Suggested Events for January 13th – 19th, 2018
If you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.
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Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap Turns 10!
It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past nine years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Last year our community generated over 1,550 handmade valentines! Let’s do it again!
The New England Air Museum will hold its first Open Cockpit Day for 2018 on Saturday, January 13 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. All activities are free with museum admission. For more info and directions, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.
Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, January 20th from 10am-12pm. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in South Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-lead 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.
Open House at the Montessori School of Northampton: On Saturday, January 20, from 10:30am-12noon, the Montessori School of Northampton will host an open house at their Bates Street campus. Families of students seeking admission for September 2018 are invited to attend and find out more about Montessori education and the programs offered. The school enrolls students from 18 months (Toddler) through 14 years (Middle School) and is celebrating its 41st year. Come visit and learn why “Montessori makes the difference!” in a child’s life. For more information, please call 413-586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.
The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont) hosts a 6th Grade Information Session on Sunday, January 21 (1-3pm). Learn about the school’s 6th grade program, with openings available for Fall, 2018. Get a feel for the Academy’s creative and rigorous learning environment and warm community. The 6th grade program will include a range of intellectual, artistic and civic engagement offerings, including Studio Block arts electives, a full academic program to include Life Science, Pre Algebra, English, History, and foreign languages. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.
The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 27, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish at 11:45am. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at email@example.com or visit www.commonschool.org.
Parenting is hard work! Guadalupe Healing Arts is here to help with weekly Saturday classes in Amherst starting January 27 for children ages 2-6. Spend a sweet moment with your child and other parents in a safe and nurturing space. Learn fun and simple tools such as breathing, inspiring yoga stories, games and yoga movements that can help you and your child manage stress, improve the immune system and help with body awareness. These classes will help you set up a daily practice that you and your child can do together at home. Registration is required as space is limited. Location: 20 Dickinson Street in Amherst, MA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a coupon to a trial class. For more info visit guadalupehealingarts.com.
A preschool experience that savors childhood. Nature walks by woods and stream, days of music and song, stomping in puddles, nourishing, shared meals: these are parts of the young child’s daily rhythm at The Hartsbrook School. Led by experienced, nurturing teachers, the early childhood program supports imagination and joyful play. Give your child the foundation for future learning and enjoy a vibrant parent community. The Hartsbrook School has limited openings for children 2.9 to 5 years old for the 2018-19 school year. Come take a tour of the school and experience our early childhood program for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org
Perform in a musical, delve into a marine biology intensive, deliver a Lyceum Lecture, participate in the Harvard Model UN, create a unique stone carving, travel on a foreign exchange, explore environmental sustainability. The Hartsbrook High School offers a well-rounded curriculum including Literature, Math, History, Science, the Arts, Land Stewardship, Service Learning and Athletics. Academic, practical, and artistic aspects weave through all lessons, taught by experienced, engaging teachers. Immerse deeply into learning, and join a supportive and creative student community. Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Take a private tour and see for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more info: www.hartsbrook.org
Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 13th – 19th, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Gina Ferragame (Music with Gina) is a singer, songwriter, teacher, and performer, who runs classes for children and their grown-ups. She regularly performs for her community of families and offers shows that are full of fun and full of interaction. Gina strives to use her music as a means to express the heart, become present, and feel connected to each other. Encore of Saturday’s broadcast airs Sunday morning from 7-8am and podcast is posted here on Hilltown Families immediately following Sunday’s broadcast. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcasts anytime. Click here select from over 10 years of archived shows!
