Suggested Events for February 24th – March 2nd, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more events, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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

Summer Camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: Executive Director Job Description. Please spread the word!

Hilltown Families Events

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are rounding out the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ fundraising series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall!

As always, we’ll have a community breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. For this special Saturday only, we’ll be joined by talented young performers from Youthful Expressions Dance Studio, who will wow the audience with creative moves directed by Tylor Thomas of Springfield, MA. At Youthful Expressions, their motto is “Perform hard and stay humble,” so you know this will be a show you don’t want to miss! After the dancers from Youthful Expressions inspire us with their moves, all the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party!

These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families. Admission is $6 per person. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! For more information, email info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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8 & 9

The Academy of Music Theatre and Academy Youth Productions presents Annie, Jr. on March 8th & 9th at 6:30PM. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to- nothing start in 1930s New York City. Sponsored by Northampton Cooperative Bank. The Academy of Music Theatre is located at 274 Main Street in Northampton. Tickets $5. General admission. 413.584.9032 x105 or visit www.aomtheatre.com.

Open House Mar 3

Looking for a thoughtful approach to education? The Hartsbrook School offers a well-rounded academic program infused with plenty of outside time, a rich, hands-on curriculum, music and art in everyday learning, and a culture of compassion. These components are woven throughout the early childhood, elementary and high school programs, nurturing the creative spirit of each child. Give your child the foundation for engaged learning and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Learn more at their open house, 10am-12noon on Saturday, March 3rd. Speak with current teachers and parents, visit classrooms and see student work. All are welcome. Applications accepted for the 2018-19 school year. 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org

Mar 3

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Families are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through special events, hands-on activities, & lectures from special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers, & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities. Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For more info & the full schedule of events, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Jun 18 – Jul 27

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp in Hadley, MA lets children slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts and enjoying carefree days with other “young farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors allow campers to enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children to be more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. Dates: Jun 18-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 4-12yo For more info: 413-586-1908 x116; farmcamp@hartsbrook.org; www.hartsbrook.org.

Jun 18 – Aug 31

Our Place Summer School in Northampton gets kids off the screen and into the green, Jun 18-Aug 31. For 5 days campers ages 5-14 hike, climb, wade, and swim “our place”: the 5 ecoregions of the Nonotuck biome. These activities aren’t just “fun”—they’re designed to increase camper’s perceptual abilities, stimulate their critical thinking skills, inspire their creative imaginations, and counteract “nature deficit disorder.” Through active physical and mental engagement with “our place,” they gain a deep and lasting appreciation of it—and themselves. Students go from site to site—mountains, forests, brooks, industrial brownfields, you name it—enjoying an adventurous, collaborative, inquiry-based investigation into the mysteries of the bios (life) that is where we live: our place! For more info: 413-320-0522; info@biocitizen.org; biocitizen.org.

Jul 8 – Aug 4

Maximize your creativity and character! The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for 6th and 7th graders interested in academic adventure. With classes such as Sustainability, Ethics, Urban Planning, and French Culture & Film, the Experimentory is interdisciplinary, project-based, and fun. All classes are taught by Deerfield Academy teachers on the DA campus: It’s a great way to sample the “Deerfield Experience.” Students make close friends from across the country and around the world. Choose between 2 or 4-week sessions. Attend as a boarder or a day student. Rolling admissions until May 1; apply for need-based financial aid by March 15. Dates: 4 Week Session starts: 7/8/18; 2 Week Sessions begin: 7/8/18 and 7/23/18. For more info: 413-774-1436; experimentory@deerfield.edu; deerfield.edu/experimentory.

The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill offers high quality full- and part-time early education and care in Northampton for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Three-, four-, and five-day schedules are available in all age groups. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. The school includes large classrooms filled with natural light, extensive playgrounds, and dedicated studios for music and visual arts. Exceptional teacher-child ratios allow for individual attention and creative curriculum. For more information, please email CECE@smith.edu or visit the school website.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 24th – March 2nd, 2018

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Winter Farmers’ Markets: 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.

