60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 23-29, 2019

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The Hartsbrook School. Hadley, MA — The 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 24

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Turning 50! Celebrate Sunday, March 24 from 12noon-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Enjoy a Wiggle Jiggle Dance party down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar. Join in an art project with students from Holyoke Community College. Listen to a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi. Learn about caterpillars from The Caterpillar Lab. Plus, it’s the final day of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 exhibition. All activities free with Museum Admission. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for schedule.

Apr 6

On Saturday, April 6th, all ages are welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day in Northampton, inspired by the current art exhibition, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. From 9-11am, families are invited to join the Free Our River of Plastic: A Mill River Clean-up. From 11am– 3:30pm, enjoy community events at SCMA, including performances, drop-in art making, “STEAM in the Atrium” activities, and more. Plus free coffee, hot chocolate, and a food truck! For more information and to register for the Mill River Clean-up, visit: https://bit.ly/2F9sNhe

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.org. amherstmontessori.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 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.com. earthworkprograms.com

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Kids, Art & Nature. Amherst, MA — Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the creative, intellectual and emotional growth of the children in their care. Visual arts, storytelling, and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus and woods, and includes classes on making art with nature, faeries & myths, toymaking, superheroes, kites, dinosaurs, dragons, ceramics, & using fantasy gaming ideas to create real-world environments. Much of the day is spent outside, art-making, exploring, & playing non-competitive games. Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Campers: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-367-0186. kidsartandnature@hotmail.com. kidsartandnature.com

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA — Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com

Jul 2 – Aug 9

Journey Camp in Deerfield, MA — Their 26th Summer! A treasured place to grow friendships, directed by Sarah Pirtle. Parents say, “Thank you for creating such an amazing camp!” Camp Sessions for children ages 6-12: Young participants build a stick house village in the woods, create theater, enjoy laughter, games, music, and art. Starseed Week for All (July 8-12); Girls Week One (July 29-August 2); and Girls Week Two (August 5-9). Camp sessions for teens Teens have a supportive place to feel appreciated. Sunseed Teen Boys Camp (July 2-4); and Moonseed Teen Girls Leadership Camp (July 15-18). Location for all sessions: Woolman Hill in Deerfield. They help with carpools. Scholarships are available. Dates: Jul 2-Aug 9; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo. Contact: 774-280-2490. melissadelo.journey@gmail.com. sarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

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: 413-246-7338. leticiadavies@comcast.net. www.missleticia.com

Jul 8 – Aug 4

The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy. Deerfield, MA — Maximize your creativity and character! The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders interested in academic adventure. With classes such as Architecture, the Science of Sports, Video Production, and Environmental Citizenship, the Experimentory is interdisciplinary, project-based, and fun. All classes are taught by Deerfield Academy teachers on the DA campus: It’s a great way to sample the “Deerfield Experience.” Students make close friends from across the country and around the world. Choose between 2 or 4-week sessions. Attend as a boarder or a day student. Rolling admissions until May 1. Dates: 4 Week Session starts: July 8th; 2 Week Sessions begin: July 8th and July 23rd. Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4; Age Range of Campers: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-774-1436. experimentory@deerfield.edu. deerfield.edu/experimentory

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.

PROMOTE 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. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: 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.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment 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
March 23-29, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

SATURDAY

Saturday, March 23, 8-11am – COMMUNITY MEAL: Buckland Library Maple Breakfast. Light and delicious homemade pancakes will be served with real maple syrup, homemade fruit compote, scrambled eggs, meat or veggie sausage, home fries, and breakfast beverages. Live music. All proceeds support the Buckland Public Library. Mary Lyon Church. 413-489-3114. Upper Street. Buckland, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 9-10am – RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ, Jack Forman of Recess Monkey. Jack Forman hosts this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, but forgot to ask Sienna Wildfield if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his second album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! 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! Commercial-free family radio.

