51 Suggested Events in Western MA: January 26 – February 1, 2019

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Jan 27

The Science and Spirit of Buddhist Parenting with Dr. Christopher Willard, Sunday, January 27, 10am-3pm, at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley at Eastworks in Easthampton. Many parents are looking for ways to pass on to our children the dharma-inspired values we find so healing and helpful in our own lives. Join author, psychologist, and father Dr. Chris Willard in a workshop about integrating Buddhist principles into family life, from mindfulness to compassion and beyond. Participants will discuss and practice Buddhist principles as they relate to parenting and family. Suggested contribution: $25-$50 plus a donation to the teacher. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-and-spirit-of-buddhist-parenting-registration-53391963801

Open House Feb 2

Awaken your child’s capacities! Resiliency, imagination, and a solid inner compass grow from an inspired curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: these are rooted traditions. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child a foundation for the future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Winter Open House, Saturday, February 2nd, 10 am to noon. All are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org.

Feb 3

Wild Life: A Center School Open House, open to everyone! Join the school on Sunday, February 3 from 12noon-4pm, for an afternoon of animal and nature-based activities. Participate in a family hike or outdoor challenge with Venture Out. Meet a collection of special, rescued animals. (See a lynx, lemur, pearl fox, paca and more.) Watch a screening of “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age.” Participate in environmental activism. All classrooms will be open, and teachers will be leading science, nature, and animal-based activities for kids ages 2-13. Meet Center School teachers and families. Enjoy light refreshments and community. All are welcomed. See the website for full schedule details: centerschool.net.

Jun 17-26

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp in Hadley, MA, lets children slow down and savor the summer! Campers feed the goats, collect eggs, make cheese, card wool and enjoy carefree days with other “young farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors allow campers to enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children to be more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. Camp Dates: June 17-July 26, 2019 (no camp July 4th week); Age Range: 4-12yo; For more information: 413-586-1908 x116. farmcamp@hartsbrook.org. www.hartsbrook.org

MARKET 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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our  Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA., Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦  If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 26 – February 1, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

Saturday, January 26, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Though the possibility of train travel in western Massachusetts feels new and exciting, railroads have been an important part of the region’s history. By visiting museums, exploring local landmarks, and following the former paths of trains, families can dig deep into the history of the development of communities across western Massachusetts! Read more in our post 6 Community-Based Resources: Train Travel with Local History.

Saturday, January 26, 9am-5pm – Model railroad fans from throughout New England and beyond come together to share their passion for trains of all sizes at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition. A great intergenerational hobby, model trains can support a variety of interests, from history to carpentry to economics to set design. 413-267-4555. 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 10-11am – Saturday Storytime: Sock Puppets in Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 10am-12noon – Build Your SumoBot at Holyoke Codes. Ages 8+. Holyoke, MA

Saturday, January 26, 10am-4pm – First Book Friendiversary at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 10am-5pm – Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas opens at the Springfield Museums. Using a combination of captivating computer simulations and incredible lifelike models, this interactive exhibition reveals how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed and highlights new research by leading scientists from around the world. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 11am-7pm – Free Day at MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA

Saturday, January 26, 12:30-3pm – Pleasant Valley Snowshoe Hike. Lenox, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 1-2pm – Who’s Been Here? Tracking Adventure at Great Falls Discovery Center. Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 1-4pm –Clothing Swap at Sacred Roots Healing. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 2-3pm – Captain Daniel Shays & America’s First Nonviolent Protest at Springfield Armory. On January 25, 1787, Daniel Shays marched 1200 farmers and veterans into Springfield to try to resolve a dispute over the government’s unjust taxes. Join author Dan Bullen as he discusses this historic event which ultimately led to the drafting of the constitution and the Bill of Rights. Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory St Suite 2, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 2-4pm – Did you know that we are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year? Only a fraction of the plastic that we create is ever recycled, so where does all that plastic end up and how does it impact our environment? Get curious and bring your questions to a special screening of the documentary film, “A Plastic Ocean.” A discussion will follow. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, January 26, 4pm – Experience the Book Event: Slughorn’s Muggle Slug Club. Step through the back door of the Greenfield Public Library and enter Hogwarts in Hiding. Potions will play a big part in this interactive play! Find treats under the Honeydukes sign and hone your wizarding skills. Professor Slughorn will host, with assistance from other Hogwarts faculty and Prefects. Wear robes or Muggles best and be sure to call to sign up. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.


Sunday, January 27, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!

