Celebrating the New Year with Your Family in Western MA

Celebrating the New Year

Hilltown Family Variety Show New Year’s Day Peace Episode: A New Year’s Day episode with music about both world and inner peace for the New Year. Music by Babtunde Olatunji, Cat Stevens, Elizabeth Mitchell, Sweet Honey in the the Rock, Michelle Shocked, Pete Seeger and many other amazing musicians. – Story: Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story” off of Peace in the World Smiling.

It’s the last day of the year! There are a number of community events families can join in today to celebrate the last day of the year while ushering in the new year!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

If you’re looking for a fun Parents’ Night Out instead? Check out Popcorn Noir’s Glitter Ball in Easthampton

Other New Year’s Eve highlights include magician David Hall at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, New Year’s Eve kid-friendly celebration at Chandler’s Restaurant in South Deerfield, celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation in Springfield, and museum adventures at MASS MoCA in North Adams and Old Sturbridge Village.  Find out all the details on these New Year’s Eve happenings HERE.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

On New Year’s Day, there are First Day Hikes in Goshen and Pittsfield, and more museum adventures as previously mentioned in North Adams and Sturbridge.  Also, churches throughout the Pioneer Valley will be letting the beautiful sound of bells ring out through the crisp air in remembrance of Lincoln’s landmark policy to end slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation. Come out to hear the bells ring, or celebrate in your own home by ringing bells and learning together about the history surrounding the proclamation and the changes that it brought to the country.

Suggested Events for December 29th, 2012-January 4th, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

Saturday, Dec. 29th 11am and 2pm - CHILDREN’S THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents, “Pinkalicious!” at the Berkshire Museum!  The show is a musical stage adaptation of the book of the same name, and is about a little girl learning how to exercise her self control!  Pinkalicious loves anything pink, but her special favorite are pink cupcakes – and, despite her parents cautioning, she eats so many that she turns pink!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($$)

Sunday, Dec. 30th from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Springfield MuseumsWacky Week comes to an end today, as kiddos head back to school tomorrow.  Special events and activities for the day include a chance to make silly finger puppets, family science adventures (11am-2pm), New Year’s mask-making, and a performance from BubbleMania!  BubbleMania: Effervescent Entertainment is filled with comedy and wit, and will teach audience members all about the amazing magic of bubbles – all to a soundtrack of swing music!  800-625-7738.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Saturday, January 5th from 1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Northfield Mountain host Winter Trail Days for families with older children interested in trying snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing for the first time.  Free 45 minute clinics are being offered to first time skiers or who have never tried to ski. Equipment provided.  Pre-registration required by calling 1-800-859-2960.  99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA (FREE) 

Sunday, January 6th at 6:30pm – THREE KINGS DAY: Celebrate Three Kings Day at the 40th annual caroling event at the Red Lion Inn!  The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception will lead visitors in Christmas carols on the steps of the inn, and the event will also include treats for all.  413-298-3691.  30 Main Street.  Stockbridge, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jan 5

Pioneer Valley Ballet will present its spring production of The Little Mermaid on April 6th and 7th at Northampton’s historic Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA. Auditions will be held at the PVB studio at the Eastworks Building (116 Pleasant St.) in Easthampton on Saturday, January 5th for boys and girls ages 5-12yrs. Roles include pearls, crabs, sea horses, starfish and water sprites No dance experience necessary. Please visit www.pioneervalleyballet.org for registration information and audition times, or call the studio at 413-527-6363. Dancers with pointe experience, please contact the studio for additional audition schedules.

Jan 9

Interested in Jewish education? Looking for a progressive school with stellar teachers, vibrant community, and a values-based curriculum? Come to LGA Schechter’s Community Tour for Prospective Parents on Wednesday, January 9th, 9-10:30am. Visit classrooms. Speak with current parents, students, teachers and administrators. Learn what an LGA education is all about! Contact Principal Marcia Holden at mholden@lgaschechter.org or call 413-584-6622 to RSVP — or set up an individual tour on another day. Lander Grinspoon Academy is a Jewish day school located at 257 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA. For more info visit www.lgaschechter.org.

ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT OR VACATION WEEK CAMP: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your holiday event, open house, afterschool class, homeschool program, community celebration, workshop, school, or business featured here in the bulletin board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how we can help with your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

JOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com

Hilltown CDC is hosting a Community Development Forum on Monday, Jan 14 at 1pm at their offices in Chesterfield, MA. Hilltown residents are invited to come discuss housing needs, senior center needs and a variety of social service needs including the Hilltown Elder Network, the Health Outreach Program for Elders, the Food Pantry, and needs for young families including Child Care subsidies and Families Together. Do you have concerns about, compliments for or ideas on how to improve any of these programs in the Hilltowns? Do you have new ideas to share that could be developed further? All ideas are welcome. RSVP to Dave at 413-296-4536 x118 by Jan. 9. If you are unable to attend, you can still send feedback via email to davec@hilltowncdc.org.

