Autumn Bucket List for Western MA

32 Community Highlights: Frankenstein to Ghost Tours. Museum Adventures to Musicals.

Mount Cemetery in West Chesterfield, MA. [Photo credit: (c) Sienna Wildfield]

Frankenstein to Ghost Tours. Stargazing to Birdwatching. Simple Machines to Science LabsMuseum Adventures to Musicals.

These are just a few of the community learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlights this week are Cemetery Tours! While touring a cemetery around Halloween might fit well into a spooky themed community event, nearby cemeteries are great places to learn about local history and the lives of those who have lived here before us. Interpreters can share the history of the cemetery and the roles the departed may have had on the settlement and growth of the area. Here are several upcoming walks happening during the Halloween season…


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


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29 Community Highlights: Witches Butter to Apple Cider. Beatbox to Native American Flute.

Great weekend to carve a pumpkin for Halloween! Where’s your favorite place to PYO pumpkins in Western MA?  Click here to share your recommendations.

Witches Butter to Apple Cider. Bear Hole to Old Burying Ground. Beatbox to Native American Flute.  Community Service to Community Meals.

These are just a few of the community learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is Archeology Day with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in Deerfield on Saturday, October 19th. Families can learn about local history and local archaeological digs by taking part in an archaeological tour of the historic village, searching for artifacts in a mock dig site, attending a lecture on digs that have taken place at the former site of the Pocumtuck Fort, or visiting a display of artifacts that have been recovered from two local sites – Sanford Tavern and Taylor’s Fort. These free activities are not only fun for the entire family, but they give visitors of all ages to learn about local history and discover how archaeology has shed a light on life in the past here in Western Massachusetts.


Fall HarvestLandscape/HistoryAnimal StudiesLiteracyCultureCemetery ToursParent WorkshopsCommunity ServiceScienceCommunity Meals


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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!

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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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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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Lui Collins' Upside Up Music

20 Community Highlights: Barns to Trolleys. Canoeing to Storytelling.

Ashfield Fall Festival

Ashfield Community Preschool alumna volunteer at the Ashfield Fall Festival, helping to raise funds for the preschool!

Barns to Trolleys. Matcha to Blueberries. Honey to Bread. Canoeing to Storytelling.

These are just a few of the community learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is Art Walk Easthampton.  The theme this month is “Know Thy History,” and it happens on Saturday evening. The art on display at participating venues will be supplemented by several historic walking tours, reenactments, tours of the Old Town Hall, and historic exhibitions throughout town. These free events include: a half-mile guided walking tour with a focus on Samuel and Emily Williston; performances of “Weird and True Stories of Easthampton,” or stories taken from newspaper clippings and transformed into live reenactments by the Easthampton High School Drama Club; and special visiting hours at the Easthampton Historical Society.


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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!

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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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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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33 Community Highlights: River Cleanups to Storytelling. Russian Food to Apple History.

Orchard Ladders in Deerfield, MA

Apple orchard ladders in Deerfield, MA. Take your kids apple picking this weekend!  See where our readers recommend in our post, Where’s Your Favorite Apple Orchard in Western MA? (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Talc Mines to Papermaking. River Cleanups to Storytelling. Russian Food to Apple History

These are just a few of the community learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is at the Keep Homestead Museum in Monson. There will be a free talk entitled “How the Apple Changed America and How America Changed the Apple” by Russell Steven Powell, a New England apple expert, on Sunday afternoon, October 6th. Powell will discuss the history of apples around the world and how America has cultivated many of these to form a “melting pot” of apples. He will also discuss heirloom apple varieties and the history of New England orchards.


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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!

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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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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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28 Community Highlights: Hoosac Tunnel to Comet Ison. Community Meals to Local Gardens.

Hoosac Tunnel to Comet Ison. Plein Air Painting to Piano Music. Community Meals to Local Gardens.

These are just a few of the community learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week about monarch butterflies and their annual migration at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Saturday morning. Monarch enthusiast John Bowe will teach about the monarch life cycle and migration route. Those who attend may even get to see monarch caterpillars or butterflies out in the field! Then on Sunday, discover the busy and exciting lives of squirrels and chipmunks at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. There will be crafts, a story, games, and a chance to go outside and see these small mammals prepare for winter. Both events are best for kids ages 4-12.


