Learn Local. Play Local.: Wool History to Memorial Day. Waterfalls to Falcons.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

FalconsBird HousesArt FestivalSheep & WoolcraftWoolHistoryHerbalismFiberArtTextile HistoryLocal HistoryMedieval StudiesFood TrucksNutritional AnthropologyFarmers’ MarketsFarm AdventuresFarm TourComic BooksPicture Book ArtsBotanical IllustrationBook DesignSTEMPhysicsYoYo SchoolMarine BiologyGeologyDendrologyLabyrinthPlacemakingLawn ConcertScavenger HuntNature-Based LearningWaterfallsWalt WhitmanSojourner TruthCemetery TourNight HikeEcology

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 25-31, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

55 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 25-31, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

Sale Ends May 27

Save 20% in May! Oak Meadow’s Annual May Sale runs from May 12 through May 27 and includes all items in our online bookstore. Save 20% on our K-12 curriculum, which provides challenging and inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase their craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Jun 1

WGBY Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, is hosting its 7th Annual WGBY Asparagus Festival on the Hadley Town Common Saturday, June 1 from 10am-6pm. Celebrate “All Things Local & Agricultural” with nearly 100 vendors and community partners. PBS Kids’ Curious George will be on hand along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kid-friendly band In the Nick of Time goes on stage at noon, followed by folk-, bluegrass-, and blues-inspired acts. Food trucks and local brewers will keep the whole family well fed. Admission is free with a recommended gate donation of $5/person ($20/family). Proceeds benefit local public media. For details, visit wgby.org/asparagus. For more info (or to volunteer), contact Marie Waechter at mwaechter@wgby.org.

Bulletin Board

Jun 2

This is it! Join The Center Dance on Sunday, June 2nd, for their 4th Annual Spring Show: This Is It, inspired by Daria Peoples-Riley’s beautiful children’s book. This family-friendly show features a wide range of dance styles, performed by Center students of all ages. Original choreography and a dynamic soundtrack will have you dancing in your seat! Curtains rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 11AM and 4PM. Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the high school on the day of the show. Ticket Prices: Advance: $12/general public, $6/children & seniors; At Door: $14/general public, $8/children & seniors. This Is IT. So don’t miss out!

Jun 15

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; deerfielddinos@gmail.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24-Aug 22

YMCA Camp Apex in Shelburne, MA, the Y’s traditional Summer Day Camp, provides kids activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4pm with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; dgarappolo@ymcaingreenfield.org; www.ymcaingreenfield.org.

Free Clinics

Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ dpollard1102@gmail.comwww.worthingtongolfclub.com

Jul 8 – Aug 23

Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for the school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym/outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, movies, and Dungeons & Dragons. There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August there will be themed weeks, including Anime & Manga, Theater, Adventure Week, and Minecraft. Visit the Whole Children website for more details! Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010 ♦ julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.orgwww.wholechildren.org

Jul 15 – Aug 7

Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Charlemont, MA ♦ The 2019 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 9th outdoor, traveling spectacle, The Princess Bride. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 15 – Aug 7, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 3-6. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. Dates: Jul 15-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.comhilltownyouth.org

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Directories

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 25-31, 2019

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Community Spotlight: Look Memorial Park

Shawn Porter, Executive Director of Look Memorial Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit park in Florence, MA, shares all of the wonderful opportunities the park offers!


Look Park has always been a place for everyone to enjoy and has activities for everyone. The Steamer Train, pedal boats, miniature golf, Christenson Zoo, ball fields, tennis courts, water spray park, and the Grill and Sweet Shoppe.

On any given day we know people will be enjoying a picnic at one of our six pavilions or picnic sites, celebrating a birthday at our Birthday Party tent, as well as playing volleyball, softball, taking a walk, or enjoying leisure time under a tree.

Special events are another way to enjoy the Park. The Franklin King Children’s Series at the Pines Theater, Northampton Family Fourth Fireworks, Scottish Festival, Haunted Train, Pumpkin Festival, and Santa’s Trains and Winter Wonderland Light Display are always a hit.

We’ve also added Afternoon Tea for individuals who are home on weekdays, Bounce House Bonanza, Food Truck Festival, Brew Fest, and an international street fair. There is something for everyone at Look Park.

