100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 25 – February 7, 2020

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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.

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

Luminaria 2020Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on Sat, Feb 1 from 5-8pm on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. For updates and info: Fire & Ice Event.

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.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 25 – February 7, 2020

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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday, January 25, 2020

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.

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, 2020

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, 2020

Monday, January 27, 9:30am-8pm –SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

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, 6:30-8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/GOSPEL: Gospel Music Community Sing-a-Long, hosted by UMass Fine Arts Center and Wesley United Methodist Church. Join the cast and choir of We Shall Overcome for a free gospel music community sing-a-long in advance of their performance at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall the following evening (details below). Wesley United Methodist Church. 98 N Maple St. Hadley, 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.

Monday, January 27, 7-9pm – FILM STUDIES/INTERNATIONAL: Far Out Film Discussion: The Turin Horse. Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (The film will not be screening the film at the program.) Next in this series is The Turin Horse, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr. The film was co-written by Tarr and novelist László Krasznahorkai. Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. Turn Horse is available to stream with your Forbes Library card via Kanopy. The discussion takes place in the Community Room. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, 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, 6-7:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP/GROWTH MINDSET: Raising Resilient Children through Growth Mindset, hosted by It Takes a Village. In this interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to several specific strategies to help children develop a positive and strong mindset at home and at school. This interactive parent café workshop is free and open to the public. Food and free childcare will be provided. Gateway Regional Middle School.12 Littleville Road. Huntington, 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.

Wednesday, January 29, 7-8:30pm – CURRENT AFFAIRS/FASHION INDUSTRY: Film screening at Williams College examines the clothing industry’s global impact. The Davis Center at Williams College presents the film The True Cost, a documentary that reconfigures our understanding of the clothing industry’s impact on the world. In this film, internationally recognized filmmaker Andrew Morgan reveals the story behind the clothing we wear and the people who make them. As the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown: low-wage workers are regularly exploited, and pollution and contamination have become inevitable byproducts of the fast fashion industry. The documentary links the garment industry to consumerism, capitalism, and globalization and the inextricable ties between fashion and structural oppression. It features interviews from the world’s leading influencers in fashion production and sustainability activism. The film is free and open to the public and will be shown in Paresky Auditorium, followed by a facilitator-led discussion. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Williams College. 413-597-3131. 880 Main St. Willilamstown, MA.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

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, 2020

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, 4pm – WINTER CARNIVAL: Greenfield Winter Carnival kicks off tonight and goes through the weekend. The kick-off of the Carnival continues with the official Winter Carnival torch lighting on Town Common at 4pm followed by a performance by MEGAdance at 5:30pm, a Glow Party at Beacon Field at 5:30pm, and the 5th Annual Parade of Lights at 6pm. Following the parade, a warming fire, LED Glow Performance, and Fireworks Display will take place at Beacon Field! Other activities on Friday include a Hot Chocolate and Board Game Social at the Library. Greenfield Recreation. 20 Sanderson St, Greenfield, 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.

Friday, January 31, 7:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/CHINESE MUSIC: Zhou Family Band Concert at Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst. Zhou Family Band plays traditional wind and percussion music, which has accompanied birth and death celebrations of the people of Central-Eastern China for more than 600 years. This free performance is part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Program at UMass Amherst. Bezanson Recital Hall. Fine Arts Center. Amherst, MA.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/MUSIC HISTORY: Hilltown Family Variety Show 100 Years of Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano. Michael Napolitano from Michael & the Rockness Monsters brings you and exploration of 100 years of music. Listen to songs from 1920-2020 while Michael and his daughters take you for a little ride through musical history. Michael also takes the opportunity to play songs for his daughters that his mother played for him in the 70’s and 80’s. 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, February 1, 9am-9pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am-3pm – ART STUDIES/MONOTYPE PRINTS: Have you ever wanted to make a monotype print? Monotype prints are one-of-a-kind prints of imagine painting on a sheet of plastic, placing paper over it, then running it through my printing press. Voila, the image comes out on the paper in reverse to how you painted it. In this class, use water-based AKUA inks, brushes, stencils, and different papers to create your one-of-a-kind prints. No experience necessary for the printing process. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Must preregister. Amanda Barrow. bridge.arts.1@gmail.com. One Cottage St., #415, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 10-11:30am – NATURALIST SKILLS/TRACKING: Family Fun with Tracking, hosted by Mass Audubon. Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter and where they go? Learn the basics of tracking with your whole family. Start inside learning what to observe while tracking, and then go outdoors to find tracks in forest and field. Dress in layers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 10am-12noon – FAMILY DANCE PARTY/PUPPETS & PANCAKES: Dance off the mid-winter blues! 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.