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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!

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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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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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22 Community Highlights: Chinese Moon Festival to Tibetan Sand Mandalas. Arugula to Grapes.

Want to improve your foraging skills and learn about wild edibles? Blanche Derby is leading a free wild edible workshop on identifying, collecting, and preparing wild edibles this weekend.

Honeybees to Wild Edibles. Chinese Moon Festival to Tibetan Sand Mandalas. Arugula to Grapes

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is part of the Trustees of Reservation’s “Fall Food on the Farm” workshop series in Holyoke.  On Saturday morning, September 21st, the series will feature the life cycle of the spinach plant and include a lesson on pollination, in addition to some real-life farm experience planting spinach and harvesting arugula. The workshop will wrap up with a lesson in culinary arts that utilizes the harvested food: in this case, arugula and cheese quesadillas!


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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 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 September 14th-20th, 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: Coffee to Silk. Watercycles to Watersheds., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 14th-20th, 2013

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. 7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
  2. Recommend an Educational Podcast or Website for Families
  3. Q&A: Where’s Your Favorite Apple Orchard in Western MA?
  4. Featured Video: Reflections of Motherhood
  5.  Music Worth Adding to Your iTunes Children’s Mix

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22 Community Highlights: Coffee to Silk. Watercycles to Watersheds.

Coffee to Silk. Watercycles to Watersheds. Literacy to STEM

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week takes place in the Hilltowns at the Becket Arts Center. Nationally-renowned storyteller Judith Black will perform a free preview of “Our Heritage To Save” on Wednesday afternoon, September 18th. This is a story of 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad, a passionate Confederate supporter, and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in the Yankee-occupied town of Collierville, Tennessee in 1863 – revealing a different perspective on the events surrounding the Civil War.


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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 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 September 7th-13th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Autumn Bucket List!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: Monarchs to Macroinvertebrates. 19th-Century Chores to Food Traditions., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

September 7th-13th- 2013

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Entomology ♦  Transportation History ♦  Archeology ♦  Culinary Arts & Food History ♦  Fashion ♦  Storytelling ♦  Immigration Studies ♦  Cultural Celebrations ♦  Ornithology ♦  Colonial History

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. 5 Solutions to Packing a Waste-Free Lunch
  2. 6 Back-to-School Lunch Ideas
  3. How to Get Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments
  4. Q&A: Temper Tantrums… What to Do?
  5. Western MA Folk Remedies for Wellness

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20 Community Highlights: Monarchs to Macroinvertebrates. 19th-Century Chores to Food Traditions.

Pictured here are Hilltown Families’ volunteers at The Food Bank of Western MA last September. Join The Food Bank this Sunday, September 8th in Hatfield for a Family Volunteer Day.

Monarchs to Macroinvertebrates. 19th-Century Chores to Food TraditionsIntergenerational Story Swap to Nature-Based StoryWalk

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is service based learning at The Food Bank of Western MA. On Saturday, September 7th, Hilltown Families and Whole Foods in Hadley are hosting a Kids’ Day of Community Service, gleaning left over organic vegetables at Atlas Farm to donate to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. With 100 folks signed up to help, the event is full on Saturday; however, on Sunday, September 8th, The Food Bank is holding Family Volunteer Day in Hatfield for family members of all ages – even toddlers can help out! Activities include touring the Food Bank warehouse, sorting food (including organic vegetables gleaned the day before), educational opportunities for kids, a screening of the documentary A Place At the Table, and more. It is important that kids understand the value and importance of volunteering and community service, and this is an excellent opportunity to give them some hands-on experience volunteering to help improve food security for area residents. This free all-ages event shows that no one is too young to start making a difference in their community.


Entomology ♦  Transportation History ♦  Archeology ♦  Culinary Arts & Food History ♦  Fashion ♦  Storytelling ♦  Immigration Studies ♦  Cultural Celebrations ♦  Ornithology ♦  Colonial History


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Suggested Events for September 7th-13th, 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

Have you checked out Art in the Orchard in Easthampton yet? It’s definitely a must see! Take your family this weekend for a celebration of art & farming!

