Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for April 12th & 13th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for April 12th-18th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 31 Community Highlights: Pollinators to Polliwogs. Seed Bombs to Black-Out Poetry., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: April 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of 50 summer camps & programs, and for your Easter plans, Easter Events in Western MA, 2014 has you covered!

April 12th-18th, 2014

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Vernal PoolsEarth DayActivismCommunity ServiceFiber ArtsSTEMCultural StudiesPoetryNature StudiesOrnithologyArtHistoryEntomologyInternet SafetyParent Workshop

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. HFVS with Guest DJ, Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. Sunflower & Popcorn Houses
  3. Tis the Season for Vernal Pools
  4. Video Review: 525,600 Minutes of a Vernal Pool
  5. 3Rs Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for April 5th & 6th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for April 5th-11th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Ticket Giveaways, Hilltown Families Events, & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 29 Community Highlights: Food Chemistry to Period Restaurants. Edible Books to Oddball Science., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: April 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of nearly 50 summer camps & programs, and for your Easter plans, Easter Events in Western MA, 2014 has you covered!

April 5th-11th, 2014

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Animal ScienceFood StudiesAstronomyCultural StudiesLiteracySTEMMuseum AdventuresDance StudiesNature ScienceOrnithologyParent Workshops

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  1. Community Recommended Documentaries for Parents
  2. Picture Books for Spring Time
  3. Where to Get New/Used Bikes for the Family in Western MA
  4. Play Spring Walk Bingo!
  5. The Magic of Spring Peepers. The Science of Vernal Pools

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for March 29th & 30th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for March 29th-April 4th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Ticket Giveaways, Hilltown Families Events, & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 21 Community Highlights: Magic Flute to Sound of Music. Electricity to Telescope, and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: April 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of nearly 50 summer camps & programs, and for your Easter plans, Easter Events in Western MA, 2014 has you covered!

March 29th-April 4th, 2014

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Community ServiceGeologySpace/AstronomyEnvironmental ScienceAnimal StudiesSTEMHistoryOutdoor AdventuresFashion StudiesTheaterParent WorkshopMusic Studies

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  1. Recommended Fiction Titles with Autistic Characters
  2. Supporting the Creativity of Writing
  3. Picture Books for Spring Time
  4. HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)
  5. 8 Western MA Farm Programs Offer Education for Families

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for March 22nd & 23rd, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for March 22nd-28th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Ticket Giveaways & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 24 Community Highlights: Middle Eastern Textiles to Victorian Clothing. Big Band Music to Holograms., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: March 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families. For your summer plans, our 2014 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA has a list of nearly 50 summer camps & programs!

March 22nd-28th, 2014

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STEMFashion StudiesEnvironmental ScienceCulinary ArtsLocal HistoryMaple SeasonAnimal StudiesGovernmentArtDance StudiesParent WorkshopsMusic StudiesWritingFilm/Video

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Volunteer with Gray House in Springfield
  2. Seasons at Our Table: Maple Sugar
  3. Maple Dessert to Follow a Spring Dinner
  4. Language Play: 22 Apps that Increase Children’s Vocabulary
  5. HFVS Classical Music Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for March 15th & 16th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for March 15th-21st, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Accordion Books to Togas. Vernal Equinox to Maple Syrup., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: March 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsWant to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

March 15th-21st, 2014

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Maple SyrupSTEMImmigrationSt. Patrick’s DayPurimCultural StudiesOutdoor AdventuresAnimal StudiesSpring EquinoxLiteracyTheater/MusicalsParent WorkshopsCrafts

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)
  3. Local Camp Director Gives Pointers on How to Select a Summer Camp
  4. Citizen Scientists Wanted to Monitor Plants as the Seasons Change
  5. Let’s Play: Books and Creative Free Play

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for March 8th & 9th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for March 8th-14th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Shadow Puppets to Sewing Machines. Fiddle Music to Cheese Caves., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: March 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsWant to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