Catherine Wolkowicz writes, ” A hilltown family has a personal connection to the tragedy in Sandy Hook. I have a connection. My sister, her first grade son and husband live there. They were lucky. If there is such a thing for any child who attends Sandy Hook Elementary School.” … Read Catherine’s letter to our community and about the Sandy Hook First Grade Survivors Fund she has established.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 29th, 2012 – January 4th, 2013

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Berkshire Family Fun

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Suggested Events for Dec 31st-Jan 6th, 2011

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Suggest EventIf 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout Western Massachusetts while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

Western MA Family Friendly Events for New Year's Eve

On Saturday, Dec 31stNEW YEAR’S EVE: There are a number of activites families can enjoy for New Year’s Eve together, including First Night Northampton and Holyoke. We have featured five family friendly New Year’s Eve events here, or you can scroll down to see all that’s happening on the last day of 2011.

On Sunday, Jan 1stNEW YEAR’S DAY: Start 2012 of with a First Day Hike with the family in Williamsburg, Goshen or Lanesborough!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, Jan 7th from 10am-12noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: Look for wildlife tracks and learn to identify who the visitors have been today in the Hoosac Range! The Bekshire Natural Resources Council is hosting a morning of outdoor exploration where kids can learn about the critters they share the region with. Route 2. North Adams, MA. (FREE)

On Sunday, Jan 8th at 3pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Tanglewood Marionettes perform “The Dragon King” at Berkshire Trail Elementary School! The show tells the tale of a wise grandmother who ventures to the bottom of the sea to find the dragon king and convince him to return to land- it is colorful and visually stimulating! Sponsored by the Cummington Family Center. 2 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (DONATION)

BULLETIN BOARD

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM: Start the New Year off right with a commitment to your family’s health & wellness! Beginning Jan 24th, Craig Fear of Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy will be offering a 12-week group wellness/weight loss program rooted in local and traditional foods in Easthampton. GET AT THE ROOTS isn’t just about weight loss, it’s about getting the body healthy without dieting or calorie restriction. It can help parents not only with their own health issues but also with their children’s health. Many kids health issues such as ADHD, obesity, depression & allergies can be helped via nutrition. Anyone with a chronic health challenge will benefit! For more info visit www.pvnutritionaltherapy.com. Contact craig@pvnutritionaltherapy.com 413-559-7770.

APPLICATIONS WELCOMED: Accepting applications for fall 2012. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 245 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich, traditional curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts daily. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information on how to apply, financial aid, our upcoming Kindergarten Open Houses, or to arrange a visit to campus, call 413-774-7061 www.bement.org.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. See your event, camp, workshop, business featured here in the bulletin board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and eNewsletter! Find out more about our Enhanced Publicity options and how we can help with your marketing.

JOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including DIY posts, seasonal cooking, and community-based educational opportunities. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

ADOPTIVE FAMILIES TOGETHER: AFT is a supportive network of adoptive parents who share combined experiences and information to strengthen their families and adoptions. Services include; facilitated monthly support groups for adoptive parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents as well as adult adoptees and birth parents, educational trainings, online discussion list, books and pamphlets, and workshops for adopted children. For more informationcontact Lori Baeumler 617-587-1522 or lbaeumler@mspcc.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
Dec 31st- Jan 6th, 2011

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Keeping the Roads Safe For Families on New Year’s Eve with Dial-A(Free)-Ride

A Safe Way to Get Home New Year’s Eve
Community Partners Sponsor “Dial-A-Ride”

For residents in the Pioneer Valley who need a free ride home this New Year’s Eve, Dial-A-Ride will again be available.

The United Way of Pioneer Valley is once again teaming up with Yellow Cab Company of Springfield, Williams Distributing, and Rock 102/Lazer99.3 to offer the Dial-A-Ride program.

The program begins on New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m. and continues through 6 a.m. New Years Day.

During these hours, Yellow Cab will offer a free ride home to anyone in their service area. The Yellow Cab number is 739-9999.

The Dial-A-Ride program seeks to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents in the Pioneer Valley during the New Years Day holiday, encouraging Pioneer Valley residents to make the right choice and get home responsibly.

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