Saturday, February 1, 10am-12noon – NATURALIST SKILLS/TRACKING: Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs. Search for tracks, scat, and other signs of wildlife that stay active through winter. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes may be required depending on conditions; bring yours, or borrow a pair. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 10-11:30am – CREATIVE-FREE PLAY/VALENTINE MAKING: Valentine Card-Making Party at the Museum! Make unlimited valentines for your family, friends, or classmates! All materials are provided. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 10am-5pm STEM/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: “Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit” at the Springfield Science Museum opens today and runs through May 10, 2020. This exhibit is based on The Jim Henson Company’s popular PBS KIDS TV series. Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit features a curious Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover everything there is to know about dinosaurs. This new exhibit will transport kids back to the time of dinosaurs and encourage basic scientific learning through fun, hands-on activities. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 11am-2pm – ART STUDIES/PASTELS: Pastel Workshop with Greg Maichack at Grace Hall Memorial Library. This hands-on workshop with Greg Maichack is perfect for novices and advanced artists alike. Preregister. Grace Hall Memorial Library. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 12-5pm – CHINESE NEW YEAR/LION DANCE: Annual Chinese New Year Lion Dance at New Fortune Greenfield. Two seatings: 12noon & 3:30pm. New Fortune Greenfield. 413- 772-0838. 249 Mohawk Trail. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/LUMINARIA: Luminaria 2020 – Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 1-4pm – DANCE STUDIES/NATIVE AMERICAN: Native American Social Dance and Stomp Dance, hosted by Nolumbeka Project and Greenfield Community College.All welcome. A rare opportunity to learn and participate in Northeastern Woodlands Native social dances, led by Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, Congressional award honoree as culture-bearer for the Northeast and James Moreis, Aquinnah Wampanoag, father and culture bearer. The Social Dance is the kick-off for “River Stories 2020: Recovering Indigenous Voices of the Connecticut River Valley”, a year-long series organized by the Nolumbeka Project featuring Indigenous presenters telling their own stories in their own words. For hundreds of years, the true history of the Northeastern tribes was hidden or misrepresented, and the mainstream population is missing huge pieces of knowledge. This series will coincide with Plymouth 400 commemorating the landing of the Mayflower in 1620. Opening words by Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Elnu Abenaki. All ages. Greenfield Community College. Cohn Dining Room. 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 1-4pm – CULINARY ARTS/HAND PIES: Savory And Sweet Hand Pies at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. In this class led by food educator, Anna Gershenson, participants will learn how to make an easy cream cheese dough that is perfect for making hand pies. The fillings will be mushroom, spiced pumpkin apple butter, and cranberry maple cream cheese. Families and Individuals are encouraged to attend this class. Berkshire Botanical Garden. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 7-9pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/CONTRA DANCE: Contra Dance at First Congregational Church of Southampton. All are welcome to this free event. Steve Howland will call (and instruct) a traditional contra dance to the tunes of his merry musicians. First Congregational Church of Southampton UCC. 212 College Hwy, Southampton, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 7:30pm – ORNITHOLOGY/OWLS: Owl Prowl at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Meet at the Hitchcock Center at 7:30PM and then carpool to the listening site. Dress incredibly warm, bring your sharp ears, a flashlight, and a thermos of something hot to drink. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 7:30pm – THEATER STUDIES/COSTUMES: Silverthorne Theater will pull out some of the more spectacular of the costumes used in Silverthorne’s past six seasons as well as samples from its collection for a festive Fashion Show. This free event will celebrate Silverthorne’s new tenancy in the LAVA Center, the arts incubation space in downtown Greenfield. Over the years, Silverthorne Theater has amassed a large collection of costumes for a wide range of shows. Some are original creations, built for specific characters. Others were bought and adapted for shows. A large number of period pieces were donated by generous Silverthorne fans. Many will be featured in the Fashion Show. The LAVA Center’s grand opening will coincide with Greenfield’s annual Winter Carnival. The LAVA Center is a new performing arts incubator, black box theater, and community space in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Greenfield. With a focus on creating opportunities in and through primarily the performing and literary arts, the LAVA Center will host a wide variety of arts events, classes, and workshops as well as be a space to display and sell artwork made by local artisans. Silverthorne Theater Company. 413-768-7514. 324 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW/MUSIC HISTORY: Hilltown Family Variety Show 100 Years of Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano. Michael Napolitano from Michael & the Rockness Monsters brings you and exploration of 100 years of music. Listen to songs from 1920-2020 while Michael and his daughters take you for a little ride through musical history. Michael also takes the opportunity to play songs for his daughters that his mother played for him in the 70’s and 80’s. 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, February 2, 11am-5pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.

Sunday, February 2, 1-3pm – GRATITUDE/VALENTINE MAKING: Make a Valentine for your loved one, human or wild. You can even make a Valentine to send to your favorite climate activist, scientist, Senator, or Congressperson. Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks in the Great Hall. For all ages. Supplies are provided. Sponsored by Exploded View, CFCE Playgroup, and our Friends Group. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Sunday, February 2, 1-3pm – FABRIC ARTS/SWEDISH HEARTS: Scandinavian Heart Ornament, hosted by Sheep & Shawl with Linda Forget . Sheep & Shawl. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA.

