100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 11-24, 2020

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Jan 16-19 & 23-26

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

Jan 18

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House: Jan 11

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Info Sessions Jan 11, 29 & Feb 3

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or go to www.fourriverscharter.org/admissions.

Open House Jan 25

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Early Bird Discount

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp allows children to slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts, and enjoying carefree days with other young “farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors guide campers as they enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children become more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. For ages 4-12. Early bird discount available before March 1st. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

MARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday, January 11

Saturday, January 11, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour. Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Saturday, January 11, 9am-3pm – ENTOMOLOGY/BEE KEEPING: Hampden County Beekeepers Association Bee School. This beginning bee school program will cover everything an aspiring beekeeper would need to know to start beekeeping on a hobbyist level. Three sessions happen this winter with the first one on 1/11. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Preregister. beeschool@hcbee.org. Held at Longmeadow High School – Auditorium. 95 Grassy Gutter Rd. Longmeadow, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10-11:30am –HANDWRITING/CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY: Intro to Chinese Calligraphy for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Experience the serene and classical art of Chinese calligraphy. Developed over the millennia by countless masters in ancient China, participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at this traditional art. Ashley Yang Liu will guide folks through character in regular Kaishu script. No experience necessary. Preregister. Artspace Community Arts Center. 413-772-6811. 15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – STEM/CODING: Learn to Code with Scratch. Using Scratch, 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. Ages 8+. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – OPEN HOUSE/EDUCATION: The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education. Learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. The Common School. 413-256-8989. 521 S Pleasant St., Amherst, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am – OPEN HOUSE/EDUCATION: Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or visit online. Four Rivers Charter Public School. 413-775-4577. 248 Colrain Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – ZOOLOGY/NATIVE WILDLIFE: Winter Wildlife with Mass Audubon. Winter is upon us, and we humans adapt by wearing warm clothing and turning up our heat indoors. But what about wild animals? How do they survive the cold temperatures, snow, and ice? Learn the strategies that some of our native wildlife utilize. Each family will make a “jello critter,” insulate it, and hide it outside, to see if it survives or freezes! Conclude by warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon – NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Greylock Photography Group Meet-Up: White Birches in Winter. This newly formed meet-up group is for everyone who loves nature and Mount Greylock and would love more opportunities to photograph the natural beauty of this majestic mountain. On this outing, meet at the Gould Trailhead parking lot on West Mountain Road in Adams and walk along the trails through extensive, picturesque white (paper) birch tree groves on the East side of the mountain, with stunning views up to the Summit. NOTE: Trails may be snow-covered or icy. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along your camera or your cell-phone. All interest and skill levels are welcome. This program is free and open to all ages. An adult must accompany children. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 10:30am-12noon – STEAM: STEAMCraft: Salt! Drop-in to the Meekins Library to experiment with table salt, or make a colorful salt painting. A variety of crafts will be available, recommended for ages three and up. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 2:15-4pm – WINTER SPORTS/ICE SKATING: Learn to Skate, hosted by Springfield Police Department at Cyr Arena in Forest Park. This annual Learn to Skate l program returns with Springfield Police Officers and volunteers teaching kids how to ice skate. This very popular program is free and open to all children, not just Springfield residents. Bring a hockey or bike helmet, jacket, and gloves. Skates are provided if you need them. Cyr Arena Skating Rink. 413-787-6438. 200 Trafton Rd, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 2:30-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will travel from farm life to the mid-century office and learn the power of raising their voices as they explore the extraordinary stories of the many women featured in She Shapes History. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 3-5pm – ART STUDIES/POTTERY: Kids can make a glowing snowman in the pottery studio during a Kids Hand Building Workshop at Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 4-5:30pm – PHYSICS/YOYO SCHOOL: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. A2Z Science & Learning Store. 413-586-1611. 57 King St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 5:45-7:15pm – STORYTIME/INCLUSION: Sparkle Havdallah and Drag Story Time. PJ Library Western Massachusetts invites the community to the sparkliest Jewish family event of the year, the 3rd annual Sparkle Havdallah! Join in for a musical storytime and Havdallah celebration with local favorite Felicia Sloin and fabulous local drag entertainers Loo D’flyest Priestly and Leo Crayz. Join the Pioneer Valley Jewish Community for this rainbow and twinkle light-filled celebration of the distinction between the Sabbath day and the rest of the week and the distinct qualities that make each of us special. All are welcome, regardless of gender identity, race, or sexual preference. ASL interpretation will be provided. Wear your sparkly best or come as you are! Snacks provided. Lander~Grinspoon Academy. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 11, 7-8:30pm – LOCAL HISTORY/BOOKSELLING: Making Books on Main Street: A History of Books in Northampton. Historic Northampton trustee Barbara B. Blumenthal will tell the story of publishers, printers, and binders in Northampton from the 18th century to the present. She will concentrate on 18th-19th century bookseller Simeon Butler and his successors; The Hampshire Bookshop (in Northampton 1916-1971); and the ongoing legacy of book arts in the Connecticut River Valley. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.


