60 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 27-May 3, 2019
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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!
Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.
Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.
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The Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org
Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com
MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.
Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at email@example.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.
ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.
Featured Summer Programs
Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. email@example.com. www.northamptonmontessori.org.
College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ www.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids
Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ email@example.com ♦ rockonworkshop.org
Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; firstname.lastname@example.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp
Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ westnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.com
PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.
Featured Birthday Party Venue
It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides. A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past. Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up. For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email email@example.com. Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.
SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.
LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 27 – May 3, 2019
Events Happening in the Hilltown
Saturday, April 27, 6-10am – FAMILY RADIO/COMMERCIAL-FREE: Every Saturday, Valley Free Radio offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am. Tune in on your FM dial to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton, MA), or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.
From 9-10am is the Hilltown Family Variety Show Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari. What do David Bowie, Harry Belafonte, and Sara Lovell have in common? They are fantastic, and they are on this playlist! GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Lucy Kalantari, Guest DJ’s this episode about the constant flux in life, changes, and transitions. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons! Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!
Saturday, April 27 – DAFFODIL DAYS/PLACEMAKING: Daffodil Days in Downtown Amherst – A celebration of spring! You’re invited to stroll a Daffodil Chalk Walk, enjoy a Dessert Crawl, & take a Daffodil Run. On April 27, several local artists will have their chalk creations in bloom on the downtown sidewalks. Pick up a map of locations at the Amherst Downtown (BID) tent at the Sustainability Festival on the town common. Free chalk available, courtesy of sponsor TD Bank so you can add your creation to the sidewalks. If you need a pick-me-up, consider the Dessert Crawl, $10 for 10 desserts. Advance tix at A.J. Hastings & available day of at the Visitors Info Center (Crawl starts at 1pm.) April 28, 9th annual Daffodil Run, begins at Kendrick Park at 9am. Visit Downtown Daffodil Days for info.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30-11am – ORNITHOLOGY: Bird Walks with long-time birder, Charles B. Quinlan. This weekly bird walk steps off at the Old Creamery. BYO binoculars or borrow a pair.413-634-0334. 445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 9am-1pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/CRAFTING: Stash Bash: Quilters, Knitters, Crafters. Buy, Sell, Swap, Donate! Clean out your new, used, vintage stash or add to it. Featuring fabric, yarn, beads, notions, thread, paints, buttons, paper, needlework kits, patterns, rubber stamps, craft supplies and tools, cake decorating, woodworking (no finished crafts). Lunch will be available for purchase. Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 413-773-9217. 90 7th St, Turners Falls, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 10-11am – MUSIC PROGRAM/INTERGENERATIONAL: Storysongs Kids Concert with Moomaw Jackson. Join the Westhampton Public Library for a humorous and engaging children’s music program with story-songs and fun sing-along songs. All ages. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 10am-12noon – HERPETOLOGY/NATIVE SPECIES: Frogs and Salamanders. April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring out salamanders and frogs. Learn about the amphibians that live at Arcadia in this indoor-outdoor program. Begin with a craft, then head to the pond to see what can be found or heard there, followed by a short walk in the woods looking for salamanders, and perhaps early toads! Please wear sneakers or boots or shoes that can get muddy. Best for families, kids ages 4-12. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 10am-12noon – WALKING MEDITATION/COMMUNITY HIKE: Silent community hike on beautiful Mount Sugarloaf. At the top of the mountain, share experiences and light refreshments. Sharing will continue on the way down the mountain. Co-sponsored by Tilton Library (South Deerfield) and the Sunderland Public Library. Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation. 300 Sugarloaf St, South Deerfield, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 10am-12noon – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/CRAFTING: 3rd Annual Crafterpalooza. Shop for new-to-you craft supplies, all clean and in good condition donated supplies, including kid crafts, art, scrapbooking, card making, stamps, craft storage, needlework, new white t-shirts, fabric paint, knitting, crocheting, beads, wood cutouts, and craft foam. Runs 4/25-4/27. Agawam Public Library. 413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 10am-3pm – PARK CLEAN-UP/PLACEMAKING: The Unity Garden has been sleeping, and soon it will be time to wake her up! Come join together with neighbors to laugh, play, and get THE garden into tiptop shape for the coming growing season. Among the tasks we hope to get done during our clean-up are: finish laying down wood chips on the paths, general garden maintenance around the edges, ready and plant spring crops in the Pick-Your-Own beds, pot up strawberry plants growing in paths, harvest dandelion root and wild carrot. Unity Park, Turners Falls MA
