Suggested Events for April 7th – 13th, 2018

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April 7

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents The Little Mermaid, live on stage for two performances on April 7, 2018 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Don’t miss this extravagant production based on the fairy tale by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. Set to Camille Saint Saens’ musical score. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

April 7

On Saturday, April 7 from 10:30am-12:30pm, Nonotuck Community School will be throwing its annual Family Dance Party Fundraiser, this year featuring “Little Roots.” The event will take place at the Florence Community Center. Entrance fee will be $5 per person or $12 per family. Little Roots is a popular Valley kids band and hands-on interactive music program for children featuring professional musicians Annie Stevenson and Maggie Shar. We will also be joined by DJ Cookie Face. Community sponsors include Northampton Area Pediatrics, Finck & Perra’s Insurance Agency, Florence Savings Bank, and Craig Della Penna & Ilene Berezin from The Murphy’s Realtors.

April 11

The Montessori School of Northampton will host an evening open house on Wednesday, April 11, from 6-7:30. Now in its 41st year, the school educates students from the ages of 18 months through 14 years at its Bates Street, Northampton, campus. The open house will provide opportunities for parents to tour the school and meet the teachers, Head of School, and Director of Admission. Whether your child is just starting a regular program or transitioning into middle school, come find out why Montessori makes the difference! For more information, visit www.northamptonmontessori.org or call (413) 586-4538.

Jun 25-Jul 28

Learn the sport of rowing this summer with Northampton Community Rowing, offering a full range of summer rowing programs for kids & adults at their newly constructed facility on the Connecticut River in Northampton. The experienced and trained staff provide instruction for several youth rowing programs including multiple one week learn to row & learn to scull programs. Youth learn to row programs are open to anyone 14-18 years old. No experience is necessary. Not sure if this is for you? Try one of their Learn to Row Days. A full schedule of adult summer learn to row programs are also available. Youth Learn To Row Program Dates: June 25-30, July 9-14, July 16-21. Learn to Scull Program Date: July 23-28. 413-923-2923. info@hampcrew.com.

Jul 16-27

Hampshire College Summer Academic Programs is accepting applications for summer 2018. Students who will be high school juniors and seniors in fall 2018 are encouraged to apply and experience Hampshire College, located in Amherst. Get a sense of Hampshire’s innovative approach to learning and what life is like on Hampshire’s campus and in the classroom during the following two-week precollege programs, July 16-27: Blacksmithing, Jewelry Design, and Metal Fabrication; Design for a Better World; Immersion Spanish; Inside the Cell; Making Music for Film, Games, & Other Media; Social Media Literacy; The Craft of Documentary; The Science of Food; and Young Feminist Collaborative. Apply by Friday, April 13, 2018 to receive a 10% tuition discount. For more info: 413-559-6843; summer@hampshire.edu; precollege.hampshire.edu.

Jun 18-Aug 17

People can’t fly, but at the New England Center for Circus Arts they do. The impossible becomes possible – the person who is shy opens, the one who was introvert expresses, the child who is weak becomes powerful, the teen who is awkward finds grace. Find your strength. Their week long circus skills camps, in America’s newest custom circus trapezium, offer top-notch instruction in a noncompetitive environment that teaches confidence, communication skills, perseverance, self determination, and pride, as well as how to be a fabulous acrobat, aerialist, juggler or clown. Students work in groups by age and ability for the best learning experience and for our youngest students we include art activities and quiet time suited to their learning needs. Circus transforms! Come play! For more information, contact: 802-254-9780, info@necenterforcircusarts.org, www.necenterforcircusarts.org

Jun 4 – Aug 20

Live Animation and Drawing Classes Taught by a Former Disney Animator! Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran home school Dad, offers a 12 week, live – online Animation & Drawing Course for ages 11-18. Each assignment is given a review by a professional animator with feedback for the individual learning of each student! They are taking registrations now for the Summer Session, beginning June 4th! Hold your spot with a $50 registration fee. Their live and recorded classes – with grading – are $300. They also have a 2018 Fall Session starting Sept 17th; refer to the website for more information and to register.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 7 – 13, 2018

