100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 1-14, 2020

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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.

Feb 11

GuGu Drum Group From Shanghai. Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. This award-winning percussion group from Shanghai presents a theatrical drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions showcasing the various percussive instruments used in ancient drum music. Featuring drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales, this performance highlights the human evolution, awareness, social commitment, and communication that ancient drumming has as its history. This high-energy extravaganza will entertain audiences of all ages! $20-$38; Youth 17 & Under: $10. @1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/gugudrum or call 800-999-UMAS

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.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

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Giving Tree preschool program in Gill, MA, 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 children ages 2.9 – 5. For more information: www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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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, 5-7pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/SHADOW PUPPETRY: Electric Kale Productions in collaboration with Source Studios present The Mitten: In Silhouette. See what happens when a mitten is dropped in the snow, and a passel of curious animals discover its cozy interior. Staged in the windows of Source Studios, this pop-up window theatre performance is produced entirely with shadow puppets and makes a special appearance during Greenfield Winter Carnival. Best viewed from the sidewalk in front of the GCC building. Catch a show every 15 minutes. Source Studios. (2nd-floor window) 267 Main Street. 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.

Monday, February 3, 6:30-8pm – PARENT SUPPORT/ADHD: Northampton Area Pediatrics host a monthly Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. Join other area parents and caregivers to: Receive ADHD information and support; Be heard without being judged; Hear how others cope with similar issues and challenges; Learn about local resources for families; Hear from area specialists on pertinent topics; Learn new strategies to try at home; Leave feeling empowered and hopeful. Light refreshments will be available. ValleyADHDfamilies@gmail.com. Northampton Area Pediatrics. 413-584-8700193. Locust St., Northampton, 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.

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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, 6:30pm – ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE/HOMEOPATHY: Homeopathy 101 Study Group, hosted by Homeopathy Healings and River Valley Co-op. Learn how to have a more natural and holistic approach to healing, how to reduce the amount of chemical medicine you and your family are taking, and how to use homeopathy in acute situations. Nationally certified classical homeopaths Abby Beale CCH and Heather Welch-Smith CCH will be offering a once-a-month in-person homeopathic study group for anyone interested in learning how homeopathy can be used for acute illnesses and first aid. Areas of focus include the history of homeopathy, what symptoms indicate which remedy, homeopathic philosophies, books for getting started, and more. Preregister. River Valley Co-Op. 413-584-2665. 330 N King St, Northampton, 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, 5:30-7pm –INTERGENERATIONAL/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: First Friday Family Fun Night, hosted by Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Bring your family for an evening of fun activities and pizza. Each month a different group of Springfield College students will be hosting a family-friendly activity. This event is free, and pizza provided for all families in attendance. A responsible adult must attend with all youth. Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. 385 Eastern Avenue. Springfield, 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, 6-9pm – PLACEMAKING/ART WALK: Easthampton’s 1st Friday Art Walk. A full line-up of Art Walk events can be found here www.easthamptoncityarts.com. Easthampton City Arts. 43 Main St. Easthampton, 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.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 8am-12noon – ICE FISHING: The Ashfield Rod & Gun Club’s annual Children’s Ice Fishing Derby happens this weekend! All ages are welcome to participate in the derby, followed by a community spaghetti dinner and a live birds of prey presentation with Tom Ricardi. For more information, call Joe at 413-628-4400. Ashfield Lake (Headquarters: Ashfield Lake House). Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Jack Forman of Recess Monkey is the guest DJ of the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend! Jack Forman hosts this week’s HFVS, but forgot to ask show producer, Sienna Wildfield, if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! 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 8, 10am-12noon – NATURALIST SKILLS/TRACKING: Western MA is full of wildlife, but most of the time it’s difficult to see where the animals are or what they’re doing. In the winter, however, the evidence of animals often becomes easier to see and to interpret. Join expert naturalist Charley Eiseman to search for evidence of wildlife at picturesque Holland Glen Conservation Area in Belchertown. Participants will learn how to identify the tracks of a variety of animals based on their size, shape, and traveling style, and learn how they interact with the winter world. Preregister. Holland Glen Conservation Area. Belchertown, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12noon – NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY/ICE: The Wonders of Ice with Mass Audubon. Science and art are a wonderful combination. Discover a bit about the science of ice and how ice affects local animals while having the chance to capture the beauty of ice through photography. This two-hour workshop will include a presentation followed by a short hike on Arcadia’s trails to photograph ice. Wear your micro-spikes and bring your cameras or smartphones! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/CANDY CHEMISTRY Candy Chemistry with Mom or Dad! Visit the Springfield Museums’ special exhibit “Sweet: A Tasty Journey,” then, discover the physical and chemical properties of candy. Sharpen your math skills by making fudge, chocolates, and other yummy treats. Best for ages 7-10 and not recommended for those with sensitivities to milk, chocolate, or nuts.) Preregister. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/MID-WINTER HOLIDAYS: Mardi Gras King Cake Culinary Traditions: Mid-Winter Holidays. Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day kick off a series of midwinter holidays, followed by several others that lead into the spring festivities. Each winter holiday has its history, traditions, and dishes; that will be the focus of this class. Some of the unique dishes will be offered to sample and recipes available to take home. Preregister. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – FOLK ART/PISANKI: Pisanki: The Art of Polish & Ukrainian Egg Decoration. Learn the simple, batik-like process to produce a kaleidoscope of colors in geometric patterns on the surface of an egg. Participants will use a special applicator (kistka) and hot wax to produce designs, blocking out color from selected areas on eggs before dyeing them. Examine traditional, simple designs and how to adapt them. Dyes, beeswax cakes, and kistka included. Supply list provided. Two classes: February 8 & 15. Register by January 30. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TRACKING: Winter Walk at Laughing Brook with Mass Audubon. Enjoy mid-winter with an interpretive walk at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Along the trails look for wildlife tracks, as well as other signs of wildlife such as browsing, scat, and winter homes. Also, look at the stone walls and discuss the history of the land. Preregister. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary, a FREE family day! A free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, enjoy art making, films, and special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker (11:30am) and Happier Valley Comedy (1:30pm). The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/WINTER TRAILS DAY: Winter Trails Day at Notchview. Whether it’s snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, explore Notchview’s 25 miles of winter trails. There will be free ski lessons, guided snowshoe hikes, a wax clinic, snow-ga (yoga outside), craft making for kids, a knitting circle, bonfire, s’mores, plus so much more! Rentals are 50% off and lessons are free. Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10:30am-8:30pm – 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.

