100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 8-21, 2020

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Feb 8

This Saturday, February 8 from 10am-4pm head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary, a FREE family day! A free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, enjoy art making, films, and special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker (11:30am) and Happier Valley Comedy (1:30pm). Visit carlemuseum.org for more information.

Start- ing Feb 15

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

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Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

Mar 14

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

MARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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February 8-21, 2020

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 8am-12noon – ICE FISHING: The Ashfield Rod & Gun Club’s annual Children’s Ice Fishing Derby happens this weekend! All ages are welcome to participate in the derby, followed by a community spaghetti dinner and a live birds of prey presentation with Tom Ricardi. For more information, call Joe at 413-628-4400. Ashfield Lake (Headquarters: Ashfield Lake House). Ashfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Jack Forman of Recess Monkey is the guest DJ of the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend! Jack Forman hosts this week’s HFVS, but forgot to ask show producer, Sienna Wildfield, if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Saturday, February 8, 10am – CRAFTING/CREATIVE FREE-PLAY: Open Craft for Kids at the library, an open craft program for kids of all ages in the Children’s Room. Create a craft with provided materials. Free and open to the public. Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12noon – NATURALIST SKILLS/TRACKING: Western MA is full of wildlife, but most of the time it’s difficult to see where the animals are or what they’re doing. In the winter, however, the evidence of animals often becomes easier to see and to interpret. Join expert naturalist Charley Eiseman to search for evidence of wildlife at picturesque Holland Glen Conservation Area in Belchertown. Participants will learn how to identify the tracks of a variety of animals based on their size, shape, and traveling style, and learn how they interact with the winter world. Preregister. Holland Glen Conservation Area. Belchertown, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12noon – NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY/ICE: The Wonders of Ice with Mass Audubon. Science and art are a wonderful combination. Discover a bit about the science of ice and how ice affects local animals while having the chance to capture the beauty of ice through photography. This two-hour workshop will include a presentation followed by a short hike on Arcadia’s trails to photograph ice. Wear your micro-spikes and bring your cameras or smartphones! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES/CANDY CHEMISTRY Candy Chemistry with Mom or Dad! Visit the Springfield Museums’ special exhibit “Sweet: A Tasty Journey,” then, discover the physical and chemical properties of candy. Sharpen your math skills by making fudge, chocolates, and other yummy treats. Best for ages 7-10 and not recommended for those with sensitivities to milk, chocolate, or nuts.) Preregister. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY/MID-WINTER HOLIDAYS: Mardi Gras King Cake Culinary Traditions: Mid-Winter Holidays. Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day kick off a series of midwinter holidays, followed by several others that lead into the spring festivities. Each winter holiday has its history, traditions, and dishes; that will be the focus of this class. Some of the unique dishes will be offered to sample and recipes available to take home. Preregister. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-12:30pm – FOLK ART/PISANKI: Pisanki: The Art of Polish & Ukrainian Egg Decoration. Learn the simple, batik-like process to produce a kaleidoscope of colors in geometric patterns on the surface of an egg. Participants will use a special applicator (kistka) and hot wax to produce designs, blocking out color from selected areas on eggs before dyeing them. Examine traditional, simple designs and how to adapt them. Dyes, beeswax cakes, and kistka included. Supply list provided. Two classes: February 8 & 15. Register by January 30. Springfield Museums Museum School. 413-263-6800 x377 or x382. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TRACKING: Winter Walk at Laughing Brook with Mass Audubon. Enjoy mid-winter with an interpretive walk at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Along the trails look for wildlife tracks, as well as other signs of wildlife such as browsing, scat, and winter homes. Also, look at the stone walls and discuss the history of the land. Preregister. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary, a FREE family day! A free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, enjoy art making, films, and special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker (11:30am) and Happier Valley Comedy (1:30pm). The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10am-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/WINTER TRAILS DAY: Winter Trails Day at Notchview. Whether it’s snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, explore Notchview’s 25 miles of winter trails. There will be free ski lessons, guided snowshoe hikes, a wax clinic, snow-ga (yoga outside), craft making for kids, a knitting circle, bonfire, s’mores, plus so much more! Rentals are 50% off and lessons are free. Notchview. 413-684-0148. 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 10:30am-8:30pm – PLACEMAKING/WINTER FESTIVAL: WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. Keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors. Amherst, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 1-3pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/TRACKING: Winter Wildlife Detectives with educator Kathy Richards, a family adventure exploring wildlife in winter. Using detective skills, learn how to read the stories written upon the forest floor through games, activities, and outdoor exploration. Whose tracks are these? How do wild animals survive the winter? Discover what animals are active in Northfield’s fields and forests. If the trails are open for skiing, snowshoes are required. If snow is insufficient for snowshoeing, the program will take place on foot. Northfield Mountain. 800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road, RT 63, Northfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 2-4pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: Overtures and Arias featuring the Panopera Orchestra. A 30-piece live orchestra featuring the Panopera Orchestra and soloists will be in a concert playing a variety of operatic favorites. Two hours of music by Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner, featuring Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy as Carmen. Smith College, Music Department. Sage Hall. Earle Recital Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 2:30-4pm – LIVING HISTORY/WOMEN’S HISTORY: Visitors to the Berkshire Museum will travel from farm life to the mid-century office and learn the power of raising their voices as they explore the extraordinary stories of the many women featured in She Shapes History. Learn how to spin wool, weave yarn, and design an effective protest poster. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8 – PLACEMAKING/LIGHT INSTALLATION: As the heart of winter’s cold and darkness settles on us,The Art Garden is turning their thoughts to making light. This year’s winter Hoopla, an outdoor lighted art installation, will be held in the rail yard of the Trolley Museum. Find out how you can participate in the creation, or come the day of to enjoy. The Art Garden. 413-625-2782. 14 Depot St. Shelburne Falls, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 4-8pm – FOOD HISTORY/TAVERN FARE: Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooks is a class which teaches a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on how food preparation has changed over time, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. In this class, Supper at the Hall Tavern, prepare hearty tavern fare, including “luscious pieces” of beef or pork roasted in front of the flames, and enjoy supper by the fire. The class will be held in the kitchen of the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern that dates to 1786. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 6-8pm – INTERGENERATIONAL/FAMILY DANCE: Greenfield Moose Family Center presents the 7th annual Franklin County Father-Daughter Dance. Live DJ, food and refreshments, and activities. Granddads & Adopt-a-Dad-for-the-night welcomed and moms can come with their dads. Greenfield Moose Lodge 997. 20 School St. Greenfield, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 7pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/MOONLIGHT HIKE: The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee is hosting a moonlight hike along a field then enters a mixed forest of spectacular pine, oak, and beech trees. The total distance is a little more than a mile over easy terrain. Refreshments and a campfire will follow. All are welcome. Optional items to bring: snowshoes/spikes, flashlight/headlamp, water bottle. Park and meet at the Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Head. 413-268-7523. Adams Rd, Haydenville, MA.

