60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 16-22, 2019

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The Hartsbrook School. Hadley, MAThe Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Mar 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 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.

Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development, and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

Jun 10 – Aug 2

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 15 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring two-week themes that include Gardening, Insects & Wildlife, Building & Creating, and Cooking. Toddlers ages 3 and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with lots of outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of LEGO building and creativity with thousands of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules to meet the needs of working families Dates: Jun 10-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101 ♦ sthompson@amherstmontessori.orgamherstmontessori.org

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

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 13

At Home in the Woods. Conway, MA ♦ Are your children ready for a wilderness adventure this summer? Check out the variety of Camps & Programs that Earthwork Programs provides for ages 5-teen from June-August. Register ASAP & use code SURVIVALKITHF to receive a free survival kit! Your children can learn & practice wilderness skills: fire making, shelter building, foraging, tracking, bird language. Plus much more: nature awareness, knife safety, games, mentoring, communication, & community building skills. Special Programs for teens & preteens: LIT, Overnight (night hiking, night sky navigation & more), Way of Wilderness Warrior (add martial arts w/wilderness skills), Hunter-Gatherer (intro to hunting & gathering). Immerse your children in nature! Camps start at $350/week. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 5-18yo. Contact: 413-340-1161 ♦ frank@earthworkprograms.comearthworkprograms.com

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 8 – Aug 2

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA ♦ Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 8-Aug 2. Themes this year are: July 8-12 (1960’s-70’s); July 15-19 (Radio Hits); July 22-25 (1980’s-90’s); July 29-Aug 2 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $400 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 8 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338leticiadavies@comcast.netwww.missleticia.com

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
MARCH 16-22, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday

Saturday, March 16, 9-10am – PURIM/RADIO SHOW: Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. 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!

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

Saturday, March 16, 9:30-11:30am – BOTANY: Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter. No leaves? No problem! You can learn to recognize oaks, maples, and other woodland trees and shrubs without foliage. Look at samples of twigs, practice using a field guide, and take a hike to test your identification skills. BYO field guide or buy one at the station. Pre-Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 9:30am-4:30pm – SHEEP SHEARING: Spring Sheep Shearing Day at Winterberry Farm. At this annual spring wool harvest festival, there will be shearing of 20 sheep at a time! Great food (to eat and to bring home), lots of music and gorgeous wool in many forms. Fiber demos and animals to visit. Sheepdog herding demo concludes the day. Winterberry Farm. 413-624-3940. 340 Wilson Hill Rd, Colrain, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 10am – ANIMAL STUDIES: Busy Beavers: An Engineering Design Challenge. Beavers are often called “nature’s engineers” due to their remarkable ability to change their habitat enabling them to survive and thrive. After learning why and how beavers build dams in the wild, students will design their own dam using provided materials, work with a team on a unifying design, and build, test, re-design, and re-test their dams. Pre-register. Ages 8-11. Dickinson Memorial Library. Northfield, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 10am – STORY HOUR: Drag Queen Story Hour & Dance Party with Miss Baits. Miss Baits, a local drag queen, will read stories, throw a mini dance party, and have fun with elementary school-aged kids. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 10am-12noon – TEENS/SELF-DEVELOPMENT: Stop Letting Fear Get in the Way of Your Dreams with Maeve Ronan- An interactive workshop for teens who want a successful, happy life. This programs suits ages 13-18 and is designed to help teens realize what is holding them back and to give them actionable tips to increase their self-belief. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 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.

Saturday, March 16, 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.

