Weekly Suggested Events for Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2020

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Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities

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Featured Sale: 20% off all craft items!

Stuck inside? Learn something new with Oak Meadow’s Thanksgiving craft sale! From November 27-31, save 20% on craft items, craft kits, gifts, games, and resources in their online bookstore. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow offers hands-on, Waldorf-inspired crafts items that are great for children and parents alike. Mix up your learning from home routine with new craft activities, or create some kid-made gifts for the holiday season! Shop the weekend after Thanksgiving at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

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Featured Giving Opportunity

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Toys for Tots Toy Drive on Friday, November 27, 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a youth in need, and receive free admission to the NEAM for children up to age 14. The museum will be collecting toys from Nov 27-Dec 12 to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate by way of a new toy. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm & is the largest aviation museum in New England. It comprises three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships & flying machines to supersonic jets & helicopters. For more info & directions, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located within Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Join the Pioneer Valley Symphony on Saturday, December 12 at 7pm for its 2020 Virtual Holiday Concert on Zoom. During this festive and family-friendly annual tradition, participants will sing and play along to holiday classics, hear fond memories from PVS ensemble members, and enjoy beloved Christmas and Hanukkah music together. The interactive program will feature compilations from the PVS Orchestra and Youth Orchestra and the world premiere of the ‘Winter Wonderland’ Virtual Choir Project. Tickets are $15 and available on the PVS website. Free passes to all PVS programs are available through a partnership with over 25 local libraries. Contact your local library for details. For more information email admin@pvso.org.

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Virtual Holiday Concert

FEATURED HOLIDAY EVENT

A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store has unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Find fun jigsaw puzzles for adults, science kits for kids, games for the whole family, baby & toddler toys, and just fun & cool stuff you won’t find anywhere else! Shop in-store or online with their full inventory range. (Over 8,000 products!) They offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping anywhere in the USA! Find them at 57 King Street in Northampton, MA, or online at A2ZScience.com!

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Shop in-store or online!

FEATURED LOCAL TOY STORE

This holiday season, surprise the music lover on your list with virtual music lessons. For a limited time, Community Music School of Springfield gift packages feature buy-4-lessons get-1-free pricing! Choose a Trial Lesson Package for someone who wants to get a feel for high-quality music lessons using CMSS’s state-of-the-art virtual platform. Or new this year, if your loved one is ready to commit to ongoing lessons, you can LOCK IN discounted pricing for the rest of the school year (this translates to 4 free lessons, and payment plans are available). Perhaps you have a little one at home this year – Enroll in any Prelude Preschool of the Arts remote programming in Nov or Dec and get a host of add-ons for free! Visit CMSS online to learn more.

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Give the Gift of Music!

FEATURED VIRTUAL MUSIC LESSONS

Giving Tree School. Gill, MA. Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition, accepting children ages 2.9-5. For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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Giving Tree School in Gill, MA

FEATURED PRESCHOOL

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Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA.

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Preschool Directory

Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA

List of Weekly Suggested Events

EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise” @ Forbes Library

STORYWALK. dawn to dusk. Family Self-Guided Story Walk

HIKINGMass Audubon Hike-a-thon 

HOLIDAYS. Festival of Trees: Legends of the Berkshires 

CHRISTMAS/SANTAChristmas Tree Trolley with Santa 

FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival 

ART STUDIES. 9am. HENRI MATISSE ONLINE: Painting with Scissors 

HISTORY/NEW ENGLAND. 10am. 17th-Century Life w/Historic Deerfield 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAYS. 5pm. NightWood, A Sound & Light Experience at The Mount 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Winterfest & the Tunnel of Lights 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Light Up the Franklin Cty Fairgrounds

Self-Directed Learning:
ART STUDIES/FAUVISM

ART STUDIES/HENRI MATISSE
9am. Painting with Scissors 

Self-Directed Learning:
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

FILM STUDIES
2020 NY Cat Film Festival

EVENTS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise”

STORYWALK. dawn to dusk. Family Self-Guided Story Walk

HIKINGMass Audubon Hike-a-thon

 FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival

GEOLOGY. 9am. Geology of the Pioneer Valley

GUIDED WALK. 11am. Guided walk through the Mittineague Park Interpretive Trail. Email the names of participants: parkandrec@tows.org. 

