cooking in a social, group environment. The recipes will also feature healthy, organic ingredients. So if you have an amateur foodie at home, this is the event for you! Springfield Jewish Community Center. 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA ($$)

Monday, February 12, 6-8pm
ART CLASS/MONET
In 1883, Claude Monet and his family moved into a house at Giverny in northern France. During the next several decades Monet, who had already become famous for developing his ‘impressionist’ style, continued to refine his aesthetic and pursue his ambitious goal of documenting the French countryside. In the gardens at Giverny, he produced his iconic water lily paintings, some of the most immediately recognizable paintings in history. Now you can try your own hand at reproducing Monet’s distinctive style by painting from pictures of those very same water lilies from the gardens at Giverny! This painting class, with instructor Gregory Maichack, is perfect for both beginners and advanced painters. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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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, February 13, 8:30-10am
ART STUDIES/WOMEN
‘Galentine’s Day,’ a fictional holiday created by Amy Poehler in her beloved sitcom Parks and Recreation celebrates female friendships while enjoying delicious breakfast foods. The Amherst College Women and Gender Center has expanded the holiday to include people of all gender celebrating sisterhood and platonic friendship. This special Galentine’s Day event will be held at the Mead Art Museum and will feature discussions of art by women in the collection as well as a casual conversation with the women who work at the Mead. Of course, there will also be waffles! Mead Art Museum. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, February 13, 10am-5pm
STEM/SCIENCE FAIR
I’m sure many of us remember trying to come up with something for a school science fair. The old volcano experiment or, for the STEM challenged among us, just filling a jar with oil and vinegar and hoping that would be enough for a passing grade. If you want to see some projects and skills that will really make you think, come check out the Berkshire Museum’s 8th annual Science and Innovation Fair. This event showcases some of the finest scientific minds that the Pittsfield Public High School has to offer. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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, February 14, 1-5pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/VALENTINE’S DAY
This wednesday, the Clark Art Institute is celebrating Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of romance and art! Have you ever felt so deeply touched by an artist or a painting that you wished you could express that love in a letter? Write a Valentine’s Day card to a piece of art and share it on the message board in the museum pavilion. Followed by a special presentation by librarian Terri Boccia on illustrated love stories from the museums collection that span over six hundred years. Clark Art Institute. 225 South Street, WIlliamstown, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Wednesday, February 14, 4-7pm
VALENTINE’S DAY/COMMUNITY MEAL
Come on down to the Pittsfield Elks Lodge for their monthly spaghetti dinner and spend Valentine’s Day by sharing a meal with members of the community! Community meals are a great place to meet new people and strengthen our connection and sense of place. Sitting next to somebody you may or may not know from your community is an opportunity to have conversation, learn something new, and gain a deeper feeling of engagement. Pittsfield Elks Lodge #272. 27 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Wednesday, February 14, 5-8pm
VALENTINE’S DAY/ICE SKATING
What could be a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by enjoying some romantic ice skating under the night sky? There is a special kind of magic that happens when you are skating outside at night, with the moon and stars shining down on you, and the sound of the skates gliding gracefully over the ice! Bring a date or the whole family down to Look Park for some skating and afterwards have a nice steaming cup of hot cocoa. For more information visit Valentine’s Date and Skate. Look Park. 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA ($)

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30pm
TEXTILE ART/KNITTING CIRCLE
Did you know that the world’s oldest knitting artifact is a pair of socks from ancient Egypt that is more than a thousand years old? Knitting has been an important part of human culture from all over the world. In 17th century Scotland, knitting was considered such an important community activity that whole families would sit down together and knit together. Knitting is actually currently experience a real growth in popularity, as being are being attracted by the DIY approach and the strong social element of knitting. More and more men are also becoming knitters! Come on down the Wednesday Night Knitters at the Cushman Library in Bernardston. Everyone is welcome, total beginners as well. Cushman Library. 28 Church Street, Bernardston, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30-9:30pm
VALENTINE’S DAY/JAZZ
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special jazz concert with some of the areas most promising young graduate composers. If you are jazz fan you won’t want to miss this evening of exciting, cutting edge jazz music. While jazz can trace its history all the way back to 19th century Southern blues and ragtime, contemporary composers are still able to find fresh ways to explore this intriguing genre. This concert features work by graduate students who have been chosen to represent Umass at the prestigious Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra in Maryland! For more information, please visit Graduate Jazz Composers’ Concert. Bezanson Recital Hall. 151 Presidents’ Drive, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

