60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 9-15, 2019

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Mar 9, 10, 16, 17

Maple Days at the Homestead! Celebrate the year’s first agricultural harvest at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and experience the magic of maple syrup encountered in the 1800’s! Pancake breakfast in the dining room & parlor, historic boiling demonstration with Dennis Picard, a 19th-century cooking demo featuring Mrs. Bryant’s pancake recipe, an exhibit on the science of sugaring, community art project, maple story-time for kids, and a visit from Sawyer Farm’s draft horses! March 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Due to this event’s popularity, registration for breakfast strongly encouraged this year. For schedule, pricing, and registration visit www.thetrustees.org/bryanthomestead. Questions? acaluori@thetrustees.org

Mar 9

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities: Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For info & full schedule of events visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Mar 17

A family friendly St. Patrick’s Day performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company celebrating the ancient dance styles and culture of Ireland with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, lively modern flair takes place on Sunday, March 17 at 3pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featuring vivid costumes and intriguing dances supported by vibrant backdrop videos, this Hooley Celebration will delight audience members of all ages! $12/adult, $10/senior & student, $8/child. The Celtic Heels School of Dance offers lessons and summer workshops in Greenfield for ages 4-adult. For show or class information contact celticheels@gmail.com or call 413-475-3353.

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Holyoke Canoe Club. Holyoke, MA ♦ Like camp for the whole family! They want to let you in on the area’s best-kept secret: you can vacation all summer long at the Holyoke Canoe Club. Their facilities include some of the valleys best clay tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools (large and toddler), boat slips, a clubhouse, pool house with locker rooms, and picnicking on ten beautiful acres of shade and sun along the Connecticut River. Join in March for their biggest discount ever, 30% off a new family membership. For more details on the club as well as the March new member discount, visit their website. Every day is a good day at the Holyoke Canoe Club! Dates: All Summer; Age Range of Participants: Intergenerational. Contact: sara.e.english@gmail.comholyokecanoeclub.com

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jun 23 – Jul 27

Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Greenfield, MA ♦ Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer a unique variety of overnight summer programs for girls ages 9-18. Camps for young riders, debaters, dancers, and artists blend excellent instruction and summer fun with a uniquely supportive community. Based on a beautiful, 100-acre campus, Stoneleigh-Burnham camps make use of the school’s outstanding facilities and adhere to the same high standards set during the academic year. Campers live in school dormitories, enjoying campus life with new friends and caring faculty mentors. All Stoneleigh-Burnham summer camps, from riding and dance to debate and art and animation, emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents. Dates: Jun 23-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 9-18yo. Contact: 413-774-2711 x256 ♦ summerprograms@sbschool.orgsbschool.org

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA ♦ For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.orgwww.northamptonmontessori.org

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA ♦ The Living Rivers School brings students into real conservation biology research with Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving the CT River sturgeon. For students who love nature and are considering a life devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist a professional conservationist and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides an enriching life experience that prepares youths to be environmental leaders. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgbiocitizen.org

Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 9-15, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

Saturday

Saturday, March 9, 8:30am-2pm – Maple Days at the Homestead! Celebrate the year’s first agricultural harvest at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and experience the magic of maple syrup encountered in the 1800’s! Pancake breakfast in the dining room & parlor, historic boiling demonstration with Dennis Picard, a 19th-century cooking demo featuring Mrs. Bryant’s pancake recipe, an exhibit on the science of sugaring, community art project, maple story-time for kids, and a visit from Sawyer Farm’s draft horses! March 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Due to this event’s popularity, registration for breakfast strongly encouraged this year. For schedule, pricing, and registration visit www.thetrustees.org/bryanthomestead. Questions? acaluori@thetrustees.org. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 9-10am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Ben Rudnick, the bandleader for the band Ben Rudnick and Friends, has put together a show featuring several of his songs mixed in with songs that he just really likes. With seven Parents’ Choice Awards to their credit, Ben Rudnick and Friends have been entertaining entire families since 2000. Their broad influences bring the strains of Americana, early rock and roll and psychedelia into an original sound all their own. This week’s episode is an hour of good songs and good vibes. Fun for all! 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!

