40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 4-10, 2019

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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.

Featured Events

May 11

Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.

May 11

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – Aug 16

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. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Jun 24 – 28

Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; mmirti@baypath.edu; baypath.edu.

Jul 8 – 26

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 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Jul 8 – Aug 16

Camp Macduffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. tfitzsimmons@macduffie.org. summer.macduffie.org

Jul – Aug

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

Featured School

Open House:
Sunday, May 5, 1:30-3pm

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

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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.

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.

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 info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

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 info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

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May 4-10, 2019


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Events Happening in the Hilltown


Saturday, May 4, 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: Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel. 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, May 4, 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, May 4, 9-10:30am – ARCHITECTURE/LOCAL HISTORY: Amherst Architectural Tour. Guided architectural tour of downtown Amherst, hosted by Amherst Public Art Commission as part of ArtWeek, a statewide celebration of the arts. The tour will explore the exteriors and surroundings of old and new buildings in the central business district, and will include stops at infrequently seen places. (Rain date: 5/5.) RSVP requested: publicart@amherstma.gov. Amherst Town Hall. 4 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, May 4, 9-11am – TOWN CLEAN UP/VOLUNTEERING: The Town of Amherst is hosting a Community Cleanup. There will be three meeting locations throughout the Town, each will have an area captain stationed to organize and assist volunteers. Collection bags for trash and recycling and work gloves provided (please bring your own if you do have a pair). Sign up here. Amherst, MA (FREE)

Saturday, May 4, 9am-2pm – ORNITHOLOGY/BIRD FESTIVAL: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is kicking off a week of intergenerational birding activities with a Bird Festival! Individual adults and families can take guided walks of the grounds and learn about bird banding through demonstrations. “Bird banding” refers to the process of catching birds, marking them with an identifying band, and setting them free again. The data gathered from this process can assist in ornithological and biological research and can be part of tracking reproductive success and population rates. All day during the festival, you can learn how to engage in citizen science and get involved helping Neighborhood Nest Watch to band birds. Visit the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary webpage for a full schedule of activities. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 4, 10am-5pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view from May 4 to December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, May 4, 11am–3pm – TRADITIONAL ARTS/BASKETS: Basket Weaving Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village. Shaker baskets are an iconic symbol of the simple elegance and beautiful design of Shaker objects. Create your own at this workshop! Participants use a mold to weave a sturdy basket made from natural and dyed reed in a colorful twill pattern with a solid wood bottom. Several color options are available. The workshop will be led by instructor Sandy Salada, a basket maker since 1995. Preregister. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, May 4, 11am-1pm – FIBER ARTS/TIE-DYE: Tie-Dye at the Farm. Make a tie-dyed shirt while enjoying the peace and beauty of a New England farm. Visit Diemand Farm to create your own unique tie-dyed shirt. Afterward, you can visit with the sheep, goats, mini donkeys, and mini horses while enjoying a homestyle bag lunch on the porch. You have four options for this event. Diemand Farm. 978-544-3806. 126 Mormon Hollow Road. Wendell, MA.

Saturday May 4, 12pm-5pm: LGBTQ/PRIDE PARADE: Northampton held its first liberation pride parade in 1981, a time when there were no legal protections for non-heterosexual employees. Community members marched with paper bags on their heads to draw attention to the fact that they could be fired because of their sexual orientation. Northampton Pride will kick off at noon with the parade, marching up Old South Street to Main Street and arriving at the Pride Event site, the 3 County Fairgrounds. Check the Northampton Pride website for a full schedule of speakers and performances. This event will be interpreted in American Sign Language. 54 Fair Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, May 4, 1-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Community Day at the Mead Art Museum: May the Fourth Be With You. Turn a poem into an image. Make a sculpture that moves like the universe. Visualize the force in a galaxy far, far away. Learn the story of you through your personalized astrological chart. Explore an immersive sound experience with Jake Meginsky, artist and visiting lecturer in the Department of Theater & Dance at Amherst College. Orient yourself with new work by 5th and 6th graders from Wildwood Elementary. Free and open to all! Activities designed for ages 8+. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, May 4, 3-7:30pm – STAR WARS/LIBRARY ADVENTURES: Star Wars Day Celebration. Join the Jones Library for a beautiful celebration of all things Star Wars! From 3-5pm, there will be an all-ages extravaganza featuring crafts, trivia, raffles, games, photo-booth, STEM activities, and fun! Costumes are encouraged! From 5-7:30pm, there will be a free movie screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13). In this feature film, young Han Solo teams up with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian for his first smuggling mission. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.