Saturday, February 8, 1-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TRACKING: Winter Wildlife Detectives with educator Kathy Richards, a family adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Using detective skills, learn how to read the stories written upon the forest floor through games, activities, and outdoor exploration. Whose tracks are these? How do wild animals survive the winter? Discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. If the trails are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. If snow is insufficient for snowshoeing, the program will take place on foot. Northfield Mountain. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 2-4pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: Overtures and Arias featuring the Panopera Orchestra. A 30-piece live orchestra featuring the Panopera Orchestra and soloists will be in a concert playing a variety of operatic favorites. Two hours of music by Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner, featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy as Carmen. Smith College, Music Department. Sage Hall. Earle Recital Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 2:30-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will travel from farm life to the mid-century office and learn the power of raising their voices as they explore the extraordinary stories of the many women featured in She Shapes History. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8 – PLACEMAKING/LIGHT INSTALLATION: As the heart of winter’s cold and darkness settles on us,The Art Garden is turning their thoughts to making light. This year’s winter Hoopla, an outdoor lighted art installation, will be held in the rail yard of the Trolley Museum. Find out how you can participate in the creation, or come the day of to enjoy. The Art Garden. 413-625-2782. 14 Depot St. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 6-8pm – INTERGENERATIONAL/FAMILY DANCE: Greenfield Moose Family Center presents the 7th annual Franklin County Father-Daughter Dance. Live DJ, food and refreshments, and activities. Granddads & Adopt-a-Dad-for-the-night welcomed and moms can come with their dads. Greenfield Moose Lodge 997. 20 School St. Greenfield, MA.g