As the Executive Director, I get the honor of driving into a beautiful, safe park with majestic trees, fun playgrounds, and other activities every day! Look Park is a unique place and since 2010, I have had the pleasure of enjoying every aspect of the park. Many people do not know that Look Park is a 501(c3) non-profit park, which receives no tax funding from any federal, state or local government. Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, May 19, 2019

HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood

STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 18th & 19th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Sick Science! videos for summer science experiments to do at home.


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Dan Crow – You’re An Engineer [Concoctions]
Katherine Dines – It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain [Hunkta Bunkta Boo 2]
Roger Day – The Brain Train [Why Does Gray Matter]
Danny Weinkauf – Botany [Danny Weinkauf and The Red Pants Band]
Janet and Judy – Thank A Plant [Musical Almanac]
Dan Crow – Science, Science, Science [Concoctions]
Dave and Oliver Kinnoin – Weightless [Crazy With Happiness]
Lucky Diaz and The Family Band – Gato Astronauta [Fantastico]
Bill Harley – Milky Way [Down In The Backpack]
Marla Lewis – Sedimentary Rock [Life’s Lessons 3rd-5th Grade]
Jonathan Sprout – E=MC2 [American Heroes #4]
Eric Ode – Poor Planet Pluto [When You Smile]
Patricia Shih – The Abacus [The Power Of One]
The Brian Waite Band – Five Cool Cats [Can’t Sit Still]
David Fisher: The Rock ’n Rope Warrior – Jump [Dinosaur Disco]
James Coffey – I’m An Engineer [Come Ride Along With Me]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Living History to Walking Tours. Volcanoes to Rivers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

STE(A)MRoboticsPicture Book ArtsGraphic NovelsZinesLiterature in TranslationLibrary AdventuresPoetry WalkBird WalkGuided HikeScavenger HuntNatural HistoryRiversVolcanosWild FlowersPlant SaleHorticultureEcologyBotanyMycologyWild EdiblesCulinaryArtsCheese MakingMushroomsNative American HistoryLocalHistoryRussian HistoryLiving HistoryWalking TourGuided TourHistoric HomesArchitectureIndustrial HistoryHorologyCivicsEntrepreneurshipTransportationTrainsPlacemakingExperiential LearningPodcastingMusicalImprovPlay ReadingComedyYouth CircusFamily MusicLawn ConcertBaby Sign LanguageParent CafeBuddhismMindfulness

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 18-24, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

50 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 18-24, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

Sale May 12 – 27

Save 20% in May! Oak Meadow’s Annual May Sale runs from May 12 through May 27 and includes all items in our online bookstore. Save 20% on our K-12 curriculum, which provides challenging and inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase their craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Jun 8

In Bloom in Western Mass, June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

Bulletin Board

Jun 15

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.

Free Clinics

Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ dpollard1102@gmail.comwww.worthingtongolfclub.com

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24-Aug 22

YMCA Camp Apex in Shelburne, MA, the Y’s traditional Summer Day Camp, provides kids activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4pm with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; dgarappolo@ymcaingreenfield.org; www.ymcaingreenfield.org.

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, LOL Surprise week creating dance routines for music videos and a daily fashion show, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996 ♦ ashley@ohanaperformingarts.comwww.ohanaperformingarts.com.

Jun 24 – Aug 16

KidsAct! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting theatre program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 7-14yo. Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org

Jul 15 – Aug 7

Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Charlemont, MA ♦ The 2019 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 9th outdoor, traveling spectacle, The Princess Bride. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 15 – Aug 7, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 3-6. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. Dates: Jul 15-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.comhilltownyouth.org

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; deerfielddinos@gmail.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Directories

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 18-24, 2019

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STEM Opportunities at The Great Holyoke Brick Race

The Great Holyoke Brick Race

Take on the coolest gravity based physics experiment around at the Great Holyoke Brick Race! This annual community event can be used as a means of providing hands-on physics learning. Each car will need to be carefully designed and built with attention to the basic principles of physics. Depending on the age of participants, car-building can lend itself nicely to in-depth explorations of mathematical ideas and the principles of design, too!

 

Find out more at www.thegreatholyokebrickrace.com.