Saturday, April 27, 10:15-11am – TODDLERS/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. Mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Check out artist Aurora Robson’s sculptures Ona and Isla, named for her daughters, and see if we can make a towering sculpture of recyclables taller than a toddler! Plus, participate in a plastic toy swap: bring a gently-used toy in working condition that your child has grown tired of, and trade it for something new to you! Any unclaimed toys will be donated to the Northampton’s ReCenter Swap Shop. Register in advance. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2777. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 11am-12:30pm – YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: Berkshire Theatre Group’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. at Berkshire Theatre. Pittsfield, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 12-3pm – VOLUNTEERING/PARK CLEAN-UPS: Discovery Yard Garden Volunteer Work Days. The Hitchcock Center is creating a Discovery Yard and Teaching Gardens, and they need your help. The Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard will include natural play structures, log balance beams, a play thicket, a StoryWalk path, and benches and picnic tables for visitors and families to gather. Please register. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 12-3pm – KNITTING CLASS: Learn to Knit in Three Hours. Northampton Wools’ signature class designed to teach the long tail cast on, knitting, purling and casting off as you make your first fingerless mitt. Bring or purchase a size 9 straight needles and a ball of yarn. Northampton Wools. 413-586-4331. 29 Pleasant St, Ste 101, Northampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 12noon-12am – PLACEMAKING/CREATIVE FREE PLAY: The Hilltown Draw-Around. The Art Garden hosts the region’s largest community drawing event! The Hilltown Draw-Around is a pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the ARTeens after school program. They cover the Cowell gym with paper and open the doors at noon for 12 hours of doodling, drawing, sketching, coloring, and creative fun. The Hilltown Draw-Around features drawing related workshops, performances by local musicians, lots of different prompts and activities to get people drawing, and delicious food for sale at the pop-up Doodle Cafe. Come for an hour or stay for all 12! The Cowell Gym. 51 Maple St. Shelburne Falls, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 12:30pm – ART STUDIES/FILM: Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounts the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature, and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition. At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele. This exhibition proves an in-depth examination of images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt’s mosaic-like works to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality. [90 mins. Directed by Michele Mally NR 2019] Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm – LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Join the Emily Williston Memorial Library on the Library lawn for a birthday bash to celebrate 150 years of public library service in Easthampton! Emily Williston Memorial Library. 413-527-1031. 9 Park Street. Easthampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 2-3:30pm – YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: Berkshire Theatre Group’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. at Berkshire Theatre. Pittsfield, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 11am-2pm – DRUMMING/TEENS: One Earth Drum Dance at Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. One Earth Drum Dance Co is for teens ages 12-18 to aspire and achieve creative confidence through innovative cultural experiences that support vibrancy and artistic brilliance. Drum dance is a diverse, spirited, life-affirming celebration. Emphasis placed on personal development, well being, and collective rapport. Rehearsals and creative process will be directed with a focus on artistic integrity, technical development and freedom to explore. The Center Dance. 413-687-7953. 321 Main St, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 2-4pm – ENTOMOLOGY/HABITAT: Mason Bee Workshop. With the arrival of Spring, our thoughts naturally drift off to images of abundant flowers and of course our garden plots. Bees are our partners in the garden, and they are critical players in our ability to grow food. They take on the vital role of pollination. In appreciation for all that they do for us, this month we will dedicate our topic to the support of native bees. At this free program, participants will talk about mason bees and discuss their needs. In addition to the presentation, participants are also provided to build their own mason bee hotel. For those interested in participating in the building activity, signup here.The program is free to the public. Due to space and materials limitations, only those on the signup will be able to participate in the building activity. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 2:30pm – UPCYCLING: Celebrate the Town of Amherst Sustainability Festival and ArtWeek Amherst by creating your own upcycled masterpiece at the library. Participants will learn about upcycling plastic bags through the process of fusing. Using the heat and pressure of a household iron, a new type of textile is formed from un-recyclable plastic bags and wrappers that would usually be thrown away. This 101 class, led by Lou Leelyn of Lou’s Upcycles, teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile. RSVP: 413-259-3096. Jones Library. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm – PASSOVER COMMUNITY SEDER: Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.circlesforjewishliving.com. Florence, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 6:30-8:30pm – MUSIC/ACTIVISM: Climate Concert and Cafe. An informational and activist event on the human causes of climate change, explained by both presentation and a musical performance by the folk group, A Beautiful Future. Come for information and a musical characterization of which human activities cause climate change and how to take action to heal the planet. Connect with others in your community through thoughtful discussion and reflection and leave with solid ideas for taking climate action. Best for kids with audience skills, ages 12+. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm – CLASSICAL THEATER/SHAKESPEARE: As You Like It. In this classic Shakespearean comedy, As You Like It is set in the Forest of Arden and follows the adventures and marriages of two couples – Rosalind and Orlando, and Celia and Oliver. Through their folly and antics, audiences are invited to explore the concepts of love, gender/gender fluidity, family, art, culture, and transformations. Performances will be held at Theater 14 in the Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts at Smith College. 122 Green Street, Northampton, MA.
Saturday, April 27, until midnight – PLACEMAKING/CREATIVE FREE PLAY: The Hilltown Draw-Around. The Art Garden hosts the region’s largest community drawing event! The Hilltown Draw-Around is a pay-what-you-can fundraiser for the ARTeens after school program. They cover the Cowell gym with paper and open the doors at noon for 12 hours of doodling, drawing, sketching, coloring, and creative fun. The Hilltown Draw-Around features drawing related workshops, performances by local musicians, lots of different prompts and activities to get people drawing, and delicious food for sale at the pop-up Doodle Cafe. Come for an hour or stay for all 12! The Cowell Gym. 51 Maple St. Shelburne Falls, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW/HFVS: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. HFVS Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari. What do David Bowie, Harry Belafonte, and Sara Lovell have in common? They are fantastic, and they are on this playlist! GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Lucy Kalantari, Guest DJ’s this episode about the constant flux in life, changes, and transitions. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Click here select from over 12 years of archived shows!
Sunday, April 28, 10-11am – FILM SCREENING: Mister Rodgers: Be Tikkun Olam. Film Screening & Reflections. Join Beit Ahavah and CBI for viewing parts of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” with discussion and personal reflections led by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske & Rabbi Justin David on Mister Rogers & Tikkun Olam. Rabbi Riqi attended OSRUI, the Reform summer camp in Wisconsin for many summers with Mister Rogers’ guest and life-long friend Jeff Erlanger and his family, who co-stars in an important Mister Rogers episode centered on Jeff being in a wheelchair. Rabbi Riqi reflects on Jeff’s impact and how he affected Mister Rogers, and camp, and Fred Rogers’ worldview to “Be tikkun olam.” All ages welcome- bring kleenex! CBI. 253 Prospect St, Northampton, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 10am-4pm – SHEEP SHEARING/LIVING HISTORY: Sheep shearing at Hancock Shaker Village. The entire family will delight in watching sheep get their annual haircuts. Throughout the weekend, follow the wool from sheep to cloak with demos of sheep-shearing, spinning, dying, and weaving. Visitors will see rarely-displayed Shaker-made woolen items, meet regional fiber artisans, and get involved in hands-on activities, including making a wooly sheep in the Discovery Barn and learning how to spin and weave. Discover how a sheep’s fleece becomes a sweater — and meet the new spring babies, too! All activities are included with admission. Borrow a museum pass from your local library. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 11am-3pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/ART SUPPLIES: Artist’s Studio Supply & Surplus Sale. The public is invited to attend this outdoor artist’s studio and surplus sale. Local artists have been invited to clear out their studios and will be selling, trading, or swapping supplies and materials that they no longer use or need. Some items offered for free! Potential items may include canvases, fiber, fabric, paints, frames, easels, beads, and tools. Artists may also sell seconds or discontinued art. Engage with the artists and talk with them about their creative process. This event will be held on the lawn of the Amherst Historical Society and Museum. 413-256-0678. 67 Amity Street. Amherst, MA.
