Learn Local. Play Local.: Raptors to Folk Art. Postcards to Pancakes.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

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These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, April 13-19, 2019… Scroll down, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!


Value: CITIZEN SCIENCE

NATIONAL OBSERVATION DAY: CITIZEN SCIENCE DAY

CBEdu EVENT: CITIZEN SCIENCE
Saturday, April 13, 10:30am-12noon – Today is Citizen Science Day, an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! To participate in Western MA, people of all ages are invited to the Meekins Library for a morning of projects. If you have a personal portable or mobile device, you are encouraged to bring it! Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.


Interest: FOLK ART

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: SLAVIC EASTER EGG
“In Bukovina, a northern region of Romania, the Easter tradition of dyeing eggs has been elevated into an art form. Filmmaker Titus-Armand Napirlica along with production company Jungles in Paris profiles the beautiful work of Elena Craciunescu in The Egg Painter. Craciunescu is one of a dozen egg painters in the small village of Ciocăneşti. The town’s buildings feature elaborate motifs, which are reflected in the decorated eggs. Using a process similar to batik, Craciunescu uses an iron-tipped stick, called a kishitze, to apply a wax design onto a clean and drained egg. She then dips the egg into a dye bath and repeats the process of “painting” with wax and submerging it into other dyes to create a layering effect. The wax acts as a shield between each dye bath, allowing the egg to retain color from the previous dip. In the final stage the egg is held up to a heat source that melts the wax and leaves behind a stunning pattern.” – National Geographic

CBEdu EVENT: EUROPEAN CRAFT/EASTER
Saturday, April 13, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm – Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations. The Slavic Easter egg is a wax-resistant technique which employs aniline dye later in the process. The decorating begins with drawing on the egg with wax, followed by immersion in the dye, with repeated wax drawing and dying as desired. The eggs are uncooked and are “blown” out after the decorating has been completed. The eggs may be displayed, when stored carefully, for an indefinite number of years. Best for ages 12+. RSVP: 413-637-3206. Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum former gatehouse. 55 Kemble St., Lenox, MA.

 


Interest: GEOGRAPHY/COMMUNICATION

CBEdu EVENT: DELTIOLOGY
Sunday, April 14, 1-3pm – PVMA Presents: The Secret World of Deltiology, the study of postcards! The field of deltiology has a loyal following-but what is it? The term – the study and collecting of picture postcards – was coined in 1945. Learn local deltiologists’ secrets. Why do they collect, what are they looking for, and where do they find the postcards they collect? After the program, help keep the art of postcard writing alive by sending a message to someone special on a complimentary stamped postcard and maybe catch the deltiological bug yourself! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

SELF-INITIATED ACTIVITY: GEOGRAPHY

 


Interest: NATIVE AMERICAN

CBEdu EVENT: NATIVE AMERICAN/DANCE
Saturday, April 13, 10am-6pm – 38th Annual UMass Powwow. The UMass Amherst Native American Student Association will host the 38th Annual UMass Powwow at UMass Amherst, bringing together Native and non-Native students of the Pioneer Valley together for an intertribal dance and celebration! Free admission. Curry Hicks Cage. 1 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA.


Interest: NATIVE SPECIES/CONSERVATION

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: BATS
Black fly and mosquito season will soon be here! And your local bat colony couldn’t be happier! Native bat species are welcomed methods for controlling insect populations. Have y’all ever seen the bat houses at the University of Florida in Gainesville? An estimated 300,000 bats call these houses home, the world’s largest occupied bat houses. Check out this video which features these bat houses and spotlights the benefits of bats! Want to learn more about this project? Visit the Florida Museum online: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/bats

CBEdu EVENT: BAT HOUSES
Saturday, April 13, 12:30-2pm – Bat Box Building Workshop with Mass Audubon. Bat houses on your property are a great way to support these declining but important predators of flying insects. Get crafty in our cozy red barn and build something that will improve wildlife habitat in your neighborhood. Learn about bats in our area and their natural history. Bat boxes make a great addition to your community, helping to keep away pesky insects like mosquitoes naturally. This 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. Preregister. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

SELF-INITIATED ACTIVITY: MYO BAT BOX

 


Value: COMMUNITY MEAL

CBEdu EVENT: PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Sunday, April 14, 8-11am – Middlefield Fair April Pancake Breakfast. When thinking about ways to engage in your community that support your interests, also consider ways to promote your family values. Community meals offer implicit learning opportunities by providing an intergenerational environment for community members of all ages to share stories and make connections at the “kitchen table.” Community meals, like the annual all-you-can-eat Middlefield Fair Pancake Breakfast, raise funds that support community agricultural traditions! Served with local maple syrup and blueberries (Cash only). Middlefield Town Hall, Middlefield, MA.

SELF-INITIATE ACTIVITY: CULINARY ARTS/EVENT HOSTING
If you can’t eat wheat, gluten, or diary, or choose to stay away from refined grains or sugar, a community pancake breakfast might make you fell a little left out. So host your own community pancake breakfast during maple syrup season! It doesn’t have to be a big ta-do. Just invite a few friends and/or neighborhood families over, assigning each one a dish to bring (think: mixed fruit salad, frittata, bacon & eggs), leaving the flapjack flippin’ up to you! Since your the chef, you get to select your recipe, serving up pancakes that fit the dietary restrictions of both host and guests! Here’s a recipe to get you going that does not include grains, dairy, nor sugar.

 


Observation Days: BIRTHDAYS

CBEdu EVENT: LEONARDO DA VINCI
Sunday, April 14, 12-3pm – Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. Italian artist, scientist, engineer. An all-round genius whose paintings and inventions changed the world. Take an interactive journey through his life and works to discover what made him a true Renaissance man.” Then on Sunday afternoon, celebrate Leonardo’s 567th Birthday at the Berkshire Museum Museum docents will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the interactive components in the exhibit, “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion.” If you have time, check with your local library to see if they have a free museum pass for library patrons to check out. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: LEONARDO DA VINCI
“Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most diversely talented individuals of all time. His ‘unquenchable curiosity’ led him to make discoveries and inventions that were beyond his time, not to mention his numerous artistic masterpieces. Today on SciShow, Hank takes us into the mind of this Renaissance Man and explores some of his many contributions to the world.” – SciShow


 

Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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