Learning Ahead: Dec 15-19, 2014
Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long!
This week we are featuring 14 events & resources that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners:
Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.
Here are four museums in Berkshire County to visit this week. Check with your local library for museum passes to borrow for free admission:
Tuesday, December 16, 5:30pm-8pm – FILM STUDIES: Film fans of all ages can join Red Gate Farm’s Film Club! Come watch, discuss, analyze, and make films with other film-loving community members of all ages. Call to sign up. 413-625-9503. 4 Norman Road. Buckland, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, December 17, 6pm – CHRISTMAS HISTORY/LITERATURE: Discover the influence of literature on the holiday season. The Spirit of Christmas: Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol will be presented at the Greenfield Public Library by Barry Deitz. Highlighting the story behind Dickens’ writing of A Christmas Carol, Deitz will use visuals & reading to illustrate how this beloved story influenced the modern day notion of Christmas while becoming a classic story of giving and compassion. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, December 17, 6:30-9:30pm – ART/ACTIVISM: Art for a Change is a workshop series at the Art Garden focused on developing creative ideas and addressing issues that we as community members care about. This month’s theme is Climate Justice and Environmental Issues and best for older teens and adults who are interested in art and environmental activism. 413-625-2782. 4 Union Street. Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)
Monday, December 15, 6pm-7pm – EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Amherst Cinema is offering a free demonstration of their See-Hear-Feel-Film program on December 15. The program uses film to inspire creative writing and critical thinking in over 50 third grade classes in the Pioneer Valley. Students attend screenings of short films and clips from around the world in order to help them see the world from different perspectives. Students then discuss the films and work collaboratively to create, write, and present their own stories. If you are an educator and this program interests you, come to Amherst Cinema to learn more about it and the benefits it provides to children who participate, as well as scholarship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and to learn whether or not this program would work for your students. No registration necessary. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Tuesday, December 16, 9am-12midnight – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is open late – until 12midnight – every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the College’s academic year. Avoid the crowds and check out the museum’s exhibitions, gift shop, and cafe during these special late hours. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive. Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Wednesday, December 17, 6pm-8pm – CULINARY ARTS: Learn how to make tonic soups to keep you healthy all winter at The Haberdashery. This workshop will consist of preparing and cooking delicious, healthy soups. Older teens and adults. 413-527-1638. 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. ($$$)
Wednesday, 7:30pm-10:30pm – DANCE STUDIES: Beginners and people of all skill levels can come dance the night away at Downtown Amherst Contra! This is a great way to have fun and meet new people in a low-pressure environment. Beginners can show up at 7 for a learning session. Best for teens and adults. 99 Main Street. Amherst, MA. $
Wednesday, December 17, 6:30pm-8pm – CULINARY ARTS: Older teens and adults can learn to cook seafood for the holidays at Whole Foods Market in Hadley. Mark Penney and Joan Eckert will teach you how to make salt cod brandade, crab-rolled smoked salmon, and mixed seafood bouillabaisse, inspired by the French Islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon. Learn French cooking at this educational program. Stop by the customer service desk to sign up. 413-586-9932. 327 Russell Street. Hadley, MA. ($$)
Friday, 9:30am – LITERARY ARTS: The Edwards Public Library‘s Writing Group meets every Friday. Older students with a passion for writing of any style can attend this supportive intergenerational group. 413-527-9480. 30 East Street. Southampton, MA. (FREE)
Thursday, December 18, 12:15pm – CHRISTMAS/HISTORY: This week’s Museums a la Carte lecture at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is, “Victorian Christmas Traditions,” with Anne Barrett. Barrett will teach about some Christmas traditions from 1895 by dressing up “Victoria Yule” and telling you all about the gifts she and her family will be exchanging, her meal plans, and the history of Christmas trees and cards. Discover how many of our current Christmas traditions are rooted in the Victorian era at this fun and festive program. 800-625-7738. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (>$)