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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, February 15, 12:15-1pm
SCIENCE/WOMEN’S STUDIES
Springfield Museum is presenting a series of lectures on important scientific figures from the Valley, who also happened to be eccentric characters. This talk will focus on the strange story of Dorothy Wrinch, a prominent English molecular biologist whose revolutionary research on protein in the early 20th century sparked a bizarre controversy within the scientific community. Most perplexingly, Wrinch insisted on maintaining her theory despite the fact that it was disproven. Wrinch moved the Valley in 1941 and lived and taught here until her death in 1976. Drawing on Wrinch’s collected papers and letters, this lecture will explore the life and work of this quirky scientist. Springfield Museums. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA ($)

Thursday, February 15, 6pm
TEXTILE ARTS/STORYTELLING
Quilting has a long history in North America going all the way back to the Colonial period. In early American history, imported fabrics were rare and expensive so families had to be able to save and preserve what materials they had. Quilts, made from scraps of old fabric, became a way to commemorate important events and passages of life, such as births and weddings. In many early American communities, quilting was an important communal activity, involving men, women, and children. Join award winning local artist Timna Tarr for a presentation of her quilts and a discussion of some of the stories that inspired them. Gaylord Memorial Library. 47 College Street, South Hadley, MA (FREE)

Thursday, February 15, 6-7pm
ICE SKATING/PERFORMANCE ART
Le Patin Libre is an award winning Canadian performance art company that pushes the boundaries of ice skating and dance! Founded in 2005, Le Patin Libre is committed to using ice skating as a means for self-expression and exploration of movement and dance. Now you can come learn from these masters of ice choreography at this special workshop, a part of Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, a ten day celebration of art. This workshop is open to both beginners and advanced skaters, ages 12 and above. Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires. 16 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA ($)

Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm
OPERA/MOZART
Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas in the world, with more than 3000 performances a year worldwide. If you are familiar with this spectacular piece, this will come as no surprise and if you haven’t heard it before, this is your opportunity to experience what all the fuss is about! In addition to the stirring, enchanting music, this story of goddesses, sorcerers, and a man dressed as a bird perfectly blends humor and adventure. The opera addresses powerful themes of enlightenment, absolutism, rationalism, and chaos. Recorded in 2016 at the world famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, fans of classical music and theater will not want to miss this presentation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Tower Theaters. 19 College Street, South Hadley, MA ($)

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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, February 16, 11am-3pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/CREATIVE FREE PLAY
Berkshire Museum is bringing children the opportunity to build, create, and improvise with its ever-popular Ten Days of Play. From February 16 to 25, the museum will be transformed into a massive play space for children to explore their creativity, featuring Legos, Bilderhoos architectural building sets, and magnetic Tegu blocks. Using these toys, children can create whatever is in their imaginations. These types of play and modular toys strongly benefit cognitive and social skills and encourage creativity. Children learn to collaborate with others and work in groups. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Friday, February 16, 6:30-8pm
NATURAL HISTORY/TRACKING
Bears have been worshipped as deities and ancestor spirits in cultures all around the world for 10,000 years! In many cultures bears have been worshipped for their size and strength and also because they can walk on two legs. Many native American cultures view bears as symbols of regeneration and rebirth and the ferocious protective devotion of mothers bears towards their cubs has also inspired veneration from traditional cultures in Europe and Asia. Come learn all about bear ecology, physiology, and tracks with acclaimed naturalist and expert tracker Sue Morse at this special talk all about bears at Berkshire Community College. The talk will also feature some of Morse’s incredible photographs. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, February 16, 8-10pm
CONTEMPORARY FIGURE SKATING/PERFORMANCE ART
Interested in learning about how ice skating has changed as an art form in recent years? Come witness the amazing creativity and athleticism of Le Patin Libre, a contemporary ice skating performance art group from Montreal, described by London Dance as a “fresh, ice-cool take on contemporary figure skating.” This show draws its inspiration equally from figure skating, theater, hip hop and other genres of contemporary dance. Le Patin Libre also brings the audience a unique experience by having them sit on the ice during the performance, creating a collaborative element. Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA ($$)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Belchertown, Buckland, Chicopee, Plainfield, Shelburne, Westhampton, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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