Saturday, January 13, 10-11am
The Hitchcock Center Family Science Series is designed for children and their parents to learn about science together. These programs bring together science and nature within a seasonal context, focusing on the changes in our region’s ecosystem. This event will be about coping with the cold. During this time families can also explore the Hitchcock Center living building, a one of a kind structure that is self-sufficient. For more information, please visit The Hitchcock Center. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 10am
Experts agree that exposing young children to art is hugely beneficial in some essential areas. Boosting creativity is a given but using paintbrushes and other art supplies can build fine motor skills. Perhaps most importantly, creating art can be a huge self-esteem boost for young children. The Clark Art Institute would like to invite community members to this session of the popular ‘Start With Art’ program. This event will focus on storytelling and will provide plenty of art supplies and projects for children to create their own art. For more information, please visit Clark Art Institute. This event is suitable for children ages 3-6. Don’t forget to bring art-appropriate clothing; things could get messy! Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 10-11am
Join Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center for an illustrated introduction to winter bird feeding. This indoor program, Birds at Your Feeder, will focus on how to identify birds at your feeder, interesting behavior to look for, where to locate feeders, and which types of seeds attract which birds. Participants will visit a bird feeding station with a warm, indoor view to make our observations. Bring binoculars if available. This program is most appropriate for adults, although children ages 9 and older are welcome. 800-859-2960. Northfield Mountain. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63. Northfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 10am-12pm
Between identity theft, cyber fraud, and other forms of digital crime, these unfortunate events are no longer rare. As more and more aspects of our lives are becoming digitized, it is becoming dramatically important to protect and secure our information and sensitive data. At this special cybersecurity coding workshop, you’ll learn some basic skills and strategies in this field, which is growing in popularity. For more information and to register, please visit Holyoke Codes. This event is suitable for children ages 12 and higher. Holyoke, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 10am-4pm
The New England Air Museum is holding its first Open Cockpit Day for 2018! Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. All activities are free with museum admission. For more info and directions, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Windsor Locks, CT (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)
Saturday, January 13, 10:30am
FILM SCREENING/FAMILY FILMS
Come in out of the cold for a spell and snuggle up with a heart-warming family film at Amherst Cinema! This Saturday, enter a world of excitement and adventure in the cold wastes of the North Pole with the film “Long Way North.” In the palaces of 19th century St. Petersburg, a young aristocrat dreams of exploring the mysterious world of the north with her intrepid grandfather. Leaving behind the life she has always known, young Sacha pursues her destiny in the frozen arctic. For more information please visit Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA ($)
Saturday, January 13, 11am-12pm
FILM SCREENING/SENSORY FRIENDLY
Berkshire Museum, in partnership with Berkshire Early Autism Resources, is screening family films in a sensory friendly environment for children with sensitivities to light and sound. If traditional movie theater environments are challenging for your child, this is the event for you! This event will be showing “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.” For more information and to register, please visit Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield, MA ($)
Saturday, January 13, 1pm
The renowned theater company “Shakespeare and Company” is kicking off its Winter Studio Festival with three readings of important contemporary plays. From Carson Kreitzer, TIMEBOMB is a new climate change comedy that illustrates the dramatic risks of ignoring the signs of what’s coming. Liz Duffy Adams’ Wonders of the Invisible World takes audiences back to post-witch hunt Salem for a glimpse into colonial New England life. And legendary playwright Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child is a haunting look at the secrets that threaten to tear a midwestern family apart. All plays will be followed by a discussion with the director and actors. For more information visit Shakespeare and Company. Lenox, MA ($$)
Saturday, January 13, 2pm
Alice Tregay may not be a household name, but this Chicago native was a hero of the Civil Rights movement and lifelong advocate for voter rights and education. Tregay, who passed away in 2015, marched alongside Martin Luther King and dedicated her life to human rights and social justice. The film Alice’s Ordinary People celebrates Tregay’s life and legacy and tells the powerful story of how everybody can create change in their community. After this special screening, there will be a lecture by Afro-American Studies professor John H. Bracey, Jr. For more information please visit Sunderland Public Library. Sunderland, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 13, 2pm
Are you interested in learning about how to adapt your garden to the challenges of climate change? Water shortages and rising temperatures are just a few of the new problems 21st century gardeners will have to navigate. For renowned author and gardener Ken Druse, the solution lies in strategic uses of shade. Druse writes, “the garden of the future will be in the shade.” Druse is a true gardening celebrity: his 1988 book The Natural Garden was listed as one of the greatest books on the subject of all time by the American Horticultural Society. Since then, Druse has twenty books on gardening. Come listen to Druse speak about how shade can be employed to best protect your garden in an era of unprecedented climate change. For more information and to register, please visit Berkshire Botanical Garden. Stockbridge, MA ($$)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores of the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. commercial-free family radio. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to the Hilltown Family Variety Show podcast anytime – click here to select from over 10 years of archived shows!