New Column Debut: “Hear Me Roar”

Hear Me Roar: Creative Ways to Connect with Your Inner Artist

An Introduction
By Cheryl Allan Carlyle

From a young age, we’re taught that play is just for the young, that we are either artistic or we’re not, we’re told that art is something that cannot be trained for, only possessed through some twist of genetic fate. The purpose of my column is to silence the noise and doubt that robs us of our ability to draw out the Picasso, Shakespeare, or Tchaikovsky lying dormant inside each one of us.

I am a writer, playwright, and poet. Any art form that contains words is where I find my deepest and most inspired creativity. But it’s only been a few years since I began identifying myself as what I’ve always been – a writer. It felt so foreign. I felt like a fraud. How dare I put my self in the same category as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Wolfe, or Edgar Allan Poe? How dare I think my work holds the same weight and significance as theirs? But as I started to develop my own voice, I realized that every story, every perspective has its own unique value. It was then that my narrative began to shift from “how I dare I think my story holds the same significance…” to “why would my story not?” That shift, as simple as it sounds, was life-changing. It’s the shift that allowed me the courage to write a feature-length play that went on to become a fully staged production this past January. The difference between remaining stuck in perpetual self-doubt and having my work showcased in front of an audience was simply shifting my perspective on what it means to be an artist. Never underestimate the power of believing in yourself.  Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers’ Markets: Engaging Community through Food

Farmers’ Markets: Engaging Community through Food

With the spring comes a resurgence of farmers’ markets. Local farmers have been planning and growing and are now ready to bring their seasonal produce to town commons, squares, and gathering places across the region to enjoy with our families and neighbors. The experience of going to a farmers’ market exceeds the basic transaction of purchasing fresh vegetables. Farmers’ markets are places that bring a community together, affording the opportunity to support local agriculture, make healthy food choices, share stories, and connect with neighbors and farmers. Farmers’ markets are community builders, the American version of the European plaza, and are intrinsically a part of our New England culture and traditions.

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In Western Massachusetts, many farmers’ markets have expanded to not only include agricultural products but to also provide a space for local artists, crafters, performers, and teachers to make their services, knowledge, and products directly available to the community.  This type of collaborative consumption allows community members to support small businesses and individuals that directly affect the health of a small town’s economy, promoting sustainability and resilience at a local level.  Additionally, some farmers’ markets host spaces for instructors to lead workshops on topics related to homesteading, nutrition, and cooking.  The opportunity to learn at farmers’ markets through intergenerational skill-sharing makes them an important community-based educational resource that brings people together via shared interests.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Weather Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 11 & 12, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “So we have Weather and Climate… but are they the same thing? No, no they are not. But they are both super important to how the geosphere is shaped. In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina chats with us about the differences between Weather and Climate.” – Crash Course Kids


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PLAYLIST

  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Mother’s Day to Lady Bugs. Solar Energy to Beekeeping.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Mother’s DayPancake BreakfastTea TimeFood HistoryCommunity MealCollaborative ConsumptionSustainabilitySolar EnergyLiving BuildingNature-Based LearningExperiential LearningCraft FairKnittingPlant SaleTeen GardeningWildflowersDendrologyOrnithologyBird HousesIchthyologyPaleontologyEntomologyLady BugsBeekeepingFish MigrationDinosaursAstronomyCosmologyBlacksmithingCemeteryRussian HistoryIranian CinemaFilm StudiesArt SkillsPrintmakingArt StudiesVan GoghChorusCommunity SingParenting WorkshopMental HealthNutrition

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 11-17, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Q&A: What’s Your Dream Way to Spend Mother’s Day

40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 11-17, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Event

Jun 8

In Bloom in Western Mass, June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

Bulletin Board

May 11

Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.

May 11

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

May 11

Hike & Picnic Through the Seasons at Notchview, a property of The Trustees, on Saturday, May 11, from 11am-12pn in Windsor, MA. What is Notchview’s forest like during the spring? What is in bloom? Who do you see? What are the trees like? What sounds do you hear? Find out at their seasonal hike & picnic! Explore the woods, look for wildlife, and learn about the plants & trees that call Notchview home. Afterward, folks will return to the lodge to make & draw in their nature journals. The hike ends with a woodland-inspired story & light snack. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy with the group or order one through Notchview for additional $15. Register at least 2 days in advance. Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20. Info acaluori@thetrustees.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – 28

Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; mmirti@baypath.edu; baypath.edu.