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Let Them Grow: Tape Town

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Tape Town

Now I am stretched thin as the tape. A sticky waddling baby slowly swaggers around looking to get into everything that his three-year-old sister is into. The challenge becomes affording both age groups an opportunity to play without shorting my infant of a great art experience or ‘dumbing down’ the project for the preschooler.  Here is a fun and easy activity to try out!

Tape Away

Masking tape is a fun and easy way to engage any age group’s fine motor skills and avant-garde art intuition. Masking tape from school suppliers peels easily from surfaces, has good rip-ability, and comes in every color. Pulling, peeling, and tearing the tape exercises little fingers and makes a beautiful temporary work of art. Use a plain wall surface or a large blank table. Let the children tear and pull and put on and take off the tape. The goal is not to keep a beautiful piece of  art, but rather to inspire and engage.

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Weekdays in Western MA: February 19th – 23rd, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
February 19th – 23rd, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS Music from South Africa Episode with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Music from South Africa Episode, with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan

Guest DJ Debbie Lan, from the award-winning band Grenadilla, (pronounced “gren-a-dill-a”, the South African name for passion fruit) is our host, sharing some of her favorite songs from South Africa, as well as songs from Grenadilla’s CD, Can’t Wait, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Award. − www.grenadillasings.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 17th & 18th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Why is the South African flag what it is, what came before, and what’s the significance behind it all?” – History With Hilbert


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  • Spokes Mashiyane – “Chobolo” [King Kwela]
  • Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens – “Jive Motella” [The Best of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens.]
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “Hello my baby” [Favorites]
  • Doris Brasch – “Brave Brave Mouse” [Pollywiggle]
  • Jimmy Rayson – “The Lonely Croc” [Pollywiggle]
  • Grenadilla – “Exactly where I want to be” [Can’t Wait]
  • Soweto String Quartet – “Mbayi Mbayi’ [Zebra Crossing]
  • Miriam Makeba – “The Click Song” [Pata Pata]
  • Amompondo – “Nomabongo” [A Nation in Song]
  • Mafikozolo – “Kwela Kwela” [Kwela]
  • Grenadilla – “Oh Sing a Song to the Sun” [Can’t Wait]
  • Mango Groove – “Pennywhistle” [Jazz offerings from South Africa]
  • Grenadilla – “Can’t Wait” [Can’t Wait]
  • Big Voice Jack – “ Kgaitsegi Rebecca” [South African Jazz]
  • African Cream Freedom Chior – “Jabula” [A Nation in Song]
  • Spokes Mashiyane – “Sheshisa’ [King Kwela]
  • The Mahotella Queens – “Sibuye” [The Best of The Mahotella Queens]
  • Grenadilla – “Sitting on Top of the World” [Can’t Wait]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 17th & 18th, 2018

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

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 17th – 23rd, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/jobs. Please spread the word!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 17th – 23rd, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, March 10th!

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ fundraising series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall!

As always, we’ll have a community breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. For this special Saturday only, we’ll be joined by talented young performers from Youthful Expressions Dance Studio, who will wow the audience with creative moves directed by Tylor Thomas of Springfield, MA. At Youthful Expressions, their motto is “Perform hard and stay humble,” so you know this will be a show you don’t want to miss! After the dancers from Youthful Expressions inspire us with their moves, all the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.”

Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party!

These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families. Admission is $6 per person. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

Read the rest of this entry »

Suggested Events for February 17th – 23rd, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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

Summer Camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: Executive Director Job Description. Please spread the word!

Bulletin Board

Feb. 21

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 65 Milltion Years in the Making! Two Shows February Vacation Week! February 21, 2PM & 7PM at CityStage, Springfield. Observe, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t miss a minute of it. Click here for more info. Buy tickets HERE.

Feb 19-23

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum during February School Vacation Week! Explore 3 giant exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos, computerized Flight Simulators, and Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, 3 screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10+). Additional learning opportunities include a Balsa Wood Airplane Workshop (Feb 19), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 20), Parachute Drop (Feb 21), Frisbee Fun (Feb 22) and Straw Rocket Launch (Feb 23). More info at www.neam.org.

