Suggested Events for May 19th – 25th, 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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Health & Wellness Directory

Are you in the business of improving people’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health and well-being? Hilltown Families is offering service providers a chance to spread the word about your services with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. We are connecting Western MA families with the health and wellness resources we need, while also supporting the businesses that make our local economy thrive. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in this list, click HERE to find more information or to fill out our easy sign-up form. You can also reach out to our helpful Program Manager, Courtney Supple-Benoit, with any questions. We encourage our burgeoning entrepreneurs, small business-owners, non-profit managers, and even our large institutional neighbors to reach out and get connected with us – and families throughout Western MA!

Recent Grad? Retired Manager or Executive? Current Job Not Feeding Your Passion? You Could Be Our Next Leader!

Hilltown Families 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.

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!

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May 19

Jamie Kent returns home to make his Academy of Music headlining debut! With plenty of surprise guests, and a very special collaboration (and fundraiser) with the JFK Middle School Jazz Band in store, this is a show not to be missed! Named by RollingStone.com as an “Artist You Need To Know”, and dubbed a “Must Watch Artist” by The Huffington Post, one might say the future of Jamie Kent looks quite promising. Kent has toured with legendary acts like Huey Lewis & The News and The Doobie Bros. His latest album “All American Mutt”, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Charts and was the only independent artist to break into the Top 20 at the time. Check out homegrown Jamie Kent and support the JFK Middle School Jazz Band this Saturday night in Northampton! Tickets are available at aomtheatre.com.

Jul 2-Jul 19

Summer is just around the corner! Western Mass Summer Soccer Academy is for girls and boys ages 6-14. Held at Look Park, the academy features special trainings with New England Revolution Academy Coaches to improve skills, promote team play and have fun! Campers will also experience plyometrics training to improve speed, agility and quickness. For more information, call 413-250-7460, email escagel@comcast.net, or visit www.westernmassathletics.com.

Jul 16 – Aug 8

The 2018 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 8th outdoor, traveling spectacle Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice work, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 16 – Aug 8, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mtn Resort: Aug 4-7. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. For info, visit hilltownyouth.org, email hilltownyouth@gmail.com, or call 413-387-8783.

USA Waste and Recycling is a family owned and operated business that provides the best Waste and Recycling removal services in the area! They are offering one month of free residential collection services to NEW customers! For EXISTING customers: refer a new customer and receive a free month as well! USA Waste & Recycling is offering this free service to residents of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, and Belchertown. They are also currently offering $25 off dumpsters for spring cleaning! Dumpsters must be delivered by August 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.usarecycle.com, email services@usarecycle.com, or call their outstanding customer service center at 1-800-998-2984 to subscribe!

Puzzled Escape Games, in Easthampton, has been rated the number one escape game in Massachusetts, and it’s because we are different. Not only do we offer the only kids escape game experience in the state, we also prioritize set dressing, storyline, and a fully immersive experience. You and your team are completely immersed in the experiment, and one of our rooms even includes a live after! Come see what all the hype is about and bring your friends, family, or coworkers for an amazing experience they won’t forget. Birthday parties and team-building packages are available. We look forward to hosting your group! For info, call (413) 203-5519 or visit www.puzzledescapegames.com.