Sunday, May 5, 7-8am – RADIO SHOW: Commercial-free family radio. Encore of the Hilltown Family Variety Show Saturday morning episode. Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel. 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, May 5, 8am-1pm – SERVICE-BASED LEARNING/URBAN CLEAN-UP DAY: Do you care about the town of Easthampton? You can help clean it up by participating in Easthampton Clean Up Day. Volunteer as a family to demonstrate to your children the importance of giving back and contributing to the community. Visit the city web page for a full list of locations and time slots available. Participants will be picking up trash and weeds from sidewalks, helping to mulch planters, and more across public spaces. This event is a form of placemaking; it encourages community members to meet and work together to beautify shared spaces. Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 12noon-5pm – EXHIBIT/AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP on view at the Berkshire Museum, ends today. This exhibit explores the history of African Americans in the Berkshires, containing compelling, contemporary stories, as recorded by local African-American community leaders and the NAACP Berkshire chapter. Oral histories, played on directional speakers, will be presented alongside portraits, photography, and objects from the Museum’s collection. This exhibition is a part of the Berkshire Museum’s ongoing Objects and Their Stories series, which presents the diverse cultural, scientific, and historical narratives of objects from the Museum’s collection. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 10am-12noon – PHENOLOGY: Signs of the Season. Enjoy the woods and meadows found at Arcadia’s over 700 acres by exploring the sanctuary at a relaxed pace. Natural history topics will include ecological relationships among animals and their habitats as well as tips for identifying birds by sight and sound. Free. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 11am-12:30pm – MYCOLOGY/FOOD SECURITY: Paul Lagreze of New England Wild Edibles will be offering a hands-on workshop to grow gourmet mushrooms for the Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden Giving Garden. Paul will demonstrate mushroom growing techniques on logs and wood chips. Working in pairs, participants will learn and practice step-by-step inoculation of shiitake mushrooms on logs, preparing a mushroom log for themselves and Giving Garden. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Garden. 413-320-4799. 140 Meadow Street. Florence, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 12-5pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL: Musica Franklin’s First Annual Fun Fest. Live music, youth dance and theater, juggling, singing and step dancing, and a concert with Mister G. Other activities include an instrument “petting zoo,” MYO instruments, music science, kids activities, and food trucks. Sheffield Elementary School, Turners Falls, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 1pm – LOCAL HISTORY/HISTORY: Militia training grounds ramble. In the early years of the Republic up until the establishment of the National Guard, each local community was required to establish a militia comprised of local men who trained at least once a year. Where did local militias train in the 18th and 19th centuries? Not every location is known for certain, but Worthington native Ben Brown will lead a backwoods and backfields hike in and around a confirmed “training ground” near the Worthington-Cummington border (in the vicinity of Lyman Flat Road, Dodwells Road, and Brick House Road), sharing notes on the history of local militias. Departing from the Capen-Riverside School, the intersection of Rte. 112 (Dingle Road) and Clark Hill Road. Worthington, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 1-2 pm – ORNITHOLOGY/CITIZEN SCIENCE: M.A.P.S. Bird Banding Station. Join Ashley Green in learning about a M.A.P.S. Bird Banding Station in Warwick, MA. Get to know which birds are caught at the station and what demographic information is collected. Also, learn how that information can be useful in the conservation of birds and their habitats. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: First Sundays Free at The Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA

Sunday, May 5, 1-5pm – COMMUNITY DAY: Celebrate Double Edge’s vibrant community members, artists, and partners who have created and contributed to the last 25 amazing years at their Farm. Fly on bungees, sing and play music, and learn about their Ashfield history and ongoing renovation and preservation of the beautiful Farm! The day will culminate in a gathering and meal, sharing a testimony, and honoring the extraordinary Living Culture in Ashfield. Open flying and singing: 1-3pm. Gathering, discussion, award ceremony, meal 3-5pm. Free and open to the public Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA.