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BULLETIN BOARD

Sep 7

JOURNEY, a wordless picture book by local author/illustrator Aaron Becker, celebrates its debut with a behind the scenes look at the book making process this September at the Hope and Feathers gallery in Amherst. Come help kick things off with the artist on Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm with a wine and cheese affair. The show includes sketches, watercolor tests, book dummies, and final artwork from the New York Times Best Selling picture book. Prints, cards, and signed copies of the book are also for sale. Come see what all the buzz is about! Hope & Feathers is located at 319 Main Street in Amherst. 413-835-0197. A special reading and slide show will precede the event at the Amherst Jones Library at 2pm.

Begins Sep 9

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in our Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to our Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

Sep 10

Amherst Montessori SchoolAmherst Montessori School has September openings for children ages 15 months – 3 years in the Toddler or La Casita Spanish Toddler programs. Featuring music, movement, and outdoor play daily in a nurturing, child-centered environment. Full- and part-time schedules available. Scholarships available. Open House on September 10th from 10-11:30am at 27 Pomeroy Lane in Amherst! For more information please call Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at 413-253-3101 or email lmiller@amherstmontessori.org.

Begins Sep 13

Prenatal Yoga Class in Northampton starts Sept 13th. Courtney Hill Wulsin will be teaching a Prenatal Yoga class on Fridays from 11:30-12:30 at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Free for members and only $10 drop-in for non-members. No yoga experience necessary and all stages of pregnancy welcome. In addition to being a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Courtney is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist specializing in Women’s Health and the birthing year. She is also a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. This class is ongoing and anyone is welcome to drop in without registration at any time. Mats and props are provided. If you have any questions you can call 413-303-1246 or visit www.windowofheavenacupuncture.com.

Sep 13

Volunteers in Northampton Schools (VINS) Back to School Event is Friday, September, 13th! Are you available to give 1-2 hours a week of time to Northampton public schools? Join VINS for a meet and greet gathering – returning and new volunteers welcome! This event will cover some of the basics about VINS and get into detail about volunteer opportunities in the schools. Where: Forbes Library Community Room (downstairs/ Children’s Library). Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Light morning refreshments will be available. To RSVP, email or call vinsvolunteer@gmail.com / 413-587-1332. Find VINS on Facebook, too! Volunteers in Northampton Schools, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1981.

Sep 14

Pioneer Valley Ballet is pleased to announce auditions for The Nutcracker are being held on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Children ages 4.5 – 12 are invited to audition and play a role in PVB’s 35th anniversary production. Unique to the region, PVB’s community productions include dancers from the community, PVB students, and professionals. Roles include Reindeer, Angels, Gingerbread, Party Children, Fleur, and Candy Canes. Auditions are held at Pioneer Valley Ballet, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton on Saturday, September 14 beginning at 10:30am. Registration forms are available online and in PVB’s studio. For more info: pvb@pioneervalleyballet.org or 413-527-6363.

Begins Sep 21

Jacob Fine writes,ALMA is a fresh approach to Jewish education for youth and families. We believe that Jewish tradition has the potential to add profound meaning & richness to our lives and be a force for positive change in our world. We believe that our students must genuinely enjoy themselves in order to learn & develop the love of Jewish life that we aspire to impart. We work hard to create a culture that is joyful, where our students feel respected & not stifled. ALMA provides engaging communal experiences that inspire & support youth & families to cultivate increasingly meaningful and joyous Jewish lives. We bring Torah to life through engaging each student’s mind, body & soul. For information contact rabbijacob@cbinorthampton.org.”

3D Mammograms at Cooley Dickinson. 3D mammograms offer more detail and earlier cancer detection. And 3D mammograms are now offered at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Mammography is the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when a cure is most likely, the prognosis is better and the treatment choices are greater. 3D mammography, also known as Breast Tomosynthesis, was pioneered at Massachusetts General Hospital and is the latest advancement in breast cancer detection in more than 30 years. Is it time for your mammogram? Get a 3D mammogram exam. To schedule an appointment, call 413-582-2101 (Northampton) or 413-253-8062 (Amherst).