Sunday, January 12

Sunday, January 12, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour. Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

​Sunday, January 12, 9:30am-3:30pm – FOLK TRADITION/BASKET COILING: Learn the ancient craft of coiling with pine needles. Coiling is an ancient form of basket weaving; a technique used when making pine needle baskets. Traditionally used to carry and store goods, these works of art are rich in American and world history and an excellent way to incorporate natural materials into both functional and decorative arts. Learn more about this folk tradition by making your own basket with Marsha Leavitt of ML Basket Designs, a New England basket artist best known for her reed basketry and pine needle artistry. Best for self-directed teens & lifelong learners. Space is limited. ​Sign up by emailing: marsha@mlbasketdesigns.com. Brushworks Arts & Industry. 221 Pine Street. #414. Florence, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 10am-4pm – MEDICINE/HERBALISM: Spice Rack Medicine: Winter Class with Jade Alicandro. This 3 class series begins today and covers the elements of Kitchen Medicine, demystifying herbalism and bringing it back into the home. Course topics include the medicinal use of the culinary herbs, food as medicine, medicinal soups and broths, herbal and food energetics, cooking with the tonic herbs, harmonizing with the seasons, medicinal mushrooms and seaweeds, medicine-making, and more. Preregister. Blue Dragon Apothecary. 158 Main St. 413-773-3730. Greenfield, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 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.

Sunday, January 12, 10am-3pm – NATURE/SCAVENGER HUNT: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Mount Greylock. Adventurous quests invite visitors to explore various treasures along any forested trail. A self-guided activity, free lists can be picked up at Visitor Center. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 1:30-3:30pm – EQUAL RIGHTS/FREEDOM: 2020: We Hear Freedom Calling. The annual Four Freedoms Coalition gathering will inspire participants to rise and protect the Four Freedoms proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Four Freedoms Coalition is a non-partisan, diverse coalition of over 150 community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses and elected officials working together to unite the community and reaffirm our true American values, as outlined in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s landmark Four Freedoms speech: : freedom from want and fear, and freedom of religion and speech, and to stand united against bigotry and prejudice. At 1:30pm, gather at Pittsfield’s City Hall, and then march to the Colonial Theatre. At 2pm the program begins at the Colonial Theatre, featuring inspiring speakers. Colonial Theatre. 413-997-4444. 111 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 1:30-4pm – FOOD HISTORY/GUIDED TOUR: Northampton Food Tour. Sample the best the Pioneer Valley has to offer, from a local coffee roaster to a quirky brunch spot to indulge in sweet potato fries to favorite ice cream parlor. Together with a friendly local guide, participants will sample some of Northampton’s most delicious eats while learning about the rich history of the Pioneer Valley. Organized by Off The Beaten Path Food Tours. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 2-5pm – BAKING ARTS/RYE BREAD: Exploring The World of Rye Baking. Join Sam Coates-Finke of Backyard Bread for a fact-packed afternoon of bread baking. Several types of rye bread will be baked. Take a loaf home along with the skills to bake more for family and friends. Tyler Memorial Library. 413-339-4335. 157 Main St, Charlemont, MA.

Sunday, January 12, 3-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL: Valley Classical Concerts present Haimovitz/Dinnerstein. Matt Haimovitz, cello and Simone Dinnerstein, piano perform two Beethoven Cello Sonatas and solo works by Philip Glass. Best for children with audience skills and older. Valley Classical Concerts partner with Smith College to bring great chamber music to the Northampton community. More information and tickets at http://www.valleyclassicalconcerts.org. Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.


Monday, January 13

Monday, January 13, 10-11am – HEALTH/QI GONG: Qi Gong literally translates to “life energy cultivation.” This unique practice resembles tai chi, in its mixture of relaxed, slow moving poses, breath work. Qi Gong can be seen as a form of meditation, self healing, even self defense. Originating in ancient Chinese daoist exercises, Qi Gong is now practiced by millions in China and around the world and is the subject of numerous medical research trials, investigating the impact of Qi Gong on pain, hypertension, even cancer. Practitioners of all levels are invited to attend this weekly community practice of Qi Gong. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.

Monday, January 13, 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, January 13, 3:15-4:15pm – CRITICAL THINKING/CHESS: Research shows that, when played from a young age, chess can be beneficial to a child’s learning and development. The game requires the use of high-order thinking skills, such as weighing actions and consequences and helps players practice decision making. The Storrs Library offers a Youth Chess where children of all ages and skill levels are welcome to a drop-in game of chess. An instructor will provide help for beginners and tips for more advanced students to sharpen their game. Registration is not required. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, January 13, 6:45-8pm – MINDFULNESS/FOOD: Mindful Eating Intro Session, offering the principles and concepts of mindful eating and initial mindfulness meditation instruction. Ongoing meetings will happen each week following this intro night. In these meetings, participants will explore mindful eating, an embodied approach to balancing and finding peace in our relationship to eating and nourishing ourselves. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Breathing Space Yoga & Mindfulness Studio. 413-437-0747. 208 Race Street, #301. Holyoke, MA.