Sunday, May 5, 2pm – FOREST BATHING: Give forest bathing a try! Head out on Hancock Shaker Village Farm & Forest Trail and soak up the healthful benefits of being among the trees. Hannah Fries, author of “Forest Bathing Retreat,” will lead a walk for all ages on the one-mile accessible trail to calm the chatter of your mind and awaken your senses as you immerse yourself in nature. Free with museum admission. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Houstonic St, Pittsfield, MA.


Monday, May 6, 6-9pm – LOCAL HISTORY: The theme of the Pioneer Valley History Network‘s Spring Gathering & Annual Meeting is “1919.” Presentations will include: Women’s Suffrage in the North Quabbin, Baseball’s Black Sox Scandal: Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Arnold Rothstein, and a Nation Shocked,1919 Ice Famine, and the Calvin Coolidge’s Governorship and the Boston Police Strike. All are welcomed. RSVP: bmckee427@gmail.com. Deerfield Teachers’ Center. Memorial St. (Behind Memorial Hall Museum at Historic Deerfield) Deerfield, MA.

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

Monday, May 6, 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. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.


Tuesday, May 7, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Art Exhibit: Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, May 7, 10am-4pm – PICTURE BOOK ART/EXHIBIT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrates the golden anniversary of William Steig’s seminal book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Steig’s famous fable tells of Sylvester Duncan, a donkey who discovers a magic pebble and accidentally turns himself into a rock. With humor and pathos, Steig illustrates an emotional tale of discovery, loss, and reunion. Above all, it is a story about the love of family. William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary is on view through December 1 in The Carle’s Central Gallery. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, May 7, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: ObjectHistories: From the African Continent to the Smith College Museum of Art Galleries.This special installation, drawn from the SCMA collection, traces the unique histories of over twenty of the Museum’s most important works of African art. New research has connected artists with objects that were previously unattributed, while the roles of collectors and donors are examined in conjunction with the objects’ own cultural histories and meanings. The Smith College Museum of Art began collecting African art in 1939, with the acquisition of a ceremonial axe made by the Luba people in the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, the collection has grown to over two hundred pieces of sculpture, textile, painting, photography and video. Dating primarily to the 20th and 21st centuries, the collection continues to expand in the areas of photography, mixed media and video as well as sculptural objects. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.


Wednesday, May 8, 9am-12noon – BOTANY/WILDFLOWERS: Join botanist Connie Parks and explore the old orchard and vibrant forest wildflowers of Lynes Woods Wildlife Sanctuary. Walk along the wooded trails by Lyman Brook and through a dense stand of mountain laurel, visiting several habitats in hopes of seeing plant species such as goldthread, bloodroot, spring beauty, and mayflower. Lynes Woods Wildlife Sanctuary. Easthampton, MA.

Wednesday, May 8, 4:30-5:30pm – STEM/STORY HOUR: Reading of Rosie Revere, Engineer and engineering a Twig Raft Boat. Gades K-2nd. Register here. East Longmeadow Public Library. 413-525-5432. 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA.