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advertise with Hilltown FamiliesOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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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
May 19th – 25th, 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 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. This weekend, we’re offering up a STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 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, May 19, 8:30am-2:30pm
GARDENING/PLANT SALE
As botanist and indigenous storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, “In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.'” Indeed, the plants that surround us give us innumerable gifts and that relationship is meant to be reciprocal. Human beings have co-evolved with all of the other living organisms on this planet. In other words, we are what we are as a species precisely because of our interconnectedness with other species. The Garden Club of Amherst Annual Plant Sale is a great opportunity to take home a perennial to develop your own loving, caring relationship with. Care for the things that care for us! Amherst Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 9am-7pm
AGRICULTURE/OPEN HOUSE
Local farmer Ryan Voiland started his first farm in his own backyard when he was 12 years old. He even got it certified organic! Since opening Red Fire Farm in 2001, Voiland and his team have been providing delicious organic produce to the entire Valley, from Springfield to Greenfield. Red Fire Farm is committed to organic farming practices, farmland conservation, training a new generation of farmers, and giving back to the community. Come celebrate Red Fire Farm was they kick off their summer season, featuring tastings, door prizes, and lots more! Red Fire North. 485 Federal Street, Montague, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 10am-5pm
LIVING HISTORY/FESTIVAL
When the Massachusetts Bay Colony was established in 1629, there were only 400 settlers. By 1640, 20,000 more had arrived and settlements had begun to spring up all over the region. During this period the area around the Connecticut River was settled and the town of Longmeadow was first established in 1644! Come celebrate Longmeadow’s rich colonial history with a weekend-long festival on the Town Green. As a fundraiser for the Longmeadow Historical Society, the 39th annual Long Meddowe Days features historical reenactments, vendors, architectural tours, and fun for the whole family. Town Green. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 10am-5pm
AGRICULTURE/FESTIVAL
Founded in 2008, Just Roots Farm is devoted to increasing knowledge about farming and local produce in Franklin County. Located at the site of the Town of Greenfield Poor Farm from 1849 until the 1950s, Just Roots continues the tradition of making delicious, fresh produce available to all members of the community. Come celebrate the beginning of the 2018 growing season at Just Roots Farm with a whole day of workshops, live music, farm tours, yoga, delicious food, and a wide variety of vendors from local artisans and educational organizations. For a full list of events, please visit Just Roots Farm. Just Roots. 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield, MA ($)

Saturday, May 19, 11am-12:30pm
LIVING HISTORY/FASHION
During the Victorian Era, restrictive gender roles kept many women confined in their homes. As such, much women’s clothing from the period was staggeringly impractical and non-utilitarian. Bustles, cage crinoline dresses, and the infamous corset were heavily favored at the time, although especially in the case of the corset, the fact that it contributed to spinal injury and rib deformation eventually caused it fall out of fashion. Nevertheless, the degree of accessories and ornamentation seen in Victorian dress can hardly be matched at any other point in history. Anyone with an interest in British history or fashion won’t want to miss this presentation by fashion historian and performance artist Kandie Carle! Kandie will be demonstrating the incredibly laborious process that many women went through just in order to get dressed in the morning, as well as discussing the purpose and appropriate social setting for each item. Holyoke Public Library. 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 11am-12pm
HISTORY/GENEALOGY
Thanks to the internet and cheap genealogy kits, more and more people are becoming fascinated by amazing stories of secret royal ancestors or dark family mysteries. Especially in the United States, a nation comprised almost exclusively of immigrants, the stories of how we got here tend involve lots of twists and turns. This presentation by genealogist Keren Weiner will focus on ways that you can search through old ship records to find passenger lists. These documents provide a detailed look into the lives of our ancestors, as well as the history of this country. Berkshire Museum. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Saturday, May 19, 1-3pm
MATHEMATICS/GAMES
Rubik’s Cube was invented by Hungarian sculptor and architect Erno Rubik. It quickly became massively popular all around the world and is considered to be the best selling toy in the world to this day. The cube has 8 corners and 12 edges and the total number of permutations is 43 quintillion, a number so immensely vast that if there were that many Rubik’s Cubes they would cover the earth’s surface 275 times. Solving this challenging puzzle requires using complex algorithms, which correspond to important mathematical formulas. Come learn how to solve Rubik’s Cube at this free workshop! Cube provided! This event is appropriate for children grades 6-12. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 3pm
COMEDY/IMPROV
Come enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly laughs! Happier Valley Comedy is a local improv comedy group that focuses on fostering a creative and accepting atmosphere. Incorporating audience suggestions and participation, each show is unique and spontaneous. This show is appropriate for children ages 5-12. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA ($)