Monday, January 13, 7-8pm – ECONOMICS/INVESTING: Investment Fundamentals, a free workshop that will cover the basics of investing. This session will include explanations of the different types of bonds, stocks, mutual funds and EFTs, IRAs, and Employer-Sponsored plans. The class will discuss dollar-cost averaging, tax-free income, and the diversification of your portfolio. No registration is required. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.


Tuesday, January 14

Tuesdays January 14, 10-11:30am – MINDFULNESS/FOREST BATHING: Forest Bathing/Shinrin Yoku with Canyon Ranch Guides. Shinrin Yoku is the Japanese practice of taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing. A Canyon Ranch guide leads you on a slow, intentional walk into the woods to de-stress and get re-connected with nature. Find a meditative spot and relax as you are led into a conscious, mindful state. The ambient sounds, elemental scents, and connection to the earth will soothe you as you soak in the great outdoors. No previous experience is necessary. Meet at the Visitor Center. Please dress appropriately for winter weather conditions, dress in layers, and wear winter boots. If conditions permit, bring snowshoes and hiking poles. This program is free and open to ages 8+. An adult must accompany children. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 10-10:45am – STORYTIME/CREATIVE FREE PLAY: New England lore holds that the character of Mother Goose was actually based on a 17th century Bostonian woman, who became famous for singing songs and telling stories to children in her neighborhood. Unfortunately there is no evidence that this is true and the first occurrence of the name “Mother Goose,” appears in a volume of collected fairy tales from 1780, entitled Mother Goose’s Melody. Join Kay Lyons for her popular “Mother Goose on the Loose” series of lap-sit story hours for children under 3. This event will also feature games, puppets, and other toys for children to play with. Greenfield Public Library. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 4-5:30pm – PHYSICS/YOYO SCHOOL: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. A2Z Science & Learning Store. 413-586-1611. 57 King St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 5:30-6:30pm – ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY: For Tom Ricardi, rescuing and rehabilitating hawks and owls has been a lifelong labor of love. Join the Northfield Bird Club as Tom shares stories from bird encounters, including more than 140 hawks and owls he rescued this past year with the goal of returning them to the wild. Ricardi will use selected live birds of prey to highlight stories from his life and passion rescuing birds. This free program is primarily geared for adults and older children, although all ages are welcome. No registration is necessary. Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-8pm – AROMATHERAPY/ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential Oils Workshop. Would you like to create vibrant health, have better sleep, relieve and prevent stress, and decrease pain with natural solutions? Learn how to use safe, effective, therapeutic grade essential oils to address the root causes of these issues and more with educator, Jill Wolk. Leave empowered with tools to enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This workshop will cover: What Essential Oils are; How to use them safely and effectively; How Essential Oils can change your life. Pre-registration required. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-9:15pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Drop-In Figure Drawing with Cyndy Sperry & Katherine Weinstein at Bread Euphoria. This 8-week drop-in class begins with a 25-minute warm-up and then progress to longer poses. Cyndy and Katherine will take turns modeling techniques, materials, and strategies in this dynamic investigation of drawing. Both teachers have different yet complementary styles: Katherine approaches the figure more classically through line, form, and space, and Cyndy is interested in the space between the artist and their subject and the reconciliation of the 3D world with the flat plane of the drawing paper. Both are interested in developing the abstract beauty of the drawing elements. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcomed. There will be tables, drawing boards, some easels, and sometimes materials to try and share. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Tuesday, January 14, 7-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES/COMMUNITY SING: Shelburne Falls Singing Group. Join an informal group of music aficionados who want to take their shower/car singing to the next level with friends! SFSG meets every other Tuesday for 2 hours in someone’s living room and sings through a song playlist of about 20 tunes selected by the group that night. The method is simple – think of a song, group approves or vetoes song, Google lyrics, and sing through them together. Socialization, smiles, and fraternity/sorority abound. No experience necessary. Drop-ins encouraged – no continuing commitment required. No performance, karaoke, or solos planned. Contact to learn about the address of the next gathering. Shelburne Falls Singing Group. Shelburne Falls, MA.


