100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 18-31, 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.

Jan 28

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.


The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

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 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.

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 18-31, 2020

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


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, 3pm – STEM/QUANTUM MECHANICS: Quantum Strangeness at the library. Quantum mechanics is one of the glories of our age. One of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements, the theory lies at the heart of modern society. It has immeasurably enlarged our conception of the natural world. But quantum theory is profoundly mysterious. Albert Einstein, one of its creators, never accepted it. And even now, decades after its creation, physicists continue to argue about it. Astrophysicist George Greenstein has been both fascinated and confused by the theory throughout his career. In this lecture, he will describe his effort to understand the enigma that is quantum mechanics. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Forbes Library Community Room. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, 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.


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, 1-4pm – SKILLSHARING/REPAIR CAFE: New Year’s Easthampton Fixery! Make 2020 the year of foresight with a visit to Repair Public with one or two of your broken thing.! Bring your items for a crackerjack team of advanced tool users to help out, teaching you how to do things like unclog your vacuums, light your lamps, and glue your chairs. New City Brewery. 413-529-2000.180 Pleasant St (12 Rear). Easthampton, 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, 12:30-2pm – THEATER STUDIES/ACTING: Making Theater Happen: Becoming an Actor. Join the Storrs Library as former theater director and professor Fred Sokol guides participants to develop their acting skills. Begin with the basics, progressing through improv, scripted works, and maybe even write your own scenes to perform. Participants will contribute to the progression of the program, depending on their interests and comfort level. This class is the first of an 8-week Tuesday program, focusing on beginner skills, but actors of all levels are welcome to attend. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Tuesday, January 21, 6-7pm – GEOMETRY/ORIGAMI: Origami Workshop. Learn the ancient Japanese art of origami (paper folding) with an experienced teacher from Valley Folders. All skill levels welcome; best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, 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, 6-7pm – SIGN LANGUAGE: Signing Basics-American Sign Language Nights at the Library. Theresa King from Signing Basics will lead this workshop. Learn a variety of signs through games and activities that boost your learning and retention of American Sign Language (ASL). An excellent program for beginners and intermediate learners. Preregister. Palmer Public Library. 413- 283-3330 x0. 1455 N Main St. Palmer, 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.


Thursday, January 23

Thursday, January 23, 12:15-1pm – HISTORY/THEATERS: The Colonial Atmospheric Theaters of the Goldstein Brothers, a presentation by award-winning videographer Jonathan Boschen that explores two single-screen atmospheric theaters, the Greenfield (MA) Garden Theater and Athol (MA) Capitol Theater. Both theaters were built for the Goldstein Brothers, designed by the Mowl & Rand Architectural firm, and were unusual do to their colonial-themed atmospheric style. While atmospheric theaters were common around the country, they often used an exotic style. This unique digital virtual tour utilizes old photographs and architectural drawings of what the two theaters looked like as single-screen theaters (since the Garden was split up into a multiplex and the Capitol was demolished in the 1960s) and a history of how the two contributed to their communities through the decades. Presented by Jonathan A. Boschen, film and theater historian and award-winning videographer. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Thursday, January 23, 3:15pm – MEDIA LITERACY/PODCASTING: Podcasting Workshop for Teens. Learn how to record and edit audio. Start a podcast, record a family oral history, or make sound art. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. All skill levels are welcome! Sign up required. Forbes Library. 413-587-1010. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

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.


Saturday, January 25

Saturday, January 25, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg). Join children’s singer Jesse Jukebox as he shares some of his favorite songs that have to do with going through your day, from when you wake up to when you go to bed! Get ready to rock out with Jesse while he plays an eclectic mix of awesome tunes! 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 25, 9am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/NATURE SANCTUARIES: Gems of the Valley: Exploring Mass Audubon Sanctuaries. Mass Audubon has many sanctuary “gems” in the Connecticut River Valley. Explore Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary hiking to cold water streams and through old farm country and hemlock forests while searching for signs of winter. Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. Adams Rd, Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 9-11am – OPEN HOUSE/PRESCHOOL: 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. Giving Tree School. 413-863-9218. 3 Wood Ave, Gill, MA.