Saturday, February 8, 7:30-10pm – MUSIC STUDIES/ORCHESTRA: Mozart’s Flute & Harp Concerto Concert.East Coast meets West in Springfield when principals of two powerhouse orchestras, the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, meet for an evening of musical brilliance. With powerful, virtuoso playing, Emmanuel Ceysson (principal harpist of the Met) sweeps away the clichés associated with his instrument. He is joined by Denis Bouriakov (principal flutist of the LA Phil), often called the “Paganini of the flute.” Exciting and varied, this night spans the old world to the new, from Mozart’s incredibly beautiful Flute and Harp Concerto and Beethoven’s bouncy Music for a Ballet on Horseback to Debussy’s light and beautiful Sacred and Profane Dances, the dance-like percussive intensity of Argentinian Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, and Leonard Bernstein’s expressive Halil. Best for adults and children with audience skills. Symphony Hall. 413-949-0925. 34 Court St, Springfield, MA.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: Jack Forman of Recess Monkey is the guest DJ of the Hilltown Family Variety Show this weekend! Jack Forman hosts this week’s HFVS, but forgot to ask show producer, Sienna Wildfield, if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun! Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peak every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Sunday, February 9, 10am-1pm – ECOSYSTEMS/SNOWSHOE HIKE: Snowshoe in a Spruce-Fir Forest. Snowshoe the high elevation spruce-fir forests of Windsor and learn about this unique ecosystem, where plant species such as balsam fir and red spruce are the dominant trees. Look for tracks of snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and other fascinating wildlife. This snowshoe hike will be two miles round trip over moderately challenging terrain. In the event of little or no snow, this will be a hike. Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. aimee@gaiaroots.com. 1515 Savoy Hollow Rd, Windsor, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 10am-3pm – NATURE/SCAVENGER HUNT: Nature Scavenger Hunt at Mount Greylock. Adventurous quests invite visitors to explore various treasures along any forested trail. A self-guided activity, free lists can be picked up at Visitor Center. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 10am-3pm – FIBER ARTS/WET FELTING: Wet Felting Workshop. Create a beautiful Heart Felted Bag in this workshop, learning how to create a unique piece of art using fiber and wet felting techniques with Katherine McClelland. Wool and tools supplied. Preregistration required. Holyoke Creative Arts Center. 413-532-0465. Mill City. 150 Front Street, Suite 5. West Springfield, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 1-4pm – FOLK TRADITIONS/HOMEBREWING: Homebrewing 101 at Beerology. In this beginner level class, participants will be introduced to the art and science of homebrewing. Discuss malt, yeast, and hops, partial mash brewing, and how to avoid and troubleshoot the most common problems. 21+. Beerology. 413-829-2337. 342 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 4-7pm – PLAY GROUP/POTLUCK: February Family Fun Night, hosted by Northampton Parents Center. Playtime and optional potluck dinner. Bring the whole family; everyone is welcome! The Northampton Parent Center is designed for children birth through kindergarten age and their families and caregivers. Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Sunday, February 9, 7pm-12am – FILM STUDIES/ACADEMY AWARDS: The Academy Awards Live, a free showing with limited seating hosted by Garden Theater. Watch the fashion, listen to the speeches, talk movies with real cinephiles.. and feel welcome to go all out via your best dress! The popcorn will be flowing as this the biggest movie event of the year. Garden Theater. 413-773-9260. 361 Main St. Greenfield, MA.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday, February 10, 3:15-4:15pm – CRITICAL THINKING/CHESS: Research shows that, when played from a young age, chess can be beneficial to a child’s learning and development. The game requires the use of high-order thinking skills, such as weighing actions and consequences and helps players practice decision making. The Storrs Library offers a Youth Chess where children of all ages and skill levels are welcome to a drop-in game of chess. An instructor will provide help for beginners and tips for more advanced students to sharpen their game. Registration is not required. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.