Wednesday, January 15

Wednesday, January 15, 10am-2pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Explore New England History during Cozy Winter Wednesdays in the History Workshop Building at Historic Deerfield. Drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 12:30-1:30pm – LIVING HISTORY: A Visit with Mark Twain & Livy Clemons. The Clemens are coming to Longmeadow! Step back in time and spend an afternoon with Mark Twain (Sam Clemens) and his loving wife Livy. The pair will talk of home, family, Sam’s writing, and perhaps share a story or two of their great romance. Hear of some rather silly goings-on at the house, Livy’s role as editor, and what it truly is like having Harriet Beecher Stowe as your neighbor. The visit will include a question and answer period, where the Clemens shall look forward to settling a few curiosities. Kit Webb and Beth Avery are delighted to be portraying Sam and Livy. The two work as Living History Interpreters at The Mark Twain House & Museum located in Hartford, Connecticut. Preregister. Longmeadow Adult Center. 413-565-4150. 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 3:15-5:15pm – SEWING/SUSTAINABILITY: Due to ocean currents, a massive pile of plastic debris has been forming in the Pacific Ocean. First discovered in the late 1980s, it is currently speculated that this mound of garbage is anywhere from the size of the state of Texas to the size of Russia. As plastic is tough to breakdown, the garbage patch continues to grow and wreak havoc on the ocean ecosystem. Unlike organic material, as plastic ages, it simply reduces to the molecular level but never disappears. As it gets smaller and smaller, plastic particles become ingested by marine wildlife. But the indirect effects are even more serious. On the microscopic level, the sheer amount of plastic molecules in the ocean is changing the chemical makeup of the water and spreading toxic pollution all over the world. Do your part to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean by volunteering to make durable, reusable shopping bags for members of the community to use instead of plastic bags. Join folks at the Williamsburg Senior Cafe for an intergenerational bag sew group on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, in partnership with The Bag Share Project. Williamsburg Senior Center. 413-268-8407. 141 Main St, Williamsburg, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 4-5:30pm – MYTH/FOLKLORE: Through images and stories, participants in this 8-week class, “Puppets, Masks, and Mythological Creatures,” will explore magical tales from long ago, including myths and folklore from Greece, Celtic and Norse legends, African, Asian, Australian, and Native American traditions. Together, participants will create mythological creature drawings, paper maché sculpture, and masks for imaginative play. Ages 7-11 Preregister for this 8-week class. Artspace Community Arts Center. 413-772-6811. 15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 6:30-7:30pm – MEDICAL HISTORY/POLIO: Polio: Intersection of History & Science. This talk will explore the history and touch upon the science of polio. The speaker, Daniel Skiest, will primarily concentrate this evening’s talk on the outbreak in the United States. He will examine the race for the vaccine; the history of the March of Dimes; and, present-day status of where we are worldwide in polio eradication. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, January 15, 7-9pm – AMERICAN HISTORY/WHITE PINE: Screening of “Eastern White Pine: The Tree Rooted in American History” – In American colonial times, stately eastern white pines were among the most valuable trees on the planet. They were an imposing presence in the primeval forests of eastern North America. This new documentary film tells the story of our native white pine, and the significant part it played in America’s founding and history, using archival footage, stunning photography, and aerial views. After the movie, the producers of the film, Bob Leverett (Co-Founder of The Native Tree Society) and Ray Aselin (Naturalist and Film Maker) will describe the making of the film, and answer questions from the audience. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

https://youtu.be/qo3UDNAJvcg


Thursday, January 16

Thursday, January 16, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING/INTERGENERATIONAL: Nice and Easy Trail Hike; Easy-paced, one to 3-mile hikes geared toward seniors, but open to all ages. This is an ideal opportunity to join with other hiking enthusiasts! May be staff-led or self-guided. Dress appropriately for winter weather conditions; trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes are recommended as trails may be snow-covered, muddy, or icy. Bring drinking water and a snack. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Thursday, January 16, 2-2:30pm – STORYTIME/MANDARIN: Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin at the Museum in the Reading Library. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Thursday January 16, 3:30-4:30pm – CHESS CLUB: According to an ancient story, the emperor of Persia, who loved games, invited his subjects to develop the perfect game. The first game was checkers. The emperor enjoyed the game but observed that it relied too much on luck and involved too little skill and was thus not realistic. The next game was chess. The emperor once again celebrated the ingenuity of the game but complained that the game relied too much on skill and too little luck and was thus, also not true to life. The final game was backgammon, which the emperor declared the perfect game due to its perfect balance of luck and skill. Whether or not one agrees with the emperor’s assessment that chess involves no luck, we can all agree that a better game of skill can scarcely be found. Few games have inspired so much thought and study over the centuries. If you would like to learn to play chess, learn to play with Andy Morris-Friedman. This free drop in the chess club is a great intergenerational opportunity for beginners. Register to reserve your seat. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Thursday, January 16, 4-5:30pm – LEGOS: LEGO Challenge at the Meekins Library. How fast can you build a spaceship with LEGOs? Will your LEGO bridge support a 5-pound book? Can you make a LEGO tree while blindfolded? This monthly program includes different challenges each month and prizes! For ages five and up. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.


Friday, January 17

Friday, January 17, 10am-3pm – ART STUDIES/LANDSCAPE PAINTING: Painting Winter Landscapes. During this 1-day class, learn how to paint snowy landscapes, from the warmth and comfort of the indoors. Working from photo references, students will complete a painting from start to finish, all the while learning the secrets to painting winter scenery. Supply list provided. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Instructor: Eliza Moser. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Friday, January 17, 11am – PLACEMAKING/ICE SCULPTING: Downtown Ice Invasion, hosted by Springfield Downtown. The Boston Red Sox and ICE SCULPTURES will be taking over Downtown Springfield starting today. For the 3rd annual Downtown Ice Invasion, local ice carver, Joe Almeida to carve over a dozen large ice masterpieces to place all over downtown Springfield. Watch downtown Springfield come alive with baseball mania and ice! Downtown Springfield.