Saturday, May 19, 3:30-5:30pm
VOLUNTEERING/GARDENING
Have you ever wanted to learn about raised bed gardening? There’s no better way to learn than by doing! Raised-bed gardening has many advantages, namely: extending the planting season, reducing weeds, and they can also be used in places where there is poor quality soil or urban areas where there is no soil at all. The Berkshire Athenaeum is building their first community garden and they need volunteers to come help constructing raised beds, transplant seedlings, and sow seeds. This is a great way to learn how to do raised bed gardening and help build a great community resource. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 19, 6-9pm
FUNDRAISER/COMMUNITY MEAL
Are you a bicycling enthusiast? You won’t want to miss this great fundraiser BBQ for to raise money for the Holyoke Urban Bike School! HUBS is a youth leadership development program, teaching teenagers safe riding practices and bike repair and mechanics. If you want to learn about bikes HUBS is the place to go! Enjoy delicious meat and vegan BBQ and support this amazing local resource. Laughing Dog Bicycles. 63 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, May 19, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm
FUNDRAISER/COMMUNITY EVENT
Jamie Kent returns home to make his Academy of Music headlining debut! With plenty of surprise guests, and a very special collaboration (and fundraiser) with the JFK Middle School Jazz Band in store, this is a show not to be missed! Named by RollingStone.com as an “Artist You Need To Know”, and dubbed a “Must Watch Artist” by The Huffington Post, one might say the future of Jamie Kent looks quite promising. Kent has toured with legendary acts like Huey Lewis & The News and The Doobie Bros. His latest album “All American Mutt”, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Charts and was the only independent artist to break into the Top 20 at the time. Check out homegrown Jamie Kent and support the JFK Middle School Jazz Band this Saturday night in Northampton! Tickets are available at aomtheatre.com. Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, May 19, 8-10pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/CONCERT
Come enjoy an evening of local music, in the comforting, cozy atmosphere of the Montague Bookmill. A perfect intimate venue, concerts at the Bookmill feature both nationally renowned artists and local musicians. This saturday, following the Montague Music Festival, come hear a second set by local favorites Vimana and The Big Why. Mixing contemporary politics and social justice with psychedelic rock, funk, and jazz, this show is sure to get you grooving and thinking. The Montague Bookmill. 440 Old Greenfield Road, Montague, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)

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Sunday, May 20, 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, May 20, 10am-1:30pm
FUNDRAISER/FUN RUN
Whole Children is a local organization that provides fun, social activities for children and teens of all abilities, with a particular focus on those with special needs. The programs and events that Whole Children offers always have a built in educational component. Come support the amazing work that Whole Children is doing in our community with the 4th Annual Wild Goose Chase and kids carnival! In between races, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. Get your face painted and practice your sweet yo-yo skills with the A2Z Science and Learning Store’s yo-yo crew. Local food trucks will be there and live music, as well. This is a wonderful way to celebrate children and our local community. Look Park. Florence, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday, May 20, 10:30am
RELIGION STUDIES/HARVEST FESTIVAL
The origins of the Jewish holiday Shavuot are derived from the ancient Israelite wheat harvest festival. For the ancient Israelites, the grain harvest lasted for seven weeks. The harvest season begins Passover, which marked the beginning of the barley harvest and Shavuot comes at the end of the grain harvest season. Many Jewish communities around the world celebrate Shavuot by eating dishes featuring dairy and the holiday is also frequently observed by decorating homes with plants and flowers. If you are interested in learning more about Shavuot and experiencing this wonderful holiday, you won’t want to miss this Family Shavuot Celebration at Abundance Farm! Abundance Farm. 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

Sunday, May 20, 11:30am-12:30pm
RELIGION STUDIES/BICYCLES
For Rev. Laura Everett, bicycling is a profound spiritual experience. In her new book “Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels,” she describes how her daily 6-mile bicycle commute through the hectic, labyrinthine streets of downtown Boston became a spiritual practice for her. In the first place, Everett writes, bicycling puts you in an inherently vulnerable position, which can be an intensely humbling experience. Everett has been active, for instance, in participating in ‘ghost bike’ services for cyclists who have died on the road. Secondly, bicycling in congested urban environments unavoidably forces you to confront anger, which Everett sees as as important part of spiritual work. Finally, the routine and commitment of a daily bike commute gives Everett a sense of spiritual discipline, observing how people and places change from day to day. Every year Laura Everett holds a ‘blessing of the bicycles’ event, in which she anoints bicycles with holy oil and now this wonderful celebration of bicycles and spirituality is coming to the Valley. The First Church of Deerfield. 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA (FREE)

Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm
ART STUDIES/SPRING CELEBRATION
The Three Sisters Sanctuary, as seen on the Travel Channel, is one of the areas best kept secrets. There is truly no place like it on earth. This incredible garden has been transformed by the creative work of local artist Richard Richardson and others into a magical world where trees come to life and dragons breathe fire. Join Richardson and other local artists for a special spring celebration at the Sanctuary. If you have never been to the Three Sisters Sanctuary, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out. Three Sisters Sanctuary. 188 Cape Street, Goshen, MA ($)

Sunday, May 20, 4-5:30pm
CLASSICAL MUSIC/RUSSIA
Russia has produced many of the greatest composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Modest Mussorgsky is no exception. A member of ‘the Mighty Bunch,’ a group of five 19th century Russian composers who worked to define a uniquely Russian aesthetic in classical music, Mussorgsky’s music breaks with many of the musical conventions of the time and has been a key inspiration for Russian composers since. Mussorgsky’s crowning achievement is the visionary ten piece piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Inspired by an exhibition of drawings and watercolors by artist Viktor Hartmann, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is made up of a brief musical exploration of each picture, which vividly bring to life such images as the witch Baba Yaga and her house on chicken legs, a creeping gnome, children playing at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, and the ancient heroes of Kiev returning in triumph. Few musical works have been able to so powerfully convey visual art. Any opportunity to hear “Pictures at an Exhibition” should not be missed! This performance will also feature work by Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. For more information, please visit From Russia With Love. Academy of Music Theatre. 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA ($)

Sunday, May 20, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/SPAIN
Pedro Almodovar is one of Spain’s most successful and decorated filmmakers. Over the course of the last 30 years, Almodovar has won two Academy Awards, as well as a host of awards from international film organizations. To date, he has directed over twenty films. Almodovar has established a unique, distinctive style that is easily recognizable. In addition to exploring a number of consistent themes, such as sexuality, melodrama, and transgression, Almodovar’s films are defined by an aesthetic that relies on bold colors and creative camera angles. Almodovar’s 1999 film All About My Mother won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The film tells the story of a woman who struggles with the death of her son, while she journeys to Barcelona to find his father. This is a powerful, visually striking film that you won’t want to miss! Part of the Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. Looky Here. 28 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA (FREE)

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Monday, May 21, 2018

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Storyhour & Playgroups: East Longmeadow, Pelham & Whately

Monday, May 21, 9:30am
HERBALISM/SERVICE BASED LEARNING
Are you passionate about herbalism? Want to learn more? This is the event for you! In the 10th century Anglo-Saxon poem “Nine Herbs Charm,” it is written: “A snake came crawling, it bit a man. / Then Woden took nine glory-twigs, / Smote the serpent so that it flew into nine parts. / There apple brought this pass against poison, / That she nevermore would enter her house.” This poem is a perfect example of the intimate knowledge of herbs and plants that human communities have cultivated since time immemorial. Among the nine herbs listed in the poem are many that are still actively used by herbalists today. Come get to know some of the plants and herbs, as well as the humans who harvest and work with them, at the Clearpath Herbals Garden Work Day. All ages and skill sets welcome. Clearpath Herbals. 115 Old Sunderland Road, Montague, MA (FREE)

Monday, May 21, 12-1pm
NATURAL HISTORY/URBAN FORESTRY
The medieval Welsh poem “The Battle of the Trees” tells the story of a wizard who ensorceled the trees of a forest to fight for him. The poem describes a number of the trees and certain identifying attributes or qualities possessed by them. For hundreds of years, this cryptic poem has been subject to much interpretation and analysis. In the early 20th century, Robert Graves suggested that the trees correspond to the letters of an ancient Gaelic alphabet and contained hidden messages and secrets. It’s not surprising that many ancient communities personified trees, they are all so unique and many seem to express their own personalities. Come learn about the kinds of trees you can see in urban environments, their identifying characteristics and natural history at this Free Educational Tree Walk! The Common Park. 100 First Street, Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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Tuesday, May 22, 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, May 22, 11am-12pm
YOGA/PARENTING SUPPORT
Having a new baby at home is a wonderful time but it also brings stresses and challenges. Take this opportunity to indulge in some self-care with yoga for parents and babies, hosted by It Takes a Village! This class will focus on supporting and strengthening any parts of the body that need particular care. And be sure to bring a blanket for baby! Afterwards, come check out the Village Closet for anything you might need at home. It Takes a Village. 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA (FREE)

