Suggested Events for January 20th – 26th, 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’ Events
Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.
Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap!
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!
Join the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill for an Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 3-4:30pm. Tour the school and meet classroom teachers and the music and visual arts studio teachers. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. Now offering three-, four-, and five-day schedules in all age groups. Currently accepting applications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for summer and fall 2018. Tours are available Monday through Friday, and the school is located at 28 Lyman Road in Northampton, MA. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-585-3290.
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
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.
Accepting applications for fall 2018. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209. www.bement.org.
Sunday, Feb. 4th: The Center School Admissions Open House, 2-4pm. The Center School is a preschool – 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Come explore the school for a birds-of-prey themed Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open & teachers will be on hand with bird-related activities planned for kids of all ages. Come early to enjoy a live presentation with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi from 1-2pm. Meet Center School staff, parents, & students and learn what a Center School education is all about. Light refreshments available. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers & creative spirits for more than 35 years and is accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2018.
Looking for something fun and creative for your kids during the February break? Check out Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp with Sarah Marcus and Felicia Sloin! This one-week camp runs Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 from 9am-3pm and will feature theater games, singing, drumming, movement, and fun times with creative friends for ages 7-11. Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp takes place at the Lander Grinspoon Academy at 257 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. The cost for the week is $250. For more information, email email@example.com and check out their other classes and camps online: www.valleyperformanceplayground.com.
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.
Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 20th – 26th, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9-10am – HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. This week, kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginnings – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal. She also shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! Alison plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds, and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musician friends. 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 20, 9am-3pm
If you are passionate about colonial New England history, costume, and food you won’t want to miss this event. This winter Old Sturbridge Village comes to life with the popular Midwinter Mischief! Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Old Sturbridge Village in a unique winter environment. This show mixes historical storytelling and a delicious period-inspired winter feast. Learn all about how colonial settlers survived the long, cold New England winters and enjoy the comic tale of a down on his luck Yankee peddler, who is trying to find some way to pay his sizeable pub debts. Shows start every twenty minutes. For more information and to order tickets, visit Old Sturbridge Village. Old Sturbridge Village. Sturbridge, MA ($$)
Saturday, January 20, 9:30am-12pm
For over a hundred years, Graves Farm was an active dairy farm. Now it is a 607 acre protected wildlife sanctuary and home to bear, deer, bobcats, fishers, coyotes, moose and many other species. This event will be an excellent opportunity to explore this beautiful local resource and learn the basics of animal tracking. By studying tracks, you can get a deep look into the lives of local animal residents and reconnect with this ancient practice, which is common to all indigenous communities around the world. For more information visit Wildlife Tracking at Graves Farm. Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. Haydenville, MA ($)
Saturday, January 20, 10am
The Hitchcock Center’s ‘living building’ is a one of a kind marvel of engineering. Designed to replicate the natural functions of a living organism, this building is one of the most environmentally sustainable in the entire world! Come learn all about the building and its functions with this special presentation for Girl Scout Troops that includes a fun scavenger and hands on tour. For more information visit Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA ($)
Saturday, January 20, 10am
From 1901 to 1953, Springfield was the home of the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. In its early years Indian was the world’s largest motorcycle producer. The impact that Indian had on Springfield and the region as a whole it massive and this legacy has been preserved by a large collection of historical Indian motorcycles at the Springfield Museums. This saturday and sunday come celebrate motorcycles and their important history in our area at the Springfield Motorcycle Show at the Big E! For more information please visit Springfield Motorcycle Show. The Big E. Springfield, MA ($)
Saturday, January 20, 10:30am
People have been playing with marbles for a surprisingly long time! There are numerous example of clay, glass, or stone marbles found in archeological sites in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The ancient Roman poet Ovid wrote poems that mention the game. And town legislation from Nuremberg, Germany in the Middle Ages stipulates that the game must be played in a restricted zone outside of city limits. This Saturday come learn about science and physics by building a marble run with tubes and boxes. The goal will be to create a run that allows a marble to travel the furthest or the fastest. For more information visit Westhampton Public Library. Westhampton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 10:30am