Friday, January 17, 11:30am-1:20pm – ICE SKATING: Are you a homeschool or unschooling family? The Mullins Center offers a weekday public ice skate for families to attend. Great opportunity for physical activity while making community connections. Ice skate rentals are free and guardian’s skates for free. All families are welcome. Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA.

Friday, January 17, 1-4pm – VIDEO GAMES: One Up Games Presents: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament! Have you unlocked the entire roster and found your main yet? If so (or even if not), compete against the best Ultimate players in your area at the Forbes Library Smash Ultimate Tournament! Tournament entry is free, and you do not need to be a library member to attend. Friendlies begin at 12:30pm; official tournament brackets start at 1pm. They will have pro and GameCube controllers available, as well as GameCube adaptors. Players are welcome to bring their own controller. This free program is for tweens and teens. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 4-5:30pm – PHYSICS/YOYO SCHOOL: Learn the art of modern yoyo at the A2Z Science & Learning Store in downtown Northampton! Professional yoyo players teach FREE classes 3 days a week in the back of the store. Start by learning the basics with classic tricks like “Rock the Baby” or “Around the World” and then get ready to take it to the next level with modern yo-yos that feature ball bearings for long spin time and truly next level string tricks that will amaze! Great for ages 7 and up. No advanced sign up is required. (Great for parent and child to do together!) YoYo School happens every Tues, Fri, & Sat, 4:30-5:30pm. A2Z Science & Learning Store. 413-586-1611. 57 King St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 6pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Are you a lifelong learner looking to sharpen your skills as an artist? Figure drawing gets right down to the fundamentals of art. Figure Drawing Fridays has a nice little studio close to downtown Northampton and opens every Friday night at 6 (drawing at 6:30) for three hours of arty fun in an open and light atmosphere. There will be music playing, people chatting and of course, sketching and painting (no oils please). BYOB and bring your own media. Model and easels provided. RSVP is requested if you want an easel as space is limited. There is NO INSTRUCTOR (except for special nights) at this event although plenty of friendly peer review. Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 17, 6-7:30pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/ILLUMINATION: Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village. Enjoy the rare opportunity to tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors will be treated to music and storytelling throughout the tour, and will see Village artisans at work by candlelight. Tours depart every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 pm are limited to 15 people. Sign up now for best selection of tour start times. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.


Saturday, January 18

Saturday, January 18, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO/WINTER: Hilltown Family Variety Show Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley. Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Saturday, January 18, 9:30am-12:30pm – FOLK TRADITION/BASKET COILING: Learn the ancient craft of coiling with pine needles. Coiling is an ancient form of basket weaving; a technique used when making pine needle baskets. Traditionally used to carry and store goods, these works of art are rich in American and world history and an excellent way to incorporate natural materials into both functional and decorative arts. Learn more about this folk tradition by making your own basket with Marsha Leavitt of ML Basket Designs, a New England basket artist best known for her reed basketry and pine needle artistry. Best for self-directed teens & lifelong learners. Space is limited. ​Sign up by emailing: marsha@mlbasketdesigns.com. Brushworks Arts & Industry. 221 Pine Street. #414. Florence, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 10-11:30am – NATIVE SPECIES/TRACKING: Tracking and Animal Signs at Laughing Brook. At one time, being able to read tracks was vital for survival. Tracking is more than simply finding a trail and following it, and prints aren’t always necessary to track an animal. The forest is full of signs that tell us about the wildlife within. Learn to read the tracks and signs left by animals that live in our area. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 10am-12noon – COMPUTER SCIENCE/AI: AI & Computer Vision workshop. Machine learning is revolutionizing computer vision enabling new uses ranging from smart cameras and video surveillance to robotics, transportation, and more. Stores are using computer vision to track customer engagement, store traffic, and inventory. Schools are analyzing classroom metrics, such as attendance, participation, and engagement, and companies are using it to ensure workers have adequate safety protection or enter off-limit zones. Learn about state of the art in computer vision technology and how to build your own computer vision applications using OpenVINO, OpenCV, Python, and other open-source tools. These computer vision technologies have a number of ethical concerns as well. Northampton City Council recently banned the use of facial recognition software. Participants ages 12+ will also discuss the issues of privacy, model bias, and other concerns with this new technology. Holyoke City Hall. 536 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 11am-2pm – TREE HISTORY: A Layman’s History of Williamstown’s Trees. Williamstown Rural Lands friend and retired professor Dustin Griffin will be offering a talk titled “A Layman’s History of Williamstown’s Trees.” The lecture is presented by WRLF in conjunction with the Williams Outing Club, free and open to the public and best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. The illustrated lecture begins with the accounts of early travelers in 18th century, continues through the clearing of land for farms, and subsequent reforestation when farms were abandoned, the loss of trees to natural as well as human causes, tree planting projects, and the heyday of Main Street as a leafy avenue lined with majestic elms. It includes stories of famous old trees and photos of many of the biggest surviving trees today. Paresky Center. Williams College. 39 Chapin Hall Dr. Williamstown, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 11am-3:30pm – ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem.The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 12-1:30pm – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/NATURE CRAFTS: Pinecone Nature Crafts at Mount Greylock. Unleash your wild imagination and create your own pinecone forest animals. Use ingredients found in nature along with colorful art supplies to create your pinecone nature craft masterpieces! NOTE: All craft supplies will be provided, but some items may be limited. Meet at the Visitor Center. This program is free for all ages. An adult must accompany children. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 12-3pm – SOCIAL STUDIES/COMMUNITY ACTION: 4th Annual Pioneer Valley Women’s March. Women, gender-oppressed people and allies are uniting across communities to stand in solidarity, fight for rights, and demand immediate action on the climate crisis. The Pioneer Valley Women’s March will conclude with speakers, performers, and an activist fair. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the First Amendment with younger children, which includes the freedom of speech, the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. For more information: pioneervalleywomensmarch.org. Springfield, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 1-4pm – WINTER SPORTS/SNOWSHOE & NORDIC SKIING: Winter Trails Day offers older children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy-to-learn winter sports. Winter Trails Day involves almost 100 resorts and Nordic Centers nationwide and gets 11,000 kids and adults on the snow each year. At Northfield Mountain free clinics for first time skiers begin at 1, 2 & 3pm and last for 45 minutes. 30-minute snowshoe clinics are offered at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. Clinic participants must be new to the sport and arrive 30 minutes in advance of their scheduled start time to sign in and pick up equipment. Ages 8+. Pre-register by calling 800-859-2960. Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 3:30-6pm – LOCAL FOOD/GUIDED TOUR: Explore Easthampton Food Tour. Explore the food, arts, and culture of Easthampton, a city reinventing itself from its former textile mill history. Participants will walk in the shadow of Mount Tom, stop for delicious food, visit imaginative shops and galleries, and experience the city’s creative energy. Easthampton is a destination for inventive food and drinks in the Valley, with some of the best ice cream, locally distilled spirits, distinctive craft breweries, and remarkable restaurants. Don’t miss this 2.5-hour walk through Easthampton’s innovative food, art, and cultural district. Explore Easthampton Food Tour. 20 Cottage Street. Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 5-7pm – STORYHOUR/NIGHT WALK: Owl Moon. Come see a magical shadow puppet presentation of Jane Yolen’s classic book “Owl Moon,” and learn about the seven native owl species in Massachusetts. After the show, take a walk in the dark, brisk winter woods to call for owls. Return indoors to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, January 18, 7-9:15pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/THEATER STUDIES: To Kill A Mockingbird. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories, and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion, and the courage to do what is right. Ja’Duke Theater. 413-863-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA.