Sunday, January 14, 12:30
SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/FOOD SECURITY
Come on down to the Chesterfield Grange for a fun-filled afternoon of music and food, benefitting the Northampton Survival Center and the Hilltown Food Pantry! This annual celebration features award-winning musician performing opera, folk music, and bluegrass. This event is sure to be a real hoot and allows community members to get involved in an extremely important local resource. Food security is a serious concern for many in our community and the Survival Center and Food Pantry plays an important role in addressing this problem. For more information please visit Northampton Survival Center. Chesterfield, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Sunday, January 14, 1pm
Shakespeare and Company’s Winter Studio Festival continues with two more plays by significant voices in the theater world. Audiences are in for a real treat with a newly discovered play by local literary giant Edith Wharton! The Shadow of a Doubt is set in England and tells a story of the darkness that undercuts a world of social privilege and wealth. With Wharton’s trademark wit and social observation, this powerful tale leads its heroine down a dangerous path of extortion and deception. The festivals last show is Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig, a humorous and poignant story of a young woman’s struggle with terminal illness, set in the Berkshires. For more information please visit Shakespeare and Company. Lenox, MA ($$)
Sunday, January 14, 1-3pm
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING/TREE IDENTIFICATION HIKE
Would you like to learn more about how to identify trees in our region? It can be especially difficult to do so in the winter when the leaves have fallen off most of the trees! This special tree identification hike will focus on ways to identify different species by their bark and other defining characteristics. This hike will be led by local naturalist and author Michael Wojtech. For more information and to register for this event, please visit Hilltown Land Trust. Worthington, MA ($)
Sunday, January 14, 3-4pm
Get ready for a concert unlike any other. If you are interested in music that pushes the boundaries of sound and explores the nature of music itself, this is the event for you! Williams College own I/O Ensemble specializes in cutting-edge music, which challenges our traditional ideas. At this event, the I/O Ensemble will be performing American composer Michael Pisaro’s haunting and serene Ricefall, a piece for sixteen percussionists, which is created by dropping grains of rice onto a variety of “resonant materials.” This piece investigates the relationship between sound and motion “like a gentle shower.” For more information please visit Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Sunday, January 14, 12:55-3pm
The renowned Bolshoi Ballet, one of the world’s oldest ballet companies, was founded in Moscow in 1773 as a dance school for an orphanage! From these humble beginnings, the Bolshoi gained notoriety during the Soviet era and is now considered one of the foremost ballet companies in the world. At this special screening, watch the Bolshoi perform Shakespeare’s beloved comedy The Taming of the Shrew. This delightful tale of an unlikely romance between fiery, independent Katharina and obstinate, incorrigible Petruchio comes to life with a rousing score by Dmitri Shostakovich. For more information visit Amherst Cinema. Amherst, MA ($)
Sunday, January 14, 2:15-3:30pm
Interested in learning about simple ways to become more resilient and self-sufficient? Many people may not realize that they can grow nutritionally dense, delicious microgreens in their own homes. Microgreens grow quickly and require very little work, making them an ideal way to improve food sovereignty. Microgreens are young leaves that still derive their energy from the seed. They are delicious in salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. For more information about this event and to RSVP, please visit Make-It Springfield. Springfield, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, January 15, 8am-2pm
MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to honor one of America’s greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service event – taking place in the Connector building at BCC’s main campus. The National Day of Service event begins at 8am. with registrations and a light breakfast. Then, at 9am – Dr. Francis Jones-Sneed, a Professor of History, Political Science & Public Policy at MCLA, will give a keynote address about the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and his call for more community service. Then, from 10am-2pm, attendees will go out into the community to volunteer to serve at Habitat for Humanity, Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, or Harvest Table in the Berkshires. People interested in volunteering on this day are asked to please register in advance. Contact Charles Stephens, BCC’s Career Center Coordinator, at email@example.com or 413-236-1611. Pittsfield, MA (VOLUNTEER)
Monday, January 15, 9am