Saturday, March 23, 9am-1pm – ORNITHOLOGY/NATIVE SPECIES: Ducks. With temperatures rising and ice melting, more ducks are returning to our region. Join birder and waterfowl enthusiast Peter Redfern for a presentation, followed by a walk around the Arcadia Marsh in search of mergansers, Wood Ducks, and Common Goldeneyes. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 9am-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ22nd Annual Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival, a two-day festival beginning Fri, Mar 22 of musical workshops and performances featuring seven-time Grammy winner Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, Paul Winter. High school jazz bands and combos, the HCC Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Improvisation Combo performances are scheduled all day, with a different group each half hour. Jazz clinics, workshops, and jam sessions will be held throughout the day. Closing concert at 4pm with Paul Winter performing with a select combo of local students and teachers. 413-552-2480. Holyoke Community College. 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 9:30am-4pm – MAPLE HISTORY: For many New Englanders, the first whiff of spring isn’t the aroma of spring flowers – it’s the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup. During Maple Days at OSV, visit the Village’s working sugar camp as costumed historians demonstrate maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England and find out why we used maple sugar. Grab a free museum pass from your local library and take the family! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 10am-12noon – STEM/ROBOTICS: Drones are increasingly an essential form of co-robotics, working with people to provide all sorts of services including photography and videography, marketing, surveying and mapping, remote sensing, inspection, monitoring, and security. As autonomous flight technology continues to improve, we will see drones finding more and more useful roles. Learn to fly a drone, avoid obstacles, and record photos and video. Also learn to control the drone with code, autonomous programming flights — best for ages 10+. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 10am-2pm – CRITICAL THINKING/INTERGENERATIONAL: Board games at the library! Play your favorite game, or find a new favorite with friends and neighbors. Play Scrabble, Chess, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, and more! Ages 10 & up. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 10am-5pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY/ART STUDIES: We Can Do It! A Celebration of Girls & Women at the Springfield Museums. Women’s History Month is a wonderful excuse to fill a family-engagement day with activities that focus on the many achievements of girls and women. Meet the curators behind two of their special exhibits, see a Georgia O’Keeffe painting come to life, attend a panel discussion and book signing with picture book authors Natasha Lowe (The Power of Poppy Pendle) and Jaime Deenihan (When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree); and enjoy a live performance by Duo Amie, featuring violinist Emma Milian. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 11am – STEM/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Berkshire Museum hosts Kitchen Ka-Boom! Be a kitchen scientist with cool, hands-on, kid-safe experiments using ingredients found in most pantries. Kids will be challenged to use kitchen materials to construct their own miniature flying machines inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. Free with museum admission. Borrow a free museum pass from your local library. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 12noon-4pm – HUMANITIES: Forbes Library will host a Living Book event! Living Books is an event in which community members share the experiences that have informed their lives and have shaped how they identify with the world, during brief one-on-one conversations. People who have volunteered to share their story as a “living book” will be available for “check out” by event attendees, who will be given constructive prompts to help begin or gently guide the conversation. Conversations will last about 20 minutes and “books” will have 10 minutes to break between conversations. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 12noon-4pm – SKILLSHARING/SUSTAINABILITY: Community RePair, organized by the Northampton ReUse Committee. Participants are invited to bring a household item in need of repair. Local “Fixperts,” handy volunteers providing repair know-how, will attempt to fix it free of charge. Great opportunity to learn new skills by watching not only your own broken/ripped item being repaired, but other things too! If you are a successful tinkerer/repairperson/handyperson/maker and are interested in joining their team of volunteer “Fixperts,” call 413-587-1059. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 1:30-4:30pm – DRUM CIRCLE/THIRD SPACES: During the grand opening of the Tyler Street Lab, join a drum circle with Otha Day, see Youth Alive Performing Arts Step Dancers, and learn about the activities regularly going on inside the Lab. Tyler Street Lab. 730 Tyler Street. Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 2pm – THEATER/MUSICAL: Alice in Wonderland, Jr.. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Alice in Wonderland, Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! This lively musical is fun for the whole family! Performances will be held at the Ann T. Dunphy School. 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 2pm – 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.