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Saturday, April 7, 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. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo celebrates the SKY and everything in it. She takes us through a whole day, from waking up with the sun to going to bed with the stars and the moon…and lots of fun stuff in between. She threads through poetry, history, and science into the hour and showcases a variety of music… from old classics to modern pop, jazz standards to popular children’s music. It’s a celebration of the sky with great tunes! 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, April 7, 8:30-11:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL/FUNDRAISER
There are very few foods that are as universal as the pancake. The earliest recorded references to pancakes come from ancient Greece, where they were eaten for breakfast with honey and curdled milk. These days, practically every country in the world has their own version of pancakes. Some are sweet, some are savoury but they are all vaguely circular and made with some kind of flour batter. One of the most spectacular kinds of pancakes in the world is injera, the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Made from teff flour, injera is a yeast based pancake with a unique spongy texture. In traditional Ethiopian cuisine, the meal is served on top of a “table cloth” of injera, which is used to scoop up the food. When the injera is gone, the meal is over. It is also notable that a form of pancake, often called bannock from the Scottish, is known among practically all indigenous North American tribes. These are made with corn, roots, bulbs, acorns, lard, and tree sap. Come enjoy some good old fashioned American pancakes, which of course are derived from European and other traditions, with a pancake breakfast, benefiting the Ashfield Community Preschool. First Congregational Church. 429 Main Street, Ashfield, MA ($)

Saturday, April 7, 10am-1pm
FARMERS MARKET/HERBALISM
Archeological data recording the use of herbal remedies in folk medicine goes back over 60,000 years and there are written herbal recipes that are up to 5,000 years old. The ancient Egyptians and Sumerians in particular, extensively documented the herbs and procedures they used in healing practices. The most famous of these documents is the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, which details recipes and herbal ingredients for over 700 different healing drugs and dates back to 1550 BCE. While it may seem like ancient history, herbalism as a medical practice is still alive and well for billions of human beings. In many parts of Africa and Asia today, up to 80 percent of the population still relies on herbalism and traditional medicine as their primary form of healthcare. It shouldn’t be surprising then that a large number of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants and that those plants are found to be almost as effective as the drugs, which they are used to produce. We are lucky enough to have access to some incredible herbalists working in the Pioneer Valley region. If you are passionate about herbal medicine or curious and interested to learn more about it, make sure to stop by White Buffalo Herbs at the Greenfield Winter Market. Court Square, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 10-11am
CONCERT/CHILDREN’S MUSIC
Music is an amazing way to teach children. Sarah Pirtle is a true local treasure. As a twelve year old, Sarah’s dream was to grow up and be like Pete Seeger. Since then she was played and taught music all over the world, served as the first Peace Education Director at Traprock Peace Center in Deerfield in the 1980s, not to mention becoming one of Pete Seeger’s grandson’s favorite musicians. Sarah has taught courses and workshops on peace, music, and ecology at the Findhorn ecovillage in Scotland, the Omega Institute, and the Rowe Conference Center, among others. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to see this legendary figure in the fields of ecological education and folk music perform live! Space is limited. Dancing welcome. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 10am-4pm
ENVIRONMENTALISM/VEGANISM
In 1977, former Greenpeace founding member Paul Watson organized the Sea Shepherds, or Earth Force Society, as it was known then. Horrified by the destruction of marine ecosystems, Watson and the Sea Shepherds began a campaign of protests and direct actions, primarily directed against whaling vessels. While the early history of the Sea Shepherds involved some controversial actions, including sinking a number of whaling ships, the organization currently functions in a law enforcement capacity, targeting ships that engage in actions that defy global conservation laws. In 2008, Animal Planet started filming a documentary series following the conflicts between the Sea Shepherds and illegal Japanese whaling fleets. The series, Whale Wars, became phenomenally popular and brought worldwide attention to the problem of illegal whaling. In 2014 the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must cease its illegal whaling activities. This saturday, members of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Sea Shepherds will be hosting Vegfest, an annual event celebrating veganism and bringing awareness to animal rights issues. Come taste delicious food, learn about local animal rights campaigns, and discuss the work that the Sea Shepherds are currently doing to defend marine conservation with local volunteers. For more information about this exciting event, visit Vegfest 2018. JFK Middle School. 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 10am-5pm
CONFERENCE/COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE
In the years following World War II, sustainable agricultural methods that had been used by human communities all over the world for thousands of years began to change rapidly. The vast majority of farms in the United States are currently practicing industrialized agriculture, defined by monoculture, meaning growing a single kind of food, and heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The consequences of this type of agriculture are devastating both for the environment and for human health. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an organization founded by MIT scientists in 1969 dedicated to using science to work for a healthier planet and society, the dangers of industrial agriculture for human health and safety include both acute and long term chronic illness due to exposure to chemical pesticides, fertilizer runoff leading to water contamination, which currently costs over 2 billion dollars annually in clean up costs, the massive overproduction of corn and soy products, which play a direct role in America’s obesity, heart disease, and diabetes epidemics, as well as the rapid growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which stems from the overuse of antibiotics in raising livestock. For more information about industrial agriculture, visit Union of Concerned Scientists. A huge component in changing farming policies is to inform and empower citizens to engage with agriculture in their own communities. This conference on democratizing the food system will feature panels on agriculture as activism and a tree walk, which will discuss foraging. Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA ($$)

