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Family Finds: Maple Days, film series, babysitting class and more

  • Woman with light bulb above head
  • Tulips
  • Harvesting sap from sugar maple tree

SEXT UP?: Zonta Club of Northampton Area has put together a free film series, “Are Your Kids Sext Up?” This series aims to build awareness and open up community discussions about teen dating violence, sexting, the sexualization and marginalization of young girls and women in videogames and more. Films include “Dreamworlds 3,” about gender violence (showing tonight); “Sexy Baby,” about teens and sexualized culture (March 26), and “Miss Representation,” about the under-representation of women in power positions (April 30, invitation only). All shown at the Unitarian Society Social Room, 220 Main St., Northampton, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more details, email Northampton@ZontaDistrict1.org.

PARENTS’ IDEA EXCHANGE: “Louder Than Moms: A Parent-Friendly Ideas Exchange,” set for Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a monthly gathering that lets stay-at-home parents and caregivers share their intellectual and professional experiences in a baby/toddler-friendly setting. This month’s topic is “Coffee Culture: The Art and Politics of the Coffee Bean,” with Jenna Gotthelf of Northampton Coffee and Professor Nola Reinhardt of Smith College. At Grow, 150 Main St., Northampton, third floor.

ST. PATRICK’S PARADE: Holyoke’s annual event will be held March 23 at noon in downtown Holyoke. The annual St. Patrick Parade Road Race will be held March 22, and features a kids’ fun run and a Mummers concert in addition to the 1 p.m. race. www.holyokestpatricksparade.com.

HINT OF SPRING: The annual spring bulb show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory opens Saturday, wowing visitors with 5,000 blooming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips. It’s on through March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

HISTORY FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: Historic Deerfield invites homeschool families to visit March 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a winter program for ages 8 and up. Participants will work cooperatively to prepare a simple lunch; learn about natural fibers and traditional textiles, and make a project to take home. Pre-registration required; fee is $25 per person for nonmembers or $20 for members. Contact Claire Carlson at (413) 775-7217 or ccarlson@historic-deerfield.org.

MAPLE SUGARING AT STURBRIDGE: See the entire sugaring process, from tapping trees to “sugaring off,” during Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village, held the weekends of March 1, 8, 15 and 22. The event includes history lessons and demos with costumed historians. The village is offering free admission for children when accompanied by one adult paying regular admission. http://www.osv.org/event/maple-days

GRIEVING TEENS: The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens in Northampton has room for a few more families with young people, ages 5 to 18, who have experienced the death of someone close. Contact Shelly Bathe Lenn: shelly.thegarden@gmail.com.

BABYSITTING CLASS: Students ages 12 to 16 learn handling, feeding, diapering, fire safety, first aid, CPR, and when and whom to call for help if needed in the Super Sitters Course offered at Cooley Dickinson Hospital March 29. Participants receive a course completion certificate. $40; register at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes.

— NICOLE CUSANO

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