Saturday, March 16, 10:30am – FOLKTALES/STORYTELLING: Motoko & Eshu Bumpus will be performing at the library! Motoko has enchanted audiences of every age since 1993 and was recently the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s 2017 Circle of Excellence Award. Motoko’s repertoire includes Asian folktales, Rakugo and Zen tales, ghost stories, mime vignettes, as well as oral memoirs from her childhood in Osaka and her life as an immigrant in the U.S. Eshu Bumpus is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist and a master at physical characterization. He captivates his audience by telling a variety of African, African-American and World folktales leavened with music, humor and mystery. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 11:30am-1pm – PARENT WORKSHOP/ANXIETY: Scared of the Dark: A Free Parents Workshop with child psychologist Dr. Edward Plimpton, a child clinical psychologist specializing the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders in children. From ghosts in the closet, upsetting current events, violence on the news, to lockdown drills, learn practical skills to help with your child’s fears. It Takes a Village. 413-650-3640. 2 Main Street, Cummington, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 12:30-2pm – ORNITHOLOGY/CONSERVATION: Kestrel & Wood Duck Nest Box Building Workshop. Wood duck or kestrel nest boxes on your property are a great way to support wildlife populations in your neighborhood. Learn the fascinating natural history of these birds and how to identify the ideal location for your box. Come get crafty and build something that will improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood. A hands-on, family-friendly workshop will teach you where and how to place the boxes in ideal habitats. In the end, you get to take them home. No experience necessary. Children free with paying adult. All materials included. Pre-Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 12:30-2:30pm – PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE/ORNITHOLOGY: Discover the Owls of New England! The presentation features stunning photographs of owls combined with stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. You’ll learn the secrets used to photograph these amazing birds in their natural habitats. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 12:30-2pm – ORNITHOLOGY/BOOK READING: Local authors, Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, read from their new bird books. This successful mother/daughter team will discuss three of their most recent children’s books, reading poems and excerpts from these books. Owl calls will be demonstrated, and the audience will be invited to practice their own for future evening owl prowls. RSVP: 413-628-4485 x4. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 1-2:30pm – ARTISAN SKILLS/POTTERY: Pottery Demonstration with Pied Potter Rick Hamelin. A hands-on program that explores how the pottery wheel connects our communities. Children age 5+, teens and adults are welcome. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 2pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: 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.

Saturday, March 16, 4-8pm – FOOD STUDIES/COLONIAL HISTORY Open Hearth Cooking Classes at Historic Deerfield. Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 16, 7pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: 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.

Saturday, March 16, 7pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: 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.

Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm – FOLK DANCING: Contra Dance at the Guiding Star Grange. Live music and caller. All are welcome. Newcomers workshop 7:30-8pm. Guiding Star Grange. 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA.

Saturday, March 16, 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.



Sunday

Sunday, March 17, 7-8am – PURIM/RADIO SHOW: Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment, Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim — from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. 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!

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

Sunday, March 17, 10-11:30am – PURIM/STORYHOUR: PJ Pals Presents Purim at the Carle Museum Art Studio. Get ready for the festive Jewish holiday of Purim with stories and songs followed by a Purim-themed art project exploring costumes and disguises by making wearable art with a variety of materials. RSVP is required.  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 17, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: (LAST DAY!) 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 17, 10am-8pm – BOTANY: (LAST DAY!) 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 17, 11am-3pm – ST. PATRICK’S DAY/PARADE: Take part in local culture at the 68th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Bands. Music. Floats. Every year, tens of thousands of people turn out for the biggest homecoming in town to watch the St. Patrick’s Parade makes its way down the streets of Holyoke. Whether you’re a lifelong fan, new to town or living halfway across the world, you won’t want to miss a moment of this beloved community event. Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, March 17, 2pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: 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.

Sunday, March 17, 3pm – CULTURE STUDIES/CELTIC DANCE: 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. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 17, 3-5pm – INTERGENERATIONAL: Amherst Family Dance for all ages – infants through grandparents. Live Music and caller. All dances taught by caller.  The Common School. 413-256-8989. 521 S Pleasant St., Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 17, 3pm & 6:30pm – 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.



Monday

Monday, March 18, 3-4pm – TEENS/ART: Teen Arts Program: Make a Neon Sign. Dubbed “liquid fire” when they were first popularized, neon signs have an interesting history and lasting relevance. What will you spell out in lights? Snacks and materials always provided. This event is for teens only. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 18, 4-8pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER: Empty Bowls is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that brings the community together to fight hunger and raise funds for the Amherst Survival Center’s programs. Guests select a unique, handcrafted bowl made by a local artist and dine on delicious soups, bread, and salad donated by local restaurants and cheerfully served up by local celebrities. The bowl is theirs to keep as a reminder of all the other bowls they will have helped to fill. The Amherst Pub. 413-549-1200. 15 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

Monday, March 18, 6-7:15pm – PARENTING/MINDFULNESS: Mindful Parenting Drop-In Group at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA.