Saturday, April 7, 10:30am-12:30pm
DANCE PARTY/FUNDRAISER
What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring and support local community education than by coming out and dancing and being silly! The Nonotuck Community School is having its annual Family Dance Party fundraiser. Since 1977, the Nonotuck Community School has been promoting self-esteem, creativity, individuality, and collaboration in children ages 15 months to 5 years. This event will feature beloved local children music group “Little Roots” as well as music by DJ Cookie Face. Florence Community Center. 150 Pine Street, Florence, MA ($)


Saturday, April 7, 11:30am-3:30pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/COMMUNITY DAY
The pictograph in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese that refers to the body forms the basis of the words for physique, system, and national polity. This emphasis on substance, form, and organization implied by the word for body is the focus of the exhibit “Modern Images of the Body From East Asia,” which traces changing conceptions of the body and its relation to larger socio-political themes in the past two hundred years. In contemporary East Asian culture, the physical body has come to represent changing senses of identity, artistic expression, and notions of what constitutes humanity. These works invite a deeper investigation into the history of colonialism in East Asia, the formation of the modern nation-state, the persistence of myth, and globalism. Come explore this exhibit and enjoy a day of musical performances, workshops, and other activities at the Smith College Museum of Art Community Day. All ages welcome, light refreshments provided. Smith College Museum of Art. 20 Elm Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 1pm
BALLET/LITTLE MERMAID
Thanks to the 1989 Disney film, many people are familiar with the story of the Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale, published in 1837, however, is much darker and more complex. In the story, the Little Mermaid wishes to obtain a human soul because while mermaids have longer lifespans, after death their souls turn to foam and disappear, while human souls live forever in heaven. She makes a deal with a sea witch, who gives her a potion that will give her legs and allow her to live in the human world. The spell also stipulates that every single step she takes on her new legs will bring her excruciating pain. If she succeeds in marrying a human prince, she will obtain a part of his immortal soul and live forever in heaven alongside him. If the prince marries someone else, however, the Little Mermaid will turn to foam and vanish immediately. Fans of ballet and folktales will not want to miss this lush, extravagant performance of “The Little Mermaid,” by the Pioneer Valley Ballet! Set to Camille Saint-Saens stirring musical score. Academy of Music. Northampton, MA ($$)