Monday, February 10, 6:30-8pm – CLIMATE CHANGE/CONSERVATION: Join the Kestral Land Trust to learn about natural climate solutions. In this ongoing series, Climate Change & Your Community, learn about the fundamentals of climate change, examples of impacts that are already occurring, and projections for the future in New England. Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst professor of Environmental Conservation who studies the impact of climate change on wildlife and the land, will discuss how climate change is likely to impact wildlife and ecosystems, and give examples of what can be done to protect and conserve vulnerable ecosystems through climate adaptation. Hear about past and present land conservation efforts in Sunderland to protect area forests, farms, and riverlands, including a current project in which Kestrel is helping the Town conserve 40 acres on Mount Toby for drinking water, wildlife habitat, and climate resilience. Best for self-directed teens & lifelong learners. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-9:15pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Drop-In Figure Drawing with Cyndy Sperry & Katherine Weinstein at Bread Euphoria. This 8-week drop-in class begins with a 25-minute warm-up and then progress to longer poses. Cyndy and Katherine will take turns modeling techniques, materials, and strategies in this dynamic investigation of drawing. Both teachers have different yet complementary styles: Katherine approaches the figure more classically through line, form, and space, and Cyndy is interested in the space between the artist and their subject and the reconciliation of the 3D world with the flat plane of the drawing paper. Both are interested in developing the abstract beauty of the drawing elements. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcomed. There will be tables, drawing boards, some easels, and sometimes materials to try and share. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Tuesday, February 11, 7pm – FILM/AFRICAN AMERICAN & WOMEN’S HISTORY: Screening and discussion of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice. This documentary explores the life and times of this African American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Rarely mentioned today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries, such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening. Best for self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA, Jones Library. 413-259-3223.43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Wednesday, February 12, 9-10:30am – THEATER STUDIES/SHAKESPEARE: Shakespeare & Co. will perform the tragedy of Macbeth at Agawam High School. This condensed version of Macbeth seeks to learners of all ages in the rich language of the author. The actors work to develop a rapport with the audience as this famous tragedy comes alive with all its timely considerations of the perils of power, ambition, and politics. After four hundred years, this play has become more relevant than ever! Reservations are required for the general public to attend this free performance – all homeschooled/unschooled famlies are welcome. 413-783-0502. Agawam High School Auditorium. 760 Cooper Street. Agawam, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 9:30am-8pm – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 3:30-4:15pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/VALENTINE CRAFT: Children ages 3-10 and their parents and caregivers are invited to Drop-In Valentines Craft in the children’s department at the library in Northampton. Make and decorate special valentines for family, friends, and sweethearts (or to give to those you might not personally know as an act of appreciation and kindness)! Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES/SPANISH GUITAR: Classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar refers to both a slightly different instrument and mainly, to a different style of playing. The instrument itself in only a little bit different from other guitars: it has fewer frets and uses a different type of string. Traditionally, classical guitar strings were made from sheep and goat intestines. Nowadays, nylon strings are used instead, but it still creates a different sound from other metal stringed guitars. Most importantly, classical guitar players use a distinctive fingerpicking style, as opposed to strumming. This method of playing creates the intoxicating and exotic sound that is associated with this style. If you are interested in classical or ‘Spanish’ guitar, take in a free Romantic Spanish Guitar Concert at the Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-8pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP/FUNDING COLLEGE: College Financial Planning Workshop, hosted by West Springfield Public Library. A free and educational college scholarship and financial aid workshop that will focus on college-bound sophomores, juniors, and last-minute seniors. Discuss how families who thought they could never qualify for financial aid based on a high income or high assets can become eligible for aid, and explain cost-effective options to fund college – avoiding costly pitfalls or putting a strain on your retirement and the rest of your family’s finances. Registration is required. West Springfield Public Library. 