50 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 30-April 5, 2019

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Nearly 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

Open House Apr 4

Open House on April 4 at 6pm! Brattleboro School Without Walls, Oak Meadow’s part-time high school program allows students to free their education and pursue their passions. Enrollment includes 3 accredited Oak Meadow courses, project-based learning and seminar-style classes with Oak Meadow teachers, and the ability to earn high school credit through mentorships, partner organizations, travel, dual enrollment, and independent projects. Free and open to the public, refreshments, and time to chat with teachers and current students. The Brooks House, 132 Main St., Brattleboro, VT. Send questions to info@oakmeadow.com.

Apr 6

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, live on stage Saturday, April 6 at 1pm and 4:30pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Experience the powerful story of a young woman who discovers the true meaning of love in an unexpected place. A moving ballet based on the French tale made famous by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is full of whimsy and magic. PVB’s original production features choreography by Artistic Directors Thomas Vacanti and Maryanne Kodzis, with characters dancing to the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Apr 8-12 & 15-19

April School Vacation at the New England Air Museum. Swing into spring with two weeks of hands-on family fun from April 8-12 and April 15-19 at the New England Air Museum. Daily activities include climb-aboard experiences in historic aircraft, hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Flight Science Demonstrations, Computerized Flight Simulators and much more! Check the schedule for featured days: LEGO Brick Flying Machine Contest, parachute drop, straw rocket build, paper airplane challenge, kites in flight, Easter egg hunt and more. All activities are included in the price of Museum admission. Details at www.neam.org.

May 24-27

Family Camp: Multi-Generational Music, Folk Dance, and Art is happening in the Hilltowns over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27! Come stay overnight at the beautiful Rowe Center and revel in four days of artistic play for all generations with Rachel Gibson, Ph.D. and Walter Cudnohufsky as your creative co-leaders! Under the proven adage that “everyone is an artist and musician,” Rachel and Walter will provide a safe and nurturing environment to explore the arts. Come prepared to be moved and uplifted! You’ll leave with songs in your heart, matted pieces of art in your hand, resources to continue the experience, and cherished memories. Open to all. No prior experience necessary. For more info and to register online, visit rowecenter.org or call 413-229-4954.

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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

Apr 6

Are you expecting a baby? Do you want to learn about local resources and partners? Come to the Hampshire Perinatal Coalition’s first annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 6, from 11am-1pm in the cafeteria at Jackson Street School in Northampton. Information, snacks, play activities, car seat checks, & free raffle held in the cafeteria. Before the shower, from 9:30-11:30am, spend the morning playing in the gymnasium & outside at the Children’s Festival, then scoot next door to the cafeteria for the event. For more information, call 413-587-1471, email earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or visit online: www.northamptonfamilies.com/baby-resources.

Open House Apr 10

Accepting applications for fall 2019. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209 or visit www.bement.org.

FEATURED SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

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 Hillprovides 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-Trainingprogram 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.

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.comkidsartandnature.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.comwww.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.comsarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

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.edudeerfield.edu/experimentory

Jul 8 – Aug 23

Shakespeare & Company’s Riotous Youth Summer Theatre Program. Lenox, MA ♦ These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7 to 17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 8-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 ♦ jenniejadow@shakespeare.orgwww.shakespeare.org

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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

HILLTOWN FAMILIES’ DIRECTORIES

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 30 – April, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