Saturday, March 23, 3pm – CURRENT AFFAIRS: UMass-Amherst brings their Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition to the Jones Library. Graduate students at UMass-Amherst conduct exciting research on a variety of timely topics, from food safety to improved water delivery systems to election reform. UMass’s Three Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, in three minutes or less. Competition finalists will give their talks live at the Jones Library, and audience members will have the chance to vote on the $500 People’s Choice award winner. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 7-10pm – FOLK DANCING: Montague Square Dance at the Montague Common Hall. Calling by Bob Livingston, music by the House Band. Beginners and kids always welcome, all dances will be taught. Montague Square Dance. montaguesquaredance@gmail.com. 34 Main St Montague, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 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.

Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm – FILM STUDIES/IMMIGRATION: Pothole Pictures will be screening, The Visitor. This film deals with a topic that couldn’t be more relevant to what’s happening these days: immigration. A widowed and lonely college professor finds two illegal immigrants living in his New York apartment. Their unexpected encounter leads to friendship, the professor’s reawakening, and some drumming. Richard Jenkins’ performance won him an Oscar nomination, and the film received numerous other nominations and awards. A sincere and touching drama. (Trailer. 2008. Color. 104 minutes. PG-13.) Memorial Hall Association. 413-625-3052. 51 Bridge Street. 2nd Floor. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm – THEATER/CURRENT AFFAIRS: (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project. This new drama by Kent State University students features interviews with heroin users, counselors, and family members. (In)Dependent: The Heroin Project exposes the reality of the heroin crisis, and captures the physical, mental, and emotional issues of people who have experienced opioid misuse disorder, including friends, families, nurses, policemen, and children, from primary and secondary interaction with heroin. The Academy of Music Theatre will partner with Hampshire HOPE, a multi-sector opioid coalition in Northampton, to raise awareness about Opioid misuse disorder, reduce stigma, and elevate the voices of those who are oppressed; to provide a deeper, more meaningful community engagement process which allows us to better understand the experiences of those impacted. Performance will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 23, 8-10pm – OPERA/MYTHOLOGY: Fresh Squeezed Opera Company and director Amber Treadway present their production of Kate Soper’s “erudite, hilarious, furiously inventive meditation on the siren myth” (New Yorker Magazine). Scored for three sopranos and a lidless grand piano, Here Be Sirens blends beautiful music, terrifying noise, screwball comedy, and Aristotelian tragedy to present the mythological sirens as real beings, invested in their origins and obsessed with the possibility of escape. “No one interested in pushing and smudging the boundaries of contemporary opera and theater should miss it” (The New York Times). Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. 413-585-2787. 122 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, March 24, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ, Jack Forman of Recess Monkey. Jack Forman hosts this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, but forgot to ask Sienna Wildfield if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his second album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! 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! Commercial-free family radio.