413-736-4561 x3. 200 Park St, West Springfield, MA.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 10am-12:30pm – HIKING/INTERGENERATIONAL: Nice and Easy Trail Hike; Easy-paced, one to 3-mile hikes geared toward seniors, but open to all ages. This is an ideal opportunity to join with other hiking enthusiasts! May be staff-led or self-guided. Dress appropriately for winter weather conditions; trekking poles and traction devices for boots or snowshoes are recommended as trails may be snow-covered, muddy, or icy. Bring drinking water and a snack. Meet at the Visitor Center. Inclement weather cancels. Mount Greylock Visitor Center. 413-499-4262. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 2-4pm – CIVICS/VOTING: League of Women Voters at Berkshire Museum. Get a lesson in civics as you submit or update your voter registration, learn the structure of government in Berkshire County, discover how laws are made, and more with the Central Berkshire Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 4-6pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/LEGOs: LEGOs are much more than small pieces of plastic that clutter up your living room floor and smart something awful when stepped upon with your bare feet… they are a great creative medium for kids interested in design and architecture and can help them develop their own creative stories based on characters and structures that they build. Kids ages 12 and under can have fun while constructing with LEGOs at the Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 6pm – SCIENCE CAFE/FIRE ECOLOGY This month’s Life Science Cafe topic is Fire Ecology & Management with Dr. Emily Fusco and George Locascio. The Nacul Center. 413-256-8025. 592 Main Street. Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 6-9pm – STORYTELLING: On The Flip: “I See Color” Storytelling at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book. On the Flip is an amazing project which works towards building a culture of live storytelling that features those whose perspectives rarely appear in the public square, and supporting them to tell the stories they want to tell, rather than the stories we think we want to hear. Those may be stories of racism and oppression, bias and hardship; they may also be stories of joy, family, friendship and community, resistance, resilience, and laugh-out-loud humor. The theme for this year’s event is “I See Color,” and features approximately eight storytellers in a non-competitive, community-building environment. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 13, 7pm – AMERICAN FACTORIES/DOCUMENTARY: Screening of What’s at Stake: American Factory, Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary this year. Produced by President Barack and Michelle Obama, the film tells the story of a Chinese billionaire who opens a factory in a shuttered General Mills plant (and the culture clash that ensues). Q&As with producer Jeff Reichert will join us for a conversation after American Factory. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday, February 14, 9am-8pm – PLACEMAKING/ICE SCULPTURE: 10th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival in downtown Northampton! A family-friendly winter tradition, the Northampton Ice Art Festival brings featured ice artists to the streets of downtown Northampton, allowing the public to watch them as they create temporal works of art. Completed works of art will be on illuminated display during Arts Night Out – and for as long as the weather permits! Downtown Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 10:30am – STORYTIME/LIBRARY: Family Frolic Storytime at the library! Songs, rhymes, stories, and games designed to promote early literacy. Appropriate for preschoolers; all ages welcome. Storytime is followed by an open-ended art project. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Friday, February 14, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/PORCUPINES: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. The program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Preschool yoga follows! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 14, 11:30am-1:20pm – ICE SKATING: Are you a homeschool or unschooling family? The Mullins Center offers a weekday public ice skate for families to attend. Great opportunity for physical activity while making community connections. Ice skate rentals are free and guardian’s skates for free. All families are welcome. Mullins Center. 413-545-3040. 200 Commonwealth Ave. Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 14, 1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE/VALENTINE’S DAY: Valentine’s Day at the Clark. Spend an afternoon with your special someone or a beloved work of art at The Clark. Make your museum date complete by visiting the Clark Center Lower Lobby to design a heartfelt Valentine inspired by the collection. Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South St, Williamstown, MA.