Saturday

Saturday, March 30, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Frank is back to ring in the spring with Rolie Polie Guacamole’s new Baseball song “Ay Batta Batta” as well as playing songs about friends, including some of his own friends, like his dad Lou Gallo, Dean Jones, and Brady Rymer, who are all playing on the kindie super group Like Father Like Son’s debut album “Sun is a Star”. The show also features songs about aquatic and flying friends. 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 30, 9:30am-3pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: Meltdown XI! Live children’s music and illustrator/authors, puppet shows, and storytelling, including: The Deedle Deedle Dees, Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza, Mister G, The Nields, Talking Hands Theater, Tom Knight Puppets, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Petting farm. Bounce house, circus, food court, vendors and so much more. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 10am-12noon – HIKE/INTERGENERATIONALHike Dynamite Box Trail in the Chester Blandford State Forest. Hike from Chester past the Sanderson Falls into Blandford. Join Western Mass Hilltown Hikers for a two-hour loop hike exploring the lesser traveled areas of the Chester Blandford State Forest. Best for older children/teens and adults. Chester-Blandford State Forest. Chester, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 10am-12noon – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY: Pop Up Play Day at the Berkshire Museum. Join the museum for a morning of child-directed play! The big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground™ encourage children to build and rebuild, exploring innovative play equipment that leads to collaboration. Included with regular Museum admission. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 10:30am – STEM/3D PRINTING: Learn about 3D Design & Printing and Robotics and a DIY workshop designed to teach how to use a 3D printer. Whately Library. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 11am – FAMILY CONCERT: Family Concert featuring popular local children’s music group In the Nick of Time at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Husband and wife duo, Nick Deyscher and Tracey Freitag, along with their bandmates make up In the Nick of Time. Their music has influences ranging from pop, rock, and rap to disco, reggae, jazz, and funk. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 11am-1pm – CONSERVATION/ORNITHOLOGY: Save Our Swallows (SOS), a dedicated group of volunteers working to save what might be the largest Barn Swallow colony in MA which nests in an abandoned stables building at Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge, is organizing their second Stand for the Swallows. Barn Swallow populations in New England have declined by 50% since the mid-80s, and most recently are undergoing even steeper declines. Barn Swallows are not listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, but, like so many other avian species, are of conservation to concern to scientists and researchers. The good news is this past season 35+ pairs nested in this stable, and community members are invited to support the cause of protecting this family of birds. Opportunity to learn not only about the importance of this native species, but to see community organizing in action. Corner of Rt 9 and the entrance to Staples/US Fish & Wildlife complex. Hadley, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 12:30pm – FILM/FINE ART: Screening of Michelangelo – Love and Death offers a cinematic journey through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican, to the print and drawing rooms of Europe, to explore Michelangelo’s tempestuous life. The film goes in search of a greater understanding of this charismatic and enigmatic figure, both through his relationships with his contemporaries and his ongoing artistic legacy. The film invites audiences to intimately examine Michelangelo’s art and artistic process – from the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo sourced his marble, to the new technology being used to attribute works. (91 mins. Directed by David Bickerstaff. NR. 2015. Trailer) Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 1-2pm – ASTRONOMY: Public solar observing happens every clear Saturday at the UMass Sunwheel. A telescope with a solar filter, managed by amateur astronomer Tom Whitney, will be available for viewing the Sun. UMass Sunwheel. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 1pm – AUTHOR TALK/MINDFULNESS: People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Hannah Fries invites readers to bask in the company of trees, whether in a city park or a rural nature preserve. Fries will read from her new book Forest Bathing Retreat and discuss her interdisciplinary approach to the concept of forest bathing–a refreshing mix of literature, science, wonder, and the simple art of paying attention. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 2pm – 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 30, 5:30-8:30pm – ECOLOGY/VERNAL POOLS: Enjoy an enchanted family evening with guided tours, leaving the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45-minute magical forest trail where participants will meet costumed characters from vernal pools, the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp can breed. Meet some of these critters and learn about their lives through short animated and humorous skits. Indoors, learn more about vernal pools through games, slide presentations, and live pond critters. Big Night at Arcadia Wiidlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FIREFIGHTING: A screening of Wildland will take place in the little cinema at the Berkshire Museum. Wildland tells the story of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, love, and defeat throughout a single fire season. What emerges is a story of a small group of working-class men, their exterior world, their interior lives, and the fire that lies between. (Dcumentary, not rated, 55 min., 2018. Trailer). Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 7-10pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Get out the bobby sox and the blue suede shoes for an evening of 1950s food, dance, and fun at Silverthorne Theater’s spring spectacular benefit party. The Perch, Hawks & Reed’s fourth-floor performance space, will be transformed into THE hot spot for a 50s-style sock hop – think of all those high school gyms suddenly becoming places of anticipation and romance. From 7-7:30 pm, dance instructors will teach newbies (or veterans who need a refresher) swing, jitterbug, and good old rock and roll! And what would a sock hop be without pizza? ­­­­­Multiple area pizza houses will vie for the top spot in a Battle of the Pies with partygoers enjoying sample bites from each before casting their votes. Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center. 413-768-7514. 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, March 30, 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.