Dec 6-8

The LEGO® KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center from December 6-8. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends and LEGO Games, group builds such as Creation Nation, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space. There are five identical sessions available. Tickets are $18 for kids and $20 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

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POSTPONED – BENEFIT CONCERT: The Connecticut River Watershed Council presents “Source to Sea with Robin & Linda Williams,” a benefit concert to support the 17th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Featuring Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion playing “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk and acoustic country” music. Pat and Tex LaMountain of Greenfield will open. Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets $15 all seats, for sale at World Eye Books, Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books, online at www.ctriver.org/news-events/concert or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. – POSTPONED


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 7th-13th, 2013

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Labor Day Weekend, 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 August 31st-September 6th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Bulletin Board Announcements, Hilltown Family Variety Show: Back to School Episode and our Bucket List of Summer Activities!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community Highlights: West African Drumming to Greek Dancing. Stockbridge Mohicans to Victorian Technology., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: September 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Q&A: Organic PYO Apples in Western MA
  2. Suggestions & Recommendations for Back-to-School
  3. 16 Picture Books That Celebrate Apples!
  4. Language Play: 5 Useful Apps That Help to Promote Speech & Language Skills
  5. Let’s Play: Collages

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20 Community Highlights: West African Drumming to Greek Dancing. Stockbridge Mohicans to Victorian Technology.

West African Drumming to Greek Dancing. Bridges to Comets. Stockbridge Mohicans to Victorian Technology

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is chess! Research shows that, when played from a young age, chess can be beneficial to a child’s learning and development. The game requires the use of high-order thinking skills, such as weighing actions and consequences, and helps players practice decision making. The Susan Polgar Foundation offers a page of information on this topic. If your child is interested in learning to play chess or is in need of new people to play with, there are opportunities to do so locally throughout the school year at various libraries. On Friday afternoon, September 6th, youth ages 7 and up can go to the West Springfield Public Library to improve their chess skills by playing against other kids. This is a great way to make new friends while working your way up to becoming a chess master! For an intergenerational chess experience, drop in chess is organized on Saturdays from 1-3pm at the Forbes Library in Northampton. Check with our local library to see if they too offer chess opportunities for youth and adults!


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Suggested Events for August 31st-September 6th, 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

Enjoy a community meal this weekend in the Hilltowns! The 43rd Annual Plainfield Firefighter’s Barbecue is on Sunday, Sept 1st behind the Shaw Memorial Library. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up in September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

BULLETIN BOARD

Begins Sep 4

The Center School‘s new pilot preschool has two openings available (start date, Sept 4) in Greenfield. One opening is full week, full time. The other slot is full day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classroom will have six children, aged two to five years. The lead teacher is Amy Jackson. Amy started at the Center School as an intern from Antioch University’s Masters in Education Program. In her time at the school she has served in classrooms, taught in the school’s Afterschool programs, run camps, and run a small daycare program for staff children. Amy is an extraordinarily warm-hearted, energetic, and nurturing teacher. For program information, please email info@centerschool.net or call 413-773-1700 ex1.

Sep 7


JOURNEY, a wordless picture book by local author/illustrator Aaron Becker, celebrates its debut with a behind the scenes look at the book making process this September at the Hope and Feathers gallery in Amherst. Come help kick things off with the artist on Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm with a wine and cheese affair. The show includes sketches, watercolor tests, book dummies, and final artwork from the New York Times Best Selling picture book. Prints, cards, and signed copies of the book are also for sale. Come see what all the buzz is about! Hope & Feathers is located at 319 Main Street in Amherst. 413-835-0197. A special reading and slide show will precede the event at the Amherst Jones Library at 2pm.

Begins Sep 9

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in our Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to our Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

Sep 10

Amherst Montessori School has September openings for children ages 15 months – 3 years in the Toddler or La Casita Spanish Toddler programs. Featuring music, movement, and outdoor play daily in a nurturing, child-centered environment. Full- and part-time schedules available. Scholarships available. Open House on September 10th from 10-11:30am at 27 Pomeroy Lane in Amherst! For more information please call Laura Miller, Director of Admissions, at 413-253-3101 or email lmiller@amherstmontessori.org.

Begins Sep 13

Prenatal Yoga Class in Northampton starts Sept 13th. Courtney Hill Wulsin will be teaching a Prenatal Yoga class on Fridays from 11:30-12:30 at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Free for members and only $10 drop-in for non-members. No yoga experience necessary and all stages of pregnancy welcome. In addition to being a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Courtney is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist specializing in Women’s Health and the birthing year. She is also a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. This class is ongoing and anyone is welcome to drop in without registration at any time. Mats and props are provided. If you have any questions you can call 413-303-1246 or visit www.windowofheavenacupuncture.com.