March 8th-14th, 2014

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Puppet ShowsLiteracyWomen’s History MonthOutdoor AdventuresMusic StudiesHistory of Writing/PrintingCollaborative ConsumptionTeen/HistorySTEMSports HistoryTheater/MusicalsParent Workshops

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Encouraging Responsibility in Kids
  2. HFVS Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)
  3. “This Day in History” Video Series
  4. Q&A: Dining Together as a Family
  5. Kids Can Curate an Exhibit for The Clark

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for March 1st & 2nd, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for March 1st-7th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 21 Community Highlights: Tap Dance to Folklore. Tulips to Trees., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: March 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsWant to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

March 1st-7th, 2014

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Literacy/ArtLocal History  ♦ Performing ArtFolkloreHuman StudiesBotanyDendrologyFood StudiesScience & SustainabilityMaple HistoryAstronomyParent WorkshopsEngineering

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 22nd & 23rd, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 22nd-28th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 31 Community Highlights: Shaker Inventions to Turkish Coffee. Telescopes to Architecture, and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsWant to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

February 22nd-28th, 2014

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HistoryBirds of PreyFilm StudiesNature StudiesSTEMEntomologyCultureFood StudiesArchitectureBlack History MonthParent Workshops

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 15th & 16th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 15th-21st, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements & Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 26 Community Highlights: Chain Reactions to Aviation. Candy Land to Medieval Feasts., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Summer Camps in Western MassachusettsWant to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

February 15th21st, 2014

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Animal TrackingMusic StudiesHistoryWolvesSTEMMuseum AdventuresCreative Free PlaySnowshoe Hikes

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 8th & 9th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! Best Blog is listed under the “Information Age” category. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 12th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors Here’s the link to vote: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot.

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 8th-14th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 40 Community Highlights: Valentine’s Day to Black History Month. Creative Free Play to Chemistry., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Want to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

February 8th-14th, 2014

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Creative Free Play Community Service/Animal WelfareSportsValentine HistoryLocal HistoryNature StudiesOutdoor AdventuresSTEMBaking ♦  Valentine’s DayBlack History MonthParent Workshops

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 1st & 2nd, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! Best Blog is listed under the “Information Age” category. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 12th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors Here’s the link to vote: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot.

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 1st-7th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Thumb Piano to A Cappella. Telescopes to Time Travel., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: February 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Want to advertise your event, open house, camp, volunteer opportunity or announcement with Hilltown Families. Find out about our enhanced publicity options and about our Summer Camp promotion! Great ways to reach thousands of families living throughout the region while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families!

February 1st-7th, 2014

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SportsMusic StudiesLiteracyImmigrationAstronomyNature StudiesOutdoor AdventuresNew England HistoryCommunity ServiceValentine’s DayOrnithologySTEM/Physics

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 25th & 26th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! Best Blog is listed under the “Information Age” category. Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 12th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors Here’s the link to vote: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot.

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 25th-31st, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 21 Community Highlights: Rainforests to Surface Tension. Bread Baking to Ice Harvesting., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: January 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

January 25th-31st, 2014

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ScienceHistory/FurnitureTheater/PuppetryTransportation/RailroadsEcology/RainforestsDance/CultureFilm StudiesPastry Arts/BreadArt StudiesHistoryBook GroupsParent WorkshopsEarly Literacy

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 18th & 19th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014! Best Blog is listed under the “Information Age” category.  Deadline to cast your votes is Feb 12th by 12noon. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors Here’s the link to vote: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot.

