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September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox! Come to the UMass Sunwheel at sunrise and sunset to witness the first of each for the new season. Learn about astronomy, the seasons, and the sunwheel by viewing this exciting event.

What is “spirit of place?” Can you identify it in your backyard? How about in historic landscapes? UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting the traveling exhibition, “A Genius For Place,” this spring, featuring photographs of North American landscape designs from the “Country Place Era.” Take in the exhibit, learn about the history of the estates featured, and ask yourself questions about the spirit of these places, your place, and how it may influence landscape architecture to amplify natural elements.

Asian Studies Supplemented in the Pioneer Valley Exhibit, Educator Workshop, Guided Tours, Performance Art & Free Family Day Educational opportunities are numerous over the next few months for those interested in teaching and learning about Asian art!  The Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, MA will be opening a new exhibit on Asian art beginning February 1st through May 26th, 2013.  Titled, Collecting Art of Asia, the exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary… 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 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

Four Western MA College’s Host National Girls and Women in Sports Day Title IX, the law that made sex-based discrimination in school sports illegal, turns 40 this year!  Young women can celebrate their equality by participating in National Girls and Women in Sports Day at a local Western MA college campus!  The national event takes place on February 1st, but local colleges are hosting their own special days in the weeks before… 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

Win Free Tickets to See DAN ZANES AND FRIENDS: FAMILY DANCE PARTY At the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA SHOWTIME: Friday, October 23rd at 7pm Family Fun Pre-Show Party begins at 6pm Hilltown Families and the UMass Fine Arts Center have partnered up to offer a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Dan Zanes and Friends: Family Dance Party at the Fine Arts Center Concert… Read More

Autumnal Equinox Sunrise & Sunset Gatherings at the UMass Sunwheel in Amherst, MA The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining Dr. Judith Young of the U.Mass. Dept. of Astronomy to watch the Sun rise and set over the tall standing stones in the U.Mass. Sunwheel for the Autumnal Equinox of 2009. The sunrise and sunset events will be held on both Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 22… Read More

Cirque du Soleil: Alegría (tickets) We’re very excited to be able to offer a family 4-pack of free tickets to see the Alegría, a Cirque du Soleil classic and an internationally acclaimed production that has entertained more than 10 million people worldwide since its world premiere in Montreal in April 1994. Alegría will be performing 8 shows at the Mullins Center at UMass in Amherst, MA, from September 16-20, 2009. Tickets range… Read More

Brittni Reilly of Amherst, MA writes: This year, UMass Amherst is hoping to join together the larger Pioneer Valley Community to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd, 2009) with festivities, workshops, information sessions, a keynote speaker, and community building. We are hoping to recruit people engaged in progressive, environmentally responsible projects working towards the greater goal of sustainability in the Pioneer Valley. We are having a preliminary meeting this Friday  (March 27th, 2009)… Read More

Congratulations to Tom Adams of Williamsburg, MA on winning a family 4-pack to see Saltimbanco. Tom and his family will receive four tickets to see the Premiere Night performance on September 3rd at 7:30pm at the Mullins Center at UMass in Amherst, MA. We had an amazing local response to this week’s contest! It was a pleasure to be able to offer tickets to such an amazing performance. Check back with us… Read More

Saltimbanco—from the Italian “saltare in banco,” which literally means “to jump on a bench”—explores the urban experience in all its myriad forms: the people who live there, their idiosyncrasies and likenesses, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the street and the towering heights of skyscrapers. Between whirlwind and lull, prowess and poetry, Saltimbanco takes spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city.

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