Sep 21

POSTPONED – BENEFIT CONCERT: The Connecticut River Watershed Council presents “Source to Sea with Robin & Linda Williams,” a benefit concert to support the 17th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup. Featuring Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion playing “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk and acoustic country” music. Pat and Tex LaMountain of Greenfield will open. Saturday, September 21, 7:30pm at Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA. Tickets $15 all seats, for sale at World Eye Books, Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books, online at www.ctriver.org/news-events/concert or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. – POSTPONED

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in 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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: On Sunday, Sept 29 from 1-4pm, the Hilltown Village will offer a free volunteer training at the Village Congregational Church, 32 Main St. in Cummington. Hilltown Village prepares volunteers to provide weekly home visits during the first 3 months after a baby is born. A family is matched with a volunteer who visits the family home on a weekly basis. Home visits may include preparing meals, washing dishes, providing companionship, playing with older children, and helping in other ways that a good neighbor or extended family might. Train to be a volunteer. For more info contact Anna Westley, Family & Volunteer Coordinator, at 413-625-6948 or Anna@MotherwellDoulaCare.com. www.itavillage.info. Funded by the United Way of Hampshire County.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 31st – September 6th, 2013

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Berkshire Family Fun

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for August 24th & 25th, 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 August 24th-30th, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Upcoming Service Learning Event, Agricultural Fairs, Bulletin Board, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Bucket List of Summer Activities!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 22 Community Highlights: Tractors to Airplanes. Reggae to Gershwin., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: August 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

August 24th-30th, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday


Engines & Aircraft Nature StudiesHikesLocal Food & Community BreakfastMusic StudiesGeology & PaleontologyChildren’s Literature

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Visit the Hilltown Families Facebook page and Twitter stream for more news and information!

FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. 10 Tips for Dad to Help Ease the Back-to-School Transition
  2. Language Play: 6 Pre-Reading Activities
  3. HFVS Back to School Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)
  4. 11 Suggestions on How Western MA Families Can Make Wise Back-to-School Purchases
  5. Q&A: Hair Cuts in Western MA

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Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA Cup & Top in Florence, MA

22 Community Highlights: Tractors to Airplanes. Reggae to Gershwin.

Antique Tractors at the Cummington Fair

Tractors to Airplanes. Tomato Fest to Breakfast. Reggae to Gershwin…

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlights this week are all about transportation and engines! The first annual Great New England Wings and Wheels show takes place at Westover Metropolitan Airport this weekend and North Adams’ Motorama event is back for its third year on Sunday! And the Cummington Fair this weekend features small engines too, including an antique engines & tractor show.  Check out our Engines & Aircraft highlights for all the details!


Engines & Aircraft Nature StudiesHikesLocal Food & Community BreakfastMusic StudiesGeology & PaleontologyChildren’s Literature


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Suggested Events for August 24th-30th, 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

The Cummington Fair is a gem of an agricultural fair that happens every August in the heart of the Hilltowns. Mark Melhorn, Arjuna Greist and Piet Slaghekke all picked “The Biggest and Best Little Fair in the Country” for our Summer Bucket List!

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up this September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

Western Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs this Weekend and Next!

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 26

Ah Ha! Here is a party you won’t want to miss! Come to the Odyssey Bookshop on Monday, August 26th at 2pm to celebrate the release of Jeff Mack’s newest book, Ah Ha!. Join Odyssey staff for an afternoon of silliness, fun and lots of frogs! Jeff Mack will be reading and signing his book followed by games and yummy frog cake! Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will leave young readers guessing, laughing and on the edge of their seats. Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street at The Village Commons in South Hadley. 413-534-7307. www.odysseybks.com

Begins Sep 4

The Center School‘s new pilot preschool has two openings available (start date, Sept 4) in Greenfield. One opening is full week, full time. The other slot is full day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classroom will have six children, aged two to five years. The lead teacher is Amy Jackson. Amy started at the Center School as an intern from Antioch University’s Masters in Education Program. In her time at the school she has served in classrooms, taught in the school’s Afterschool programs, run camps, and run a small daycare program for staff children. Amy is an extraordinarily warm-hearted, energetic, and nurturing teacher. For program information, please email info@centerschool.net or call 413-773-1700 ex1.