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 18th-24th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including:

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 23 Community Highlights: California Gold Rush to Garland Dancing. Spirituals to Spoken Word., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: January 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

January 18th-24th, 2014

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HistoryCultural StudiesOutdoor AdventuresArts & CraftsAnimal StudiesMartin Luther King, Jr.Civic EngagementSTEMParent Workshops

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 11th & 12th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 11th-17th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families’ Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 18 Community Highlights: Firefighters to Hibernation. Contemporary Art to Marshmallow Catapults., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: January 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

January 11th-17th, 2014

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STEMAnimal AdvocacyImmigrationCreative Free PlayHistoryPsychologyNature StudiesParent WorkshopsCommunity ServiceContemporary Art

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 4th & 5th, 2014

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 4th-10th, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Hot Chocolate Saturdays to Cuban Culture. Houses on Main Street to Space Studies., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: January 2014, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

January 4th-10th, 2014

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Outdoor Adventures/HikingCultural Studies/Cuba  ♦ Local History/StockbridgeCommunity Service/Animal WelfareSTEM/ChessParent WorkshopsAstronomy

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  1. Kids Becoming World Citizens: Recommended Reading
  2. Q&A: Let’s Talk Bedtime
  3. 3 Soup Recipes for Winter
  4. The Struggle of Winter Wear
  5. Recommendations for Indoor Places to Host a Winter Birthday Party

HILLTOWN FAMILIES SPONSORED EVENTS

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 28th & 29th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for December 28th, 2013-January 3rd, 2014 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 23 Community Highlights: Peter Rabbit to Cinderella. History of Calendars to History of New Year’s Eve., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: December 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families through the end of the year.

December 28th, 2013, – January 3rd, 2014

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Outdoor AdventuresFoodHistoryNew Year’s EveSTEMFamily PerformancesAstronomy

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Q&A: 14 Recommended Websites by Western MA Parents
  2. 10 Tips on Setting Technology Limits for Your Family
  3. Q&A: Where to Enjoy Hot Chocolate in Western MA
  4. 20 Recommendations for Keeping the Family Entertained in Subzero Weather
  5. HFVS Doo-Wop Episode with Guest DJs, Michael & Tony Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 21st & 22nd, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for December 14th-20th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Winter Solstice to Christmas. Mummers’ Play to Flash Mob., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: December 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2013 for a comprehensive list covering all four counties in Western MA!

December 21st-27th, 2013

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Chorus & CarolingWinter SolsticeEuropean HistoryMYO CraftsWinter PoetryAnimal TrackingLEGO Block PartyMuseum Adventures


Tree LightingsSantaHoliday StrollsMYO GiftsCaroling/Choral MusicHanukkahChristmasKwanzaaWinter Solstice

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012
  2. 9 Resources for Surviving & Thriving the Winter in Western Massachusetts
  3. Searching for Nests & Animal Tracks in Winter
  4. Christmas Morning Clean-up: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
  5. Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield Hosts Interactive Web Site for New England History

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 14th & 15th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for December 14th-20th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Balsam Fir to Flatware. American Indian Cuisine to Cotillions., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: December 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2013 for a comprehensive list covering all four counties in Western MA!

December 14th-20th, 2013

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Citizen ScientistOrnithologyNature StudiesDendrenology  ♦ Historical TradeChristmas HistoryMusic HistoryCreative Free PlayLocal History Tree LightingsSantaHoliday StrollsMYO GiftsCaroling/Choral MusicHanukkahChristmasKwanzaaWinter Solstice

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Spread the Bread: Community Service from Hearth & Home
  2. Get Crafty with the Kids & Spread Holiday Cheer in Your Community
  3. Let’s Play: Stories from Family Holidays to Inspire Creative Free Play
  4. DIY: Repurposed Planters for Paperwhites For Giving
  5. 6 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 7th & 8th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for December 7th-13th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 21 Community Highlights: Yuletide to Colonial Christmas. Jane Austen to Charles Dickens., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: December 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2013 for a comprehensive list covering all four counties in Western MA!