FLORAL DESIGN/WREATHS. 2pm. Online Wreath Classes Via Zoom 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAYS. 5pm. NightWood, A Sound & Light Experience at The Mount 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Winterfest & the Tunnel of Lights 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Light Up the Franklin Cty Fairgrounds

SENSE OF PLACE. 7pm. Virtual Campfire Gathering

Self-Directed Learning:
GEOPHYSICS

LOCAL GEOLOGY
9am. Geology of the Pioneer Valley

Self-Directed Learning:
ART STUDIES

NORMAN ROCKWELL
Norman Rockwell Museum Curriculum Lab

EVENTS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020

FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival 

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY. 9am. Virtual Stuffed Animal Sleepover 

MUSIC & MOVEMENT. 10:30am. Sing With Your Little Ones with Wendy & Anna Plummer 

NUTRITION/COOKING. 12:30pm. Learn to Cook Virtually Alongside a Dietitian 

NATURE-BASED LEARNING. 3:30-5pm. Afterschool Outside: Grades 3-5 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

STEM/CODING. 5:30pm. Learn to Code on Scratch 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 6pm. Full Moon Meander

PARENTING TRAINING/ANXIETY. 6pm. How to help kids with anxiety.

LAND MANAGEMENT. 6:30pm. Managing Forestland: From Acorns to Ancients 

BOOK DISCUSSION. 7-8:30pm. “The Hate U Give” with the New Salem Public Library

 FILM STUDIES. 8pm. Far Out Film Discussion – Virtual: A Zed & Two Noughts

Self-Directed Learning:
LOCAL HISTORY

LOCAL HISTORY
12/1, 6:30pm. Quabbin Reservoir

Self-Directed Learning:
COMPUTER SCIENCE

CODING
11/30, 5:30pm. Learn to Code on Scratch

EVENTS FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise” @ Forbes Library

FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival 

ORNITHOLOGY. 9am. Neotropic Birding Adventures: Colombia

PARENTING. 9-10:30pm. Parenting for Beginners 

FIBER ART/KNITTING. 12:30pm. Knitting with Northampton Wools  

BILINGUAL/CONCERT. 2pm. 123 Andrés LIVE Bilingual Concert for Families 

STEM. 3:30pm. STEAM Grow N Glow Terrarium (K-Gr 2) 

STORYTIME. 4-4:30pm. Storytime: “Whose Shoes?” 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

CULINARY ARTS. 5pm. Cooking Class: Learn to Make Gnocchi! 

MUSIC STUDIES/DRUMMING. 5:30pm. West African & Caribbean Drum and Song Class 

ART STUDIES/PASTELS. 6pm. Pastel Painting Workshop with Gregory Maichack 

DIVERSITY/RACIAL JUSTICE. 6:30pm. Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Address Implicit Bias 

LOCAL HISTORY. 6:30pm. Quabbin Reservoir

STEM/CODING. 6:30pm. Learn to Code 

MARINE BIOLOGY. 6:30pm. Virtual: Kenya: Humpbacks not Lions (grades 6-Adult) 

ART STUDIES. 7pm. Museum Of Bad Art: Tough Times – A Bad Day to Dystopian Apocalypse

Self-Directed Learning:
CULINARY ARTS

PASTA
5pm. Learn to Make Gnocchi!

Self-Directed Learning:
MARINE BIOLOGY

HUMPBACK WHALES
6:30pm. Kenya: Humpbacks not Lions

EVENTS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise” @ Forbes Library

FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival 

ART STUDIES/STUDIO TOUR. 10am. Virtual Studio Tour

NATURE-BASED LEARNING. 10am-12pm. Junior Discovery Days

STORYTIME. 10am. Storytime with the Naturalist 

LITERACY/STORYTIME. 10-10:30am. Story Time Online with Meghan 

FIBER ARTS/KNITTING. 12-1pm. Knot Just Knitters

INDIGENOUS AMERICAN. 2pm. Indigenous Bear Teachings Webinar 

LABOR STUDIES/WOMEN’S HISTORY. 2pm. Anna Sullivan: Labor’s First Lady in Western MA 

WORLD STUDIES. 3-4pm. VIRTUAL: World Traveler’s Club 

LITERACY/STORYTIME 4pm. J is for JAM & JELLY Story Hour 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