https://youtu.be/3xM8hvEE2dI


Sunday, January 19

Sunday, January 19, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO/WINTER: Hilltown Family Variety Show Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley. Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Sunday, January 19, 8:30am-12noon – COMMUNITY MEAL/PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Community meals are great intergenerational opportunities to sit down with neighbors of all ages, making connections and nurturing relationships across the generations. Participating in a community pancake breakfast does more than filling your belly… it strengthens the social fabric of the community by developing a sense of place in our children. Enjoy a community pancake breakfast, and save the dishes for another day! Our Lady of the Hills Parish. 173 Main St. Haydenville, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 10am-1pm – ECOSYSTEMS/SNOWSHOE HIKE: Snowshoe in a Spruce-Fir Forest. Snowshoe the high elevation spruce-fir forests of Windsor and learn about this unique ecosystem, where plant species such as balsam fir and red spruce are the dominant trees. Look for tracks of snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and other fascinating wildlife. This snowshoe hike will be two miles round trip over moderately challenging terrain. In the event of little or no snow, this will be a hike. Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. aimee@gaiaroots.com. 1515 Savoy Hollow Rd, Windsor, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 10:30-11:30am – FAMILY CONCERT/CREATIVE FREE-PLAY: Family MLK Celebration with Katryna Nields at Lander Grinspoon Academy. Local hero Katryna Nields will lead us in a joyful musical celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King and the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), with songs of peace, justice, and of course, harmony. 45-minute music session followed by tumble time in their sunny multi-purpose room. Lander~Grinspoon Academy. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect St. Northampton, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 11am-1:30pm – FLORAL DESIGN/BEER TASTING: Winter Succulent Centerpiece Design. Lifelong learners 21+ can come to learn how to create a beautiful Winter Succulent Centerpiece. Bring snacks and friends, and enjoy an afternoon out sampling Fort Hill’s great selection of craft beers. Fort Hill Brewery. 413-203-5754. 30 Fort Hill Rd. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 1-2pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SOUND: I/O Family Concert: Construction Zone, a free one-hour performance in which kids and their families help construct a musical world from just a few small sounds. Student and faculty musicians from Williams College lead an interactive performance in which they explore the hidden sounds in everyday objects and uncover the strange and wonderful noises in more familiar instruments. Kids are invited to make their own instruments and create new sounds along with the performers. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Sunday, January 19, 2-4:15pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/THEATER STUDIES: To Kill A Mockingbird. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories, and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion, and the courage to do what is right. Ja’Duke Theater. 413-863-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA.