Many Shakespeare efficianadoes rank Henry IV, Part 1 among their very favorites. This lovable and hilarious tale of the young Prince Hal’s coming of age and his friendship with the bombastic drunk Falstaff, has been entertaining audience for hundreds of years. The Young Shakespeare Players-East are dedicated to bringing a love of Shakespeare and theater to young people. Since 1980 this organization has given youth ages 8-18 the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful and rich language of Shakespeare’s plays, gain confidence by performing live on stage, as well as learn the practical technical aspects of putting on a play. Four shows on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit Young Shakespeare Players East. Shea Theater. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 10:30am-12noon
OPEN HOUSE/MONTESSORI EDUCATION
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. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm
Come celebrate the anniversary of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March! For those who believe that civil rights and foundational aspects of American democracy are being eroded, the need to stand up for equality and social justice in a spirit of resistance is more important than ever. This march and rally will reaffirm our commitment to the vision of creating a positive future for our communities. The rally will feature many speakers and performers. This event will provide an opportunity to engage in dialogue about these pressing social issues. Families and allies welcome! For more information please visit Pioneer Valley Women’s March. Sheldon Fields. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 11am-7pm
Come in out of the cold for a day of art and music with MASS MoCA’s free day! This is a perfect opportunity to explore the newly expanded museum and its new long-term installations. All day long the museum will be offering a variety of events for visitors; create your own art and discuss the artistic process with MASS MoCA artist Barbara Ernst Prey, attend a sing along where you play the instruments (no experience necessary), and check out a dance performance followed by a workshop where you can learn the steps yourself. Throughout the day visitors will also be able to attend gallery tours, where you can explore the cutting edge and thought provoking art of this amazing museum. For more information and a full list of events, please visit MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 11am-1pm
Did you know that papercutting as an artform has been around since the 4th century AD in Han China? This was only a couple hundred years after Cai Lun, a Han dynasty official, invented paper in 105 AD. Since then this beautiful artform has continued to develop and grow. Cultures around the world have adopted this medium but papercutting still holds an important place in Chinese art. In fact, in 2009, Chinese papercutting art was featured on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Would you like to learn the basics of this ancient artform? Materials will be provided at this free workshop, including a brief tutorial. For more information and to register, please visit Jones Library. Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 2-4pm
The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership is dedicated to promoting equality and justice through education. The Truth School offers classes for climate change activists, members of the LGBTQ community, labor organizers and many others, in the hopes of building a movement to work for democracy and the values of peace, civil rights, and earth stewardship. This workshop will focus on the ways that poetry can be used to promote social justice. If you love to write poetry and are passionate about social justice, this is an event for you! For more information and to register, please visit The Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. Springfield Central Library. Springfield, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 6-8pm
GENDER STUDIES/STORY HOUR
“Drag Queen Story Hour,” founded in San Francisco, has since spread to cities all over the United States and the world! This unique event offers children the opportunity to see that gender is fluid and that people can express themselves however they wish, whether or not it conforms to rigid societal ideals. This special edition of Drag Queen Story Hour will feature stories from local author Leslea Newman’s new book Sparkle Boy. Guests are welcome to come covered in sparkles or dressed up however they like. Also, stick around for arts and crafts, snacks, and music! For more information please visit Sparkle Havdallah: A Drag Queen Story Hour. Lander-Grinspoon Academy. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Saturday, January 20, 7:30-10pm
The early 19th century was a pivotal, radical moment in the history of classical music. As revolutions and massive political upheavals spread across Europe, musicians, artists, and writers were influenced by these events to focus their art on the internal life of humanity. Philosophical and explicit emotional themes began to appear in art and music for the first time. Another huge change that romanticism brought to classical music was the growth of the symphony; the size of ensembles grew dramatically so that composers could create a truly grand sound. The composer Joseph Haydn played a key role in this shift in musical sensibility. A close friend of the young Mozart and teacher to the titanic Beethoven, Haydn marks a turning point between the ‘classical’ phase and romanticism. This performance of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will feature formative romantic and proto-romantic pieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, including the latter’s third symphony, the ‘eroica’ or heroic symphony. This massively important and beautiful piece celebrates the individualistic nature of the hero, who stands against the world and the cosmos. For more information please visit Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Springfield, MA ($$)