Sunday, March 24, 9:30am-4pm – HISTORY/LOCAL FOOD: For many New Englanders, the first whiff of spring isn’t the aroma of spring flowers – it’s the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup. During Maple Days at OSV, visit the Village’s working sugar camp as costumed historians demonstrate maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England and find out why we used maple sugar. Grab a free museum pass from your local library and take the family! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 10am-1pm – HIKE/COMMUNITY-MEAL: Celebrate spring’s arrival with two New England treasures: mountain laurel and maple syrup. Hilltown Land Trust and Kestrel Land Trust are teaming up to welcome spring in Westhampton with a morning hike, followed by brunch up the road at Steve’s Sugar Shack. RSVP. 413-628-4485 x4. Westhampton, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 11am–5pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY: For Women’s History Month, check out the exhibit, “Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in Springfield.” This exhibit traces the history of local women in the 20th century as they respond to the changes and challenges of their times. For some this meant entering the workforce in traditional and non-traditional ways, for others it was a call to non-paid work for the betterment of their community, and for most women, it meant questioning their traditional roles at some point in their lives. From the era of the Suffragettes to the appointment of Springfield’s first woman mayor this exhibit looks at the story of Springfield women in transition. Springfield Museums. Wood Museum of Springfield History. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 12noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Turning 50! Celebrate Sunday, March 24 from 12noon-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Enjoy a Wiggle Jiggle Dance party down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar. Join in an art project with students from Holyoke Community College. Listen to a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi. Learn about caterpillars from The Caterpillar Lab. Plus, it’s the final day of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 exhibition. All activities free with Museum Admission. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for schedule. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 1pm – PUPPETRY: Puppeteer, Tom Knight, returns to Northampton! With a collection of original songs and skits with Knight’s engaging puppets, Knight’s performance will debut a new original piece about friendship and adversity “A Circle of Friends,” featuring characters based on simple geometric shapes. Northampton Community Music Center. 413-585-0001. 139 South St, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 2pm – NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: “Through an Indian’s Looking Glass: William Apess, Pequot,” part of a series devoted to re-centering indigenous peoples’ experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories. Consider William Apess as a voice of and for indigenous survival and identity in the nineteenth century. New insights will bring to light Native men and women as active participants and autonomous history makers. Presented by Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University. Garonzik Auditorium, Deerfield Academy. 413-775-7214. 4 Little Meadow Rd, Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 3-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/FARSI: A Farsi Funk Big Band featuring Yvette Saatchi Perez (Smith College ’89). Farsi funk, which was the popular music of Iran in the ’60s and ’70s, takes its influences from all around the world. Yvette felt such affinity with the music that in 2011 she founded the Farsi funk band Mitra Sumara, which roughly translates to “the light of our friendship.” Free and open to the public. Sage Hall. Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, March 24, 3:30-5:30pm – PURIM/PASTRY ARTS: Purim Justice Fair & Hamantaschen Bake-Off! Begins with a puppet show, “The People of Purim,” followed by justice fair activities. Enter your hamantaschen for the judged contest. Beit Ahavah, The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton. 413-587-3770. 130 Pine St, Florence, MA.


MONDAY

Monday, March 25, 10:30am – MUSIC/MOVEMENT: Harmonious Happenings Drop In. Drop in for a musical morning led by music therapist Renee Coro. 0-3yo with a caretaker, siblings are welcome. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, March 25, 11am – STORYTIME/INFANT: Read books, sing songs, play with puppets and toys, and meet other babies and caregivers at the library. The first 20 minutes are storytime, followed by 40 minutes of free play with toys. For ages 0-18 months. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 25, 3-4pm – SOCIAL JUSTICE/THEATER: Once a month a local artist visits the Teen Arts Program to talk about their work and their life as an artist at the Forbes Library. This month Trenda Loftin is coming to talk about social justice and theatre. Exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality has been at the heart of her work. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm – STEM/CARTOGRAPHY: 3D printers have become ubiquitous in recent years. They can create a three-dimensional object from a numerical description. This means that anyone with the proper tools and access to a 3D printer can make any ordinary object such as a keychain, crescent wrench or flower pot. With the right data, unusual objects can also be created. In this talk, “3D Printing & Raised Relief Maps,” find out how data collected by RADAR from space or LASERs from aircraft can be used to create raised relief maps of the earth. It’s simpler than it sounds. Come explore how mathematics and software is used to turn raw data into unique 3D printable objects. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.