Friday, February 14, 4-7pm – ART STUDIES/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art gives visitors a special opportunity to explore the collections and engage with art on a deeper level. Create your own work of art, with hands on activities for all ages based on specific works in the museum and go on a special guided conversation tour. Light refreshments. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 5-8pm – PLACEMAKING/ART NIGHT: Northampton Arts Night Out, on the second Friday of every month, is an event hosted by Northampton art spaces to promote creative works and community. This monthly gallery walk offers the opportunity to enjoy a Friday night in town while experiencing diverse visual and performing arts. Arts Night Out helps further highlight the diversity and unique character of the Northampton area. It is created by a group of people who are committed to the growth and development of our local culture. This month, take in the ice sculptures throughout the town while visiting shops, galleries, and performance spaces. Downtown Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 14, 6-8pm – DATE NIGHT/OENOLOGY: Oenology is the science and study of wine and winemaking. I Love Wine Valentine Edition at the Wistariahurst Museum is their annual wine tasting event, and an excellent opportunity to sample fine wines from around the world in the historic Skinner family mansion. Keep track of the vineyards and vintages, aromas, and finishes of the wines you love on the guest sampling menu. 21yrs+. Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA.

Friday, February 14, 7:30-9pm – MUSIC STUDIES/PERCUSSION: Advanced Percussion Ensemble, a concert with music for marimbas, xylophones, drums & other percussion instruments at Bezanson Hall, UMass Fine Arts Center. 413-545-2511. 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 14, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/QUARTET: Dover Quartet with Davóne Tines, baritone. Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner, and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). Performing works by Mozart, Barber, Shaw, and Shostakovich. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. 413-542-2195. 53 College St, Amherst, MA.


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 9-10am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peek every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Saturday, February 15, 9am-4pm – WINTER FESTIVAL/PLACEMAKING: North Adams Winterfest 2020. Events Include farmers’ market, a chowder cook-off, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores, kids’ winter carnival, games and activities, ice skating, and more. North Adams, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 10am-3pm – AVIATION/DRONES: Drone Day & Open Cockpit Event at New England Air Museum. Drone Day will feature drone specialists from the FAA and local organizations along with our historic aircraft. There will be displays of WWII target drones and engines with recreational and professional use drones, in addition to drone demonstrations. This event will also include climbing aboard experiences in select historic aircraft, flight simulators, and hands-on Build & Fly themed challenges. A variety of select aircraft that will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, Kaman SH-2F Seasprite helicopter, North American F-100A Super Sabre, Coast Guard Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard helicopter, and our Boeing B-29A Superfortress. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Saturday, February 15, 11am-12noon – WOMEN’S HISTORY/BLACK HISTORY: The Springfield Museums hosts a new exhibit, Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move, in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month 2020. Voices of Resilience celebrates the intersecting lives of women in Massachusetts and beyond who have changed the course of history. Through highlights of diverse “hidden figures” and narratives, this exhibition explores the collaborative and interconnected stories of social, educational, and cultural change as defined by women, women of color, and others on the move to a more inclusive and just world. An official opening of the exhibit will be celebrated today, with guest curator Janine Fondon, Bay Path Assistant Professor, and Chair of Undergraduate Communication. Tours of the exhibit will follow the opening. Springfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 11am & 1pm – BUBBLES/PHYSICS: Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer at the Berkshire Museum. Jeff will create a bubble volcano, bubble roller coaster, even a kid in a bubble, taking bubbles to the max in this one-person bubble extravaganza. He will juggle bubbles, sculpt and build with bubbles, make fog-filled bubbles, and more by mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 1-3pm – CULINARY ARTS/BUTCHERY: Pork Fabrication Class, an interactive, butcher-led demonstration. Participants will break one side of a locally raised pig, have questions answered, identify and discuss the attributes of each cut of meat, and receive pointers on how to best prepare them. In addition to instruction on seam butchery technique and whole muscle utilization, each student will take home a generous supply of mixed pork cuts. Must preregister to reserve limited space. Best for lifelong learners. Sutter Meats. 413-727-3409. 65 King St, Northampton, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 2pm – HISTORY/MARRIAGE: Join Amanda Goodheart Parks for her presentation, Sweethearts at Sea: Love & Marriage in the Age of Sail. During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging love match marriages became popular in New England society. In the 1840’s, a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships. This presentation will focus on one of these remarkable couples – Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts, using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea. Admission is free. Springfield Technical Community College. 413-781-7822. Building 2 (Scibelli Hall), Café Room 112. 1 Armory St, Springfield, MA.

Friday, February 15, 4-8pm – FOOD HISTORY/TAVERN FARE: Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooks is a class which teaches a variety of cookery techniques and lead discussions on how food preparation has changed over time, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs. In this class, Supper at the Hall Tavern, participants will prepare hearty tavern fare, including “luscious pieces” of beef or pork roasted in front of the flame, and enjoy supper by the fire. The class will be held in the kitchen of the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern that dates to 1786. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 6:30-8pm – NATIVE SPECIES/COUGARS: The Cougar Returns to the East. There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, but some are also attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as an impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy in a growing list of eastern states and provinces. Learn more in this magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. For more info at this talk, call 413-230-7321. Berkshire Community College. 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA.