Sunday, April 28,12-3:30pm – SKILLSHARE/SUSTAINABILITY: Repair Public. Learn how and/or where to fix broken items instead of tossing them into a landfill and buying replacements. The participants and facilitators are local community members just like you. You bring a broken item that you want help repairing as well as a willingness to try to fix it. There will be repair facilitators on-hand to help you figure out how to fix your treasure, each with one or more areas of specialty. They’ll have various tools available for use, as well as some basic supplies like screws, tape, glue, wire nuts, needles, threads, and probably appliance cord with some plug-ends. With all these ingredients, we intend to help you repair whatever you decide to bring in. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 1-2:30pm – FOOD STUDIES/CHOCOLATE: The Chocolate Tasting Experience: 15 Different Rare and Exquisite Chocolates from all over the world. Virtual tour of cacao production, from choosing and harvesting beans, to drying and fermentation techniques, to creating the “recipe” that leads to the chocolate bars that we eat. Then, learn how to truly appreciate and assess chocolate with all of your senses with a tasting of different varieties and sources from around the globe. Learn why two 70% chocolates taste different from one another, how to read a label to assess chocolate quality, why one chocolate that is good for eating might not be for baking and what makes a chocolate “best” in its class. 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition. 231 Russell Street, Hadley MA.
Sunday, April 28, 1-3pm – ARBOR DAY/INTERGENERATIONAL: Family Arbor Day FEST featuring Caribbean music & dance, youth tree art exhibit & tree activities, Boreal forest slideshow, Tree yoga demos, marketplace, food and beverages. Heartsong Yoga. 264 N. Main St. East Longmeadow, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 1-4pm – TEXTILES/AGRICULTURE: Growing Our Clothes: Local Lambs in Linen. The Spring will kick off with the first in a series entitled “Growing Our (blank) in Shelburne.” This interactive program will happen in and outside of the Arms Academy building. Local farmers and fiber artists will present and invite the public to share in a variety of activities related to growing and the use of fiber. There will be lambs to meet, and “make & take” looms as well as many other hands-on projects with wool and flax. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments while they last. Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 2-3:30pm –YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: Berkshire Theatre Group’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. at Berkshire Theatre. Pittsfield, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 3-6pm – COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/SUSTAINABILITY: Women’sFest, hosted by South Deerfield Women’s Club, will include second-hand clothes, books, and media. All proceeds benefit the South Deerfield Community. Polish Club American Citizens’ Club. 46 S Main St., South Deerfield, MA.
Sunday, April 28, 5-6:30pm –YOUTH THEATER/MUSICAL: Berkshire Theatre Group’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. at Berkshire Theatre. Pittsfield, MA.
Monday, April 29, 11am – STORYTIME/INFANT: Read books, sing songs, play with puppets and toys, and meet other babies and caregivers at the library. The first 20 minutes are storytime, followed by 40 minutes of free play with toys. For ages 0-18 months. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.