Join the American Friends Service Committee for their 33rd Annual Martin Luther King day celebration! Throughout the towns of Northampton and Florence, there will be events and workshops celebrating Dr. King’s legacy of social justice and activism. The day begins with a walk and children’s program and is followed by a variety of workshops focusing on a number of important social justice issues. The day ends with a sing-along at First Churches in Northampton. For a complete list of events at this Martin Luther King Day celebration and to register for workshops, please visit American Friends Service Committee. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Monday, January 15, 10am-1pm
MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
Celebrate Martin Luther King day at Greenfield Community College! The entire college community comes together to honor the memory of the great civil rights leader and American hero with a variety of events and activities for adults and children. The celebration will conclude with a musical performance and luncheon. In keeping with Martin Luther King’s dedication to serving the community, this event will be staffed by volunteers. For more information, to register, or to volunteer, please visit Greenfield Community College. Greenfield, MA (FREE)
Monday, January 15, 11am-1pm
MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King is alive and well! Communities and organization from all around the region are joining together to celebrate the life and legacy of this American hero. Come together in the spirit of unity and healing for a day of celebration and remembrance. Springfield College, Mass Humanities, and other local community organizations are hosting this event. For more information please visit Martin Luther King Family Services. Springfield, MA (FREE)
Monday, January 15, 1-3pm.
Join Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center on Martin Luther King Day for a fun, family adventure exploring the diversity of life in the winter woods. Using detective skills, participants will learn how to read the tales written on the forest floor. Games, activities and outdoor exploration on snowshoes will allow families to learn together about wildlife in winter. Led by experienced environmental educator Kathy Richards, this program takes place both indoors and outdoors. The importance of diversity and interdependence in the natural world, key to ecological health, will be the theme of the afternoon. For ages 6 and older Pre-registration is required by calling 800-859-2960. Northfield Mountain. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63. Northfield, MA (FREE; $ for snowshoe rentals)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Cheshire, Easthampton, Florence, Gill, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hatfiled, Huntington, Lanesborough, Lee, Ludlow, New Salem, North Adams, Sheffield, Sunderland, Turners Falls, Ware & West Springfield.
Tuesday, January 16, 6-8pm
Attention all crafting enthusiasts! If you love learning new crafting skills, this is the event for you. There are plenty of beautiful and useful things to do with recycled textiles, old garments, or scraps of fabric. Textile crafting expert Crispina Ffrench will be demonstrating how to make a charming, cheerful entryway garland. All supplies will be provided, no experience necessary. For more information and to register, please visit Becket Athenaeum. Becket, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30pm
Moliere’s legendary satirical comedy Tartuffe caused a literary firestorm when it was first performed in 1664. While the play was well received by the public and even King Louis XIV, the Archbishop of Paris published an edict threatening to excommunicate anyone who attended, performed, or even read the play! The opposition to the play largely centered around its critique of religion and promotion of secular values. As professor Lisa Ruch will discuss in this lecture on literary and history, Tartuffe was written during the early days of what we now call ‘the Enlightenment,’ a period in European history when many old, traditional ideas, such as the centrality of the church, were being called into question. This period also saw a huge growth in scientific understand and technical innovation. The French and American revolutions, a hundred years or so later, were born out of this period of questioning tradition and envisioning radical new structures for human society. For more information visit Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30-8pm
The medical establishment is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of gut health for overall wellness. Some researchers have even suggested that depression and other psychological conditions may be related to imbalances in gut bacteria. This free workshop will focus on some of the ways that immune-system health that are influenced by gastrointestinal wellness. Hart Brent will present research on how diet, probiotics, and lifestyle can positively influence your gut health. For more information and to register, please visit River Valley Co-op. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Athol, Becket, Belchertown, Bernardston, Cummington, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Erving, Granby, Greenfield, Huntington, Leverett, Monson, New Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Sheffield, Shelburne Falls, South Deerfield, Springfield, Turners Falls, Wendell, West Springfield, and Williamsburg.