Saturday January 25, 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. Space is limited. ​Sign up by emailing: marsha@mlbasketdesigns.com. Brushworks Arts & Industry. 221 Pine Street. #414. Florence, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-12pm – FIBER ARTS/NEEDLE FELTING: Needle Felted Owls Workshop for 11yrs+ or with caregiver. In this workshop, students will learn to use wool fibers to needle felt an owl. Realistic or whimsical. This is a beginner-friendly class; all materials included to make one owl. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-12noon – STEM/CODING: Make Your Own Mobile Games. Learn how to make your own games with App Inventor, the visual coding environment from MIT that enables anyone to make apps with global impact. Holyoke Codes. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-2pm – BOARDGAMES/INTERGENERATIONAL: Boardgames at the Meekins Library monthly boardgame program. Play an old favorite or find a new favorite. Contact Naomi (kmit@cwmars.org ) ahead of time if there is a specific game you would like to play, so she can make sure they have it. All are welcome. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 10am-7pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Community Day at MASS MoCA. Celebrate with art-making projects inspired by Kidspace’s 20th year, pop-up party games, music in the galleries (including “elevator music” — played live), and a free screening of Museum Town. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 11am – MUSIC/DRUMS: Make Music! Craft and Book Signing at the library! Are you interested in music and sound? Meet musician and Make Music! local author, Norma Jean Haynes, and make your own drum to take home. All art materials will be provided for free. Best for children ages 5+. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 11-2:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Family Friendly Outdoor Adventures at Mount Greylock, an afternoon of winter activities, including snow tubing for the little ones, a snowshoe demo, and a self-guided hike along the Bradley Farm Trail. Please be prepared for the weather, dress in layers, and wear sturdy snow boots. Traction devices, trekking poles, or your own snowshoes are advisable for the hike. Snowshoes will be available to try out during the Snowshoe Demo for ages 8+. This program is free and open to all ages. An adult must accompany children under 18. Meet at the Visitor Center. Rain or inclement weather cancels. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 1-4pm – FIBER ARTS/WET FELTING: Wet Felted Bowl Class with local Fiber Artist Chris Peller. In this class for beginners, learn basic wet felting techniques that can be transferred to other projects. Wool-ology. 413-350-5158. 242A Greenfield Rd. South Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 1-5pm – ART STUDIES/CARTOONS: The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons Opening Celebration at the Berkshire Museum. Watch classic cartoons and try different animation techniques in Lab 102. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, January 25, 4:30-9pm – CHINESE NEW YEAR/CULTURAL DIVERSITY: The 2020 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration will take place this year on Saturday, January 25, 2020, and the Chinese Association of Western Massachusetts will be hosting a celebration! This well-attended event is open to all families, a celebration of cultural diversity with all the local communities. There will be live performances, children’s activities, and dinner. For information, contact Linda Hill at 413-433-0951, ldzhai@yahoo.com. This event will be held at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield. 295 Burnett Road. Chicopee, MA. [Update: 1/24/20 – EVENT POSTPONED. In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan China, the board members of CAWM have decided to postpone the Chinese New Year Celebration gala to an undefined date.]

Saturday, January 25, 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.


Sunday, January 26

Sunday, January 26, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Hilltown Family Variety Show Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg). Join children’s singer Jesse Jukebox as he shares some of his favorite songs that have to do with going through your day, from when you wake up to when you go to bed! Get ready to rock out with Jesse while he plays an eclectic mix of awesome tunes! 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 26, 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 26, 10am-3pm – BUDDHISM/PARENTING SKILLS: Science & Spirit of Buddhist Parenting. Some parents are looking for ways to share with their families the dharma-inspired practices and values they find so healing and helpful in their own lives. Join author, psychologist, and father Chris Willard in a workshop about integrating Buddhist principles — from mindfulness and compassion to Buddhist ethics, equanimity, and more — into the lives of parents and caregivers. Spend the time practicing and discussing Buddhist principles, drawn from the Paramis, as they relate to parenting and family life. Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. 413-527-0388. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, January 26, 1-4pm – NATURALIST SKILLS/TRACKING: On the Trail of Predator and Prey; Winter Wildlife Tracking. Self-directed teens and lifelong learners can track a porcupine to its den, follow in the footsteps of a red fox or a fisher as it winds its way through the forest, and spend an afternoon deciphering clue left behind by a variety of Northfield’s predators and prey. Learn to identify tracks and sign with Ernie Hansche, avid tracker, and naturalist. Be prepared to head off-trail to track mammals in their natural habitat. Participants should be in moderate shape, wear warm, waterproof footwear, and dress warmly in multiple layers for both moving across the landscape and stopping to study wildlife signs. Pre-register. Northfield Mountain. 413-659-3714. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Sunday, January 26, 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.

Sunday, January 26, 5-6:30om – COMMUNITY SING: Earthdance is holding a community sing and potluck with Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder. Penny brings community members together through song. She is a dynamic and energetic teacher whose love of music is infectious, and the ability to lead and teach is unsurpassed. All the songs are drawn from many different musical traditions and will be taught by rote. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music, and singing in an intergenerational environment. Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.