Monday, April 29, 2-6pm – SKILLSHARE/BIKES: DIY Bike Repair at Make-It Springfield. Do you have a bike in the basement/garage that could use a little love? Hate spending all that money at a bike shop when you know you could probably do it yourself? Drop-in anytime and get your questions answered and your repairs taken care of by local bike experts from RadSpringfield. Bring a bike or just your questions. All ages welcome. Make-It Springfield. 413-342-1681. 168 Worthington St, Springfield, MA.
Monday, April 29, 5:30-6:15pm – MEDITATION: Open facilitated meditation sitting. Optional discussion follows. Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. 413-527-0388. Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street #242, Easthampton, MA.
Monday, April 29, 7pm – POETRY: Poetry Cafe at the library. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a poem (or a few) to share- either yours or a favorite poet’s. You are also welcome just to come and listen. Refreshments will be served. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.
Tuesday, April 30, 9:30am-11:30am – LAW/GOVERNMENT: Law Day 2019: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society. The Franklin County Bar Association, Franklin County Justice Center, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s office presents Franklin County Law Day, featuring a panel discussion on free speech with Karen Brown, New England Public Radio senior reporter; Shaheen Pasha, journalist and senior lecturer in the UMass-Amherst Journalism Department; and Joan Livingston, incoming editor of the Greenfield Recorder. Moderated by Greenfield Community College Dean of Humanities Leo Hwang. Law Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Bar Association that aims to educate the public about the role of law and the legal profession in society. President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation’s commitment to its judicial system. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating Law Day. Free and open to the public. Greenfield Community College. 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA.
Tuesday, April 30, 6-8pm – SOCIAL MEDIA/PARENTING: The Hilltown Family Center is collaborating with the Gateway Regional School District to talk with families, students and the community about social media and use of technology. They will open with a screening of the film “Screenagers,” followed by a panel discussion and Q &A for 30 minutes. The panel questions will be centered around five key areas: Social Media and Video Games; Laws and Prevention strategies; Brain Science; Schools; and Solutions. If you require childcare, call 413-685-3500. Gateway Performing Arts Center, 12 Littleville Rd, Huntington, MA.
Tuesday, April 30, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/WEST AFRICAN: Five College West African Music Ensemble. A memorable evening of Ghanaian and Togolese music and dance with famed teacher/performers Kwaku Manu, Kwabena Boateng, and Nani Agbeli. Directed by Faith Conant. McCulloch Auditorium. Pratt Music Hall. Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, MA.
Wednesday, May 1, 7-8:30am – ORNITHOLOGY: Pleasant Valley’s beaver ponds, wetlands, and woods are super sites to see beautiful warblers, thrushes, tanager, orioles, and more during the peak of migration. Lifelong learners are invited to explore rich bird habitat and observe changes in bird species each week. Beginners welcome. All programs are free of charge. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.
Wednesday, May 1, 9am-12noon – BOTANY/SPRING WILDFLOWERS: Wildflowers at Arcadia. Spring is here, and so are the wildflowers. Walk the trails at Arcadia in search of Red Trillium, Wild Anemone, and Blue Cohosh. Will it be a late season with only Skunk Cabbage, Spicebush, and Bloodroot in bloom? Or will warmer weather bring out Canada Mayflower and Mayapple? Learn more about local wildflowers and how to identify them. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30pm – INDUSTRY HISTORY: Westfield State hosts “Whips of Westfield: The Rise and Decline of an American Industry.” A presentation to highlight the whip industry through the early 19th century to the mid-20th century in Western Massachusetts. The presentation will include discussions of early whip makers and companies, labor issues within the industry, patents, inventions, and the overall growth of the industry throughout the 19th century before its consolidation in the 1890s and early 1900s. Free and open to the public. Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA.
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP: “Why Do They Do That?!” presented by Sarah Patton, LICSW, HHC. Early childhood is a time when children explore, test limits, and engage in behaviors that can be both frustrating and confusing for adults. This workshop brings parents together to share frustrations and cover effective strategies and responses. Free childcare is available. RSVP 413-587-1471. Nonotuck Community School. 221 Riverside Drive. Northampton, MA.