Saturday, February 15, 8pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: McBride Commission Concert: Jihye Lee and the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble. This year’s composer of the 16th composition in the Jazz Commission Series is New York City-based Jihye Lee. Her 13-piece Jazz Orchestra performs her new work “Try Out,” and the ACJE performs music from Les Hooper, Gil Evans, and Peter Pan. Admission is free; no tickets are required. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College. 413-542-2199. 53 College St, Amherst, MA.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 7-8am – FAMILY RADIO SHOW: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle. Award Wining Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally! Click here select from over 13 years of archived shows! It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons and commercial radio! ♥ Hilltown Families eNewsletter subscribers are invited to an exclusive sneak peek every Thursday of the upcoming show. Check your eNewsletter to listen any time. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe to our free Weekly eNewsletter!

Sunday, February 16, 5-6:30om – COMMUNITY SING: Earthdance is holding a community sing and potluck with Penny Schultz, Earthdance co-founder. Penny brings community members together through song. She is a dynamic and energetic teacher whose love of music is infectious, and the ability to lead and teach is unsurpassed. All the songs are drawn from many different musical traditions and will be taught by rote. This event is open to all ages, engaging children in music, and singing in an intergenerational environment. Earthdance. 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA.

Sunday, February 16, 1-3pm – FIBER HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND: Fiber & Fabric in Colonial New England at Sheep & Shawl, a discussion about fiber production in Colonial New England, from the mid-18th century onward. Topics will include the steps involved in making raw wool into yarn & then cloth, flax & hemp production, & how the resulting cloth was made into clothing. Examples of typical fabrics will be on display, as well as an assortment of apparel made using 18th-century techniques. Call to reserve your seat. Sheep & Shawl. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA.


Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, February 17, 10am-12noon: CLAY/HAND-BUILDING TECHNIQUES: Using hand-building techniques kids ages 7yrs+ can participate in a clay workshop building, decorating, glazing, and firing a log cabin out of clay. Light incense and watch the chimney smoke, or a candle to light the windows. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10:30am-12:30pm – JEWISH FOLKTALES: Dreams and the Wind: Puppets, Crafts, Stories, and Songs at the Yiddish Book Center. Puppet show by Anna Sobel of Talking Hands Theatre, arts and crafts, songs and stories, and a dance party… inspired by Jewish folktales! All are welcome, and the program is free. No prior knowledge of Jewish culture or Yiddish required. Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA.

Monday, February 17, 10:30am-2:30pm – AERODYNAMICS/ORIGAMI: Can you make the perfect paper plane? Using a variety of papers and techniques, visitors to the New England Air Museum will discover the science of paper plane flight. New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

Monday, February 17, 11am-12noon – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: Records and Burpee Zoo Show at the Berkshire Museum. Meet live animals and learn about their adaptations, how they survive in the wild and the consequences of keeping wild animals as pets. All ages are welcome to attend. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.

Monday, February 17, 1pm – PERFORMANCE/PUPPETRY: The Academy of Music Theatre is bringing Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s most wildly popular story, The Rainbow Fish, to the Academy stage as part of the 19.20 Season Series. With innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, this experience is sure to be a family hit that will enchant even the youngest child with the magical glow-in-the-dark tale of the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Stay directly after the show for a Q&A session with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.aomtheatre.com or by calling the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Monday, February 17, 3-5pm – ANTI-RACISM/SELF-DISCOVERY: Family Workshop: This Book is Anti-Racist, hosted by High Five Books and Art Always. Join anti-bias educator Tiffany Jewell, author of the recently published guidebook, This Book is Anti-Racist, for a special afternoon of reflection and creation for all ages. Participants are invited to grow their anti-racist consciousness, share who they are, and start building their identity map! With their identity maps, participants can see the parts of ourselves that change over time and the parts that stay the same. High Five Books. 413-200-0197. 29 N Maple St. Florence, MA.