TUESDAY

Tuesday, March 26, 1:30pm – STORYTIME/PRESCHOOL – Enjoy books, songs, puppets and props, and an open-ended art activity designed to encourage exploration and creativity! For ages 3-5. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 pm – CREATIVITY/TEENS: Do you know a teen/tween who loves to draw? Mix paint? Invent colors? Sarah Ahearn Bellamare, author of Painted Pages, will be on hand at the library to lead an art, color, pattern, and fun workshop with a focus on pom poms! Open to all middle school and high school students. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm – MANUFACTURING/LOCAL HISTORY: Do you know why Westfield is referred to as “Whip City?*” Industries and products that have been manufactured often have a significant impact on the culture and landscape of a community. “Made in Westfield” is an exhibit that takes a look at 45 companies and their products spacing the 19th-21st centuries in Westfield. From the early industries of bring and ice making powder mills and furniture building the tumor unique manufacturing g of hoop skirts, bathtubs, extracts & flavors, stoves, marble, bicycles, *whips, paper, golf clubs, piano legs, and organ pipes. This exhibit showcases some of the areas long-standing manufacturers and their product — a unique lens into learning about local history. Westfield Athenaeum. 413-568-7833. 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm – ART STUDIES/LITERATURE: A Space of One’s Own: Silence, Solitude, and Creativity, a presentation by Barry Deitz. Delve into the minds and worlds of writers and artists who have used the concepts of silence and solitude to influence their creativity. Thoreau, Woolf, Pynchon, Salinger, Sarton, Darger, and others will be discussed. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8pm – HERBALISM/CULINARY ARTS: Kitchen Witch: Bringing Ritual into the Kitchen. Join local herbalist Adrie Rose for a workshop about tools for bringing ritual and magick to everyday cooking and kitchen tasks. There is a long fruitful history of magick and ritual in kitchen work. Participants will discuss some of the ways that may have looked in the past, and some of the ways it can look in the present, including songs, blessings, intentions, and the magickal uses of kitchen herbs. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 7pm – STEM/WOMEN’S HISTORY: Science on Screen: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. This documentary tells the story of Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. Introduction by Katherine Aidala of Mount Holyoke College. (Trailer. 88 mins. Directed by Alexandra Dean. NR. 2017) Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, March 26, 7-8:30pm – GARDENING/ENTOMOLOGY: Grown in Westhampton hosts “Good Bug vs. Bad Bug” with Master Gardener, George Stephan. Learn how to promote good insects and to entice them to make your garden their home. Also, strategies to deal with “bad” insects in the garden will be covered and how to avoid costly and harmful chemicals to solve your problems. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, March 27, 12noon-3pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/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 27, 3-5pm: DENDROLOGY/URBAN GARDENING: Hands-on Tree Pruning Workshop. Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban Foresters for a free tree pruning workshop. Learn in the field from a certified Arborist with over 40 years of experience as we prune street trees in Pittsfield. Topics will include proper pruning technique, safety, when to prune particular species, and common pruning mistakes. March is a great time to get your trees ready for the coming growing season. Learn in the field in this interactive workshop. Registration is required. 413-717-1255. Pittsfield, MA

Wednesday, March 27, 4pm – PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS: Printmaking Workshop with Leslie di Curcio Marra. In a series of printmaking workshops, participants will experiment with different types of printmaking: 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 27, 6:30-8:30pm – DISABILITIES/OPTHALMOLOGY: Going Blind is a 2010 documentary about vision loss. In it, Peabody award-winning Director Joseph Lovett interweaves the stories of everyday people with different levels of vision. The film discusses prevention, detection and treatment of vision problems and how folks with vision loss can continue to live active and full lives. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion about activism on behalf of blind people and people with disabilities in general. Trailer. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 -7:30pm – STEM/CODING: Learn to Code with Scratch. Using Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the incredible worldwide Scratch online community. All levels of Scratch experience are welcome to attend. Best for ages 9+. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30pm – BOTANY/COMMUNITY MEAL: What’s in a Plant Name? Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide is a popular book with an easy-to-use key for identifying wildflowers, perfect for beginners and beyond to learn these plants. As scientists have learned more about our wildflowers, they’ve reclassified and changed the scientific names of a number of them. Bring your Newcomb’s book, a pen, and a potluck dinner item. We’ll review the changes, update our books, and share a meal in the company of other wildflower enthusiasts. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, March 28, 9:30am-4pm – COLONIAL HISTORY/EXPERIENTAL LEARNING: A day of hands-on workshops will give your child(ren) the chance to experiment with food science, learn about the chemistry of making clay into pottery, try their hands at basic woodworking, and more! Workshop options include open-hearth cooking (dairy), working with clay, fence building, candles and tin candleholder, wool dyeing, and more! Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Thursday, March 28, 5-7pm – ART STUDIES: Join the Mead Art Museum for a keynote talk with American Art Curator Vanja Malloy as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early twentieth century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” at the opening reception. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, March 28, 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 28, 6-9pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER: Cocktails for a Cause to support the Northampton Parents Center. Held at The Green Room, this elegant fundraiser will include savory & sweet food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, a silent auction with art and local products, and more. The Green Room. 28 Center St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, March 28, 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