Wednesday, January 17, 11:30am-12:30pm
SELF DIRECTED LEARNING/SPANISH
Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages in the United States and learning Spanish also allows you to read some of the world’s most beautiful literature in its original language. Just imagine being able to appreciate all the subtlety and nuance in the evocative poetry of Pablo Neruda or the mind-bending stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Get started with Spanish at an early age with this introductory course for homeschoolers! For more information and to register, please visit Great Barrington Libraries. Mason Library. Great Barrington, MA ($$)
Wednesday, January 17, 4-6pm
Do you love coding? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Do you like to come up with your own stories and characters? This exciting workshop will teach you how to create your own unique interactive graphic novel with the Ren’Py coding language. This language is based on the popular Python tool and allows users to combine different media to tell stories in a new way. Users can even upload their own drawings! For more information and to register, please visit Holyoke Codes. This event is suitable for children ages 11 and above. Holyoke, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, January 17, 5:30-7pm
While the medical establishment is only just getting wise to the benefits of fermented food and gut bacteria, traditional communities from around the world have used this method to both preserve their food and build up resilient immune systems. As fermenting enthusiasts know, you can ferment almost anything! At this workshop, participants will learn how to do some basic hot pepper ferments and learn how to make their own hot sauce at home. For more information and to register, please visit Great Barrington Libraries. Ramsdell Library. Housatonic, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, January 17, 6-8pm
Express yourself and join the Resistance! This fun, lighthearted event will be making signs for the upcoming Women’s March in Northampton. Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the Pioneer Valley Women’s March is celebrating their one year anniversary by standing up again and uniting women and allies in the cause of equality and justice. This march honors the spirit of resistance and the efforts of millions around the country to create a positive and just future for all. Please feel free to bring poster board, markers, and other supplies. For more information please visit Pioneer Valley Women’s March. World War II Club. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Storyhour & Playgroups: Agawam, Amherst, Athol, Belchertown, East Longmeadow, Florence, Gill, Greenfield, Hatfield, Huntington, Lee, Lenox, Millers Falls, Montague, Northampton, Sheffield, South Hadley, and Turners Falls.
Thursday, January 18, 12-1pm
Mindfulness meditation can do wonders to reduce stress and depression. It can even boost your immune system and cognitive functions. Start your new year off on the right foot with this free mindfulness meditation workshop. This group will meet weekly for four sessions and work through a series of guided meditations. For more information and to register, please visit Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Thursday, January 18, 5:30-8:30pm
Do you love all things 80s? Passionate about supporting local community resources? The Amherst Survival Center is hosting an 80s music bingo night! Instead of calling out numbers, participants will be playing bingo with sound bites from 80s classics. There will also be additional prizes for best 80s hair and best 80s outfit! All proceeds benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This will be a great time and supports a great cause. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Amherst Survival Center. Amherst, MA ($)
Thursday, January 18, 6:30-7:15pm
Baby sign language can be an amazing way to communicate with children before they develop verbal communication skills. Studies on parents who have used baby sign language with their children suggest that this method can be used to create a deeper bond with children. Parents who have used baby sign language also report that they feel that they can understand their children better. Some studies further suggest that learning baby sign language can boost language acquisition later in life, by stimulating verbal receptivity in infants. This free workshop will give parents and caregivers an introductory look into baby sign language. For more information and to register, please visit River Valley Co-op. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Thursday, January 18, 6:30 PM.