Monday, January 20

Monday, January 20 – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/COMMUNITY SERVICE: During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for an end to racism and the enacting of civil rights legislation (see the short documentary, The March). From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King’s speech was delivered to an audience of over 250,000 people. The speech, now known as “I Have a Dream,” is considered one of the most important moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January), take a moment to read (or listen to!) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.” This speech is a defining example of the power of voice. It is a reminder of how words, voice, stories, ideas have the ability to inspire and enact positive social change to better our communities and make them more resilient and compassionate. King’s speech speaks to the value and importance of kindness through civic engagement and community service. Finding ways to serve your local community also reveals opportunities to learn something new, meet neighbors and engage in intergenerational dialogue with others. Community service is an empowering action. Not only does it enrich our local communities, but it also enriches our own experience through the learning of new skills and activities.

Monday, January 20 – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Follow King’s model by helping to create a more resilient, dynamic, diverse, and compassionate community in Western Massachusetts through meaningful community-based service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. The www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday website is a great resource for learning more about this national service and Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to civic engagement and social change.

Monday, January 20, 8:30am-1:30pm – VOLUNTEERING/COMMUNITY MEALS: MLK National Day of Service at Berkshire Community College (BCC). BCC plans to honor one of America’s greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service event – taking place in the Connector building at BCC’s main campus. This day of service will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with different volunteer community projects in the community to select and the sharing of community meals. People interested in volunteering on this day are asked to register in advance. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, January 20, 8:30am-2:30pm – COMMUNITY SERVICE: MLK Day of Service and Community Celebration, hosted by MLK Day of Service in Northern Berkshire as part of a statewide effort to engage communities in service. This annual event offers families the opportunity to participate in one of many different meaningful service projects, both on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams and within the surrounding community. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 413-662-5000. 375 Church St. North Adams, MA.

Monday, January 20, 10am-1pm – PASTRY & CULINARY ARTS: Family Day at Atkins. Activities include cookie decorating and pizza design. Let your children (12 and under) get a taste (pun intended!) of food design and prepreation, sharing the joys of cooking! We’ll supply the crust and toppings! Preregister. Atkins Farms Country Market. 413-253-9528. 1150 West St. Amherst, MA.

Monday, January 20, 10am-1pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION: Greenfield Community College invites members of the community to celebrate the legacy and birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the memory of this great civil rights leader and American hero with a variety of events and activities for adults and children. This annual event hosts family-oriented activities and programs for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. In keeping with Martin Luther King’s dedication to serving the community, this event will be staffed by volunteers. For more information, to register, or to volunteer, visit Greenfield Community College. 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA.

Monday, January 20, 10am-3:30pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION: 36th Annual MLK Day Celebration. Take part in The Resistance Center’s longest-standing tradition, celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This day-long celebration will begin with coffee and hot chocolate at 10am in Florence at the Sojourner Truth statue for the Afro-American Walking Tour. Social justice community workshops facilitated by local activist groups will then take place from 12-2pm at Edwards Church in Northampton. The day will end with a convocation from 2-3:30pm with music, keynote speaker Dr. Amilcar Shabazz and special guest U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern. The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. 413-584-8975. 2 Conz St Suite 2B, Northampton, MA.

​Monday, January 20, 11am-1pm – MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION: Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against civil injustice and fought for the civil rights of black Americans. His work to create a just and peaceful society is a reminder of how important civic engagement and service is in sparking positive social change and the formation of ethical communities that champion diversity, openness, compassion, and solidarity. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services hosts an annual MLK King Day Celebration. For more than 30 years, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services has served hundreds of families each year with an array of educational, cultural, and basic needs supports. Come celebrate with great performances that honor the legacy of Dr. King. MassMutual Center. 413-787-6610. 1277 Main St, Springfield, MA.


Tuesday, January 21

Tuesday, January 21, 10-11:30am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Home School Class: Museum Explorations. Homeschool and unschool children are invited to explore new and exciting areas of science, history, and art each week at the Springfield Museums during this weekly 8-week class. Areas range from dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures, live reptiles and amphibians, nature, and the secrets of deep space. Hands-on activities and visits to the special exhibits will enhance the learning experience. Instructor: Pat Gregory. Best for ages 6-8. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 10-11:30am – STEM: Home School Class: Hands-On Science. Homeschoolers & unschoolers can use the Science Museum’s resources to explore new and exciting areas of science each week during this weekly 8-week class—from sound and light to electricity and wind power, to engineering, archaeology, and paleontology. Hands-on activities and visits to the new Spark!Lab exhibit will enhance your learning experience. Instructor: Kevin Kopchynski. Best for ages 9-12. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 12:30-2pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/COMICS: Draw Comics at the Meekins Library. Practice writing and drawing your own comics using writing prompts, or come up with your own story. Materials will be provided. Bring your imagination! For elementary school students. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-9:15pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Drop-In Figure Drawing with Cyndy Sperry & Katherine Weinstein at Bread Euphoria. This 8-week drop-in class begins with a 25-minute warm-up and then progress to longer poses. Cyndy and Katherine will take turns modeling techniques, materials, and strategies in this dynamic investigation of drawing. Both teachers have different yet complementary styles: Katherine approaches the figure more classically through line, form, and space, and Cyndy is interested in the space between the artist and their subject and the reconciliation of the 3D world with the flat plane of the drawing paper. Both are interested in developing the abstract beauty of the drawing elements. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcomed. There will be tables, drawing boards, some easels, and sometimes materials to try and share. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.