Saturday, March 9, 9am-3pm – LOCAL FOOD: Chester Hill Association will sponsor its 34th Annual Maple Fest and Craft Fair. Traditional country breakfast, lively fiddle tunes, tractor-pulled wagon rides, local artisans and craftspeople. Skyline Trail, in old Chester Center. Chester, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am – STEM: Family STEM: Superhero Coding Maze. Create superhero coding mazes. Navigate your favorite character through the maze using coding commands and see who finishes first. Have fun while learning to code! Registration required. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Zine & Minicomics Making (Tweens, Teens, and Teens at Heart). Come with ideas in your head or already on paper. Local artist, author, and activist Anne Thalheimer will guide you through creating your zine or minicomics. Sign up here. The Print Shop. 413-335-2845. 62 Main Street. Suite #2. Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-4pm – AVIATION: The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities: Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For info & full schedule of events visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Saturday, March 9, 10-11am – METEOROLOGY: Wind and Air Family Science Series at Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-12noon – INTERGENERATIONAL: Saturday Morning Music Party at Flywheel. Hilltown Families and Flywheel Arts Collective’s beloved ‘Saturday Morning Dance Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Flywheel Arts Collective. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-2pm – FOOD HISTORY: Open Hearth Cooking Classes at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-8pm – BOTANY: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30-11:30am – NON-COMMERICIAL: Children’s Music Series: Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine. Playing a combination of sing-along style covers, family-friendly favorites, creative originals, and on-the-spot improvisational songs, Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine entertains and enchants audiences of all ages. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 11am- – Piti Theatre’s 10th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival starts with pancakes at 11am then springs forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance! Award-winning physical comedian Alex the Jester as seen on PBS and off-Broadway headlines the Festival at 3:30pm followed by a teen/adult workshop. Piti’s much-loved musical Olde Coleraine is at 2:30pm and join them for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11-2:30. Plus free Real Pickles and Red Sox raffle! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors; $5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006. Day 2 of SYRUP, Mar 23: new work about electro-sensitivity and the tango. Free. Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. 413-625-6563. 53 Main St, Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 12:45-3pm – LANGUAGE ARTS: Monthly Creative Writing Drop-in Workshop for Teens at the East Longmeadow Public Library. East Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 1:30pm – ECOLOGY: Vernal pools are small ecosystems that support tremendous biodiversity. Explore the wildlife that can be found in a typical southern New England vernal pool and improve your recognition of these critical habitats. Discuss the many threats that vernal pools face and ways you can make significant and valuable contributions to the long-term protection of the biodiversity of vernal pools as a citizen scientist. Led vernal pool ecologist and author, Matt Burne. Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-267-9654. 30 Peck Rd, Wales, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 1-5pm – CULTURE: International Women’s Day Celebration at Boland School, a day highlighting the musical talents and performances of Five College West African Dance Ensemble, Criiimson, Triveni Indian dancers, Zaida Streit and more. Fashion show and table display showing the works of art of women from Togo, Africa. Vendor showcase, food, and guest speaking by inspiring women and girls traveling from all parts of the USA. Boland School. 426 Armory St, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 2-3:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY: Captain Daniel Shays & America’s First Nonviolent Protest. 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. Call the Armory to reserve your spot! Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. 1 Armory St Suite 2, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 7pm – THEATER STUDIES: Slated for a Fall production, The Double Edge Theatre is performing a preview of SUGA, an original solo performance. This piece was conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe, who began working on SUGA as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This show is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds — personal, artistic, societal, and political — one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself — as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run – toward freedom. Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Maestro Rhodes returns to the Pops stage to host and conduct a star-studded cast of soloists performing the best of classic Broadway with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Before attending the performance, explore music from Broadway classics with your older children, like Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, and Cats, putting their experience into context, integrating music with theater studies. In honor of George Gershwin’s contribution to the world of Broadway, Maestro will revive his crowd-pleasing performance playing and conducting Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Springfield Symphony. 413-733-2291. 1441 Main St. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm – THEATER STUDIES: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Wolves. This exciting new drama tells the story of a nine-member girls’ soccer team preparing for their games on an indoor soccer field in suburban America. As they warm up, we are given a stunning portrait of contemporary young-womanhood. The New York Times said of the play, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves has been performed by many colleges and professional theatres throughout the country, but this production offers an opportunity to see the play performed by girls the same age as their characters and who have direct access into these characters’ experiences. Due to mature language and content, this show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Performances will be held at The Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA.