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in 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

Tim May writes: “Organized adult pickup soccer game is being held every Monday evening @ 6pm until 7:30pm @ Pettingill Park, Main Street, Cummington. All skill levels welcome, friendly relaxed game with breaks for water. Mostly adults but skilled older kids welcome. Bring light and dark t-shirt. Contact Tim with questions: timothydavidmay@gmail.com. No fee. Will play even in wet weather unless pouring/thundering at kickoff. Many parents bring younger kids to play on nearby playground during games, however adult supervision there is not provided. Pass it on!”


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 24th-30th, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets

Berkshire Family Fun

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for August 17th & 18th, 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 August 17th-23rd, 2013 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including: Upcoming Service Learning Event, Mark Your Calendars, Bulletin Board, Hilltown Family Variety Show and our Bucket List of Summer Activities!

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 25 Community Highlights: Agricultural Fairs to Eating Local. Textiles to Shape-Note Singing., and our column, Berkshire Family Fun: August 2013, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families!

August 17th-23rd, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday


Agricultural Fairs  ♦  Geology  ♦  Insects & ReptilesHistoryCultureMusicArtisanLocal Food

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Visit the Hilltown Families Facebook page and Twitter stream for more news and information!

FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Sweeten Up Your Summer With Local Fruit
  2. HFVS Ice Cream & Lemonade Stands Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)
  3. 18 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Western MA
  4. Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week
  5.  Q&A: Ear Piercing

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Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA Cup & Top in Florence, MA

25 Community Highlights: Agricultural Fairs to Eating Local. Textiles to Shape-Note Singing.

Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission for kids in the month of August. For this year’s Textile Weekend, Aug 17 & 18, Village historians are highlighting 19th-century fashion accessories and a tour of the new “Trimmed to Taste” exhibit, which salutes the clever creativity of early New England seamstresses.

Agricultural Fairs to Eating Local. Renaissance Garden to Shape-Note Singing. Greece to Middle East…

These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week happens at the Kingman Tavern Museum in Cummington where there will be a free shape-note singing school on Saturday afternoon, August 17th.  Introduced in 1801, shape notes were designed to help facilitate community singing and originated in colonial New England. This type of singing was created to support a persons desire to sing with others either in their community or in their congregations. The class will teach participants about this unique singing style, celebrate American history, and offer a chance to engage in an intergenerational activity.


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Suggested Events for August 17th-23rd, 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

The 9th annual Free Harvest Supper takes place on the Greenfield Town Common this Sunday evening, August 18th. Families can enjoy a bountiful, locally sourced (event the salt!) community meal!

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up this September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Thursday-Sunday, August 22nd-25th in the Heart of Western MA – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The annual and beloved Cummington Fair takes place all weekend! Opens at 4pm on Thurs/Fri, and 7am on Sat/Sun. Weekend highlights – along with the opportunity to learn about farming and farm animals, local industries, and agriculture – include antique tractor show, the lumberjack championship, Marvelous Mutts dog show, demolition derby, roast beef, spaghetti & turkey dinners, 4H sheep contest, along with midway rides, games. 97 Fairgrounds Road. Cummington, MA. ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 26

Ah Ha! Here is a party you won’t want to miss! Come to the Odyssey Bookshop on Monday, August 26th at 2pm to celebrate the release of Jeff Mack’s newest book, Ah Ha!. Join Odyssey staff for an afternoon of silliness, fun and lots of frogs! Jeff Mack will be reading and signing his book followed by games and yummy frog cake! Jeff Mack brings his hallmark humor to this rollicking book that will leave young readers guessing, laughing and on the edge of their seats. Odyssey Bookshop is located at 9 College Street at The Village Commons in South Hadley. 413-534-7307. http://www.odysseybks.com

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to an Expeditionary Learning School in September. This cutting-edge program transforms a traditional classroom environment into a vibrant learning community where students are authentically engaged, energized, focused, challenged, and having fun! The program’s successful, ground-breaking strategies are project based, hands-on, creative and authentic — with proven academic results for students in reading, numeracy, research, writing, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. School choice openings are now available in grades Pre-K through five. For more information, call Berkshire Trail Elementary School at 413-634-5327 or visit online.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your afterschool class, community event, open house, auditions,homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in 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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 17th-23rd, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Berkshire Family Fun

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22 Community Highlights: Sweet Festival to Zucchini Festival. Minerals to Rockets.