Tuesday

Tuesday, March 19, 9am-3pm – BOTANY: Featuring New England favorites and unusual South African bulbs at the Fitzpatrick Conservatory. A fantastic collection of blooming South African bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. The environment created in the Fitzpatrick Conservatory mimics the conditions which would bring these bulbs into bloom in their native Cape Province of South Africa, home to some 1200 species of bulbous plants. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Tuesday, March 19, 3:15pm – SEWING/SERVICE-LEARNING: Burgy BagShare Sew. The Williamsburg Senior Center will have sewing machines, fabric, and everything needed to sew bags for the Meekins Library and the Burgy Market. There are lots of jobs for non-sewists too. Great opportunity to learn and practice sewing skills in an intergenerational environment. This service-learning opportunity provides reusable bags for free to these locations for residents to use and return. Williamsburg Senior Center. 413-268-8407. 141 Main St, Williamsburg, MA.

Tuesday, March 19, 3:30pm – FOOD SCIENCE: Learn to make butter, then taste test on different types of bread. Bread & Butter “Shake it, shake it, shake it!” That’s what you’ll be singing as a jar is passed around to make fresh, homemade butter! Why does butter form? Come curious and hungry! The program is part of the monthly series with the farm to school program of the Chicopee Public Schools, Food by ChicopeeFRESH. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30pm – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/FAIRY HOUSES: On the last day of winter, make Spring Fairy Houses with Lois! Please bring a box or base as a foundation. For kids 5 & up. Edwards Public Library. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street, Southampton, MA.



Wednesday

Wednesday, March 20, 6:45am – VERNAL EQUINOX: View the sunrise and sunset associated with the spring equinox among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel during an hour-long gathering with UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider. The astronomical cause of the Sun’s changing position will be discussed and the seasonal positions of the Sun, Moon, and Earth, will be explained. Astronomy-based Q&A follows. UMass Sunwheel. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 8am – PEACE ACTIVISM: Walk for a New Spring: Shared Security. The monks and nuns of the New England Peace Pagoda will initiate a three-week walk starting on March 20 at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, ending April 9 at the US Capital Building, in Washington, DC. “As we walk, we engage in gatherings to envision global security through shared security, moving away from an us-vs-them approach and toward mutually shared solutions.” All are invited to join them on their spiritual journey as they share with one another ways to create a peaceful sustainable, world. If you wish to walk an hour or a day+, or host walkers, provide a meal, or arrange a meeting along the route, please call Tim at 413-485-8469. An inspiring way to connect with others for social change. New England Peace Pagoda. 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 4pm – PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS: Printmaking Workshop with Leslie di Curcio Marra. In a series of printmaking workshops, participants will experiment with three different types of printmaking: Foam Printing (3/20): draw your design or imagery on a foam plate and make multiples with many color variations; Rubber Molds (3/27): ink up rubber molds of insects, flowers, and leaves to create beautiful, realistic imagery; Gelli Plates (4/3): go crazy/creative making many monoprints (one-of-a-kind prints) with the exciting jelly-like printing surface of Gelli plates. Sign up for the workshop(s) you’d like to attend in advance. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30-9:45pm – PURIM/INTERGENERATIONAL: All are welcome at Congregation B’nai Israel of Northampton for Purim. Come dressed up to celebrate with a puppet show for the kids at 5:30pm, followed by Megillah Reading at 6:30pm, and dance party plus hamantaschen at 8pm. Congregation B’nai Israel of Northampton. 413-584-3593. 253 Prospect St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 6pm – VERNAL EQUINOX: View the sunrise and sunset associated with the spring equinox among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel during an hour-long gathering with UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider. The astronomical cause of the Sun’s changing position will be discussed and the seasonal positions of the Sun, Moon, and Earth, will be explained. Astronomy-based Q&A follows. If the skies are clear, telescopes will be set up to observe the crescent moon as well as Venus and Mercury after sunset. A solar telescope will also be set up to observe the Sun before sunset safely. UMass Sunwheel. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 6-7:30pm – ICHTHYOLOGY: Fish, Fish & More Fish with Connecticut River Conservancy. Learn about fish of the Connecticut River and their migration with Liz Austin, CRC Trustee and Robert E. Barrett Fishway Guide. Registration encouraged. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 6pm – ANIMAL WELFARE/PSYCHOLOGY: What Do Rescue Dogs Teach Us? Rescue dogs can teach us a lot about life, love and ourselves. Author Peter Zheutlin will tell stories from his book Rescued: what second-chance dogs teach us about living with purpose, loving with abandon, and finding joy in the little things. Bring pet food to donate to the library food collection drive happening during March. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30pm – HISTORY/BOOKS: The History of the Book: The Early Years. Join Professor Debbie Felton of UMass, Amherst’s Dept of Classics for a look into the earliest beginnings of the book. Discover the earliest writings known in various ancient civilizations around the world, the development of literature and books in Greece, and how the book was further developed in ancient Rome. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30pm – ORNITHOLOGY/NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Moonlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl. Enjoy a moonlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. Afterward, warm up with tea and hot cocoa. Pre-Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.



