50 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 20-26, 2019

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 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.

Bulletin Board

Apr 18

Poem in your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 18 from 11am-4pm, celebrate National Poetry Month with the whole family on this special day at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA! In addition to free admission to all who can recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory, visitors can join in on a variety of activities, including the making of your very own poetry notebook or poetry wreath, and participation in a writing workshop for budding poets. Carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it at their “selfie station” using #pocketpoem. More details at EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Apr 27 & 28

Daffodil Days in Downtown Amherst – A celebration of spring! You’re invited to stroll a Daffodil Chalk Walk, enjoy a Dessert Crawl, & take a Daffodil Run. On April 27, several local artists will have their chalk creations in bloom on the downtown sidewalks. Pick up a map of locations at the Amherst Downtown (BID) tent at the Sustainability Festival on the town common. Free chalk available, courtesy of sponsor TD Bank so you can add your creation to the sidewalks. If you need a pick-me-up, consider the Dessert Crawl, $10 for 10 desserts. Advance tix at A.J. Hastings & available day of at the Visitors Info Center (Crawl starts at 1pm.) April 28, 9th annual Daffodil Run, begins at Kendrick Park at 9am. Visit Downtown Daffodil Days for info.

Apr 27

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.

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Featured Class

Private Lessons

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at colinwardmusic84@gmail.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.

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.

Featured Summer Programs

Jul 8 – Aug 2

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Roots Youth Summer Programs. Westfield, MA ♦ Roots Summer Vacation Programs offer full-day activities for ages 5-12 years old. Regular hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All summer program attendees will participate in activities at the three major facilities on the Roots campus: 1) Roots Gymnastics Center, 2) Roots Aquatics Center and 3) Roots Athletics Center. Attendees will rotate between the three facilities each day participating in activities such as gymnastics, swim, soccer and other turf sports, S.T.E.M., crafts, games, water slide and so much more! Full week Program is $285/week. Three Day Program is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday ($185/week) Early Drop Off is available at 7:30 AM and Late Pick-Up ends at 5:30 PM ($5 for each occurrence). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 5-12yo. Contact: 413-562-2333 & 413-568-2782 ♦ rootssummer@gmail.comrootscamp.campbrainregistration.com

Aug 19-23

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; dan@dankanesingers.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ summerprograms@madsciencewne.com; summerprograms@artventuresforkids.comwestnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.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.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email office@ct-trolley.org.

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

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.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 20-26, 2019

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Events Happening in the Hilltown

Saturday

COMMUNITY EGG HUNTS:

Saturday, April 20, 9-10am – RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. A full hour dedicated to staying healthy with guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom! But remember, staying healthy is not just about eating healthy, its also about getting outside to exercise, being kind to each other, and taking care of planet Earth. Here is a collection of family-friendly songs that address all aspects of human health; mind, body, soul, and environment. 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, April 20, 10-11:30am – HIKE: Earth Day Hike at Notchview. Get outside for a short hike/walk along one of the property’s beautiful trails followed by a reading of The Lorax in the lodge along with juice and cookies! Ages 6+.Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Saturday, April 20, 2-3 pm – SENSE OF PLACE/POETRY: Hurray It’s Spring! A Lyric Celebration of Mud Season at Great Falls Discovery Center. Join emcees, poets Chris Sawyer-Lauḉanno and Janel Nockleby, as they welcome musician and poet Daniel Hales, poet and novelist Corwin Ericson, and poet Trish Crapo, to a lyric celebration of mud season. Wear your muck boots and join in with the open mic (3 minutes per reader). Meet in the Great Hall Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Saturday, April 20, 3pm – ART STUDIES/REMBRANDT: Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. With privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition while interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world-famous institutions. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived, and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-0524. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, April 20, 3-4pm – IMPROV: Happier Family Comedy Show at The Eric Carle Museum! This hour-long show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. Program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies! The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6336. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, April 20, 7:30pm – CLASSICAL THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: The Tempest. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different aspects of love or lack thereof: romantic, fraternal, and love of drink to name a few.This show takes audiences on a tempestuous journey as we set the stage between the 1st and 2nd World War; a time when the great globe itself was facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation. Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will love win in the end? Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors. Performances will be held at the Flex Space at Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.