Wednesday, May 1, 7pm – INDUSTRIAL HISTORY: At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County. Western Massachusetts’ remarkable industrial history is matched by an equally remarkable history of organized labor. This untold story, pieced together using archival research, is presented with period images. The United Electrical Workers union was a good fit for workers until it was targeted by the Red Scare – turning the region into ground zero for a national struggle that lives with us to this day. Presented by Tom Goldscheider, a local labor historian. Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA
Wednesday, May 1, 7:45-8:45pm – ORNITHOLOGY: Sky Dance of the American Woodcock. When the sun sets in early spring, woodcock love is in the air; wet meadows and fields are transformed into a “runway” for these birds’ beautiful aerial courtship display. We’ll listen and watch for the woodcock’s performance on their breeding grounds. Viewing the woodcock’s sky dance is a natural spectacle not to be missed! Directions provided upon registration. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-Registration is required. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA.
Thursday, May 2, 3:45-5:30pm – GARDENING/TEEN GIRLS: Garden Girls, free weekly gardening program for girls ages 13-17, is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe place to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands-on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID and gardening allows us to connect to each other and the land. Garden Girls will be planting public access gardens and fruit trees throughout Holyoke, transforming ignored and unused spaces into delicious and productive forest gardens! Meet at Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.
Thursday, May 2, 7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ROCK & JAZZ: Greenfield Community College Rock and Jazz Bands returns to the Shea to present their spring concert. Free and open to the public. Shea Theater Arts Center. 413-648-7432. 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
Thursday, May 2, 7:30-9:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/IRISH: Smith College’s Irish/Celtic Music Ensemble, Wailing Banshees, will have their Spring Concert. Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Sage Hall. Earle Recital Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.
Friday, May 3, 7-9am – ORNITHOLOGY: Canoe Meadows Migrants. Canoe Meadow’s beautiful grounds are ideal for spotting migrant species, especially waterfowl, warblers, swallow, orioles, and more. We’ll explore wetlands, meadows, and woodlands, and observe change in bird species each week. Beginners welcome. Bring binoculars, if you have them, or call to reserve a pair. Free. Registration not required. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-637-0320. Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA.
Friday, May 3, 9:30-11:30am – FIRST AID/CHILDREN: Infant and Toddler First Aid for Parents and Caregivers. 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! Free with free childcare. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.
Friday, May 3, 10am-12noon – EARLY CHILDHOOD/MUSIC PROGRAM: Rick Goldin participatory music program “I Like To Read” Songs About Books & Reading Music, Puppets and Fun. RSVP for free childcare: 413-667-2203 x311. Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd, Huntington, MA.
Friday, May 3, 4-5pm – ARCHITECTURE/SUSTAINABILITY: Did you know the Hitchcock Center is a Living Building? It is designed to model systems in nature, it’s net-zero energy and water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials. Learn what makes our building a unique teaching tool, empowering visitors to ask, “what does sustainability look like in the built environment and my community?” Arrive curious with your questions! Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Friday, May 3, 7-8:30pm – EVOLUTION/SUSTAINABILITY: Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability with Tom Wessels. Self-organization is a natural process—that, as a system grows, it also becomes more complex. The complexity is derived from the components of the system, such as species in an ecosystem which become ever more specialized through time and tightly integrated creating systems that are energy efficient, resilient, and stable. The talk will focus on how this process works in ecosystems via co-evolution to generate the incredible biodiversity we see in nature. Many examples of regional co-evolved relationships will be used to illustrate how co-evolution works. The talk then shows how this process is a wonderful model for creating sustainable human systems. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.
Friday, May 3, 7-9pm – SING-ALONG/INTERGENERATIONAL: Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday Celebration with The Nields to benefit the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build. Edwards Church of Northampton. 413-584-5500. 297 Main St, Northampton, MA.
Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Bernardston, Chester, Heath, Montgomery, Pelham, Rowe, South Hadley, Amherst, Hatfield, Russell, Shutesbury, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.