Sunday, February 2, 12-2:30pm – WICCA/IMBOLC: DIY Imbolc Wreath/Halfway to Spring Celebration at The Mossy Apothecary. According to Wikipedia, “Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Brigid’s Day, is a traditional Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. It is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.” At this celebration, an instructor will lead everyone through a series of steps to create their very own unique, 12-inch Dried Floral Imbolc Wreath, incorporating Brigid’s Cross. Each wreath will be made up of both elements of winter and spring to signify the union between the two and the beauty of transformation. The Mossy Apothecary. 285 College Hwy. Southampton, MA.


Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday, February 3, 10am- OPEN HOUSE/EDUCATION: Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families. 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.

Monday, February 3, 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, February 3, 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.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 9:30am-8pm – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Tuesday, February 4, 11am-8pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, February 4, 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, February 5, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 1:30-4 pm – ART STUDIES/POTTERY: Pottery: Tiles & Vases. Learn to create beautiful tiles and vases by hand-building using slab and coil techniques. Create your designs and finish with a glaze firing. No experience necessary. Supply list provided. This class is the first of a series of three. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 5, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 5, 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, February 5, 3:45-10:30pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.

Wednesday, February 5, 6pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/BOOK CLUB: Books & Brew – Book Group. Cure your mid-week blues with a lively book discussion and some brew with the Springfield City Library at Nathan Bill’s Bar and Restaurant. Library copies of each month’s book are available for checkout at the East Forest Park Branch. Nathan Bill’s Bar & Restaurant. 110 Island Pond Rd. Springfield, MA.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-8pm – ANIMAL STUDIES/NOCTURNAL WILDLIFE: Moonlight Owl and Wildlife Prowl with Mass Audubon. Enjoy a moonlit evening listening and watching for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. We’ll explore fields, forests, and wetlands, learning about animal adaptations for night hunting. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 10am-12noon – ART STUDIES/PAPER MARBLING: Experiment with materials such as dish soap, shaving cream, and paint to create your own highly patterned and colorful marbled papers. Ages 6-12 with accompanying adult. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 6, 12:15pm – WOMEN’S HISTORY: The Seven Sisters Go to War: American Women’s Colleges During World War II Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D. Between 1941 and 1945, the U.S. government recruited students from the Seven Sisters, a prestigious group of women’s colleges, for service in the armed forces. From secret code-breaking courses to naval officer training schools, these elite colleges—and their students—helped secure an Allied victory during World War II. This lecture will chronicle the contributions of American women’s colleges to World War II with a special focus on the women of Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, and Wellesley Colleges. Part of the Museums á la Carte Lecture Series held in the Davis Auditorium at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Thursday, February 6, 3:15-4pm – KINDNESS/VALENTINE’S DAY: Send Love to Seniors. Share the love with the MOMS Club of Longmeadow, making Valentine’s Day cards for retirement home residents. This craft event will be fun for all ages. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Thursday, February 6, 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, February 6, 4-8pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.


Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday, February 7, 9:30-11:30am – PARENTING WORKSHOP/FIRST AID: Infant and Toddler First Aid for Parents and Caregivers, hosted by the Northampton Parents Center. Learn skills such as choking relief, bleeding control, treatment of soft tissue injuries, management of severe allergies, treating tick bites, identifying and treating heat exhaustion, and lots of Q&A. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 7, 10am-12:30pm – LANGUAGE ARTS/SURREALIST: Lifelong learners and self-directed teens can join the Museums for a generative workshop, exploring a range of Surrealist writing games involving chance, collaboration, and surprise. This workshop, “Leap Before You Look: Writing Games Involving Chance, Collaboration, and Surprise,” will approach writing with a sense of play and wonder, participants will attempt to say the unexpected, unlock the door to the unconscious, and release your collective creativity. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 7, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/BEARS: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. Program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Preschool yoga follows! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 7, 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, February 7, 5-8pm – ART STUDIES/PLACEMAKING: Pittsfield is rapidly becoming known as a center for the arts in the region. Every first Friday of the month, come out and explore the works of some of Pittsfield’s most renowned artists with a leisurely stroll through the city’s Upstreet Cultural District. Most of the artists will be in the studios and galleries from 5 to 8pm and will be available to discuss their work. This is a great opportunity to learn about the artistic process. For more information and a completely list of artists and locations, please visit Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk. Downtown Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA

Friday, February 7, 5:30-8pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. 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. Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 7, 7:30pm-9:30pm – ASTRONOMY/STAR GAZING: An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Families can share their interest in astronomy with one another by attending a Stars Over Springfield night at the Springfield Museums. These programs are best suited for families with children ages 8 and older, however, younger children are also welcome. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.


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

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