Like cigarettes and toxic chemicals before it, emerging science is revealing the concerning reality that some people suffer health impacts due to radiation from wireless devices. A new documentary, Generation Zapped, reveals the high cost of our addiction to digital devices and the health risks, especially for children and teens, from exposure to wireless radiation. There will be a screening at the Jones Library followed by a discussion with Diane Testa, a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University, to answer questions relating to this topic and the upcoming legislative bills. In Generation Zapped, scientists, physicians, and health researchers discuss the mounting scientific evidence on links to serious diseases and newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Sensitivity (ES). Children and teens are especially susceptible to radiation from baby monitors, tablets and cell phones, and wireless routers in the classroom. Generation Zapped empowers audiences to understand how to reduce their exposure to protect themselves and their families. Currently, there are seven bills in the Massachusetts state legislature relating to the use of wireless in schools, Electrical Sensitivity, cell towers, and Smart Meters. Wireless Education, a non-profit with offices in Ashland, is working with Generation Zapped to screen the film through Massachusetts to raise awareness about the issue. Open to the public. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. 413-259-3223. Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Friday, January 19, 2018
Storyhour & Playgroups: Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Florence, Granby, Great Barrington, Greenfield, Hadley, Housatonic, Longmeadow, Monson, Northampton, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Stockbridge, and Sunderland.
Friday, January 19, 8:30am
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to serving his community and society at large. We can take this opportunity to honor his legacy by doing what we can to work for positive change within our communities. Berkshire Community College, in partnership with many local organizations, is offering this annual day of service in celebration of Dr. King’s commitment to making the world a better place. Community members will have the opportunity to volunteer at a number of local charities, including Habitat for Humanity and the Harvest Table, which provides community meals. For more information and to register to volunteer, please visit Berkshire Community College. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
Friday, January 19, 6pm
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase ‘chamber music’? The term refers to music played by a small number of musician, or the number that could comfortably fit in a palace chamber or room. Designed to be intimate, chamber music has been described as ‘the music of friends,’ and German romantic author and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described chamber music as “four rational people conversing.” So come in out of the cold and enjoy an intimate evening of chamber music! Featuring some of the brightest young stars of the classical music world, the Berkshire Chamber Players is pleased to offer the second concert of its 2017-2018 season. For more information please visit Stockbridge Library. Stockbridge, MA ($)
Friday, January 19, 7-8:30pm
ART STUDIES/FILM STUDIES
If you are a fan of Vincent Van Gogh or modern art, you will not want to miss this extraordinary cinematic event! There may be other films about the life of ‘the father of modern art,’ but Loving Vincent is a biopic unlike any other. The first fully painted animated feature film, Loving Vincent is made up of 65,000 frames, each one an oil painting on canvas, created by over 125 painters, using the same painting techniques as Van Gogh himself. Since the film’s release earlier in 2017, it has been awarded numerous prizes and has become an audience favorite. For the first time, audiences will have the opportunity to see Van Gogh’s groundbreaking paintings truly come to life. For more information please visit Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield, MA ($)
Friday, January 19, 7:30-9:30pm
CONCERT/SWEDISH FOLK MUSIC
Scandinavian folk music comes from a very different musical tradition from what we are used to hearing for many people in western MA. Using different instruments, including the beautiful and otherworldly nyckelharpa, the sounds of Scandinavian folk music are both familiar and distinct. Come listen to an evening of lively and exuberant Swedish folk music performed by Jaerv, a renowned, award-winning quintet that has toured all around the world and is currently in the midst of an American tour. Some of these songs are over 700 years old! For more information please visit Dewey Hall. Sheffield, MA ($)
Hilltown Families’ list of Weekly Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Buckland, Chicopee, Shelburne, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.