December 7th-13th, 2013

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Holiday HistoryAnimal StudiesSocial JusticeLiteratureLocal HistoryNature StudiesCultural StudiesPerformance ArtParent Workshops Tree LightingsSantaHoliday StrollsMYO GiftsCaroling/Choral Music ♦ HanukkahChristmasKwanzaa ♦ Winter Solstice

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  1. The Christmas Spider & the Legend of Tinsel
  2. The Little Drummer Boy: A Story of Humanity & Kindness
  3. Spread the Bread: Community Service from Hearth & Home
  4. Get Crafty with the Kids & Spread Holiday Cheer in Your Community
  5. 6 Holiday Podcasts from the Hilltown Family Variety Show

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENTS

GIVEAWAYS

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Nov. 30th – Dec. 1st, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 30th-December 6th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 17 Community Highlights: Colonial Christmas to Taiping Rebellion. Birds of Prey to Honey Bees., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: December 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2013 for a comprehensive list covering all four counties in Western MA!

November 30th-December 6th, 2013

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Colonial HistoryOrnithologyCultural StudiesLocal HistoryEntomologyAstronomyParent Workshops

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Ice Skating in Western Massachusetts
  2. Locally Grown Christmas Tree Farms
  3. Horse-Drawn Sleigh & Hayrides in Western MA
  4. 12 Musicians Share Strategies on How to Get Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments
  5. Three Programs Kids Can Use to Learn How to Create Video Games

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 23rd-29th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 23rd-29th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 26 Community Highlights: Violins to Locomotives. Thanksgiving to Hanukkah., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

November 23rd-29th, 2013

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HistoryNature StudiesArtisan TradeMuseum AdventuresTheaterGovernment StudiesPresidential StudiesHanukkahMusic StudiesCultural Studies ♦  Black Friday Alternatives

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. 4 Books that Explore the History of Thanksgiving
  2. Music Trekking: Games and Music for Hanukkah
  3. 19 Recommended Chanukka Books for Kids
  4. Thanksgiving Stories for Vegetarian Families
  5. 25 Recommended Pizzerias in Western MA

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 16th & 17th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 16th-22nd, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Families Events, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 27 Community Highlights: Unquomonk Mountain to Ice Glen. Medieval Music to Rock ‘n’ Roll., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

November 16th-22nd, 2013

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Animal StudiesLocal HistoryNatural HistoryMusic StudiesPresidential HistoryCultural StudiesArtWomen’s HistoryCommunity ServiceParent Workshop

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Under the Hat: All About Guitars
  2. New Book by Louise Erdrich Continues the Story of An Ojibwe Family
  3. Postcards: A Pint-Sized Geography Lesson
  4. Kettles Full of Apple Chutney!
  5. HFVS with Guest DJ, Dennis Caraher (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 9th & 10th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 9th-15th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Handmade Craft Fairs, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Ichnofossils to Illumination. Shoes to Soap., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

November 9th-15th, 2013

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GeologyImmigrationNature ScienceHistoryMYO GiftsCulinary ArtsAgricultureCommunity ServiceCommunity MealsOutdoor AdventuresCultural StudiesParent Workshop

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Q&A: Natural/Homeopathic Remedies Readers Recommend for Teething
  2. Social Learning Made Easy with Sophia
  3. Build a Gingerbread Home to Benefit Habitat for Humanity
  4. Let’s Play: Simple Play at the Table
  5. Seasons at Our Table: Harvest Season

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 2nd & 3rd, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 2nd-8th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Parents’ Night Out Promotion, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 22 Community Highlights: Chrysanthemums to Bubbles. Opera to Beatles., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: November 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

November 2nd-8th, 2013

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Science ♦ Plant StudiesHistoryStorytellingApparel ♦ Music StudiesOrnithologyHikingBiologySTEM Art HistoryParent Workshops

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Q&A: 18 Recommended Winter Resources & Activities for Families with Special Needs in Western MA
  2. Lesson Songs: Teaching Kids Manners, Hygiene and Healthy Eating
  3. HFVS Jazz for Kids Episode with Guest DJ, David Tobocman (Radio Show/Podcast)
  4. Anthologies on Parenting Kids with Special Needs
  5. Teaching Peace in the Berkshires

