SUGGEST AN EVENT
If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending.
HALLOWS’ EVE EVENTS
Loads of events for families this Friday night. Click here to see our listed of Friday events.
CAMPAIGN FOR A COMMERCIAL-FREE CHILDHOOD: Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO screen time for children under the age of 2? And that the Boston-Based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood successfully filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission forcing companies to stop claiming that videos are educational for infants, resulting in a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD in the last five years.
- SAVE THE DATE: CHARLES NEVILLE, ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO PERFORM: Third and four grade students attending Gateway elementary schools will hold a concert on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Huntington, MA. At 7 p.m., Charles Neville will perform with The Skeletones, and will do a couple of numbers with the children.
WORKSHOP ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: The Gateway Family Center in Huntington, MA is offering Caro Lambert, a Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist from Lambert Speech and Language on Tuesday, November 24 at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Family Center. Lambert will give a workshop for parents on the typical developmental stages and ages for acquiring speech and language skills, as well as warning signs. Activities to promote speech, language, feeding and oral motor development will be discussed. Free and open to the public. Please register with Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 3 or email at email@example.com
- FOOD SECURITY: The Central Connecticut River Valley Institute (“CCRVI”) will be taking the next step in its Shelburne Falls Food Security Project this fall and winter. They will be creating a set of standard designs for small, family-oriented, perennial food garden plots which can be easily used by families wishing to create their own perennial food garden. More info HERE.
WEST COUNTY RESILIENCE CONVERSATION: The next meeting is on November 3, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Shelburne Senior Center, 5 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. They will be discussing and planning our group’s future directions. Among the topics we’ll discuss: Reskilling, West County Time Bank, Outreach and Education, Ideas for a Resiliency Fair, List of Resources and Next steps. More info HERE.
- HOMESCHOOL: Homeschool Fall Fair will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2009 in Arlington, MA. More info HERE.
- SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events. Serious inquiries can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
RAG SHAG PARADES ON HALLOWEEN
- Ashfield, MA Parade kicks off at 6:15pm from Neighbor’s and ends up at the fire station for donuts and cider.
- Cummington, MA Parade begins at 5:45pm at Berkshire Elementary School on Main Street.
- Conway, MA Parade at 6:30pm.
- Plainfield, MA Followed by bonfire.
- Florence, MA Gather at 5:30pm at Triangle Park. Parade kicks off at 6pm. Free and open to all. Kids will march from Trinity Row Park to the Civic Center for costume judging and treats.
- Shelburne Falls, MA Parade marches over bridge. Gathers around 5:30pm, but not confirmed.
- Westhampton, MA Gather in the Hampshire Regional parking lot at 6:15pm.
- Williamsburg, MA 6:00pm starting at Mill Street and ending at the Williamsburg Fire Station for games and refreshments.
- Worthington, MA Rag Shag Review a the town hall at 7pm.
