Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
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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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.
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On Saturday, Sept 3rd starting at 8am – AGRICULTURAL FAIRS: Take your pick from agricultural fairs happening throughout the region in Blandford, Northampton, and Spencer. ($)
On Sunday, Sept 4th from 10am-6pm in the Pioneer Valley – CULTURAL STUDIES: Spend a day in Armenia at St. Mark Armenian Church! All day there will be food, cultural demonstrations, and a boutique of items imported from Armenia! This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in and learn about the Armenian culture. 413-783-5793. 2427 Wilbraham Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
Also on Sunday, Sept 4th at 1pm in the Hilltowns – COMMUNITY BARBECUE: The 41st annual Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters’ Barbecue is this afternoon! The event takes place behind the Shaw Memorial Library- enjoy some delicious food and support an important part of the community! 312 Main Street. Plainfield, MA. ($)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
On Saturday, Sept 10th from 10:30am – 2pm in the Pioneer Valley – ANIMAL STUDIES: How do beaks help birds to snatch up worms for dinner or sip on drops of water? Are they made out of bones or cartilage? Why are they pointy? Learn all of these things and more today at the Great Falls Discovery Center! Kids can learn through crafts, games, stories, etc. all about bird beaks! 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)
On Sunday, Sept 11th from 12noon-7pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: St. George Cathedral hosts a traditional Greek Glendi! There will be all things Greek- music, dancing, food, games, family activities, art, and more! 413-737-1496. Main, Plainfield, and Carew Streets. Springfield, MA. (FREE)
CIRCUS ARTS CLASSES: A new session of weekday kid’s circus classes will begin on September 12th at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton. We will work on trapeze, fabric, juggling, tumbling, human pyramids, tight wire, rolla bolla, globe and more. Circus is a great way to increase self esteem, have fun, get in shape, improve focus and learn new skills. Classes for students new to circus will be held on Tuesdays (Ages 5-7, 4-5pm and ages 8+, 5-6pm). A teen class will be held on Thursdays (ages 12-15, 5-6pm). Continuing students are able to choose from classes on Thursdays (age 5-7, 4-5pm), Level 2 classes on Monday (ages 7-11, 3:30-4:30pm), or the Level 3 classes on Mondays & Wednesdays (ages 8+, 4:30-6pm). Registration is available online at www.showcircusstudio.com.
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POST-IRENE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Mary Vilbon, Executive Director of SFABA writes: “The Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (SFABA) has been meeting with West County business owners over the past several days to coordinate volunteers, help identify specific needs, and connect businesses with local, state, and federal resources. If your business has a particular question, specific need, or if you or someone you know would like to volunteer please call the SFABA at 625-2526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to assist you within our capacity.”
FREE COOKIES: Bread Euphoria in Haydenville is having a back-to-school special event: Sept. 6-9, every child who comes to Bread Euphoria will receive a free cookie. Stop in after school for a tasty treat for the kids while picking up dinner for the family (and delicious pastries for the next morning!) 413-268-7757. 206 Main St. Haydenville, MA www.breadeuphoria.com
Suzi Kingsley Day writes, “Ashfield Needles and Threads is working in collaboration with Share the Warmth to host a Free Clothing Exchange–a community hand-me-around to facilitate Recycling, Reusing, Sharing and Happiness! Scheduled for Saturday, September 17th from 9am–2pm in St. John’s Corner House on Main St. in Ashfield. Drop off clean clothes and shoes in excellent condition—all seasons and sizes– in the foyer of St. John’s Church on the corner of Main and South St. between the afternoon of Sunday September 11th and the night of Friday September 16th. Folks can come pick out some clothes whether they brought any to share or not. Bring family and friends and reusable shopping bags. Leftover items will be redistributed through Share the Warmth and the Salvation Army.”
COMMUNITY SERVICE: If you love books, love reading, and love the library, then the Greenfield Public Library is looking for you! The library’s Homebound Delivery Program is looking for volunteers to help deliver library materials to homebound patrons so that they too can enjoy the numerous resources that the library has to offer! Volunteers are paired individually with homebound patrons (effort is made to make a good match!) – this is an opportunity to create a relationship with a community member, as well as provide a much needed service. For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Jane Buchanan at 413-772-1544 x 110.
HUNGER ACTION MONTH: September is Hunger Action Month, and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is working hard to rally communities and continue to fight against hunger. The food bank provides resources for how families can get involved on their website (for example, a “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar) and also holds the Fork it Over for Food campaign, a program that encourages restaurant patrons to donate money to the food bank after their meals. The food bank also organizes Will Bike 4 Food, another fundraising event. Volunteers are needed to help with this event in particular, especially to drive the bike route and check on cyclists (provide water, replacement gear, etc.), help set up/take down the event, and to provide healthcare (nurses and EMT’s). For more information on how to volunteer for the event or how to get your family involved in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, visit www.foodbankwma.org.
SOAP BOX DERBY: The Montague Soap Box Derby is coming up! The race takes place on September 17th, and there are age brackets for kids ages 8-12, 13-19, and 20+. Carts must be homemade, contain at least three wheels, and have no motors or any other means of propulsion. The race takes place on the hill at Unity Park, with older ‘kids’ (adults) beginning at the top and younger kids starting further down. For information about how to enter the derby (or just to find out where the best place to be a spectator may be!) visit the derby’s website at www.montaguesoapboxraces.com.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: Back-to-School
Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:
- Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
- On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
- Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!