Sunday

Sunday, March 31, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. Frank is back to ring in the spring with Rolie Polie Guacamole’s new Baseball song “Ay Batta Batta” as well as playing songs about friends, including some of his own friends, like his dad Lou Gallo, Dean Jones, and Brady Rymer, who are all playing on the kindie super group Like Father Like Son’s debut album “Sun is a Star”. The show also features songs about aquatic and flying friends. 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 31, 11am- Monday, April 1, 10am – FARMING/VETERINARY SCIENCE: Winterberry Farm is hosting Lambing Days- and Nights. Many of their lambs will be born about this time. Families (of all configurations) are invited to spend a day and night on the farm to hang out with the sheep all day, spend time with the other farm animals, and do farm chores- or not. If lucky, witness a birth, but for sure, little lambs will be bouncing around. Other dates are available too. Winterberry Farm. 413-624-3940. 340 Wilson Hill Rd, Colrain, MA.

Sunday, March 31, 2-4pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/CULINARY ARTS: If you could make a piece of art that describes your favorite book, what would it look like? If you created a food whose flavor matches your family’s favorite story, what would it taste like? And what do you think would happen if you combined your art piece with the book’s perfect flavor match? Create a real-life edible artistic masterpiece – just like you’ve imagined! – by participating in Forbes Library’s event, Edible Book Northampton! The Edible Book is an international event where people use food to create representations of books, either a specific title or a generic ‘book.’ Celebrity judges come up with awards for all entries, and after the award presentations, everyone gets to eat the entries. Some create. Some attend. Everyone eats! Fundraiser for the library. Florence Civic Center. 90 Park Street, Florence, MA.

  • DYK… Edible Book iextends beyond the Pioneer Valley – it celebrates the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author of The Physiology of Taste, an early 19th century meditation on food and taste!

Sunday, March 31, 2:15-5:30pm – FILM STUDIES: Mountainfilm on Tour visits Hampshire College bringing a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. Held at the Franklin Patterson Hall here in Western MA, the show will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: using the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Franklin Patterson Hall. 893 West St, South Amherst, MA.

Sunday, March 31, 4-5:30pm – MINDFULNESS/PARENTING: Parenting is hard work- there are so many needs to balance. Parents are sometimes given the metaphor of being on an airplane and told that in the event of an emergency, place the oxygen mask over their mouth first before attending to their children. How do parents achieve the ability to be aware of their own needs when a toddler is screaming, a preschooler throwing a tantrum, an elementary school child demanding more screen time? The workshop, “Using Mindfulness to be the Best Parent for Yourself and Your Child,” will give parents tools to settle themselves in these tough parenting moments and respond rather than react to their child. This workshop will be geared towards parents of young children; however, all are welcome. Childcare will be provided but must be reserved. RSVP. Free and open to the community. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-517-2226. 193. Locust St., Northampton, MA

Sunday, March 31, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FIREFIGHTING: A screening of Wildland will take place in the little cinema at the Berkshire Museum. Wildland tells the story of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, love, and defeat throughout a single fire season. What emerges is a story of a small group of working-class men, their exterior world, their interior lives, and the fire that lies between. (Dcumentary, not rated, 55 min., 2018. Trailer). Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.


Monday

Monday, April 1, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Durfee Conservatory, located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and established in 1867, has a rich history. Tucked away in a hustling and bustling campus of over 25,000 students, this greenhouse complex is a sanctuary of calm and serenity. Greenhouses include Bonsai-Camellia, Epiphyte/Vine, Tropical, and Succulents. Durfee Conservatory. 413-545-5234. 210 Stockbridge Road. Amherst, MA.

Monday, April 1, 10am-5pm – ART EXHIBIT/LEONARDO DA VINCI: Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion on view at the Berkshire Museum through May 19, 2019. This exhibit features 40 full-size working models of Leonardo da Vinci’s innovative designs, from flying machines to an early robot. Each mechanism is accompanied by Leonardo’s drawings and a descriptive narrative of his life. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, April 1, 1:30pm & 7pm : FILM STUDIES/FIREFIGHTING: A screening of Wildland will take place in the little cinema at the Berkshire Museum. Wildland tells the story of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, love, and defeat throughout a single fire season. What emerges is a story of a small group of working-class men, their exterior world, their interior lives, and the fire that lies between. (Dcumentary, not rated, 55 min., 2018. Trailer). Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, April 1, 6:30-8pm – PARENTING/ADHD: Northampton Area Pediatrics host a monthly Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. Join other area parents and caregivers to: Receive ADHD information and support; Be heard without being judged; Hear how others cope with similar issues and challenges; Learn about local resources for families; Hear from area specialists on pertinent topics; Learn new strategies to try at home; Leave feeling empowered and hopeful. Light refreshments will be available. ValleyADHDfamilies@gmail.com. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-584-8700193. Locust St., Northampton, MA.