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 26th & 27th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 26th-November 1st, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our list of Halloween Events in Western MA, 2013!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 32 Community Highlights: Frankenstein to Ghost Tours. Museum Adventures to Musicals., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 26th – November 1st, 2013

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Nature StudiesMusic/Film StudiesCulinary ArtsAstronomyAnimal StudiesCemetery ToursCultural StudiesMusicals/TheaterMuseum AdventuresFarmingSciencePlant Studies

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Rag Shag Parades – A Western MA Tradition
  2.  Day of the Dead is Celebrated in the Hilltowns
  3.  Video: The Chemistry of Candles
  4.  DIY: Mexican Sugar Skulls
  5.  DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 19th & 20th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 19th-25th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 29 Community Highlights: Witches Butter to Apple Cider. Beatbox to Native American Flute., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 19th-25th, 2013

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Fall HarvestLandscape/HistoryAnimal StudiesLiteracyCultureCemetery ToursParent WorkshopsCommunity ServiceScienceCommunity Meals

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. One Clover & A Bee: Poetry for Halloween
  3. 8 Halloween Costume Safety Tips
  4. Packaging Girlhood: Halloween & Girls
  5. What’s the Alternative to a Sexualized Halloween Costume? Make Your Own!

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Columbus Day Weekend

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 12th-18th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Barns to Trolleys. Canoeing to Storytelling., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 12th-18th, 2013

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PollinatorsLocal HistoryIndustryAnimal StudiesStorytellingCanoeingFoodMedieval HistoryCultureScience

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. 10 New Picture Books for Halloween
  2. Our Daughters: 5 Ways To Talk With Your Daughter About Technology
  3. Q&A: Home Remedies for Colds and Flu
  4. Lloyd Miller Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)
  5. Family-Friendly Farms for Pumpkin Pickin’ in Western MA

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 5th & 6th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 5th-11th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 33 Community Highlights: River Cleanups to Storytelling. Russian Food to Apple History., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: October 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

October 5th-11th, 2013

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Natural HistoryIndustryEnergyCommunity ServiceLiteracy/StorytellingFire SafetyLocal HistoryCultural StudiesFood HistoryScienceParent Workshops

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. HFVS Library Cat Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. Q&A: What Are the Going Rates For a Mother’s Helper or Babysitter?
  3. 5 Ways to Enjoy Shorter Days with Less Light
  4. The Holyoke History Walk: A Virtual Tour of the City
  5. Let’s Play: Alternate Identities

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 28th & 29th, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 28th-October 4th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 28 Community Highlights: Hoosac Tunnel to Comet Ison. Community Meals to Local Gardens., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 28th-October 4th, 2013

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Local HistoryClimate ChangeLiteracyScienceIndustryAstronomyMusic & ArtGardeningAnimal StudiesCommunity MealsParent Workshop

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Two Fall Soups for Chilly Autumn Nights
  2. Bring a StoryWalk to Your Neighborhood
  3. 8 Ways to Make Math Fun at Home
  4. 15 Recommended Activities Grandparents Can Do With Their Grandkids in Western MA
  5. HFVS Lucky Diaz Guest DJ Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 21st & 22nd, 2013

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 21st-27th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Featured Community Building Events, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 22 Community Highlights: Chinese Moon Festival to Tibetan Sand Mandalas. Arugula to Grapes., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 21st-28th, 2013

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History & Local CulturePollinatorsLanguage ArtsPlant & Nature StudiesHistoryAstronomyCultural StudiesLocal Food

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. HFVS Autumn Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)
  2. Local Hilltown History Website is Now “Live”
  3. Citizen Scientists Track Owls in Massachusetts
  4. Tips for a New School Year
  5. Q&A: Where to Pick Local Pears?

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