Jun 18 – Jul 27

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp in Hadley, MA lets children slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts and enjoying carefree days with other “young farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors allow campers to enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children to be more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. Dates: Jun 18-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 4-12yo For more info: 413-586-1908 x116; farmcamp@hartsbrook.org; www.hartsbrook.org.

Jul 8 – Aug 4

Maximize your creativity and character! The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for 6th and 7th graders interested in academic adventure. With classes such as Sustainability, Ethics, Urban Planning, and French Culture & Film, the Experimentory is interdisciplinary, project-based, and fun. All classes are taught by Deerfield Academy teachers on the DA campus: It’s a great way to sample the “Deerfield Experience.” Students make close friends from across the country and around the world. Choose between 2 or 4-week sessions. Attend as a boarder or a day student. Rolling admissions until May 1; apply for need-based financial aid by March 15. Dates: 4 Week Session starts: 7/8/18; 2 Week Sessions begin: 7/8/18 and 7/23/18. For more info: 413-774-1436; experimentory@deerfield.edu; deerfield.edu/experimentory.

The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill offers high quality full- and part-time early education and care in Northampton for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Three-, four-, and five-day schedules are available in all age groups. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. The school includes large classrooms filled with natural light, extensive playgrounds, and dedicated studios for music and visual arts. Exceptional teacher-child ratios allow for individual attention and creative curriculum. For more information, please email CECE@smith.edu or visit the school website.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 17th – 23rd, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

Donate Now Read the rest of this entry »

Presidents’ 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.

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Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Bill Easterling’s Prize in the Snow

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Bill Easterling’s Prize in the Snow

Download the Learning Map for a guided tour of this piece of children’s literature.

A young nature-loving boy admires his older brother for his animal tracking and trapping abilities, and sets out on a quest to become an expert himself. Unlike his brother, the boy is a novice, and goes about trapping with a very rudimentary trap and classic bait. He treks into the snowy woods with a box, a carrot, and a long string which, with the addition of a stick, become a carefully balanced and patiently manned trap for unsuspecting small mammals. The boy waits patiently, all the while looking forward to the respect he imagines receiving from his brother when he has caught his prize. Finally, a creature comes – but as it’s the dead of winter, the rabbit is slow and thin, starving due to lack of food amidst all the snow. Instead of causing excitement and action, the sight of the rabbit makes the boy stop and think. Is it fair to bait and catch a starving animal? Is his role in the landscape really to trap animals purely for sport, or could he perhaps serve some other purpose? This short, sweet story includes plenty of depth and serves as a catalyst for discussion of human interaction with the landscape around us. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: February 12 – 16, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
February 12 – 16, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers, and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


See your banner here! Sponsor Weekdays in Western MA!

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Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington

Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. — http://www.johnettedowning.com/

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 10th & 11th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: An intimate look at the traditions associated with New Orleans music and the preservation of those traditions through the work of local musicians and educators who mentor young talent. For more information, visit http://greatmuseums.org.


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  • Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
  • Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
  • The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
  • The Rock’n’roll Years)
  • Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
  • Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
  • Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
  • Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
  • Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
  • Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
  • Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
  • Hits)
  • Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
  • Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
  • Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
  • Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
  • Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for February 10th & 11th, 2018

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

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for February 10th – 16th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

TODAY! Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th, in Easthampton

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Big News from Hilltown Families!

And, finally, we have a very special announcement: Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/jobs. Please spread the word!


February 10th – 16th, 2018

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Suggested Events for February 10th – 16th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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

Big News from Hilltown Families!

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: Executive Director Job Description. Please spread the word!

Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Summer Camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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Feb. 21

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – 65 Milltion Years in the Making! Two Shows February Vacation Week! February 21, 2PM & 7PM at CityStage, Springfield. Observe, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t miss a minute of it. Click here for more info. Buy tickets here.