Sunday

Sunday, March 10, 8:30am-2pm – Maple Days at the Homestead! Celebrate the year’s first agricultural harvest at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and experience the magic of maple syrup encountered in the 1800’s! Pancake breakfast in the dining room & parlor, historic boiling demonstration with Dennis Picard, a 19th-century cooking demo featuring Mrs. Bryant’s pancake recipe, an exhibit on the science of sugaring, community art project, maple story-time for kids, and a visit from Sawyer Farm’s draft horses! March 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Due to this event’s popularity, registration for breakfast strongly encouraged this year. For schedule, pricing, and registration visit www.thetrustees.org/bryanthomestead. Questions? acaluori@thetrustees.org. William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 7-8am – Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Ben Rudnick, the bandleader for the band Ben Rudnick and Friends, has put together a show featuring several of his songs mixed in with songs that he just really likes. With seven Parents’ Choice Awards to their credit, Ben Rudnick and Friends have been entertaining entire families since 2000. Their broad influences bring the strains of Americana, early rock and roll and psychedelia into an original sound all their own. This week’s episode is an hour of good songs and good vibes. Fun for all! 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, March 10, 10am-3pm – FOOD HISTORY: Storrowton Village Museum will celebrate all things maple on Maple Harvest Day, highlighting the history and tradition of maple sugaring in New England. The historic Gilbert Farmhouse will turn into a sugarhouse for the day. Visitors can learn how the “liquid gold” is made, from tree tapping to sap boiling, and watch 19th-century open hearth cooking demonstrations of maple recipes with docent-led tours and 19th-century craft demos . Pancakes breakfast from 10am-12noon. Storrowton Village Museum. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 10am-8pm – PLANT STUDIES: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 2pm – VETERINARY SCIENCE: “They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that?” In this TED-Ed video, Why Do Cats Act So Weird, “Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviors.” Check it out to get a better understanding of cat behavior, then head over to the CatVideoFest 2019 for belly laughs and a better understanding of why cats act so weird while raising money for local animal welfare agencies. Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 2-6pm – COMMUNITY MEAL: Intergenerational community meals are a highly valued method of community engagement we hold here at Hilltown Families. So does the Survivor Arts Collective who will be hosting a family community supper. Click here for details and to share what you will bring. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 4-7pm – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY: Family Fun Night with Katryna Nields of HooteNanny! Playtime, optional potluck dinner, and family music. Bring the whole family, and everyone is welcome. Our Center is for children birth through kindergarten age and their families and caregivers. Older siblings and alumni are welcome to join. BYO dish to share, or just show up! Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 6:30pm – THEATER STUDIES: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Wolves. This exciting new drama tells the story of a nine-member girls’ soccer team preparing for their games on an indoor soccer field in suburban America. As they warm up, we are given a stunning portrait of contemporary young-womanhood. The New York Times said of the play, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves has been performed by many colleges and professional theatres throughout the country, but this production offers an opportunity to see the play performed by girls the same age as their characters and who have direct access into these characters’ experiences. Due to mature language and content, this show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Performances will be held at The Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 10, 7pm – THEATER STUDIES: Slated for a Fall production, The Double Edge Theatre is performing a preview of SUGA, an original solo performance. This piece was conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe, who began working on SUGA as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. This show is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds — personal, artistic, societal, and political — one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself — as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run – toward freedom. Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA.


Monday

Monday, March 11, 10am-4pm – NON-COMMERCIAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 11, 10am-4pm – NON-COMMERICIAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Monday, March 11, 6:30pm – PSYCHOLOGY: Less is More: Using KonMari to Clear Your House and Mind. In this presentation, Stephanie Baird, LMHC, discusses her year-long process of decluttering, using the KonMari method as outlined in the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, clearing her home of items that no longer “spark joy.” During this presentation, she outlines the KonMari steps, with demonstration and pictures depicting efficient organization, provides resources on how to dispose of one’s items responsibly, and discusses the benefits of clearing one’s home to clear one’s mind. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Monday, March 11, 7pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: “They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that?” In this TED-Ed video, Why Do Cats Act So Weird, “Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviors.” Check it out to get a better understanding of cat behavior, then head over to the CatVideoFest 2019 for belly laughs and a better understanding of why cats act so weird while raising money for local animal welfare agencies. Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Monday, March 11, 7-9Pm – LIFELONG LEARNING: Nerd Nite Northampton. The Deuce (World War II Club). 50 Conz St, Northampton, MA.


Tuesday

Tuesday, March 12, 10am-4pm – INTERGENERATIONAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 10am-4pm – INTERGENERATIONAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm – PARENTING: Picky Eaters: From Food Fights…to meals done right! Free community workshop with a discussion around a parent’s role in helping a family member expand their food choices: What is typical behavior around mealtimes and trying new foods? What if my child is stuck on one or two foods? What do the experts recommend for best practices? Review of available resources with Deborah Jones, M.Ed., OTR/L, BCBA. RSVP. Family Empowerment. 413-858-8010. 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm – HISTORY: Screening of the documentary Alice’s Ordinary People, including a talk by film director Craig Dudnick. Alice’s life story reads like a history of the movement. Early on she fought the “Willis Wagons.” The second class structures were built to relieve overcrowding in those Chicago schools which served the African American community. Her contribution is unique in American history. Learn more at this screening and talk. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm – ARCHITECTURE: Don’t know the difference between a Queen Anne from a Craftsman? Learn about local architecture styles at an introduction to architecture with Bob McCarroll of Springfield Preservation Trust. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8pm – PARENTING: Are you ever overwhelmed or uncertain about what to say yes and no to regarding the use of the screen devices with your children? If so, you are not alone. In the workshop, You Have a Choice with Susan McNamara, M.A., CHHC, common sense solutions and strategies will be explored through mindfulness, the personal lens of your family’s values, along with what it is that your children need most to do well. Stepping beyond expert opinion and “ten-easy-step solutions,” this evening affords you a meaningful and resilient approach to navigating the technology in a way that best serves the real needs of your family. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm – CIVICS: Fence Viewers: Past and Present. Did you know that Pelham has official Fence Viewers? Joseph Larson, one of Pelham’s current Fence Viewers, will explain how this ancient and honorable town position was created in Colonial days. Learn how he became involved, publishing the Handbook on Fence Viewers in Massachusetts, and what Fence Viewers do in Pelham today. . Pelham Library. 413-256-4606. 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA.