Modern pow wows invite both Native and non-Native American people together to honor American Indian culture and history. Authentic dancing, drumming and tribal regalia will be presented at the 8th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow this weekend in Adams, MA.

Sweet Festival to Zucchini Festival. Minerals to Rockets. Silversmithing to Citizen Scientists… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week celebrates while learning about Native American traditions and history at the Rock, Rattle, and Drum Pow Wow in Adams this Saturday & Sunday, August 10th & 11th. The event is an explosion of Native American culture – families can listen to drumming, try out traditional foods, learn about the creation of arts and crafts such as pottery and beaded items, participate in community dances, and more!


Plant & Nature StudiesCitizen ScientistsHistoryCultural StudiesLocal FoodFilmsScienceAnimal Studies


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Suggested Events for August 10th-16th, 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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES EVENT

Sep 7th

SERVICE LEARNING: Coming up this September, in collaboration with Whole Foods Market in Hadley and Atlas Farm in Deerfield, Hilltown Families invites families to come together on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 11am-2pm in Deerfield for a day of community service, gleaning organic vegetables leftover from a recent harvest to donate to the Food Bank. Join us in a service learning opportunity, giving kids a hands-on look at how their food is grown while supporting the food security efforts of the Food Bank of Western MA. Space is limited and all participating families are asked to pre-register online.  More information here: Kids’ Day of Community Service.

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 16th

Northampton & Greenfield Picnics: Join with old friends and new August 16 to celebrate “Shabbat Under the Sky!” Picnic in the park, enjoy music, kid-friendly performances by local performers and a short, guided musical Shabbat service. No Jewish liturgy knowledge required. Runs 5:30-7:30. Bring a potluck dish to share and choose from two locations: Look Park’s Westwood Shelter, Northampton or Green River Recreation Area in Greenfield. Rain or shine, open to the public, free (except Look Park entry fee unless you bike/walk). Gatherings include shofar blowing practice for upcoming Jewish New Year. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Challah bread, juice, & dessert provided. Information & directions at www.rekindleshabbat.org.

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your community event, open house, auditions, afterschool class, homeschool program, community event, workshop, school, wellness program or business featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our enhanced publicity packages and options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

SUMMER CAMP: Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
August 10th-16th, 2013

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets

Berkshire Family Fun

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25 Community Highlights: Felt to Pottery. Storytelling to Stargazing.

Age of Iron Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield this August 3rd & 4th, 2013. Blacksmiths will showcase their art and artisanship with both historical and contemporary demonstrations. Ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century,

Felt to Pottery. Storytelling to Stargazing. Ethnic Fair to Agricultural Fair. Earth Songs to Revolutionary War… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!  Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week is a free summer celebration at the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage in Greenfield on Sunday afternoon, August 4th. See the art of blacksmithing with a live demonstration and learn what a blacksmith might have made, other than horseshoes! There will also be an opportunity to learn about textile technology with hands-on activities for all ages, and to view several exhibits on Franklin County’s industrial history, including “Textile Town: Conway’s Industrial History” and “Industry and Innovation: Franklin County’s Unique History.” Light fare and live music will add to the festive atmosphere too! Come celebrate and learn a  few new things about Franklin County’s rich industrial history!


TheaterHistoryNature Studies/HikesArts & CraftsMuseum AdventuresAstronomyCultural StudiesMusic Studies


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Suggested Events for August 3rd-9th, 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

August is filled with agricultural fairs, including the 91st Annual Littleville Fair in Chester, MA happening this weekend!

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, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. 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 community development work of Hilltown Families. Click HERE to find out more.

BEST BETS

Looking for a Parents’ Night Out? For August we have a 4-pack of lawn tickets to see Dropkick Murphys at Mountain Park in Holyoke on Friday, August 16th! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! Find out how you can enter for a chance to win an evening away from the kids enjoying live music and friends!