LITERACY/STORYTIME. 4-4:45pm. Cushman Library Story Hour 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

PEDAGOGY. 5pm. Education Now 

ART STUDIES/BLM. 5:30pm. Curriculum Takeover for Black Lives Matter 

MUSIC STUDIES/CLASSICAL. 7pm. Hidden Figures: Classical  

YOGA/TEENS. 7-8:15pm. Yoga for Teens Series (ONLINE) 

FILM STUDIES/ANIMATION. 7pm. Pixar Animation Artist 

MUSIC STUDIES/UKULELE. 7pm. The Ukulele Scramble 

MUSIC STUDIES/BACH. 7:30pm. Entering Bach’s World 

ART STUDIES/STUDIO TOUR. 7:30pm. Virtual Studio Tour 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE. 7:30pm. Book Group: “The Souls of Black Folk” 

CHANUKAH/CULINARY ARTS. 8pm. Virtual Chanukah Cooking Class 

CULINARY ARTS. 9:30pm. Learn the Art of Sauce Making

Self-Directed Learning:
CULINARY ARTS

CULINARY ARTS
9:30pm. Learn the Art of Sauce Making

Self-Directed Learning:
MUSIC HISTORY

CLASSICAL MUSIC
7pm. Hidden Figures: Classical

EVENTS FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise” @ Forbes Library

FILM STUDIES2020 NY Cat Film Festival 

NATURAL HISTORY/TRACKING. 9:30am. Eco-Quest Discovery 

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY. 10am-12pm. Junior Nature Play

NUTRITION/CULINARY ARTS. 12pm. Healthy Cooking Demos 

U.S. HISTORY. 12:15pm. Museum a la Carte Zoom 

MUSIC STUDIES/OPERA. 4pm. Exploring Opera: Jewish Treasures  

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5pm. NightWood, A Sound & Light Experience at The Mount 

GARDENING. 6:30-7:30pm. Ecological Gardening 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7pm. Crows, Ravens, & Winter Roosts 

THEATER STUDIES. 7:30-8:30pm. The Amplifier: Immersive Digital Theatre Project Launch 

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY. 8pm. Around the World Cooking Class 

CULINARY ARTS. 9:30pm. Learn How to Cook – French Bistro

Self-Directed Learning:
ANIMAL STUDIES

ORNITHOLOGY
7pm. Crows, Ravens, & Winter Roosts

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD STUDIES

NUTRITIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY
8pm. Around the World Virtual Cooking Class

EVENTS FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2020

STORYWALK. Dusk-Dawn. “A Hat for Minerva Louise” @ Forbes Library

HISTORIC TRADES. 9:30am-4:30pm. Branches of Woodworking: Labor, Learning & Livelihood, 1760-1860 

NATURE-BASED LEARNING. 10am. Learning with Nature 

HISTORIC TRADES. 10am-4pm. Interpreted Broom Making 

SINGING/INTERGENERATIONAL. 10:30-11:30am. Friday Family Sing 

PLANT BIOLOGY. 11am. Broadleaf Evergreens 

CULINARY ARTS. 12pm.  Pepin Lecture: Cook, Taste, Learn 

MUSIC STUDIES/HIP HOP. 12-1pm. How Hip Hop Became Hit Pop 

HEALTH & WELLNESS/CHILDHOOD ANXIETY. 1pm. Helping Children  

LIVING HISTORY. 3-8pm. Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village 

PARENTING WORKSHOP. 4pm.  Handling Anxiety in the COVID-19 Era 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4-9pm. Holiday Light Display at Look Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:30-8:30pm. Winterlights at Naumkeag 

TREE LIGHTING. 4:30pm. Virtual Lighting of the Merry Maple 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 4:45-8:45pm. Bright Nights at Forest Park 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5pm. NightWood, A Sound & Light Experience at The Mount 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Winterfest & the Tunnel of Lights 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS. 5-9pm. Light Up the Franklin Cty Fairgrounds  

THEATER STUDIES. 7pm. Facing the Future: Climate Change Theater 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION. 7-8:30pm. Ninja Night at Roots Gymnastics 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. Scott Sanchez, Classical Guitarist

Self-Directed Learning:
MUSIC STUDIES

HIP HOP
12-1pm. How Hip Hop Became Hit Pop

Online and in-person events and resources shared above are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.

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

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