Wednesday, January 22

Wednesday, January 22, 10am – MINDFULNESS : Mountain Mindfulness at Greylock! Start your day off with an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, or stretch your muscles and your mind, while exploring healthy mind-body techniques such as various meditations, breathing exercises, yoga, or dance. Classes may last from 20-90 minutes, taught by local certified teachers, as well as Mount Greylock staff! Beginners welcome. No previous experience is necessary. Meet at the Visitor Center. Please dress warmly, some programs, such as walking meditations, may be held outdoors, weather permitting. This program is free and open to all ages. An adult must accompany children. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 10am-2pm – NEW ENGLAND HISTORY: Explore New England History during Cozy Winter Wednesdays in the History Workshop Building at Historic Deerfield. Drop-in program; children must be accompanied by an adult. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 5:30pm – MEDICINE/HERBALISM: Want to learn more about specific plant medicines and get to know a bit deeper the personality, the numerous actions/interrelationships, remedies, and benefits a single plant can hold? Clearpath Herbals is hosting Materia Medica, a 3-week class which will dive deep into five medicinal plants each session. From constituents, uses, affinities, and much more, this class series is a great way to add new medicinals (or learn more about familiar medicinal plants) into one’s personal life. Each class will cover herbal actions, constituents, uses from clinical experience and research as well as folk medicine traditions, extraction, gathering/harvesting wisdom, and more. Experience the herbal medicines covered in each section through tastings. Best for lifelong learners and self-directed teens. Held at TIA Architects. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/ZINES: As counter-cultural philosopher Alan Watts said in 1967: “Our educational system, in its entirety, does nothing to give us any kind of material competence. In other words, we don’t learn how to cook, how to make clothes, how to build houses […], or to do any of the absolutely fundamental things of life. The whole education that we get for our children in school is entirely in terms of abstractions. It trains you to be an insurance salesman or a bureaucrat, or some kind of cerebral character.” The DIY, or Do it Yourself movement, seeks to address this lack of practical skills in education by encouraging people to learn how to build, modify, and create without professional expertise. Zines are a perfect example of the DIY ethos. The Forbes Library Zine Club is the perfect place to get together with others and write, draw, and collaborate! Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

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Thursday, January 23

Thursday January 23, 3:30-4:30pm – CHESS CLUB: According to an ancient story, the emperor of Persia, who loved games, invited his subjects to develop the perfect game. The first game was checkers. The emperor enjoyed the game but observed that it relied too much on luck and involved too little skill and was thus not realistic. The next game was chess. The emperor once again celebrated the ingenuity of the game but complained that the game relied too much on skill and too little luck and was thus, also not true to life. The final game was backgammon, which the emperor declared the perfect game due to its perfect balance of luck and skill. Whether or not one agrees with the emperor’s assessment that chess involves no luck, we can all agree that a better game of skill can scarcely be found. Few games have inspired so much thought and study over the centuries. If you would like to learn to play chess, learn to play with Andy Morris-Friedman. This free drop in the chess club is a great intergenerational opportunity for beginners. Register to reserve your seat. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Thursday, January 23, 6-8pm – CRAFTING/UPCYCLING: Creative Reuse Craft Club. Repurpose/upcycle discarded materials into handmade art. All materials are included. Free and open to the public (13+). Pre-registration required. Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8pm – PARENT NIGHT OUT/CRAFT NIGHT: Adult Craft Night – Book Page Wreaths at the library. Leave the kids with a babysitter or another guardian, and come out to create a whimsical wreath with recycled book pages and wintry accents. A fun parents’ night out, with friends or your special someone! Learn this skill and take it home to share with the kids on a rainy day. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.


Friday, January 24

Friday, January 24, 10-10:30am – MUSIC STUDIES/PreK: Music with Mr. Liam at the library! Mr. Liam plays ukulele and drums while he puts an energetic new twist on children’s classic songs. Arrive prepared to dance, sing, and laugh! For children ages 1.5 to 5 and their parents and caregivers. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 24, 11:30am-1:20pm – ICE SKATING: Are you a homeschool or unschooling family? The Mullins Center offers a weekday public ice skate for families to attend. Great opportunity for physical activity while making community connections. Ice skate rentals are free and guardian’s skates for free. All families are welcome. Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA.

Friday, January 24, 7-9:15pm LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/THEATER STUDIES: To Kill A Mockingbird. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories, and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion, and the courage to do what is right. Ja’Duke Theater. 413-863-0001. 110 Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Hadley, and Plainfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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