Sunday, January 21, 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 21, 12-4pm
The Repair Cafe model, where people come and fix old, broken items together in a community environment, was first developed in the Netherlands and has since spread around the world. Now “Repair Public” has come to the Pioneer Valley! Instead of throwing old things into the landfill, you can learn how to fix almost anything alongside your peers and community members. Learn something new or teach someone else how to fix something. It can be incredibly empowering to learn that you can actually fix something, even without formal training. All you need to do is bring something that doesn’t work anymore and a willingness to learn and a desire do it yourself. For more information please visit Repair Public. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Sunday, January 21, 1pm
As more and more states legalize recreational marijuana use, it’s becoming increasingly important for parents and teens to get reliable information about the impacts this drug has on the body and mind. Additionally, vaping has become extremely widespread and popular without a lot of people knowing exactly what it’s impact is on health. This workshop will address the issues of marijuana use and vaping, focusing on how they impact overall health and brain development in young people. For more information and to register, please visit Northampton Area Pediatrics. Northampton Area Pediatrics. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Sunday, January 21, 1-4pm
The music of legendary Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev brings the timeless tale of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to life with the Bolshoi Ballet! This fresh retelling of a classic story preserves all the tragic beauty of this tale of love and family hatred. When the ballet originally premiered in 1938 in Czechoslovakia, it featured a peculiar twist: it had a happy ending! Needless to say, this provoked a massive controversy and the ballet is now known in its revised form. Enjoy the beautiful music of Prokofiev and the stunning athletic display of the Bolshoi Ballet in this special presentation of the “Bolshoi Ballet in HD.” For more information please visit Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Great Barrington, MA ($)
Sunday, January 21, 2pm
Get ready for piano mania! Since 2003, First Church in Amherst has been bringing community members “Music on Main,” a series of free concerts featuring dynamic music acts, with all donations going to benefit local charities. This Sunday come listen to some of your favorite piano pieces by Bach, Handel, Cole Porter and others played like you’ve never heard before. This event will feature two pianos and seven local pianists! Donation will go to benefit local children’s music outreach programs. For more information please visit First Church Amherst. First Church Amherst. Amherst, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Monday, January 22, 4-5:50pm
WINTER SPORTS/ICE SKATING
It’s hard to imagine winter in New England without hearing the familiar sound of skates gliding across the smooth ice. The first organized social ice skating events were held in Great Britain in the 18th century; the first skating club was founded in Edinburgh in 1740. Admission to the club was contingent upon passing a test, which involved skating a figure eight and then successfully jump over three hats stacked on the ice! While the activity was originally only popular among the nobility, it wasn’t long before people from all walks of life fell in love with this cherished winter pastime. Come skate your heart out at the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink. Mullins Center. 200 Commonwealth Ave, Amherst, MA ($)
Tuesday, January 23, 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 23, 6:30pm
Do you love traditional American dance? Contra dancing is a major part of Western Massachusetts folk culture but in Western states like Texas and Oklahoma line dancing is the standard! During the 1860s, cowboys on the Western frontier took traditional step dancing moves, brought over by European immigrants, and adapted them to a more country-western style. Beginning in the 1980s, dozens of line dancing songs were written and its popularity really began to grow throughout the country. Artists like Billy Ray Cyrus and Dwight Yoakam are examples of contemporary musicians who write line dancing music. If you’d like to try your hand at this fun and historical dance, mosey on down to the Storrs Library this tuesday! No experience necessary! For more information and to register for this event, please visit Storrs Library. Longmeadow, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8pm
REIKI/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
More and more it seems that our culture is becoming defined by anxiety. Tragically, this problem appears to impact young people most of all. Constant social pressure to perform and achieve takes its toll. If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, this workshop could be a great opportunity to learn new skills. Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing tradition that focuses on using a gentle touch to help calm the body and mind. Restore your balance and learn how to move energy to cope with stress and anxiety. For more information please visit River Valley Co-op. River Valley Co-op. Northampton, MA (FREE)
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Are you an amateur herpetologist (someone who studies turtles)? If so, you may already know that Massachusetts is home to ten different species of turtles, which is more than the entire continent of Europe! In many cases, there may be up to seven different species present in the same region. Tragically, many of our states turtle species are endangered or at risk for being so in the future. Come learn all about these charming creatures and the efforts of local conservationists to protect them. For more information please visit Turtles of Massachusetts. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA ($)
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-9pm
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/PUERTO RICO