SUNDAY

Sunday, April 21, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show. Commercial-free family radio. A full hour dedicated to staying healthy with guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom! But remember, staying healthy is not just about eating healthy, its also about getting outside to exercise, being kind to each other, and taking care of planet Earth. Here is a collection of family-friendly songs that address all aspects of human health; mind, body, soul, and environment. 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, April 21, 9:30am-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/FARM ANIMALS: Family Farm Fest at Old Sturbridge Village. Meet the Village’s new baby animals, help us prepare the fields for a new growing season, “meet” Laura Ingalls Wilder, and celebrate Spring. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Sunday, April 21, 12noon-4:30pm – INTERIOR DESIGN/HISTORY: Stenciling Art. Stenciling is an early form of interior decorating that is still popular today. At the Historic Deerfield History Workshop, learn about this art form and find out about the early New England itinerant artists who traveled from home to home decorating walls. Join them for some wall stenciling and make a beautiful stenciled artwork to take with you. Fun for all ages. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, April 21, 3pm – DENDROLOGY/LOCAL HABITAT: Film Screening of The Lost Forests of New England to celebrate Earth Day. This documentary by Ray Asselin includes stunning footage of Western MA’s rarely seen old-growth trees and tells the story of central New England’s old-growth forests: what they once were, what changes have taken place since European settlers arrived, and what our remnant old-growth stands look like today. Following the 1-hour screening, there will be a Q&A. All ages are welcome at this free event. Gateway City Arts. 413-650-2670. 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA.

Sunday, April 21, 3pm – MUSIC STUDIES/PIANO: South Berkshire Concerts presents a piano solo performed by Fei-Fei. Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy, and tenderness,” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News), both in the United States and internationally, including her native China. This event is free, donations welcomed. Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 413-644-6400. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA

Sunday, April 21, 5:30pm – SINGING/COMMUNITY MEAL: SINGS at Earthdance resume on Easter Sunday. Bring your family who might be visiting. They will sing about riotous risen life! – Flowers are returning, the welcoming songs of frogs, love that sparks the heart to life, etc., etc. There will be funny rounds, gospel music, something from South Africa, and more. The SINGs start at 5pm and are followed by a potluck supper at 6:30pm (free for those who bring a dish to share…otherwise a donation is requested.) Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.

Sunday, April 21, 6:30pm – CLASSICAL THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: The Tempest. Neither a comedy nor a tragedy, The Tempest is a magical and spiritual experience that focuses on many different aspects of love or lack thereof: romantic, fraternal, and love of drink to name a few.This show takes audiences on a tempestuous journey as we set the stage between the 1st and 2nd World War; a time when the great globe itself was facing such tumult and fear of complete destruction and annihilation. Will we succumb to technological advancements or will the heart, will love win in the end? Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic growth and excellence, we contribute to the increasing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors. Performances will be held at the Flex Space at Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.


MONDAY

Monday, April 22, 2-7:30pm – CLIMATE CHANGE/COMMUNITY ACTION: Dance, march, and get educated on the Green New Deal. Beginning in front of First Churches, dance to the music of Stephen Katz, Climate Healing Band, Radio Free Earth, and the Expandable Brass Band. Be moved by Been Around, Still Around Flash Mob Dancers, MuZen Theater Giant Puppets Ritual Theater…and more! And march to the Northampton High School with the Berkshire Bateria to the Green New Deal Forum led by NHS Environmental Students (see listing below)! First Churches of Northampton. 129 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, April 22, 4:30-5:30pm – EARTH DAY/CLIMATE: Curious to know more about what is in the Green New Deal? Join Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary on Earth Day to watch a short video of local people reading the Green New Deal. A Climate Cafe will follow the video. Climate Cafes are facilitated discussions that allow everyone to engage in the climate conversation. Snacks and drinks provided. This event is free. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Monday, April 22, 6pm – HISTORY/TOOLS: A Mason’s Tool Chest with Dennis Picard. From foundations to fence posts; millstones to gravestones, the work of the Early American mason is still evident around us to this day. See examples of Early American mason and learn about the tools and techniques that were used to create them. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Monday, April 22, 6pm – GEOSCIENCE: SciTech Cafe topic for Earth Day: “What is limestone good for?: Scientific significance and cultural history of this important natural resource.” Bosiljka Glumac, a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Smith College, will be the speaker. She is sedimentary geologist whose research focuses on carbonate rocks such as limestone. She is not only interested in how limestone forms and what can we learn from it about landscapes, sea level, climate and life in the past, but also in how humans have been using this stone throughout history. Questions she will be addressing include: What is limestone? How does limestone form? Who cares? Are there any fossils in limestone? What’s so special about caves? What is the oldest stone ever quarried? What are the pyramids in Egypt made of? How about ancient Mayan temples? Can we eat limestone? What about marble? Bring a friend and join us as we enjoy light appetizers, lively conversations, prizes, and brilliant minds. SciCafes are an inclusive, family-friendly event and people from all walks of life are invited. Admission is free! So come curious! Union Station. 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.