Saturday, April 7, 1-3pm
GEOCACHING/STEM
Geocaching is a fun and exciting form of outdoor recreation, in which people use their navigating skills to track down hidden boxes filled with surprises! The origins of this practice go back to Devonshire, England in 1854. A local guide hid a bottle somewhere out on the moors, where hikers could leave letters and postcards. Each hiker who found the bottle was responsible for mailing the letters. Over the years, more and more bottles and boxes appeared on the moors, usually in the most inaccessible and remote areas. The sport remains very popular in Devonshire to this day. Geocaching adds a high tech 21st century twist to this unique type of scavenger hunt. If you are interested in learning about geocaching and trying it out, check out this free geocaching 101 event. Participants will spend the first hour inside learning the ropes and then head out for an exciting group geocache hunt! Whately Public Library. 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 3pm
LEGOS/PRESENTATION
As of February of 2015, Lego has been considered “the world’s most powerful brand,” according to Brand Finance Consultants. To date 600 billion Lego pieces have been produced and has been used for fun and educational purposes in homes and classrooms all over the world. As a matter of fact, Legos have even visited outer space! In 2011, astronauts brought 13 Lego sets to the International Space Station to see how they would respond in zero gravity. Legos can be used to make truly incredible models, including a 112-foot tower and a full sized recreation of a “Star Wars” spaceship, which required 5 million pieces. For the last 24 years, Dan Steininger has been creating large scale models with Legos, becoming one of only 8 “master builders,” employed by Lego. Come hear Dan talk all about his experiences as a master builder and learn about how to create enormous Lego models. Springfield Symphony Hall. 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, April 7, 5:30-8:15pm
CULINARY STUDIES/RAMEN NOODLES
Did you know that ramen noodles, one of the most quintessentially Japanese dishes, actually originated in China? According to the Yokohama Ramen Museum, the dish came to Japan in 1859. The word ‘ramen’ itself is actually a transcription of the Chinese word ‘lamian,’ meaning a type of stretchy, thin, wheat based noodle. Chinese lamian recipes date back to the 1500s. After World War II, a huge influx of cheap American wheat flour led to an explosion in the popularity of ramen, culminating in Momofuko Ando’s legendary innovation of instant ramen noodles in 1958. According to a Japanese poll, this constituted the greatest Japanese invention of the twentieth century! If you are interested in trying some authentic ramen, featuring locally sourced ingredients, come check out Ramen Night, at Belly of the Beast in Northampton. Vegetarian option. Seating is limited! Belly of the Beast. 159 Main Street, Northampton, MA ($)

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Sunday, April 8, 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, April 8, 8am
DOG CARTING
Carting, also known as drafting, dryland mushing, or sulky driving, is a dog sport that is similar to sled racing but it is done with a wheeled cart. It is often used to keep sled dogs in shape during the warmer months. Historically, large breeds such as Swiss mountain dogs would pull carts carrying supplies, firewood, and even people! Carts may have two or four wheels. Come enjoy a day of carting tests at the Drafting/Carting Tests, hosted by the Swissy Club of New England. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Sunday, April 8, 11am-12:30pm
TREES/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
From the anti-inflammatory properties of birch leaves to the willow tree, which is one of the original sources of aspirin, trees have incredible healing powers. For thousands upon thousands of years, human beings have relied on bark, twigs, and sap to cure a host of ailments. As a matter of fact, modern medicine is only just catching up to what traditional communities have always known. Recently, scientists and medical researchers have discovered that trees emit an organic antimicrobial compound called phytoncides. These chemicals are used by trees to protect themselves from insects and diseases but, as it turns out, they have an incredible healing influence on human beings as well. Phytoncides have been shown to increase white blood cells, particularly the type that specializing in attacking cancerous cells and viruses. If you are interested in learning more about the incredible healing properties of trees, don’t miss this Tree Medicine Plant Walk. The Bower Studio. 378 Daniel Shays Highway, Pelham, MA ($)