Saturday, February 8, 7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/MOONLIGHT HIKE: The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee is hosting a moonlight hike along a field then enters a mixed forest of spectacular pine, oak, and beech trees. The total distance is a little more than a mile over easy terrain. Refreshments and a campfire will follow. All are welcome. Optional items to bring: snowshoes/spikes, flashlight/headlamp, water bottle. Park and meet at the Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Head. 413-268-7523. Adams Rd, Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 7:30-10pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto Concert.East Coast meets West in Springfield when principals of two powerhouse orchestras, the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, meet for an evening of musical brilliance. With powerful, virtuoso playing, Emmanuel Ceysson (principal harpist of the Met) sweeps away the clichés associated with his instrument. He is joined by Denis Bouriakov (principal flutist of the LA Phil), often called the “Paganini of the flute.” Exciting and varied, this night spans the old world to the new, from Mozart’s incredibly beautiful Flute and Harp Concerto and Beethoven’s bouncy Music for a Ballet on Horseback to Debussy’s light and beautiful Sacred and Profane Dances, the dance-like percussive intensity of Argentinian Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and Leonard Bernstein’s expressive Halil. Best for adults and children with audience skills. Symphony Hall. 413-949-0925. 34 Court St, Springfield, MA.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Jack Forman of Recess Monkey is the guest DJ of the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend! Jack Forman hosts this week’s HFVS, but forgot to ask show producer, Sienna Wildfield, if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! 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 9, 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, February 9, 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, February 9, 10am-3pm – FIBER ARTS/WET FELTING: Wet Felting Workshop. Create a beautiful Heart Felted Bag in this workshop, learning how to create a unique piece of art using fiber and wet felting techniques with Katherine McClelland. Wool and tools supplied. Preregistration required. Holyoke Creative Arts Center. 413-532-0465. Mill City. 150 Front Street, Suite 5. West Springfield, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 1-4pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/HOMEBREWING: Homebrewing 101 at Beerology. In this beginner level class, participants will be introduced to the art and science of homebrewing. Discuss malt, yeast, and hops, partial mash brewing, and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. 21+. Beerology. 413-829-2337. 342 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 1-4pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/HOMEBREWING: Homebrewing 101 at Beerology. In this beginner level class, participants will be introduced to the art and science of homebrewing. Discuss malt, yeast, and hops, partial mash brewing, and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. 21+. Beerology. 413-829-2337. 342 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 4-7pm – PLAY GROUP/POTLUCK: February Family Fun Night, hosted by Northampton Parents Center. Playtime and optional potluck dinner. Bring the whole family; everyone is welcome! The Northampton Parent Center is designed for children birth through kindergarten age and their families and caregivers. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 7pm-12am – FILM STUDIES/ACADEMY AWARDS: The Academy Awards Live, a free showing with limited seating hosted by Garden Theater. Watch the fashion, listen to the speeches, talk movies with real cinephiles.. and feel welcome to go all out via your best dress! The popcorn will be flowing as this the biggest movie event of the year. Garden Theater. 413-773-9260. 361 Main St. Greenfield, MA.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday, February 10, 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 10, 6:30-8pm – CLIMATE CHANGE/CONSERVATION: Join the Kestral Land Trust to learn about natural climate solutions. In this ongoing series, Climate Change & Your Community, learn about the fundamentals of climate change, examples of impacts that are already occurring, and projections for the future in New England. Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst professor of Environmental Conservation who studies the impact of climate change on wildlife and the land, will discuss how climate change is likely to impact wildlife and ecosystems, and give examples of what can be done to protect and conserve vulnerable ecosystems through climate adaptation. Hear about past and present land conservation efforts in Sunderland to protect area forests, farms, and riverlands, including a current project in which Kestrel is helping the Town conserve 40 acres on Mount Toby for drinking water, wildlife habitat, and climate resilience. Best for self-directed teens & lifelong learners. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 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, February 11, 7pm – FILM/AFRICAN AMERICAN & WOMEN’S HISTORY: Screening and discussion of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. This documentary explores the life and times of this African American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Rarely mentioned today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries, such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA, Jones Library. 413-259-3223.43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm – CULTURE STUDIES/DRUM MUSIC: GuGu Drum Group From Shanghai. This award-winning percussion group from Shanghai presents a theatrical drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions showcasing the various percussive instruments used in ancient drum music. Featuring drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales, this performance highlights the human evolution, awareness, social commitment, and communication that ancient drumming has as its history. This high-energy extravaganza will entertain audiences of all ages! $20-$38; Youth 17 & Under: $10. @1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/gugudrum or call . UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. 800-999-UMAS.UMass. Amherst, MA.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Wednesday, February 12, 9-10:30am – THEATER STUDIES/SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare & Co. will perform the tragedy of Macbeth at Agawam High School. This condensed version of Macbeth seeks to learners of all ages in the rich language of the author. The actors work to develop a rapport with the audience as this famous tragedy comes alive with all its timely considerations of the perils of power, ambition, and politics. After four hundred years, this play has become more relevant than ever! Reservations are required for the general public to attend this free performance – all homeschooled/unschooled famlies are welcome. 