Monday, February 17, 7pm – FILM STUDIES/FRENCH FILM: Williams College French Film Festival presents, Jean-Philippe Gaud’s Tazzeka (2018). Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother, who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. (Artmattan Productions) – This film explores the individual complexity of the French and Francophone identity today, as well as the contemporary aftermath of France and Belgium’s colonial past. Free and open to all. Images Cinema. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-9:15pm – ART STUDIES/FIGURE DRAWING: Drop-In Figure Drawing with Cyndy Sperry & Katherine Weinstein at Bread Euphoria. This 8-week drop-in class begins with a 25-minute warm-up and then progress to longer poses. Cyndy and Katherine will take turns modeling techniques, materials, and strategies in this dynamic investigation of drawing. Both teachers have different yet complementary styles: Katherine approaches the figure more classically through line, form, and space, and Cyndy is interested in the space between the artist and their subject and the reconciliation of the 3D world with the flat plane of the drawing paper. Both are interested in developing the abstract beauty of the drawing elements. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcomed. There will be tables, drawing boards, some easels, and sometimes materials to try and share. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 10am-12noon – COLOR THEORY/ACRYLIC PAINT: In this workshop, kids ages 8yrs+ will do acrylic pour on tiles to create colorful trivets. Learn a little about chemistry and watch cells form and colors mix. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Tuesday, February 18, 1-2pm – MUSIC STUDIES/INSTRUMENTS: Berkshire Music School’s Instrument Petting Zoo at the Berkshire Museum. See, touch, play and hear a variety of musical instruments with the Berkshire Music School. All ages are welcome. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 10am-12noon: CLAY/HAND-BUILDING TECHNIQUES: Using hand-building techniques kids ages 7yrs+ can participate in a clay workshop building, decorating, glazing, and firing a log cabin out of clay. Light incense and watch the chimney smoke, or a candle to light the windows. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 10:30am – FILM STUDIES/ANIMATION: Song of the Sea (2014, Rated G, English, 93 minutes, Animated). From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated, The Secret of Kells comes a breathtakingly gorgeous, hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. As enthralling for adults as it is for children young and old, Song of the Sea is a wonder of magical storytelling and visual splendor that is destined to become a classic. Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 12-1pm – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: The Zoo Show, hosted by M. N. Spear Memorial Library. Meet and learn about wild animals! M. N. Spear Memorial Library. 413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Rd, Shutesbury, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 2:30-4:30pm – PLAYGROUP/LOCAL HISTORY: Stop by Historic Northampton for after school for games, crafts, and stories about Northampton history! Check out a big map of Northampton with historical buildings, people, and cars, all color-able with chalk. And at 3:15pm, the whole group will read a story, make a craft, play a game, or participate in an activity, all designed to help kids learn more about the history of Northampton. Free. Ages 0-10. Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street. Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3pm – BAKING/T(W)EENS: Chocolate Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug Class at the library! Health coach Julie Manning will lead participants ages 10-17 through the process of creating their own chocolate chip cookies in a mu.! All materials provided. Space is limited. Preregister 413-587-1010. Forbes Library. 413-587-1010. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3pm – MEDIA LITERACY/TEENS: Media and Recording Studio Sessions for Youth. Holyoke Media invites all youth to join the Media Literacy Studio Sessions for Youth at the Library, dedicated to creating media projects such as podcasts, videos, and music. Every Wednesday, the Library’s Teen Room is transformed into a recording and filming studio for the creation of media projects. No experience required. All youth are welcome. Holyoke Public Library. 413-420-8101. 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 3:15-5:15pm – SEWING/SUSTAINABILITY: Due to ocean currents, a massive pile of plastic debris has been forming in the Pacific Ocean. First discovered in the late 1980s, it is currently speculated that this mound of garbage is anywhere from the size of the state of Texas to the size of Russia. As plastic is tough to breakdown, the garbage patch continues to grow and wreak havoc on the ocean ecosystem. Unlike organic material, as plastic ages, it simply reduces to the molecular level but never disappears. As it gets smaller and smaller, plastic particles become ingested by marine wildlife. But the indirect effects are even more serious. On the microscopic level, the sheer amount of plastic molecules in the ocean is changing the chemical makeup of the water and spreading toxic pollution all over the world. Do your part to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean by volunteering to make durable, reusable shopping bags for members of the community to use instead of plastic bags. Join folks at the Williamsburg Senior Cafe for an intergenerational bag sew group on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month, in partnership with The Bag Share Project. Williamsburg Senior Center. 413-268-8407. 141 Main St, Williamsburg, MA.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30-7pm – MUSIC STUDIES/JAZZ: Why Duke Ellington Matters: My 40 Years in Jazz Radio,” a talk about the significance of Ellington as a jazz artist, cultural icon, and personal hero of Tom Reney, host of “Jazz a la Mode” on WFCR/NEPR and nationally recognized broadcaster and journalist. Nearly 50 years after his death, Ellington remains a major influence in jazz as a composer, pianist, and bandleader. Drawing inspiration from folk traditions, dance, and the collective memory of joys and sorrows, triumphs, and tragedies of African-American life as expressed in spirituals, work songs, and the blues, he created an enormous body of music – all cohesive and recognizable as Ellingtonia. Reney, who was 13 when he first saw Edward Kennedy Ellington in concert, will discuss how Ellington inspired his decision to pursue a career in jazz radio and journalism. Free and open to the public. Northampton Senior Center. 67 Conz Street. Northampton, MA.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 9:30am-6pm – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING/CHEMISTRY: Pick up your Passport to Chemistry Adventure at the library. Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join the Chemistry Adventure program, a collaboration with the Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department. Kids work with an adult partner who borrows individual kits from the library. At home, they complete chemistry experiments then return to the library to receive small prizes after completion. Arrive at the library to fill out a registration form and then check out a kit with the adult’s library card. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 10-11:30am – ART STUDIES/ALCOHOL INK PAINTING: In this youth workshop, kids ages 8yrs+ will use highly pigmented, alcohol-based inks to create shapes and patterns. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 12-1pm – CARTOGRAPHY/HISTORY: You’ve probably seen a map of the world, a map of your country, and a map of a shopping mall where you were trying to find the food court. But have you ever seen a map where California is an island, where Mars has oceans, or where US states have names like Cascade and Cochise? During this brown-bag lunch learning session in the Great Hall, learn why mapmakers don’t always get things right, and to try making some maps of your own. For teenagers and adults. Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 2-2:30pm – STORYTIME/MANDARIN: Bilingual Storytime: Mandarin at the Museum in the Reading Library. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 3pm – PODCASTING/TEENS: Cookies with a Curator: Teen Voices. Are you interested in learning about the podcasting boom, and how teens in our community are using the medium to share their stories? This month, join Callie from the Children’s and YA Department and local teen podcasters. Hear what they have been working on at the monthly podcasting workshops, learn about our recording equipment, and get ideas for a project of your own! For self-directed teens and lifelong learners. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 4-6pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/LEGOs: LEGOs are much more than small pieces of plastic that clutter up your living room floor and smart something awful when stepped upon with your bare feet… they are a great creative medium for kids interested in design and architecture and can help them develop their own creative stories based on characters and structures that they build. Kids ages 12 and under can have fun while constructing with LEGOs at the Gaylord Memorial Library. 413-538-5047. 47 College Street. South Hadley, MA.