Jun 24 – Aug 16

KidsAct! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting theatre program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 7-14yo. Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, LOL Surprise week creating dance routines for music videos and a daily fashion show, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996 ♦ ashley@ohanaperformingarts.comwww.ohanaperformingarts.com.

Jul 8 – Aug 16

Camp MacDuffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. tfitzsimmons@macduffie.org. summer.macduffie.org

Jul – Aug

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Directories

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 11-17, 2019

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Over 60 Summer Camps & Programs in Western MA & Beyond!

A Book List for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in observance of this, we’ve spotlighted books for middle grade and young adult readers that address mental health. This month’s book list is sorted by theme, and includes titles that touch upon depression, trauma, substance use, eating disorders, and other mental health related topics. While the content in these titles is quite heavy, the stories are incredibly informative and explore the true depth of the experiences of people experiencing challenges with their mental health. Created using titles found in the library of our affiliate, Dirigo Learning: Community-Based Education Network™, this book list is not exhaustive, but is filled with titles that are guaranteed to be rich and engaging reads. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, May 5, 2019

HFVS Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops

Listen to Podcast:

Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Spinning Rims on the Minivan”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Little Mix – “Black Magic” [Get Weird]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Put Your Hands in the Air” [Hands in Hand]
  • Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” [Girl on Fire]
  • Go Fish – “Pop Goes the Weasel” [Party Like a Preschooler]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Snack Attack” [Tater Tot Hot Dish]
  • Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” [Let it Go]
  • Louis and Dan – “Confused Animals” [Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band]
  • The Band Perry – “If I Die Young” [The Band Perry]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Minnesota Happy Day” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Coldplay – “Fix You” [X&Y]
  • Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” [Four the Record]
  • Zedd and Elley Duhe – “Happy Now” [Single]
  • Pink – “A Million Dreams” – [Greatest Showman Soundtrack]

Listen to Podcast:

Learn Local. Play Local.: Plastic Bottles to Electric Cars. Mushrooms to Engineers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Bird WalkBird BandingBird FestivalFamily FestivalParents’ Night OutDivinityArchitectureLocal HistoryLabor HistorySilk HistoryWomen’s SuffrageRosie RevereGirls GardeningPlant SaleSoil ScienceElectric CarsNatural HistoryPhenologyMycologyBotanyForest BathingWild FlowersVolunteeringTown Clean-UpLGBTQNAACPADHDSTEMFood SecurityLiterature in TranslationPicture Book ArtComicsMuseum AdventuresThe ClarkWoodstockDouble Edge TheatreBasket WeavingTie-DyeTextilesStar WarsHarry Potter

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 4-10, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights  delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe! Read the rest of this entry »

40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 4-10, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

May 11

Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.

May 11

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Jun 24 – 28

Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; mmirti@baypath.edu; baypath.edu.

Jul 8 – 26

Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Jul 8 – Aug 16

Camp Macduffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. tfitzsimmons@macduffie.org. summer.macduffie.org

Jul – Aug

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

Featured School

Open House:
Sunday, May 5, 1:30-3pm

Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com

Featured Directories

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 4-10, 2019

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day: Honoring Traditions, Honoring Ourselves

This May, yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton is spending time out of town with her teacher and with her students, away from the responsibilities of motherhood. In this issue of “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she contemplates outer and inner peace, Mother’s Day traditions, and handwritten letters.

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Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Learning through the Lens of Spring

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Learning through the Lens of Spring

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, community-based education specialist and Hilltown Families’ Founder, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, April 29, 2019 with Sienna and Danny talking about seasonal patterns, annual events, and national observations as a resource for supporting education and values through community engagement in May.

Click on the video below to view.

  • ANNUAL EVENTS: Plant Sales & Swaps support learning about botany via skillsharing and collaborative consumption.
  • SEASONAL PATTERS: Farmers’ Markets mark the season. What to look for in May and how that connects you to the community.
  • NATIONAL OBSERVATION: Mother’s Day is a catalyst for exploring local resources (parks) and via self-initiated activities derived from plant sales (gifts) and farmers’ markets (spring flower bouquets + ingredients for culinary adventures at home).

Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).

HFVS Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Transitions Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Listen to Podcast:

What do David Bowie, Harry Belafonte, and Sara Lovell have in common? They are fantastic, and they are on this playlist! GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Lucy Kalantari, Guest DJ’s this episode about the constant flux in life, changes, and transitions.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 27th & 28th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: From the GRAMMY Award Winning Album, All the Sounds by Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, a young cellist, Darius Kalantari, plays this little tune teaching listeners musical terms and the joy of making music.


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PLAYLIST

  • Butterfly Boucher – “Changes” [Shrek 2 (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “My Butterfly” [What A Zoo!]
  • Marsha and the Positrons – “The Monarch Butterfly Song” [Positronic]
  • The Nields – “Butterfly” [Science Fair]
  • Vered – “You’re Gonna Be” [Songs For Sisters And Brothers]
  • Margot Bevington – “Changes (feat. Ruth Tousignaut)” [One and Two Is Three]
  • Kath Bee, Claudia Robin Gunn – “Making My Way” [Making My Way]
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” [A Night at the Opera]
  • Teeny Tiny Stevies – “Light As A Bubble” [Helpful Songs for Little People]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “I Know A Little Fellow” [All the Sounds]
  • Mclusky – “Rice Is Nice” [My Pain and Sadness is More Painful And Sad Than Yours]
  • Sara Lovell – “The Problem Song” [Wild Is Everywhere]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” [All the Sounds]
  • Harry Belafonte – “Oh Freedom” [My Lord What A Mornin’]
  • Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could – “I’m Coming Out” [Under the Big Umbrella]
  • Tim Seston – “Time to Look Back” [Here to Play]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “All the Sounds” [All the Sounds]

Listen to Podcast:

Learn Local. Play Local.: Folk Music to Poetry Cafe. Wildflowers to Bird Walks.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

PlacemakingSustainability FestivalCreative Free PlayPark Clean UpVolunteeringWalking MeditationMindful MeditationActivismSkillsharingFood StudiesCommunity SederChocolateBotanyWildflowersArbor DayEvolutionKnittingTextilesSheep ShearingOrnithologyBird WalkEntomologyHerpetologyFrogsSalamandersMason BeesAmerican WoodcockCollaborative ConsumptionCraftingArt SuppliesSecond Hand SaleMuseum AdventuresLibrary AdventuresArt StudiesMusicalYouth TheaterShakespeareMister RogersIndustryLawGovernmentLocal HistoryIndustrial HistoryArchitectureMusic StudiesFolk MusicDrummingWest African MusicIrish MusicStorysongsPoetry CafeParenting WorkshopEarly ChildhoodSocial MediaFirst Aid

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the wook, April 27-May 3, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights  delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

60 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 27-May 3, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Bulletin Board

Apr 27

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Schools

Enroll Now

The Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Open House May 5

Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Class

Private Lessons

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at colinwardmusic84@gmail.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Jul 8 – Aug 2

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids

Jul 8 – 26

Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Aug 19-23

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; dan@dankanesingers.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ summerprograms@madsciencewne.com; summerprograms@artventuresforkids.comwestnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.com

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email office@ct-trolley.org.

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 27 – May 3, 2019

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9 Books for Sleep: New Parents & Story Time

Trying to get kids to bed at night can be a real chore. So many nights parents walk out of their kids’ room high fiving themselves, marveling at how easy it was to get the kids to sleep, only to hear the pitter patter of feet ten minutes later. Western MA parent, Lisa Woods, shares what has worked for her with a newborn, and routines and recommended reading for a toddler to elementary aged children that made bedtime a little easier for her family … and maybe for your family too! Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Staying Healthy Episode with Guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Staying Healthy Episode with Guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom

Listen to Podcast:

A full hour dedicated to staying healthy with guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom! But remember, staying healthy is not just about eating healthy, its also about getting outside to exercise, being kind to each other, and taking care of planet Earth. Here is a collection of family-friendly songs that address all aspects of human health; mind, body, soul, and environment.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 20th & 21st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Are We There Yet” by Big Bang Boom