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8pm
FUNDRAISER/RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Pa’lante is a local grassroots organization dedicated to supporting restorative justice in Holyoke’s public schools, through youth empowerment and developing student voices and leadership. Thanks to Pa’lante’s student leaders, suspension rates in the school system have been drastically reduced and many students have been able to get the social and emotional support they need. Come learn more about the work Pa’lante has been doing in our community and help strategize ways to raise funds for the organization to continue! Holyoke High School. 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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Wednesday, May 23, 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, May 23, 7-8:30pm
ECOLOGY/BOOK CLUB
Robin Wall Kimmerer’s 2013 book Braiding Sweetgrass is one of the most significant works of contemporary ecology. Combining her expertise as a professor of plant ecology and her background in traditional ecological knowledge, Kimmerer presents a framework for understanding our relationship with the environment in both scientific and cultural terms. Ultimately, Kimmerer’s work seeks to remind us that we have much to learn from all living things and that the non-human world has a voice. We only have to listen to it, as we used to and as many traditional communities still do, in order to gain a richer understanding of ourselves and our world. Come discuss this power work at the Hitchcock Center Book Club. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 845 West Street, Amherst, MA (FREE)

Wednesday, May 23, 7-8:30pm
BOOK LAUNCH/HISTORY
The mid-19th century Opium War was perhaps the most decisive event in the history of the relationship between China and the West. After the British opium trade in China led to an addiction epidemic, the Chinese government banned the opium trade and the British responded with military force. The result of this conflict was the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, one of the world’s largest empires, which had ruled China for four hundred years. As UMass history professor Stephen Platt argues in his new book Imperial Twilight: The Opium War And The End Of China’s Last Golden Age the fall of the Qing Dynasty put the forces in motion that would ultimately lead to the rise of Chinese nationalism and communism. Come listen to professor Platt discuss his book and the implications of the Opium Wars on contemporary American-Chinese relations. Broadside Bookshop. 247 Main Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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Thursday, May 24, 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, May 24, 6:30pm
LITERARY STUDIES/HISTORY
Historical fiction is one of the most popular genres of literature, due to its ability to bring characters and events from the past to life. Historical fiction, when its done right, can really transport the reader to another time and place and teach them about history at the same time. If you are a writer who is interested in learning more about the kind of research that goes into writing works of historical fiction, this event is for you! Author M.P. Barker will be discussing some of the ways that she recreates rural 19th century New England in her own fiction. Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

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Friday, May 25, 2018

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

Friday, May 25, 1-2:30pm
CREATIVE FREE PLAY/LEGOS
Legos are one of the most popular toys in the world and for everyone who grew up with them, it’s easy to see why. These fun architectural blocks can be used to build practically anything and for a child with a creative imagination, Legos can open up a whole world of creative free play. If you’ve got a Lego fan at home, bring them down to the Library Lego Lady, where they will have hundreds of thousands of blocks to create whatever they can imagine. Greenfield Public Library. Greenfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, May 25, 7pm
DANCE/INTERGENERATIONAL
You can never be too old or too young to express yourself through dance! This show, on Friday and Saturday, by the Valley Multigenerational Dance Projectpresents a new movement based performance, featuring dancers ages 11-73. After the show stick around for a community discussion about the performances and the relationship between age and creativity. Come early and meet the performers! Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA ($)

Friday, May 25, 7-9pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/CLUE
Do you love the board game Clue? Ever dreamed of acting the game out in real life? Well, dream no more! At this live action game of Clue, you will arrive to find the butler murdered and teammates, who have been preassigned characters, will have to figure out who did it, with what weapon, in which room. Live out your childhood Clue fantasies! Champagne and appetizers included. For more information and to register by May 18, please visit Live Action Clue. Naumkeag. Stockbridge, 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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