Sunday, January 27, 9:30am-4pm – Visitors to the Old Sturbridge Village will be treated to a self-guided story experience where the residents of 19th-century New England prepare for a winter celebration – a Grand Ball, filled with “Winter Warmth and Cheer!” In the buildings around the Village common, costumed historians will talk about and demonstrate how early 19th-century New Englanders would have prepared for such a rare yet special event. See if your local library has a free lending museum pass! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 10am-3pm – The Science and Spirit of Buddhist Parenting with Dr. Christopher Willard at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley at Eastworks. Many parents are looking for ways to pass on to our children the dharma-inspired values we find so healing and helpful in our own lives. Join author, psychologist, and father Dr. Chris Willard in a workshop about integrating Buddhist principles into family life, from mindfulness to compassion and beyond. Participants will discuss and practice Buddhist principles as they relate to parenting and family. Suggested contribution: $25-$50 plus a donation to the teacher. Easthampton MA.

Sunday, January 27, 10am-5pm – Model railroad fans from throughout New England and beyond come together to share their passion for trains of all sizes at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition. Real-life railroads, scale model railroads, historical societies, art shows, flea market dealers, and photographers are all featured. 413-267-4555. 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Differing from regular mending in that it’s meant to be seen, visible mending offers a creative take on clothing repair. Possible to do with just a few basic sewing skills, visible mending offers a great fix for the inevitable rips, tears, and threadbare patches that well-loved clothing inevitably experiences – plus it’s an easy way to upcycle! Read more in our post, Visible Mending Blends Fiber Arts with Sustainability.

Sunday, January 27, 12noon– 3:30pmJanuary Repair in Amherst! Kick off 2019 by fixing and mending your broken things and ripped jeans! Tools, staff, know-how, and enthusiasm provided. Learn a skill or two while you’re at it! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 1-3pm – Celebrating Freedom: Democracy in Action. Gather at Berkshire Community College to hear words and music of courage and resilience to empower us to continue to stand up against bigotry and prejudice. Take action and take part in creating a powerful message through art. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 2pm – Native Voices: Recovering American Histories at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 2pm – UMass Men’s Basketball vs. Rhode Island. UMass Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 2pm – Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women. (Spoiler: It wasn’t all about quilting bees and spinning wheels!) A humorous, informative presentation, best for teens and lifelong learners. Southwick Town Hall Auditorium. 413-569-2012. 434 College Highway. Southwick, MA.

Sunday, January 27, 2pm – Community Music School of Springfield presents the internationally acclaimed Apple Hill String Quartet in concert as part of the CMSS Classical Chamber Series. The Quartet will be joined by the pianist Mikael Darmanie, and the group will play works by Gabriel Fauré, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Florence Price. Community Music School of Springfield. 413-723-8428. 127 State Street, Springfield, MA.


Monday, January 28, 1-4pm – Basic Nature Drawing Skills at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, January 28, 2-6pm – DIY Bike Repair at Make-It Springfield. Do you have a bike in the basement/garage that could use a little love? Hate spending all that money at a bike shop when you know you could probably do it yourself? Drop-in anytime and get your questions answered and your repairs taken care of by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring a bike or just your questions. All ages welcome. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.

Monday, January 28, 3pm – Teen Arts Program: Soap Making Basics. Forbes Library. Northampton, MA.

Monday, January 28, 3:30-4:30pm – Brick Builders Club at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Easthampton, MA.

Monday, January 28, 6-7pm – SciTech Café presents: How the Universe Ends. How will the Universe end? How do we know? What’s going to happen to the Earth? What will astronomers of the future see? Is there any hope for a Universe that lasts forever? Dr. Katherine Mack a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology will present. SciTech Cafe events are open all those with curious minds regardless of age and background. Union Station. 413-341-3161. 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.


Tuesday, January 29, 10am-12noon – Forensics. Four-week Homeschool Family STEAM session begins at the Berkshire Museum. Dive into the world of scientific investigations, and discover the skills required to solve crimes while also proving innocence or guilt. Ages 6-12. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

With chilly temperatures and icicles, we have the perfect winter for some great snow studies this year! Read more in our post, Snow Studies: Crystals & Frost.

Tuesday, January 29, 10am-2pm – Homeschool Discovery Day: Snowflakes and Crystals. Have you ever taken the time to notice the beauty of a snowflake? Learn about “Snowflake” Bentley, who spent his life photographing snowflakes, appreciate how these and other crystals form, and go on a winter adventure! Ages 6-12. This is designed as a drop-off program. Limited to 12 participants per program. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, January 29, 6-8pm – Raising Youth in the Age of Legal Marijuana. Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, it is more important than ever for parents, mentors, teachers, and guardians to understand how our youth may be impacted. Free presentation hosted by Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Communities that Care Coalition. Baystate Franklin Medical Center. 164 High St, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30-9pm – Film Screening: Dark Money. Dark Money, a non-partisan, 97-minute political thriller and PBS documentary, examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the story of how American elections are bought and sold. Discussion follows the film. Pelham Library. 413-253-0657. 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA.