Tuesday

Tuesday, April 2, 10am-4pm – BOTANY: The Durfee Conservatory, located on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and established in 1867, has a rich history. Tucked away in a hustling and bustling campus of over 25,000 students, this greenhouse complex is a sanctuary of calm and serenity. Greenhouses include Bonsai-Camellia, Epiphyte/Vine, Tropical, and Succulents. Durfee Conservatory. 413-545-5234. 210 Stockbridge Road. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, April 2, 4:30-5:30pm – PHYSICS/YO-YO: Yo-Yo School at A2Z. Open to all ages. Read how Yo-Yo school encourages understanding of physics alongside tremendous manual dexterity. Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, April 2, 5:30-7:30pm – TEEN MOVIE NIGHT: Teen and Tween Pizza and Movie Night. Screening of “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, April 2, 6-8pm – GEOGRAPHY/SCIENCE: Annual homeschool geography and science expo is an intergenerational geography fair featuring the work of students from all school choices throughout Berkshire County and beyond. It’s free to participate and open to all. Want to participate? Select a country or science topic, sign up, and get busy studying and preparing your presentation. Elaine Caligiuri will keep track of the country selections and science topics. You can contact her at earthspirit22@yahoo.com or 516-643-5764. The expo takes place at the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium. Corner of Wendell and East Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Tuesday, April 2, 7 pm – FINANCIAL LITERACY: As part of Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, join the Jones Library for a free workshop called “Investing Basics,” aimed at helping attendees make educated decisions with their money. Whether you want to buy a home, pay down debt or start saving for retirement, the talk will show how a goals-based approach helps you get there. The basics of investing used by nearly all investors will be discussed, and there will be a time for questions. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.


Wednesday

Wednesday, April 3, 9am-12noon – FARM-BASED LEARNING: Homeschool Farm Program in the Hilltowns. Explore the fields and woods of Red Gate Farm to learn about natural history, farming and living close to the land. Farm chores are an integral part of each day, working together caring for the farm animals, spending most of time outdoors participating in activities that incorporate the skills of leadership, communication and teamwork. Ages 7-12.Red Gate Farm. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road, Ashfield, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 1-2 pm: PHENOLOGY/MIGRATION: How do animals survive their incredible migratory journeys? Youth ages 6-12 are invited to find out via stories, activities, and crafts! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 4pm – PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS: Printmaking Workshop with Leslie di Curcio Marra. In a series of printmaking workshops, participants will experiment with different types of printmaking. This final workshop in the series will focus on Gelli Plates! 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 in advance. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 6pm – HISTORY/HERBALISM: Today history comes deodorized, but what about the past? “Grounded Goodwife: Making Herbal Reed Diffusers” is a workshop with mother/daughter which includes grimace-worthy historical tidbits and information about the medicinal benefits of various herbs and essential oils. Create your own 4-ounce herbal reed diffuser based on your preferences/needs. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 7–8pm: MUSIC STUDIES/STEM: All are invited to an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm – RECONCILIATION ECOLOGY: Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Naturalist, Ted Watt. Consider birds that will choose to live in your yard and garden if you create the right habitat for them. Review the special lives of some of these birds and then talk about plantings and other means of attracting birds to share your habitat. Reconciliation Ecology is a new term to describe efforts to make living spaces friendlier to other species. Ted will provide a handout list of plantings that are “bird-friendly.” Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30-10:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: All-University Orchestra, hosted by UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will have a free performance. Morihiko Nakahara, conductor. Grace Church Parish. 14 Boltwood Ave. Amherst, MA.


Thursday

Thursday, April 4, 3:45-5:30pm – GARDENING/BOTANY: Garden Girls, free weekly gardening program for girls ages 13-17, is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe place to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands-on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID and gardening allows us to connect to each other and the land. Garden Girls will be planting public access gardens and fruit trees throughout Holyoke, transforming ignored and unused spaces into delicious and productive forest gardens! Meet at Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Thursday, April 4, 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.