Monday, January 27

Monday, January 27, 6pm – STEM/INTERGENERATIONAL: Oddball science: Why do scientists study weird things? Science Cafes are part of a grassroots movement to open science to everyone and to bring free presentations and engaging conversations into casual community settings. Here in Western MA, a working scientist shares their research with the public every month via SciTech Cafe. All ages are welcome. Allowing self-directed learners to participate in community events such as science cafes can help them to learn how to engage with an intergenerational community of learners while challenging them to learn more about in-depth science topics on their own. Each science cafe is lead by an expert in the field who share their expertise to science cafe participants. The opportunity to learn about a science topic from an expert scientist grants learners access to a pool of knowledge that is both deep and wide. Find out who is presenting this month at http://www.scitechcafe.org. Union Station. 413-341-3161. 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.

Monday, January 27, 6-8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: Westfield State University College of Graduate and Continuing Education will be offering a series of Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops on the campus of Westfield State University this spring semester. In this series of 10 workshops, participants will rehearse and perform the music of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with lead sheets, solos, and arrangements transcribed by the director, Wayne Roberts. Improvisational skills are not required, and no audition is necessary. Best for lifelong learners. Westfield State University. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA.

Monday, January 27, 7-9pm – BIODIVERSITY/NATIVE SPECIES: Book Discussion: Bringing Nature Home, hosted by Plainfield Tree Alliance. Seeing fewer birds and bees? Climate change and other environmental crises are depleting the diversity of species in our magnificent hilltowns. What can we do to respond? This year’s Plainfield Forest and Garden Winter Series focus on what we can do locally to combat the effects of environmental stresses on our forests and gardens. Discuss the links between native plant and insect diversity, as well as practical and achievable recommendations for choosing native plants to contribute to sustaining biodiversity. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. 38 N Central St, Plainfield, MA.


Tuesday, January 28

Tuesday, January 28, 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 28, 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 28, 7-8:30pm – GARDENING: Grown in Westhampton – Victory Gardens & Victory Orchards. The “Victory Garden” was introduced during World War I. People from all across America planted and grew their own fruits and vegetables to support the war effort and combat food scarcity. During that time, Americans from around the country grew 40% of their own fruits and vegetables! Kurt Heidinger will be leading this gardening discussion about what fruits and vegetables are best suited to our area. Reference the FEDCO catalogs and discuss specific crops. Feel free to bring your favorite catalogs and your experiences on which crops have done well and also those that have not and make plans for the 2020 growing season. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.

Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm – MUSIC TRADITIONS/AFRICAN AMERICAN: We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. 800-999-UMAS. UMass. Amherst, MA.


Wednesday, January 29

Wednesday, January 29, 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 29, 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 29, 6-7pm – SIGN LANGUAGE: ASL Night and SIGNING Basics: American Sign Language, a fun evening of learning American Sign Language with Theresa King. Learn a variety of new signs that will be reinforced through games and activities. Best for ages 10+. Preregister. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800 x3. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.

Wednesday, January 29, 6-7:30pm – DRAWING/MANGA: Manga-Style Drawing at the Meekins Library. Watch some great Anime and practice your Manga-style drawing. For ages ten and up. Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8pm – LOCAL HISTORY/ICE HARVEST: Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting. Local historian, Dennis Picard, will present on ice harvesting and the natural ice industry in New England. Southwick Public Library. 413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road. Southwick, MA.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8:30pm – FOOD/ARTISAN CHEESE: Cheese Class: Cheese 101. Ever find yourself wondering what’s what at the cheese counter? This relaxed tasting class will provide a well-rounded overview of 10 classic styles. Provisions head cheesemonger will walk participants through the sensory steps involved in tasting all kinds of cheese while delivering knowledge to boost confidence in selecting cheese. Whether you are familiar with or completely new to the world of artisan cheese, each student will go away with a renewed appreciation. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Provisions. 413-727-3497. 30 Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm- OPEN HOUSE/EDUCATION: Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on 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.


Thursday, January 30

Thursday, January 30, 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 30, 12:15-1pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Horseback, Harp and Flute, OH MY! Climb into the saddles of some of the greatest thoroughbred composers – and prepare yourself for a wild ride! This lecture is an entertaining and informative overview of the amazing music that is programmed for an upcoming Springfield Symphony Orchestra Concert. Learn about the composers, the guest artists, and the music that will be presented. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Thursday January 30, 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 30, 5-8pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY/VOTING: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote. Expert panelists will discuss how women got the right to vote, how it’s impacted our world, and how we can continue to advocate for women and girls. Open to girls and their families. Please RSVP if planning on attending. Girls Inc. of the Berkshires. 413-442-4101. 165 East Street. Pittsfield, MA.


Friday, January 31

Friday, January 31, 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 31, 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 31, 5:30-7pm – FERMENTATION/SAKE: January Sake Club hosted by Provisions. Lifelong learners 21+ can explore the world of sake in an informal yet intimate gathering in the Provisions classroom. Learn about sake styles, food pairings, and serving techniques. Preregister. Provisions. 413-727-3497. 30 Crafts Ave, Northampton, MA.

Friday, January 31, 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.


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

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