Tuesday, January 29, 7-8:30pm – Kaleidoscope Event: Little Stones Documentary Screening at Bay Path University. Viewing of the documentary followed by a panel discussion Little Stones unites the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change in their communities. The post-screening panel discussion will explore human trafficking in Western MA, and the use of art therapy as a tool to deal with trauma. Bay Path University. 413-565-1000. 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.


Wednesday, January 30, 10-11:30am – Wednesday Parents Group. It Takes a Village. 413-650-3640. 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA.

Wednesday, January 30, 10am-12noon – Group hike at The Boulders. Dalton, MA.

Learn about story cloths at The Mending Cafe at First Churches of Northampton on Wed, Jan 30, and explore with your children through picture books that weave together stories about the value of community traditions through story and fiber arts.

 Wednesday, January 30, 12noon-3pmThe Mending Café, hosted by Art & Soul and First Churches of Northampton. The Mending Café follows in the story-cloth making traditions of African-American, Native American, Hmong, Mexican, Amish, and Hawaiian women. Quilting expert, Sherril Willis, will work with all levels of experiences to design and make a unique story cloth using a wide variety of fabrics and textiles. RSVP: artandsoul.wm@gmail.com or call/text 413-348-2385. First Churches of Northampton. 129 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, January 30, 4-7pm – Weaving Wednesdays at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, January 30, 7:30-10:30pm – Downtown Amherst Contra Dance. Intro lesson at 7pm. Live music and callers. Dances are smoke, drug, and alcohol-free. Takes place at the Masonic Lodge. 99 Main Street, Amherst, MA.


Thursday, January 31, 9:30-11:30am – Public Domain Day Reception. On January 1, 2019, US materials created in the year 1923 came out of copyright and are now free for public use and sharing. To celebrate, the UMass Amherst Libraries are curating an exhibit in the Science and Engineering Library (SEL) featuring some of these materials, starting with a reception in the SEL to learn about public domain, copyright, author rights, and open access. Science & Engineering Library. 413-545-1370. Lederle Graduate Research Center (Low-Rise Rm A273) 740 N Pleasant St, UMass. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, January 31, 10:30-11:30am – Under the Tree Arts presents: Music in the Morning. Combining song, movement, and laughter with live, interactive music and movement. Ages 0-8. Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 413-774-0150. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, January 31, 11am-11pm- The 4th Annual Winter Festival at Gateway City Arts. Holyoke, MA.

Thursday, January 31, 12:15-1pm – The Springfield Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Women Composers, a discussion focused on an upcoming performance by the SSO at the Springfield Museums. A brief overview of these pieces as well as some insight into women composers throughout history will be given. The discussion will also include a local woman composer to discuss her work, and even engage the audience in some creative activities that explore musical composition. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Thursday, January 31, 8pm – Sage Chamber Music Society “A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas.” Pianist Jiayan Sun’s yearlong exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks continues with his performance of Sonatas 16-18 & 21, the “Waldstein.” Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. Smith College. 51 College Ln, Northampton, MA.


Intrigued by birds? Follow up your owl prowl at the Hitchcock Center this Friday evening with a search for various nests, perched low and high throughout the landscape. Read more about searching for nests in winter at our post, Western Mass Winter Brings Tracking Opportunities.

Friday, February 1 – Greenfield Winter Carnival. A weekend full of activities is sure to warm the spirit of the entire community. 413-772-1553. Greenfield, MA.

Friday, February 1, 10:15am -The Clark Art Institute will hold a New Parents Gallery Talk. The New Parents program welcomes parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal, guided gallery talk. The program is designed to give parents a break from thinking about “all things baby” and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Friday, February 1, 11am-11pm- The 4th Annual Winter Festival at Gateway City Arts. Holyoke, MA.

Friday, February 1, 3-5pm – IS183 Teen Art Space at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, February 1, 8-10pm – Owl Prowl with Dan Ziomek. Dress INCREDIBLY warm for standing around outside in the dark. Bring your sharp ears, a flashlight, and a thermos of something hot to drink. Ages 8+ w/adult. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 1, 8-10pm – Parents’ Night Out: Paper City Puppet Slam: 4. CactusHead Puppets hosts the return of the Paper City Puppet Slam. Enjoy an evening of the strange, and always entertaining world of short-form puppetry for adults. Featured performers from all around New England. Gateway City Arts. 413-650-2670. 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Heath, Montgomery, Amherst, Hatfield, and Russell Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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