Saturday, August 3rdSunday, August 4thHISTORY: Learn about the Civil War through a reenactment at Look Park. The “Battle at the Pines” features a company drill, artillery demonstrations, a naval landing party, a talk on medicine and surgery during wartime, afternoon tea, train robberies, battles, and more! There will also be an authentic Civil War Ballroom cotillion at 7pm with music and called dancing (>$). The reenactment offers a chance to experience what the Civil War was like. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA.

Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th – AGRICULTURAL FAIR: The 29th Annual Adams Agricultural Fair runs from August 1-August 4 at Bowe Field.  The Fair features an antique tractor pull, animal demonstrations, magic, zumba, birds of prey demonstrations, live music, food, a demolition derby, and many other activities.  The Fair is an exciting way to learn about agriculture and learn about many things going on in and around Adams that you might not know about.  Old Columbia Street.  Adams, MA.

Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th – HISTORY: Visit Sturbridge Village for the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England!  “Redcoats and Rebels” transforms the Village into a military camp and offers loads of fun activities that help teach about the war.  There will be mock battles, tours of the British and American camps, cannon demonstrations, musket drilling, martial music, 18th-century baseball and dances, a chance to see an American soldier’s daily life, and much more.  There will also be a cannonball barrage at 6pm and a chance to hear the love story of John and Abigail Adams.  The full schedule of events can be found here.  Kids get free admission in August.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  $$

BULLETIN BOARD

Aug 6th

Children’s picture book launch with Western MA author, Aaron Becker at The Odyssey! Discover the magic of local author/illustrator Aaron Becker’s silent world in his debut picture book, Journey at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Tuesday, August 6th at 4pm, followed by fun drawing activities for kids with the author himself! Aaron Becker has worked as an artist for such film studios as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar. The Odyssey Bookshop will be hosting Aaron Becker as he discusses the making of Journey, a story of a lonely girl who draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Called ‘a masterpiece’ by the New York Times, Journey will inspire and astound you.

Aug 16th

Northampton & Greenfield Picnics: Join with old friends and new August 16 to celebrate “Shabbat Under the Sky!” Picnic in the park, enjoy music, kid-friendly performances by local performers and a short, guided musical Shabbat service. No Jewish liturgy knowledge required. Runs 5:30-7:30. Bring a potluck dish to share and choose from two locations: Look Park’s Westwood Shelter, Northampton or Green River Recreation Area in Greenfield. Rain or shine, open to the public, free (except Look Park entry fee unless you bike/walk). Gatherings include shofar blowing practice for upcoming Jewish New Year. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish to share. Challah bread, juice, & dessert provided. Information & directions at www.rekindleshabbat.org.

Sep 29th

Cycle towards a hunger-free community this September 29th! Will Bike 4 Food is a fundraiser for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Leaving from The Food Bank in beautiful Hatfield Mass, 10, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes offer varying challenges for kids, beginners, and experts alike. Choose to ride as an individual or form a team (4 or more). Register online by August 29th for the lowest price! Visit www.foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738 for more information. Four Routes. One Destination. A Community Without Hunger.

Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington is pleased to announce that it is transitioning to an Expeditionary Learning School in September. This cutting-edge program transforms a traditional classroom environment into a vibrant learning community where students are authentically engaged, energized, focused, challenged, and having fun! The program’s successful, ground-breaking strategies are project based, hands-on, creative and authentic — with proven academic results for students in reading, numeracy, research, writing, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. School choice openings are now available in grades Pre-K through five. For more information, call Berkshire Trail Elementary School at 413-634-5327 or visit online.

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SUMMER CAMP: Looking for a summer camp or program in Western MA? Check out our featured post, 2013 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages, toddlers to teens! Check it out and start making your summer plans!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
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27 Community Highlights: Argentinian Folk Music to New England Folk Art. Pollinators to Raptors.

Frog at the Westfield RiverIce Cream Socials to Intergenerational Hikes.  Argentinian Folk Music to New England Folk Art. Herpetology to Lepidoptera. Susan B. Anthony to Virginia Lee Burton. … These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week!  Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured learning highlight this week explores river critters at the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield! Discover the creatures that live in and around the river with naturalist Aimee Gelinas and the Trustees of Reservations on Saturday, July 27th. See if you can spot a red newt or how to tell the difference between a frog and a toad. This free intergenerational event is appropriate for ages 5 and older. The hike is easy and time will be spent in the river with nets exploring, so come prepared to get wet!


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