413-783-0502. Agawam High School Auditorium. 760 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 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 12, 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 12, 3:30-4:15pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/VALENTINE CRAFT: Children ages 3-10 and their parents and caregivers are invited to Drop-In Valentines Craft in the children’s department at the library in Northampton. Make and decorate special valentines for family, friends, and sweethearts (or to give to those you might not personally know as an act of appreciation and kindness)! Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SPANISH GUITAR: Classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar refers to both a slightly different instrument and mainly, to a different style of playing. The instrument itself in only a little bit different from other guitars: it has fewer frets and uses a different type of string. Traditionally, classical guitar strings were made from sheep and goat intestines. Nowadays, nylon strings are used instead, but it still creates a different sound from other metal stringed guitars. Most importantly, classical guitar players use a distinctive fingerpicking style, as opposed to strumming. This method of playing creates the intoxicating and exotic sound that is associated with this style. If you are interested in classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar, take in a free Romantic Spanish Guitar Concert at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP/FUNDING COLLEGE: College Financial Planning Workshop, hosted by West Springfield Public Library. A free and educational college scholarship and financial aid workshop that will focus on college-bound sophomores, juniors, and last-minute seniors. Discuss how families who thought they could never qualify for financial aid based on a high income or high assets can become eligible for aid, and explain cost-effective options to fund college – avoiding costly pitfalls or putting a strain on your retirement and the rest of your family’s finances. Registration is required. West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park St, West Springfield, MA.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 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, February 13, 2-4pm – CIVICS/VOTING: League of Women Voters at Berkshire Museum. Get a lesson in civics as you submit or update your voter registration, learn the structure of government in Berkshire County, discover how laws are made, and more with the Central Berkshire Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 6pm – SCIENCE CAFE/FIRE ECOLOGY This month’s Life Science Cafe topic is Fire Ecology & Management with Dr. Emily Fusco and George Locascio. The Nacul Center. 413-256-8025. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 6-9pm – STORYTELLING: On The Flip: “I See Color” Storytelling at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book. On the Flip is an amazing project which works towards building a culture of live storytelling that features those whose perspectives rarely appear in the public square, and supporting them to tell the stories they want to tell, rather than the stories we think we want to hear. Those may be stories of racism and oppression, bias and hardship; they may also be stories of joy, family, friendship and community, resistance, resilience, and laugh-out-loud humor. The theme for this year’s event is “I See Color,” and features approximately eight storytellers in a non-competitive, community-building environment. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday, February 14, 9am-8pm – PLACEMAKING/ICE SCULPTURE: 10th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival in downtown Northampton! A family-friendly winter tradition, the Northampton Ice Art Festival brings featured ice artists to the streets of downtown Northampton, allowing the public to watch them as they create temporal works of art. Completed works of art will be on illuminated display during Arts Night Out – and for as long as the weather permits! Downtown Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/PORCUPINES: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. The 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 14, 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 14, 1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Day at the Clark.Spend an afternoon with your special someone or a beloved work of art at The Clark. Make your museum date complete by visiting the Clark Center Lower Lobby to design a heartfelt Valentine inspired by the collection. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Friday, February 14, 4-7pm – ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art gives visitors a special opportunity to explore the collections and engage with art on a deeper level. Create your own work of art, with hands on activities for all ages based on specific works in the museum and go on a special guided conversation tour. Light refreshments. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/ART NIGHT: Northampton Arts Night Out, on the second Friday of every month, is an event hosted by Northampton art spaces to promote creative works and community. This monthly gallery walk offers the opportunity to enjoy a Friday night in town while experiencing diverse visual and performing arts. Arts Night Out helps further highlight the diversity and unique character of the Northampton area. It is created by a group of people who are committed to the growth and development of our local culture. This month, take in the ice sculptures throughout the town while visiting shops, galleries, and performance spaces. Downtown Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 6-8pm – DATE NIGHT/OENOLOGY: Oenology is the science and study of wine and winemaking. I Love Wine Valentine Edition at the Wistariahurst Museum is their annual wine tasting event, and an excellent opportunity to sample fine wines from around the world in the historic Skinner family mansion. Keep track of the vineyards and vintages, aromas, and finishes of the wines you love on the guest sampling menu. 21yrs+. Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA.

Friday, February 14, 7:30-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES/PERCUSSION: Advanced Percussion Ensemble, a concert with music for marimbas, xylophones, drums & other percussion instruments at Bezanson Hall, UMass Fine Arts Center. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Holyoke, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, 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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