January 17: Learn, Play & Grow, 9:30 a.m., snow theme, hands on activities and crafts geared toward children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, sponsored by Agawam Family & Community Program, meet in the lower level of Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., Agawam, FREE. Registration appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 17: Brown Bag Movie Matinee, noon - 2 p.m., BYO lunch and enjoy a screening of Abominable, Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, FREE.
January 17-20: Downtown Ice Invasion, ice sculptures on display throughout Downtown Springfield, see link for locations, FREE.
January 18: Mass Audubon Slideshow & Hike, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 45 minute slide show teaching about animal tracks and clues followed by a nature walk in nearby Audubon Cold Brook Sanctuary, Sandisfield Public Library, 23 Sandisfield Road, Sandisfield, FREE.
January 18: Tracking Animal Signs at Laughing Brook, 10-noon, learn to read tracks and signs left by animals, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Main Street, Hampden. Admission: $8/person (registration required -- use link to register).
January 18: Hike the Sanderson Brook Falls, 10 a.m. - noon, be prepared for ice, snow and mud, dogs welcome, meet at the parking lot on Route 20 across from Bannish Lumber, Chester, FREE (but donations always welcome).
January 18: Community Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., hands-on art projects, performances, photo booth, refreshments, more, Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street, Northampton, FREE.
January 18: Who's Been Here: A Tracking Adventure, 10:30-11:30 a.m., investigate the mysterious signs that wildlife leave behind through stories, crafts, and exploring outside, geared toward ages 3-6, siblings and friends welcome, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, FREE.
January 18: Pioneer Valley Women's March, noon - 3 p.m., gathering & pre-rally begins at 11 a.m. at Northgate Center, 1985 Main St., Springfield, step off at noon, rally at 1 p.m. at Springfield City Hall, FREE.
January 18: Pinecone Nature Crafts, noon - 1:30 p.m., create your own pinecone forest animals, Visitor's Center, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough, FREE.
January 18: Sunset, Cider-Sip and Sing-Along, 4-5:30 p.m., enjoy local cider, create a new year's intention, and enjoy the sunset, Visitor's Center, Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough, FREE.
January 18: Owl Moon, 5-7 p.m., celebrate Jane Yolen's Owl Moon with a puppet show, take a night time nature walk, call for owls, hot cocoa and more, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. Admission: $8/person (registration required -- use link to register).
January 18: Midnight Madness Skate, 10 p.m. - midnight, glowsticks available, Amelia Park Arena, 21 South Broad St., Westfield. Admission: $10/person.
January 20: Community Open House, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., check out a class, use the pool, more, see link for schedule, YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St., Westfield, FREE.
January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., music, dance, spoken word, Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, FREE.
January 20: Martin Luther King Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., see link for scheduled activities, all ages welcome, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, CT, FREE.
January 20: Help Make Muck Shoes for Child Refugees, noon - 2 p.m., no experience necessary, all ages welcome, see link for helpful materials to bring, Beula Jean's Boutique, 2 Jabish St., Belchertown, FREE.
January 20: MLK Day Celebration, noon - 3:30 p.m., Afro-American heritage walking tour, social justice community workshops, more, Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton, FREE.
January 20: The Force Skate, 1-5 p.m., Star Wars themed skate, character meet and greet, inflatable light sabers to first 100 admissions, Interskate 91 South, 2043 Boston Road, Wilbraham. Admission: $9/person, $5/skate rental if required.