Sunday, April 8, 2-4pm
FILM STUDIES/BERGMAN
Legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman shocked audiences when he released The Virgin Spring in 1960. When the film premiered several members of the audience walked out and many were crying. Nevertheless, the film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1961 and since has been considered among Bergman’s most powerful works. While in later years, the film inspired a number of derivative, exploitative, distasteful movies, The Virgin Spring succeeds both in realistically and insightfully examining some of the worst impulses within humanity and creating a work of art of sumptuous beauty. Featuring scenes of shocking brutality and violence, this savage film explores themes of vengeance, religious faith, the persistence of paganism in Christian Scandinavia, and guilt. The film centers around a horrific attack on a young woman and her anguished father’s spiritual crisis following his violent revenge upon her attackers. Bergman acknowledged that the film was his version of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s bloody tragedies. The film simultaneously presents two central conflicts: between Norse paganism and Christianity and between guilt and revenge. Evoking the visceral darkness and terror of Northern European folk tales, The Virgin Spring is an experience you will never forget. Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA ($)

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Monday, April 9, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, April 9, 5pm
LITERARY STUDIES/SHAKESPEARE
As Shakespeare wrote in his brilliant comedy As You Like It, “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” Much of Shakespeare’s work comments on the nature of wisdom and knowledge. From the existential doubts of Hamlet to the illusory dreamworld of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare often questioned both what we think we know and how we think we know it. As a true student of the human mind, his work often suggests that the nature of knowledge is unclear and perhaps unfathomable. The human mind provides no easy answers and is a mystery to itself. Dr. Marie Roche has written extensively on the subject of Shakespeare’s epistemology: the nature of language and how it contributes to the construction of our notions of thought. Join Dr. Roche for a discussion of Shakespeare and knowledge. The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies. 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, April 10, 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, April 10, 6-10pm
HEALTH AND WELLNESS/BREATHWORK
In contemporary health and wellness circles, Tummo, named after the ancient Tibetan goddess of fire and passion, refers to a form of breathwork and meditation designed to increase and generate inner heat. In recent years, the Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof has brought worldwide attention to this ancient practice. By using a particular series of breathing exercises, Hof has been able to achieve unbelievable physical feats, including running up Mount Everest only wearing shorts. Even more amazingly, by subjecting himself to rigorous scientific testing Hof has conclusively demonstrated that he is capable of consciously directing his own immune system. Studies on Wim Hof have shown that he seems to be able to adjust his heart rate, adrenaline levels, and blood alkalinity. The claims made by Wim Hof are so outrageous and amazing that they inspired journalist Scott Carney to go study Hof, with the aim of debunking his incredible stories. However, as he documents in his bestselling 2017 book What Doesn’t Kill Us, Carney’s time with Hof in fact persuaded him that indeed, these breathing methods can have profound health benefits. This workshop will explore similar breathwork and meditation techniques from around the world. SRUTI Berkshire Yoga Center. 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA ($$)