Monday, April 22, 6-7:30pm – CLIMATE CHANGE/FORUM: Green New Deal Forum in the Northampton High School auditorium. Students from the NHS Environmental Club and the Northampton Sunrise Hub will present the principles of the Green New Deal and question local political leaders. The forum will address possibilities for the Green New Deal at all levels of our government. Leaders include US Congressman James McGovern, State Senator Jo Comerford, Mayor David Narkewicz, and Community Action Pioneer Valley Director Clare Higgins. Northampton High School Auditorium. 380 Elm St, Northampton, MA

Monday, April 22, 6:30pm – PAPER CRAFTS/ENGINEERING: Pop-up Book Workshop. Bring your story to life with pictures that lift off the page! Join book artist and illustrator Jeannie Hunt in a workshop that teaches the basics of pop-up engineering. Take home a delightful and unique book. Best for lifelong learners. Registration is required. Clapp Memorial Library. 413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street, Belchertown, MA.


TUESDAY

Tuesday, April 23, 3-4pm – MANGA/TEEN: Teen Manga Club! Whether you love to read manga or want to find out what it is, be sure to join the Chicopee Library for their new Teen Manga Club. They’ll read a different series each month and then meet to discuss it. It’s a fresh take on a book club for teen. Sign up is required. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30pm – FILM STUDIES: Screen of A Home for Curiosities. Of his film, A Home for Curiosities, producer and Williamsburg native, Ben Tobin says, “I wanted to go back to my childhood and explore the ideas and explorations of my imagination that I used to conduct in the woods of Western Massachusetts. We live in dark and troubling times, and the truth is under constant attack from those who are meant to protect us. I wanted to tell a story that would examine truth and memory and interconnectedness through the lens of meaning and compassion. There’s plenty of work that explores that dark side of humanity and I wanted to set a loose point of light to bring people together, hopefully not in a boring or cliché way, but truthfully.” Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Tuesday, April 23, 7pm – THEATER/PUPPETS: Bread and Puppet Theater based in Glover, VT returns to the area with “Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis,” another thoughtfully crafted performance combining art, puppetry, and social introspection. Gateway City Arts. 413-650-2670. 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA.


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, April 24, 12noon-3pm – FIBER 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, April 24, 4:30-5:30pm – CREATIVE WRITING/TEENS: Sunderland Library hosts Creative Writing Fun with Nell Wright on Wednesdays. Teens are encouraged to drop into any or all of these weekly writing classes, designed to improve your writing in a fun setting. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-6:30pm – MUSIC & DANCE STUDIES/KLEZMER: KlezMova Swings! A Klezmer Concert at Mount Holyoke College. The Klezmer Band of Mount Holyoke College will swing with jazzy tunes from the Yiddish theater, the Barry Sisters, and Benny Goodman. This is your bubbe’s (grandmother’s) music! Wear your vintage best and be ready to swing! Other Ukrainian dances and as well as refreshments. Free and open to the public. Pratt Music Hall, Warbeke Room. Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, MA.

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30pm – STEM/COMPUTER CODING: Make Apps with App Inventor at Holyoke Codes. Build an app that can take photos using your device’s camera. Then write a note, add funny touch-ups to your friends, or draw on cute pictures of those puppies. You’ll be able to share your edited photo with your family and friends! MIT App Inventor is an innovative way to design and program apps with visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. Ages 11+. Free. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-8:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/TEENS: Forbes Library Zine Club. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, April 24, 6-8pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/PUBLISHING: Join the Dalton Library for an evening with local author/illustrator, Jeff Mack! Jeff will be inspiring children with a discussion about the life of an author, the work it takes to turn an idea into a book, and what it takes to get published. He will also demonstrate some drawing techniques and work with the children to create their own art! The Library will provide all art supplies. Dalton Library. 413-684-6112. Dalton MA.