Friday, March 29, 10am – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/TODDLERS: Listen to stories and songs, move around, and have fun with puppets and bubbles! A longer, more active storytime for ages 18-36 months. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, March 29, 10am–5pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY: For Women’s History Month, check out the exhibit, “Taking Care of Business: A Century of Women and Work in Springfield.” This exhibit traces the history of local women in the 20th century as they respond to the changes and challenges of their times. For some this meant entering the workforce in traditional and non-traditional ways, for others it was a call to non-paid work for the betterment of their community, and for most women, it meant questioning their traditional roles at some point in their lives. From the era of the Suffragettes to the appointment of Springfield’s first woman mayor this exhibit looks at the story of Springfield women in transition. Springfield Museums. Wood Museum of Springfield History. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, March 29, 4-8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/DRUMMING: One Earth Drum Dance at Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. One Earth Drum Dance Co is for teens ages 12-18 to aspire and achieve creative confidence through innovative cultural experiences that support vibrancy and artistic brilliance. Drum dance is a diverse, spirited, life-affirming celebration. Emphasis placed on personal development, well being, and collective rapport. Rehearsals and creative process will be directed with a focus on artistic integrity, technical development and freedom to explore. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-253-2848. 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, March 29, 6-8pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Have you heard the telltale peep of the woodcock looking for a mate to do its early spring sky dance? If not you are in for a treat that will likely become an annual tradition, you’ll be hooked. Join local birder and naturalist, Dan Ziomek for a special spring event. Recommended for adults and young people ages 9+.Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, March 29, 6:30-8:30pm – ART STUDIES/INTERGENERATIONAL: Join Rapoza Center for the Arts for their Family Paint Night for parents/caregivers and kids ages 6+. They will be making acrylic paintings on canvas. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks provided. Rapoza Center for the Arts. 508-287-5465. 98 Summer St. Adams, MA.

Friday, March 29, 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.


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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  1. March 31, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Celebrate Passover at LYA 1148 Converse Street in Longmeaodw, MA.
    On Friday, April 19, the seder will begin with a pre-seder buffet of a variety of fish, salads and soup at 6:30 p.m. Following the food, there will be interactive Passover activities, stories and songs led by Rabbi Noach and Esther Kosofsky.

    This will lead into the start of the seder and kiddush, drinking the first cup of wine. The seder will be conducted at a slightly faster pace. A seder dinner will be served after the reading of the hagadah. Participants are welcome to attend the seder at LYA for as long as they wish.

    The second seder night, Saturday, April 20 will follow a more traditional format and will begin at 8 p.m., and end around 11:30 p.m. It will be led by Rabbi Chaim and Rochel Leah Kosofsky and promises to be interactive for all participants.

    The cost for a seder is $15 an adult; $7.50 a child and $45 a family. To reserve, please contact the office at info@LYA.org or (413) 567-8665.

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  2. March 31, 2019 at 9:49 am

    On Passover the focus of the seder revolves around matza, the unleavened bread that is baked in under eighteen minutes. Join Chabad Hebrew School and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) as we bake matza in preparation for Passover.

    Participants will learn about the process of how matza is created. Each participant will walk away with a fresh matza that they made. The Model Matza Bakery will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 1148 Converse Street, Longmeadow, MA. This event is open to children aged 5-12. Cost is $5 a child.

    The children will participate in the entire process from the wheat grinding until the baking. During the Model Matza Bakery children will use water and flour booths and a millstone for grinding the wheat.

    Major funding for the Model Matza Bakery is provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. RSVP is a must. Please email info@lya.org or call 413-567-8665.

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