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30pm
BOOK CLUB
American novelist Lisa See has dedicated her career to telling the stories of the Chinese-American experience in the 20th century and beyond. Her first book, a memoir entitled On Gold Mountain, documents 100 years of the history of her family, centering around her great-grandfather. See’s great-grandfather came to the United States, like many other Chinese immigrants, searching for “gold mountain,” the Cantonese term for North America as a site of unimaginable riches. While so many other Chinese immigrants struggled in vain to achieve this goal, See’s great-grandfather achieved it, becoming the richest man in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. See’s 2017 novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane continues the authors exploration of the Chinese-American experience. Come meet with others and discuss this beautiful, haunting novel at Storrs Library “Read Around Town Book Club.” Bertucci’s Restaurant. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, April 10, 7-9pm
BENEFIT CONCERT
The history of the Cushman Market in Amherst goes back to 1892! George Cogswell bought the land and built a small market, which has been in existence in one form or another ever since. At the time that Cogswell built the original Cushman Market, the neighborhood was a bustling industrial center known as the City of North Amherst. Things in Cushman have changed a lot in last hundred years but the market is still there. Come celebrate the legacy of the Cushman Market and help raise money for Berkshire Wildlife Services with an evening of jazz and delicious homemade chili! Cushman Market and Cafe. 491 Pine Street, Amherst, MA ($)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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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, April 11, 10am-1pm
ECOLOGY/VERNAL POOLS
Vernal pools are a vital part of our local ecosystem. These temporary pools, created by spring snowmelt, are an ideal site for many amphibian and insect species to breed due to the absence of predatory fish. These pools are a safe place for young salamander and fairy shrimp, among others. Most of the species that breed in vernal pools spend the majority of their lives hundreds of feet from the pools and then travel down during mating season. Therefore, the areas surrounding vernal pools are equally important for conversation. Come learn all about salamanders, frogs, and other species that rely on vernal pools with this moderate walk at Alford Springs. For more information and directions to the site, please visit Vernal Pools Walk. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 11, 11am-2pm
LOCAL HISTORY/WALK
Authorized as a national park in 2014, Coltsville National Historical Park was originally built as the headquarters for the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company in 1855. The largest building in New England at the time, Coltsville housed the armory complex as well as two ‘villages,’ where employees lived and enjoyed the beautiful parks. For years, the Colt factory was the most technologically advanced manufacturing plant in the country and played a huge role in the local economy. Anyone with an interest in local history will not want to miss this walking tour of one of our region’s most well-known sites. Colt Armory Complex. Springfield, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, April 11, 6-7:30pm
EVENING OPEN HOUSE
The Montessori School of Northampton will host an evening open house on Wednesday, April 11, from 6-7:30. Now in its 41st year, the school educates students from the ages of 18 months through 14 years at its Bates Street, Northampton, campus. The open house will provide opportunities for parents to tour the school and meet the teachers, Head of School, and Director of Admission. Whether your child is just starting a regular program or transitioning into middle school, come find out why Montessori makes the difference! For more information, visit www.northamptonmontessori.org or call (413) 586-4538. Northampton, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, April 12, 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, April 12, 5:30-6:30pm
TAROT/HISTORY
The form of divination known as ‘tarot’ began in Europe in the 15th century as a popular parlour game. To this day, it is the second most popular card game in France. While the rules are extremely complex, they have remained virtually unchanged over hundreds of years. The game resembles other trick-taking games like bridge and hearts. In 1789, French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette popularized the game as a form of divination. Alliette drew inspiration for his tarot deck from the legendary Book of Thoth, a mythical book of magical spells, which allegedly included a spell that allowed human beings to speak directly to the gods. If you are interested in tarot, this beginner’s workshop will teach you how to arrange and read cards. New Moon Gifts. 5 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, MA ($$)

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Friday, April 13, 2018

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Friday, April 13, 4-8pm
MUSEUM ADVENTURES/BOTANY
Spring is finally here and the flowers will soon be blooming again! Celebrate the beginning of spring with an evening of free activities at the Smith College Museum of Art centering around botany. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own block prints from real leaves and flowers from the renowned Smith College Botanical Garden. You can also enjoy a guided gallery talk featuring pieces from the permanent collection. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit Smith College Museum of Art Free Second Friday. Smith College Museum of Art. Northampton, MA (FREE)

Friday, April 13, 5-8pm
ARTS NIGHT OUT
Come celebrate an evening of art, herbalism, music, and magic! “Emergence,” an exciting new exhibition of works by local artist Rae Maltz, explores the intersections between art, magic, nature, and queerness. Rae’s work seeks to identify the latent interconnectedness of the world, through sacred patterns and engagement with the earth. This event will also feature music from local fiddler Zoe Darrow, fire cupping demonstrations, tea, snacks, and a fun herbal activity. For more information and a complete list of participants, visit Arts Night Out at Acadia Herbals. Acadia Herbals. 2 Conz Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Friday, April 13, 7:30-9pm
COMMUNITY SINGING/KIRTAN
Few things are as therapeutic and wholesome for the body and soul as joining your voice in song with others! Kirtan is a devotional form of call and response singing originating in the ancient Indian Vedic tradition. With Earth Day around the corner, this kirtan will celebrate songs of healing for humanity and the earth. You don’t need to consider yourself to be a great singer and you certainly don’t need to know Sanskrit. This kirtan is accessible, informal and everyone is welcome. Green River Yoga. 158 Main Street, Greenfield, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

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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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