Wednesday

Wednesday, March 13, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 12noon-3pm – TEXTILE ARTS: The 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, March 13, 3:30-5:30pm – ANIME: After School Anime in Children’s Room at Greenfield Public Library. Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-6:30pm – STEM: Robot Lab at the Springfield Library. Learn about robotics! Start by programming your robots with simple color-coded lines that can create sophisticated behaviors with the Ozobot Bit. Then take it to the next level with block-based coding to create your programs. Ozobot offers excellent ways to learn about robotics with challenges for both new and intermediate coders. Best for ages 8-12. Springfield Central Library. 413-263-6828 x201. 220 State Street. Springfield MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-7:30pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Connecticut River Conservancy hosts Trash Talk. Older students and lifelong learners join together for another round of Trash Talks. Now that legislatures are in session learn about what’s happening in your state on trash tires, single-use plastic, styrofoam AND how you can get involved for cleaner rivers. Lots of good info will be share. Informal chat over light appetizers. RSVP. Northampton Brewery. 11 Brewster Ct. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 6pm – SKILLSHARING: Slate Painting with Leslie deCurcio Marra. No experience or talent needed. RSVP. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30pm – PUBLISHING: Forbes Library Zine Club. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.


Thursday

Thursday, March 14, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, March 14, 10am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 14, 10am–5pm – PALEONOTOLOGY: 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.

Thursday, March 14, 10:30am – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY: Music in the Morning: live, interactive music by professional musician and educator Marcy Gregoire, accompanied by movement specialist, Hilary Lake. Puppets, costumes, musical instruments for ages 0-8. Learn a new song, make new friends! Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 413-774-0150. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Thursday, March 14, 7pm – THEATER: High school musical: Grease. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic musical. In the singing, dancing world of Grease, you’ll experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school students in the 1950s as they navigate their differences. Performance will be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium. 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA.


Friday

Friday, March 15, 10am-4pm – INTERGENERATIONAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden. Talcott Greenhouse. 413-538-2116. South Hadley, MA.

Friday, March 15, 10am-8pm – INTERGENERATIONAL: Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, but they also present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another. Start your Spring celebration off with all your favorite fragrant flowering bulbs! The Botanic Garden of Smith College. 413-585-2740. 16 College Ln, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 15, 3:15-4pm – GEOMETRY: St. Patrick’s Day Origami. Local origami expert will teach how to make a shamrock from origami paper. Learn about geometry through origami as a way to celebrate the Irish Holiday. All ages. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Friday, March 15, 7pm – THEATER: High school musical: Into the Woods. This hit Broadway musical is presented by local high school students right here in our community! Into the Woods features well-known fairy tale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Each character has a deeply held wish that they long to see fulfilled, learning valuable lessons along the way. This story highlights the importance of connection and community, and how the choices we make moment to moment come together to form our life experiences and ultimately shape our character. Performances will be held at Hampshire Regional High School. 19 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA.

Friday, March 15, 7pm – THEATER: High school musical: Grease. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic musical. In the singing, dancing world of Grease, you’ll experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school students in the 1950s as they navigate their differences. Performance will be held in the Northampton High School Auditorium. 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 15, 7:30pm – THEATER: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Wolves. This exciting new drama tells the story of a nine-member girls’ soccer team preparing for their games on an indoor soccer field in suburban America. As they warm up, we are given a stunning portrait of contemporary young-womanhood. The New York Times said of the play, “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves has been performed by many colleges and professional theatres throughout the country, but this production offers an opportunity to see the play performed by girls the same age as their characters and who have direct access into these characters’ experiences. Due to mature language and content, this show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Performances will be held at The Drama Studio. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, March 15, 8-11pm – FOLK DANCE: Contra dance at the Grange! Live music with caller and may include special turning dances such as schottische, hambo, polka, waltz. Guiding Star Grange. 413-367-9380. 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA.


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

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