- 10am – HALLOWEEN EVENT / PERFORMANCE: On Halloween morning, Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen presents “CELLOMAN” at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Using music, masks, storytelling and humor CelloMan brings music to young listeners in a dramatic and imaginative way. Yo-Yo Ma said “”Hooray for you, Eugene, and for ‘CelloMan!’ I really love the ideas you present, and the creative ways you have stretched the limits of the cello to engage the audience’s imagination.” www.celloman.com, www.nohoarts.org 413.584.7327 Northampton MA
- 10am-1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / PET: “Dog-O-Ween” will be at the Eastfield Mall. Bring your four legged friends for a day of doggie games, a costume contest and more! All dogs must be leashed and friendly while in the mall, event proceeds benefit Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. 413-543-8000 Springfield, MA (FREE)
- 10am-2pm – CARNIVAL: All are invited to come and join the fun with kids games and activities on The Common School campus for the Children’s Carnival. Day will include games, activities and Spooky Cafe for yummy food. www.CommonSchoolCarnival.com (413) 256-8989 Amherst, MA
- 11am – HALLOWEEN EVENT / PARADE & STORYTIME: Halloween Costume Parade and story-time at the Odyssey Bookshop. www.odysseybks.com (413) 534-7307 South Hadley, MA
- 11am-1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT/ FUNDRAISER: The Prison Birth Project to host final Secret Café Brunch: Fresh local food, music by Rusty Belle and family friendly fun, bike powered hayrides by pedal people! all for a good cause. email@example.com (413) 320-4717 Northampton, MA
- 12:15pm & 2:20pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / TRAIN RIDE: Halloween trains at Berkshire Scenic Railway. Get into the “spirit” with our fun Halloween Trains! Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular time riding the rails with our friendly witches – each child receives a free small pumpkin after the train ride. Regular fares apply. No advance reservations required. Again on Halloween. Lenox, MA
- 1pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Halloween Gallery Quest at MASS MoCA. Tour guides take kids on an exploration of the spooky parts of our 19th century factory campus and exhibitions. Along the way we’ll create Halloween-themed art projects and we’ll cap off our adventure with a fall feast of apple cider and cider doughnuts. Halloween costumes encouraged! This event is geared towards kids ages 6–12 and their adult companions. Up to 2 adults can attend the quest for free with each child. Space is limited, reserve in advance by calling 413.MoCA.111 firstname.lastname@example.org North Adams, MA
- 1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Meet Barry Moser and Denise Doyen at the Eric Carle Museum. Once Upon a Twice offers a jabberwocky-inspired, glorious, nonsensical text by Denise Doyen and masterful illustrations by renowned artist, Barry Moser. Join them both at The Carle as they share this cautionary tale and the story of how the book came to be. (413) 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA
- 3-5pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / NATURE STUDIES: Haunted Hawleyween: Festive and Educational Event for the Whole Family at Kenneth Dubuque State Forest on West Hawley Road. There will be games, treats and forest adventures – help the animals of Hawley rescue their treasure. Open to all ages. Hawley, MA
- 4-6pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT: – The Witches Ball for Kids at Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle. Mrs. Claus hosts the Witches Ball! Enjoy kid’s karaoke, pumpkin decorating, and up close creepy crawlers provided by Teaching Creatures! Buffet menu served, and a guest appearance from Santa! Trick or Treating in Yankee Candle Village until 6pm! Enjoy a Halloween buffet. (413) 665-1277 South Deerfield, MA
- 5-8pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT / HAUNTER THEATER: The Academy of Music presents A Haunted Theater. Visitors, if they dare, will be guided through rarely seen, labyrinthine parts of the building, including under the stage that hosted many renowned performers, including the late Harry Houdini. Check out the ballerina, sitting in a dressing room, gravely injured as she applies the finishing touches on her makeup. The Wicked Witch of the West may make an appearance, along with the Phantom of the Opera, of course, a circus performer or two. Part of the event’s proceeds will be benefiting the Northampton Education Foundation. Scenes may be too frightening for children under 8 years of age. 413.584.9032 Northampton, MA
- 7pm - HALLOWEEN EVENT / HAYRIDE: McCray’s Farm and Country Creamery will have a Haunted Hayride. Zombies are on the prowl for the 19th “Anniverscary” of the Monster Mash Haunted Hayride at McCray’s Farm. Rides start at 7 p.m. and end when the last rider runs screaming. South Hadley, MA
- MEDITATION: Meditation Course for Children. An introductory one-day meditation course for children ages 8 to 12 at the Vipassana Meditation Center. (413) 625-2160 x313 www.dhara.dhamma.org Shelburne, MA.
- 2pm – PERFORMANCE ART / DANCE: Members of six area dance companies and schools present their semi-annual benefit performance for the Northampton Center for the Arts. The dance concert features Academy of Ballet Arts, Hilltown Dance Center, New England Dance Quarters Performance Troupe, Northampton School of Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, and Terpsichore Ensemble. 413.584.7327 http://www.nohoarts.org Northampton, MA