THURSDAY

Thursday, April 25, 9am-4pm – EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: Old Sturbridge Village hosts a day of experiential learning for homeschooling and unschooling families. Visit the Village as the gardens spring back to life, another growing season begins, and the baby lambs frolic. Spark creativity with hands-on workshops themed around artistic pursuits, building, cooking, and more. Hands-on workshops will give your child the chance to try their hand at making something new! Space is limited, and registration is required. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.

Thursday, April 25, 10:15-11am – TODDLERS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. Mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson’s sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler! Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap: bring a gently-used toy in working condition that your child has grown tired of, and trade it for something new to you! Any unclaimed toys will be donated to the Northampton’s ReCenter Swap Shop. Register in advance. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2777. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Thursday, April 25, 3:15-4:15pm – PODCASTING/TEENS: Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters at the Forbes Library. For teen sound enthusiasts of all skill levels: learn how to record and edit audio. Make a piece of sound art or start a podcast. Recording equipment provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. Sign up required. Forbes Library. 413-587-1010. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, April 25, 5-8pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/CRAFTING: 3rd Annual Crafterpalooza. Shop for new-to-you craft supplies, all clean and in good condition donated supplies, including kid crafts, art, scrapbooking, card making, stamps, craft storage, needlework, new white t-shirts, fabric paint, knitting, crocheting, beads, wood cutouts, and craft foam. Today is the first day. Sale continues Friday & Saturday. Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA.

Thursday, April 25, 5:15-6:45pm – ART/PASSOVER: Art To End Hunger: A Passover-Inspired Program. The Passover story reminds us to take only what we need- an essential concept for reducing food insecurity and food waste. PJ Our Way is partnering with Rachel’s Table and Art Always on Art to End Hunger where kids will make upcycled art inspired by these issues, and help Rachel’s Table relieve hunger in our community. Registration required. Contact Rachel at PJLibrary@jewishwesternmass.org with questions. Best for ages 8-12. Art Always. 221 Pine St, #314. Florence, MA.

Thursday, April 25, 6pm: LITERACY: Harry Potter Spelling Bee! So you know everything there is to know about Harry Potter, hmm? Put your knowledge to the test. Can you spell the spells? Bonus points awarded for costumes! Sign up at the library or by phone/email. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.


FRIDAY

Friday, April 26, 8-10am – ORNITHOLOGY: Canoe Meadows’ beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially waterfowl, warblers, swallows, orioles, and more. We’ll explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, and observe changes in bird species each week. Beginners welcome. All programs are free of charge. Preregistration not required. Bring binoculars, if you have them — best for lifelong learners. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, April 26, 10:30-11:30am – ANIMAL STUDIES/STORY HOUR: Learn about our wildlife neighbors, osprey, 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 26, 12:15pm – LOCAL HISTORY/CEMETERY: The West Cemetery on Triangle Street was established in 1730, and for 90 years was the Amherst’s only burying ground. Join the Amherst Historical Society for an audio-narrative, virtual stroll through the paths of the West Cemetery. In this talk, presented by Bob Drinkwater, there will be the detailing of the history of Amherst’s first graveyard, which is the resting place of Emily Dickinson and other town notables. Amherst Historical Society and Museum. 413-256-0678. 67 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.

Friday, April 26, 5:30-7:30pm – HERPETOLOGY: Spotted salamanders and wood frogs spend their days under logs, stones, and other forest-floor objects, venturing out only on cool, moist evenings. Search our woods and wetlands for these fascinating nocturnal animals, and learn about their interesting lives. Intergenerational, ages 5 and older. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.

Friday, April 26, 7-8:30pm – YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: Berkshire Theatre Group’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. at Berkshire Theatre. Pittsfield, MA.

Friday, April 26, 7-9pm – NATIVE SPECIES/BATS: Spend some time indoors playing games and learning about the six species of bats that reside in Massachusetts, then head outside to search for bats using a special bat detector! Best for families, ages 10 & up. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, 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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