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico is still struggling in the midst of a humanitarian disaster. Thousands are still homeless and without electricity. As the American government continues to cut relief funding, the work of nonprofits becomes more and more important. Come support these efforts to help people in Puerto Rico get their lives back together and enjoy a night of food, music, and dancing! All profits go directly to groups working in Puerto Rico. For more information please visit Puerto Rico Fundraiser. Whitney Center for the Arts. Pittsfield, MA (SUGGESTED DONATION)
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm
Are you enchanted by opera? Perhaps you’ve considered learning to become an opera singer yourself. This event is a great opportunity to experience opera singing up close and personally. The Williams College Opera Workshop brings together opera singers to hone their skills and develop as artists together. Each season, the workshop culminates in this exciting concert. This special performance includes selections from Mozart’s operas The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. Other selections include modern pieces such as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and scenes from Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera. For more information please visit Williams College Music. Chaplin Hall. Williamstown, MA (FREE)
Wednesday, January 24, 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,
Wednesday, January 24, 12-1pm
CURRENT EVENTS/NORTH KOREA
As the relationship between the United States and North Korea becomes more and more strained, it can be difficult to know how to find unbiased and accurate information about what’s really going on. If you are interested in current events, and North Korea in particular, you won’t want to miss this lecture by Dr. Laura Reed, a specialist in World Security Studies. Dr. Reed will draw on her experience as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, among other high profile academic appointments, to discuss the complex geopolitical situation on the Korean peninsula. For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit Instant Issues Series. Springfield, MA ($)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 12:15-1pm
Travel back to 17th century Springfield with this presentation of notes from sermon’s by George Moxon, Springfield’s first minister. John Pynchon, son of legendary fur trader and Springfield founder William Pynchon, recorded Moxon’s sermons in a shorthand coding system using his own invented cypher. This presentation will describe how Pynchon came up with his cypher and describe what life was like for the inhabitants of what was then a wild frontier. Moxon’s sermons address the challenges of daily life in the 17th century, including starvation and poverty. For more information visit Springfield Museums. Springfield, MA ($)
Thursday, January 25, 6-8pm
MINDFULNESS/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The term ‘mindfulness’ is derived from the word ‘sati’ in the Pali language, an Indian language in which most of the earliest Buddhist literature is written. Mindfulness, or sati, is a vital part of Buddhist spiritual practice and is, in fact, one of the paths to enlightenment. In a contemporary context, mindfulness refers to a type of meditation in which attention is brought to the present moment, rather than focusing on worries or fears. This practice has well documented benefits for anxiety and depression. This free workshop will provide an introduction to mindfulness practice. For more information visit Downtown Mindfulness. Amherst, MA (FREE)
Thursday, January 25, 1-2:30pm
To paraphrase an ancient Zen koan: Before enlightenment, chop wood. After enlightenment, chop wood. There is immense pleasure to be gained from engaging in challenging, physical work like chopping wood. And it’s even better when you’re doing it to help someone else! Come volunteer at Red Gate Farm and help them process the rest of the firewood they will need to get them through the long winter. Volunteers will be using hydraulic splitters to split large logs so this is also a great opportunity to get a chance to learn about how to work with this kind of machinery. Red Gate Farm is a teaching farm, dedicated to spreading the love of growing food and raising animals with children. Emphasizing the tremendous benefit young people can derive from doing physical work that engages the senses, Red Gate Farm offers programs and resources for any child who is curious about farm life. For more information please visit Red Gate Farm. Ashfield, MA (FREE)
Friday, January 26, 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 26, 6pm
CRYSTAL BOWL SOUND THERAPY/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For thousands of years Tibetan shamans have been using bronze ‘singing’ bowls as a part of traditional pre-Buddhist rituals and meditation. After the rise of Buddhism on the Tibetan plateau, the custom persisted and became incorporated into the chanting rituals of the monks. In recent years, however, healers have been experimenting by using crystal bowls instead of the traditional bronze as a meditation aid. The unique vibrational frequencies of quartz produce a special type of healing energy. Come learn all about crystal bowl sound therapy and experience this unique form of energetic healing. For more information please visit Rogue Yoga. Pittsfield, MA ($)
Friday, January 26, 8-10pm
It’s pitch black. You can see your breath rising around you like mist. The only sound is the crunching of the snow beneath your feet and the other frosty figures tromping along beside you. You can feel the scratchy warmth of the scarf around your face. A warm thermos is tucked snugly beneath your arm. All of a sudden, among the glare of the flashlight, you see a whirling of feathers and hear the tell-tale “hoot” of an owl above you! If this sounds like a nice way to spend a chilly winter evening, “Prowling for Owls” is the event for you! Don’t forget to dress warm and bring a warm beverage and flashlight! For more information and to register, please visit Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA ($)
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by a grant from the Buckland, Chicopee, Shelburne, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.