Hilltown Families


Science Quest is an exciting opportunity for high school students to visit the UMass Amherst campus and engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and guided lab tours. All presentations are organized by UMass faculty members and designed for high school-aged students. Science Quest is a one-day free event happening in April. It fills up quickly, so Hilltown Families readers should sign up soon!

Some Book!  Some Art!: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web on View at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art hosts their newest exhibit, Some Book! Some Art! – a rare opportunity to view a selection of original illustrations by Garth Williams from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web! While many of us picture the beloved classic tale’s characters the way they look in the 1973… Read More

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst through Dec 7, 2012 When segregation was still a part of American life (and legal, too), African-American baseball players were shut out of American League baseball.  As a result, over 200 independent teams were formed, their rosters full of talented players. Today, many of these players and their teams are remembered in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s traveling… Read More

UMass’ Science Quest Saturday, October 27th Students learn about a wide variety of STEM topics in school – everything from the periodic table to the Pythagorean Theorem – but often aren’t shown the interesting, practical, and often surprising ways that STEM topics can be applied to real life! High school aged youth are invited to UMass’ Science Quest, an annual free event that offers students the opportunity to learn firsthand about science… Read More

Win a package of tickets and museum passes for a family of four… Elska Performs in Amherst The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Sunday, October 21st @ 1pm Called “the next big thing in toddler entertainment” by Red Tricycle New York, Elska brings her live show to a very special performance at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst on Sunday, October 21st at 1pm… and Hilltown… Read More

UMass Hosts Women in Engineering Career Day for Local High School Students Monday, October 29th, 2012 Historically, the field of engineering has been male dominated.  Today, however, women are breaking into engineering, computing, and other science-related professions more and more.  To promote women’s pursuits of science, technology, and engineering, UMass’ Society of Women Engineers and Women in Engineering Program host Women in Engineering Career Day! Open to young women in grades 9-12,… Read More

Growing a Model Sustainable Campus: UMass Permaculture Documentary Series UMass Permaculture Committee writes, “Together, we have the unique ability to create huge positive global transformation, and inspire more colleges and universities, towns and cities, and all communities to adopt permaculture and sustainable design principles into their Master Planning. A powerful video can sometimes be a catalyst for this kind of big change, and the goal of this entire project is to inspire… Read More

Mead Art Museum at Amherst College Presents Dance Into Art Pioneer Valley Community Celebration! Dance into art at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst!  The museum, which houses Amherst College’s art collection, is currently hosting a special exhibition featuring work from artists Robert Henri and Nick Cave, whose work explores the human form through examination of dance and movement as a form of cultural expression. The museum will host a family-friendly event… Read More

Amherst Sustainability Festival on the Town Common Saturday, April 21st, 2012 Stephanie Ciccarello, Amherst Sustainability Festival Coordinator, writes: The 3rd Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival is being held on Saturday, April 21st from 10am-4pm on the Amherst Town Common.  There’s something for everyone!  Learn how you can save money via energy efficiency in your home and/or business, learn about tree care, participate in an Eco-Hero scavenger hunt and see live entertainment, hula hoops,… Read More

Christian Folk Art from India Dec. 12th-16th, 2011 Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass The Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts’ Fine Arts Center will be hosting a show of Christian Folk Art from India opening with a reception on Monday, December 12th from 5-7pm and running through December 16th. Each piece in the collection is a painted cloth scroll depicting a Christian story or concept- the scrolls were used by… Read More

Cirque du Soleil presents Quidam The Mullins Center in Amherst, MA October 5-9th, 2011 Cirque du Soleil is coming to town with its newest arena show, Quidam, performing 7 shows at the Mullins Center at UMass in Amherst, MA, from October 5-9, 2011. Hilltown Families is partnering with the Mullins Center and Cirque du Soleil to offer one lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see… Read More

Northampton Public Schools Join Together to Make a Giant Earth Day Ball! Charlotte Causton on Northampton, MA writes: All Northampton Public Schools will work together in April to make the largest ball ever made entirely of single-use plastic shopping bags. The event will culminate on April 23rd at Northampton’s Earth Day celebration in Pulaski Park when the ball will be rolled down the streets of Northampton and into the park. In a… Read More

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