Open House Apr 4

Open House on April 4 at 6pm! Brattleboro School Without Walls, Oak Meadow’s part-time high school program allows students to free their education and pursue their passions. Enrollment includes 3 accredited Oak Meadow courses, project-based learning and seminar-style classes with Oak Meadow teachers, and the ability to earn high school credit through mentorships, partner organizations, travel, dual enrollment, and independent projects. Free and open to the public, refreshments, and time to chat with teachers and current students. The Brooks House, 132 Main St., Brattleboro, VT. Send questions to info@oakmeadow.com.

Thursday, April 4, 6pm: TEENS/CRAFTS: Young Adult Creative Lounge: Duct Tape Crafts- Get crafty with duct tape- choose from many different projects to make with a variety of great patterns and prints. Ages 12+. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm – EVENING STORYHOUR: Working caregivers will appreciate a Pajama Story Time, an opportunity to enjoy a community storyhour after work hours. Kids get to wear their P.J.’s, bring their favorite snuggly, and listen to stories, sing songs and make a craft! Ages 3+. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.

Thursday, April 4, 7pm – FINANCIAL LITERACY: As part of Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, join the Jones Library for a free workshop called “Budgeting 101.” No matter what your financial situation is like, managing your money can be overwhelming. Attend this judgment-free session to get some tips on how to simplify the process. Learn how to analyze where your money is going now, how you can make changes to that, and how to make sure that you spend and save money strategically. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, April 4, 7pm – THEATER/BROADWAY: Blithe Spirit. Winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival, Blithe Spirit tells the story of cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira. This show offers audiences the opportunity to support local actors as they present this iconic comedy, written by this British playwright Noel Coward, known for both his wit and writing of more than 50 plays! Performances will be held at South Hadley High School. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm – THEATER/SOCIAL ISSUES: Sweat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town. Sweat features well-drawn characters that stir us to think about how we can overlook the various ways hate presents itself and how close it is to us, until we are forced to confront it. This piece engages audiences in an exploration of one of the most critical social topics of our time. Performances will be held in The Curtain Theater at th Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA.


Friday

Friday, April 5, 10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/STORY HOUR: Learn about our wildlife neighbors, beavers, who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. The program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, April 5, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SWING MUSIC: Swing music was danceable music in the ’30s & ’40s during what was known as the swing era. This style of music became popular in thanks to many big bands and bandleaders, like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Enjoy an evening of Big Band Swing favorites with an 8-piece ensemble among the stacks at the Clapp Memorial Library. Before arriving, check out this video which provides a brief introduction to this style of music along with musicians previously mentioned. Learn about slang terms associatd with swing music and different dances too. Clapp Memorial Library. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street, Belchertown, MA.

Friday, April 5, 7pm – THEATER/BROADWAY: Blithe Spirit. Winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival, Blithe Spirit tells the story of cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira. This show offers audiences the opportunity to support local actors as they present this iconic comedy, written by this British playwright Noel Coward, known for both his wit and writing of more than 50 plays! Performances will be held at South Hadley High School. 153 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA.

Friday, April 5, 7-8:30pm – VARIETY SHOW: The Ding Dong Show. Grab some friends and put together a short act (singing, dancing, magic, storytelling, comedy), then take the stage and entertain the crowd! Call to register ahead of time or arrive at 6:30pm. Open to all ages. Come enjoy local talent! All donations at the door go to the Heifer Project. Grange Hall. 413-588-7793. 10 Main St. Williamsburg, MA.

Friday, April 5, 7:30pm – THEATER/SOCIAL ISSUES: Sweat. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s play deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town. Sweat features well-drawn characters that stir us to think about how we can overlook the various ways hate presents itself and how close it is to us, until we are forced to confront it. This piece engages audiences in an exploration of one of the most critical social topics of our time. Performances will be held in The Curtain Theater at th Fine Arts Center at UMass.151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA.

Friday, April 5, 7:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Center for the Arts invites you to its debut signature party, Penny’s From Heaven, at Northampton’s hottest venue. Join them for an evening of music and dancing with DJ Johnny Memphis, colorful cuisine, creative cocktails, and special guests. Festive attire (vintage and retro encouraged!) All proceeds benefit community arts. Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street. 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, Shutesbury, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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