Thursday

Thursday, March 21, 10:30am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: 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 21, 2:30pm – VERNAL EQUINOX/GARDENING: Celebrate the Spring Equinox at the Peas and Flowers Maker’s Lab! All ages are welcomed to drop in to plant peas or flowers, decorate a flower pot, and take a community walk together if the weather allows. Hatfield Public Library. 413-247-9097. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA.

Thursday, March 21, 5:30-7pm – PARENTING/FATHERHOOD: Strengthening Families Parent Café Series for Dads: Being a Great Parent is Part Natural & Part Learned. What is a Parent Café? At Parent Cafés we share information and ideas that help us: take care of ourselves; build strong relationships with our kids; raise children who thrive! Together we can talk about the challenges of parenting and build the resilience we need to be good parents. We will create a community that supports us in keeping our children safe and our families strong! Childcare and a lovely supper will be provided for free! This event is open to fathers with young children. RSVP: 413-587-1471; mgerry@northampton-k12.us. Bridge Street School, 2 Parsons St. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 21, 5:30-8pm – PURIM/INTERGENERATIONAL: Purim Palooza w/ Lazer Lloyd at Mill 180 Park. Both Adults and kids will experience the true spirit and joy of Purim like never before! Music at 5:30pm. Inspiring and fun Megillah reading at 4:45pm before the show! Come in costume and enjoy sushi dinner, hamantaschen, and more. Hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch of Northampton. Mill 180 Park.180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA.

Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30pm – ACTIVISM: Lecture “Amy Goodman: What Can One Person Do?” Join Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! as she speaks to the power of activism and its necessity in a healthy democracy. This presentation is in honor of activist Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday, a pacifist and peace activist who founded the local chapter of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Valley Peace Center, among others. John M. Greene Hall. 413-584-2700. 60 Elm Street, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm – THEATER: Swimming Lessons. In this new work by two UMass undergraduate students follows the story of Yusuf and Josephine, who are both interning with a brilliant surgeon at a Boston hospital. Together they navigate the issues on all of our minds: politics, cultural differences, childhood, dreams, and fears. Sprinkled with insight and humor, Swimming Lessons is part of this year’s UMass Play Lab project, which is dedicated to featuring the work of local theater students. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY: The Orchard Hill Observatory, located at the highest point on the UMass campus, boasts a 16-inch telescope. The Observatory is used to teach observational astronomy and is open to the public every Thursday night. If you’re not sure whether or not the observatory is closed due to clouds, call 413-547-4166 and listen to the recorded message. Click here for directions. UMass. Amherst, MA.



Friday

Friday, March 22, 7-9pm – ECOLOGY: The Lost Forests of New England at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Friday, March 22, 7:30pm – THEATER: Come My Beloved. In this new play about race, intimacy, and Detroit, Michigan, Come My Beloved chronicles one Friday night in the lives of three Black and Jewish couples, based on one real family. Through glimpses into lives of these three couples, this show explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it. With cultural relevance and important insight, Come My Beloved is featured as part of UMass Amherst’s 2019 Play Lab project. Performances will be held in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA.

Friday, March 22, 8pm – FOLK DANCING: Challenging Contra Dance with George Marshall and Wild Asparagus at the Guiding Star Grange. If you’re an experienced contra dancer, get ready for challenging dances. If not, watch from the sidelines amazing folk dancers in action, while supporting an interest in dance and cultural studies. 413-369-4369; zakon-anderson@comcast.net. Guiding Star Grange. 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA.

Friday, March 22, Dark – ASTRONOMY: View the Moon, Planets, Satellites, Multiple Stars, Star Clusters and more from the streets of Northampton! Astronomers set up community viewing stations with telescopes in front of First Churches Northampton. While the bright sky in downtown Northampton isn’t good for SOME objects, many brighter ones like the planets are easy and much-enjoyed targets. This program is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. 129 Main St, Northampton, 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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