Thursday, February 20, 7pm – VOTING/DOCUMENTARY:
Screening of Let the People Decide. Nowhere is American democracy more at risk than in the fairness of our elections — a concept explored in-depth in this scathing and insightful look into the attack on voting rights for African Americans in North Carolina. Following the screening will be a Q&A with filmmaker Gavin Guerra and artist Glenn Kaino. MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 10:30am – STORYTIME/LIBRARY: Family Frolic Storytime at the library! Songs, rhymes, stories, and games designed to promote early literacy. Appropriate for preschoolers; all ages welcome. Storytime is followed by an open-ended art project. South Hadley Public Library. 413-538-5045. 2 Canal St, South Hadley, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30-11:30am – STORY HOUR/RABBITS: Learn about native wildlife who share call the Connecticut River Watershed home. The program includes a story, activities, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome. Preschool yoga follows! Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

Friday, February 21, 10:30am – FILM STUDIES/ANIMATION: Screening of Aya of Yop City (2013, Rated NR, French with English Subtitles, 84 minutes, Animation). Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet. Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 21, 2pm – STORYTIME/OWLS: All About Owls Children’s Program at the library! A reading of A Snowy Owl Story by Melissa Kim and Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, accompanied by a craft activity. Best for ages 6-10. North Adams Public Library. 413-662-3133 x14. 74 Church St, North Adams, MA.

Friday, February 21, 2:30pm – ZOOLOGY/LIVE ANIMALS: Forest Park Zoo On the Go at the library! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit with animals from the Forest Park Zoo, and learn more about them! For ages 3+. Space will be limited.Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

Friday, February 21, 4-5pm – MUSIC STUDIES/AUMI: “Improvising Across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument”: A Talk by Professor Sherrie Tucker (University of Kansas). The Amherst College music department presents this special talk by jazz historian and professor of American studies, Sherrie Tucker. All are invited. Professor Tucker’s talk focuses on the work of composer, musician, and humanitarian Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), who is renowned for her innovations in composition, sound technology, research, philosophy, and practices of listening, as well as feminist and environmental humanitarian projects. Less known is her work on all-ability improvisation through the Adaptive-Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a free download/app that transforms any laptop, desktop, iPad or iPhone into a musical instrument that uses motion tracking to adapt to every body. Oliveros considered the AUMI a continuation of, not a departure from, her life’s work, listing it as her major research project with her department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in her final years. From 2007 until her passing, she spoke of the AUMI as interconnected with her other projects and collaborations intended to expand our abilities to listen, and thus to expand consciousness—such as the Sonic Meditations, Expanded Instrument System and Deep Listening® practice. Arms Music Center, Amherst College. 413-542-2000. 53 College St, Amherst, MA.

Friday, February 21, 5:30-7:30pm – CREATIVE FREE-PLAY/MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Ten Days of Play Free Community Night at the Berkshire Museum. Families are invited to explore this year’s engaging, exciting, child-directed Ten Days of Play activities free of charge. All ages welcome. Free and open to the community. Part of Ten Days of Play and Pittsfield’s Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South St, Pittsfield, MA.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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