Wednesday, May 8, 5:30-9:30pm – PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT/FUNDRAISER: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will hold a spring fundraiser, “Farm to Cocktail,” at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. Farm to Cocktail is a friendly competition where the area’s top bartenders will shake, stir, and dash their way to the most creative cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Try them all & vote for your favorite cocktail to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ winner. Top vote-getters from the ‘People’s Choice’ round will compete in a live round featuring a secret ingredient. All-star panel of judges determine the finest mixologist! Enjoy live music, hearty farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres & desserts, silent auction, and more! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets. Use code ‘FOOD’ for $5 off. Haydenville, MA

Wednesday, May 8, 6-7:30pm – MUSIC HISTORY/1960’s: The August 1969 Woodstock Exposition of Music and Art continues to reverberate cultural ripples and this program will not only stir memories but provide a new perspective. Craig Harris will present a multimedia and participatory 90-minute-plus program, “Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration,” which incorporates rare recordings, archival video, insightful storytelling, group singing, and guided music-making. Dalton Free Public Library. 413-684-6112. 462 Main St., Dalton, MA.

Wednesday, May 8, 6pm – NATURAL HISTORY: A Natural History of Forbes Library. Take a leisurely amble around the Forbes Library’s historic grounds with naturalist and Historic Northampton’s co-director Laurie Sanders. Meet in front of the library to explore the vegetation, geology and animal life that surrounds the Forbes Library. Forbes Library. 413-587-1017. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, May 8, 7-9pm – LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION/DIVINITY: Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Harvard Divinity graduates Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile deep dive into a chapter of Harry Potter, tell stories from their own lives, and try-out a medieval religious reading practice or two with this modern-day classic. Come and enjoy a night of music, spiritual engagement, great storytelling and hanging out with two of your favorite podcasters and meet some amazing fellow-Harry Potter fans! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 485 Appleton St. Holyoke, MA.


Thursday, May 9, 3:30-4:15pm – COMICS/TEENS: The Eric Carle Museum visits Comics Club at the Forbes Library Community Room. Intended for elementary and tween readers. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, May 9, 3:45-5:30pm – GARDENING/TEENS: 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 9, 7-8:30pm – ELECTRIC CARS: Get the Buzz on the Latest Electric Vehicles. Curious about electric vehicle (EVs)s? How they work, how far they can go on a charge? An increasing number of electric vehicles on the market are competitively priced and can go over 100 miles on a charge. This workshop will start with a brief ride around the parking lot in a plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for anyone who arrives around 6:45pm. Participants will learn about EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs available, their features and range, big incentives that bring down their purchase price, charging an EV and matching the right EV and charger with your driving habits and needs. You’ll also learn about pairing solar power for your home with the charging demands of your car, and when to charge for the lowest carbon impact. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.


Friday, May 10, 9am-5pm – PLANT SALE: Tending to a family garden or even just watering house plants can teach kids about responsibility and various branches science at the same time! Plant sales offer the opportunity to support local horticulturalists as well. Bringing your child along to a plant sale, he or she will learn about habitat and ecology as you pick out plants that will thrive in the conditions of your home and yard. The Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale will provide thousands of woody and herbaceous plants for purchase. The plants will be displayed by habitat and include plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals, and vines. 413-298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road. Stockbridge, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, May 10, 11am-12:30pm – SOIL SCIENCE/STORY HOUR: Bring your kiddos and grandkiddos for a story, and come prepared to get dirty! This “craft” time will be the beginning of the library Garden by the Pond project. Bring garden trowels or small shovels, garden claws, small rakes, garden gloves if you want them, and dress for gettin’ dirty! Pizza follows. Cushman Library. 413-648-5402. 28 Church St, Bernardston, MA.

Friday, May 10, 12:15-12:45pm – TEXTILES/LOCAL HISTORY: 100 Years of Silk in the Valley. Marjorie Senechal, professor emerita of Mathematics and History at Smith College, unravels one hundred years of silk history and manufacturing in the Pioneer Valley. Drawing from research from her book, “American Silk, 1830-1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts,” Professor Senechal will throw light on this once-thriving industry, whose local relics include both Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke and the Silk Mill building on Route 9 in Northampton. BYO lunch. Beverages served. Free and everyone is welcome to attend. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, May 10, 2:15pm – BOTANY: Flowers and Bees. Ages 8-11. Dickinson Memorial Library. Northfield, MA.

Friday, May 10, 4-8pm – 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. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-253-2848. 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, 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.

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