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PLAYLIST

  • Big Bang Boom – “3000 Mile Salad” [Food Songs]
  • Tribe Called Quest – “Ham & Eggs” [People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Watermelon Time” [Food Songs]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Boiled Okra and Spinach” [Mine!]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Why Can’t I Have Ice Cream” [Why Can’t I Have Ice Cream]
  • Dr. John – “Accentuate the Positive” [In a Sentimental Mood]
  • Schoolhouse Rock – “Do the Circulation” [Schoolhouse Rock Soundtrack]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “Hey Mr. DJ” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Ralph’s World – “Playground” [The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro]
  • Jason Mraz – “Outdoors” [N/A- Sesame Street Broadcast]
  • Bobby Darin – “Splish Splash” [Bobby Darin]
  • The White Stripes – “We Are Gonna Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Bruno Mars – “Count On Me” [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Read to Succeed” [N/A – Public Service Program]

Listen to Podcast:

Learn Local. Play Local.: Peeps to Jelly Beans. Spine Poetry to Easter Baskets.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Egg HuntsPassoverFarm AnimalsNative SpeciesOrnithologyHerpetologyBatsRural New England HistoryLiving HistoryLocal HistoryCemetery TourMasonryEngineeringSTEMComputer CodingPodcastingHealthy LivingFamily HikeMud SeasonOld Growth TreesEarth DayClimate ChangeGreen New DealGeoscienceMuseum AdventuresPaper CraftsStenciling ArtHarry PotterRembrandtShakespeareImprovMusical TheaterPuppetryFiber ArtsCraft SwapFilm StudiesCommunity SingPianoKlezmer MusicMusic StudiesCreative WritingSpelling BeeLanguage ArtsPublishingMangaCollaborative ConsumptionExperiential LearningToddlersTeensLifelong Learners

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, April 20-26, 2019… Read the rest of this entry »

50 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 20-26, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs 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! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Bulletin Board

Apr 18

Poem in your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 18 from 11am-4pm, celebrate National Poetry Month with the whole family on this special day at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA! In addition to free admission to all who can recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory, visitors can join in on a variety of activities, including the making of your very own poetry notebook or poetry wreath, and participation in a writing workshop for budding poets. Carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it at their “selfie station” using #pocketpoem. More details at EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Apr 27 & 28

Daffodil Days in Downtown Amherst – A celebration of spring! You’re invited to stroll a Daffodil Chalk Walk, enjoy a Dessert Crawl, & take a Daffodil Run. On April 27, several local artists will have their chalk creations in bloom on the downtown sidewalks. Pick up a map of locations at the Amherst Downtown (BID) tent at the Sustainability Festival on the town common. Free chalk available, courtesy of sponsor TD Bank so you can add your creation to the sidewalks. If you need a pick-me-up, consider the Dessert Crawl, $10 for 10 desserts. Advance tix at A.J. Hastings & available day of at the Visitors Info Center (Crawl starts at 1pm.) April 28, 9th annual Daffodil Run, begins at Kendrick Park at 9am. Visit Downtown Daffodil Days for info.

Apr 27

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Class

Private Lessons

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at colinwardmusic84@gmail.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs

Jul 8 – Aug 2

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Roots Youth Summer Programs. Westfield, MA ♦ Roots Summer Vacation Programs offer full-day activities for ages 5-12 years old. Regular hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All summer program attendees will participate in activities at the three major facilities on the Roots campus: 1) Roots Gymnastics Center, 2) Roots Aquatics Center and 3) Roots Athletics Center. Attendees will rotate between the three facilities each day participating in activities such as gymnastics, swim, soccer and other turf sports, S.T.E.M., crafts, games, water slide and so much more! Full week Program is $285/week. Three Day Program is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday ($185/week) Early Drop Off is available at 7:30 AM and Late Pick-Up ends at 5:30 PM ($5 for each occurrence). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 5-12yo. Contact: 413-562-2333 & 413-568-2782 ♦ rootssummer@gmail.comrootscamp.campbrainregistration.com

Aug 19-23

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; dan@dankanesingers.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ summerprograms@madsciencewne.com; summerprograms@artventuresforkids.comwestnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.com

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email office@ct-trolley.org.

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 20-26, 2019

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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