Feb 10

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, NEAM will hold a paper airplane contest throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

Feb 10

This Saturday, February 10 from 10am-4pm join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary! Free admission and a free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, and enjoy art making, films and, storytimes. The Center Dance Studio will kick off an Elephant & Piggie dance party inspired by Mo Willems’ book, Elephants Cannot Dance. Free round-trip bus transportation from Holyoke and Greenfield, courtesy of King Ward Coach Lines. Seating is limited. Call 413-559-6301 or email info@carlemuseum.org to reserve bus seats. Visit carlemuseum.org for a complete schedule. Special thanks to First Book and Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Feb 19-23

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum during February School Vacation Week! Explore 3 giant exhibit hangars filled w/over 60 historic aircraft & experience the wonders of flight through daily hands-on activities including Build & Fly Challenges, interactive Flight Science Demos, computerized Flight Simulators, and Open Cockpit Experiences in historic aircraft. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, 3 screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10+). Additional learning opportunities include a Balsa Wood Airplane Workshop (Feb 19), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 20), Parachute Drop (Feb 21), Frisbee Fun (Feb 22) and Straw Rocket Launch (Feb 23). More info at www.neam.org.

Feb & Apr

Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts has been empowering children in the Pioneer Valley since 1993. Located in Northampton with classes also in Greenfield and Ashfield, Spirit of the Heart offers open enrollment for 4-18 year olds. Children are lovingly coached to find focus, control, expression, strength and resilience to face everyday challenges. The class blends martial arts, meditation, communication skills, self-defense and fun fitness. Spirit of the Heart is committed to protecting your child. Just like you are. The first class is always free. February and April Vacation Camps and Summer Camps are filling up fast! Join Us For Your Free Introduction. For more information, email: nohokungfu@gmail.com

20% Off

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Oak Meadow! Take 20% off in their bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Exploring education options for your child next year? Oak Meadow’s creative, flexible homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The 36-week print curriculum includes all you need for a year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individual courses for high school, or just stock up on books and supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! Questions? Send ‘em to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor will be in touch.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 10th – 16th, 2018

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Valentine’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.

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Off the Mat: Aspiring to Reverence and Love

Aspiring to Reverence and Love

While his wife was pregnant with their one and only, my friend found himself chatting with a colleague’s husband. Impending parenthood seemed a safe topic. “The difference between hitting your kids and not is knowing when to leave the room,” the man volunteered. My idealistic father-to-be friend found this odd. Startling. Inappropriate. But he chalked it up to the teller’s awkward reputation.

Until their daughter was two and the truth of the conversation came flooding back on waves of shame, realization, and thankfully, restraint.

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Weekdays in Western MA: February 5 – 9, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
February 5 – 9, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand (Podcast/Radio Show)

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African Music Episode with Guest DJ, Jay Sand

Jay Sand of All Around This World, a global music and world cultures experience for kids and their families, takes us on a journey around the magnificently musical continent of Africa. Join Jay to explore African music that originates from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar. Bring the whole family along to meet Africa through music! – www.allaroundthisworld.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 3rd & 4th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Mansa Musa, the 14th-century African king of the Mali Empire, is said to have amassed a fortune that possibly made him one of the wealthiest people who ever lived. Jessica Smith tells the story of how Mansa Musa literally put his empire – and himself – on the map.” – TED-ED. View full lesson here.


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All Around This World – “We Are Happy (West Africa)” [All Around This World: Africa]
Khaled – “Aalach Tloumouni” [Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms]
All Around This World – “Carnaval” – [All Around This World: Africa]
Muluken Melesse – “Nanu Nanu Ney” – [Muluken Melesse Volume 1]
All Around This World – “Tulo Tulo” – [All Around This World: Africa]
E.T. Mensah – “Ghana-Guinea-Mali” [Day By Day]
Fela Kuti – “Opposite People” [Opposite People/Sorrow Tears and Blood]
Babatunde Olatunji – “Akiwowo (Chant of the Trainman)” [Drums of Passion]
All Around This World – “Sai” [All Around This World: Africa]
Oliver Mtukudzi – “Pindurai Mambo” [Paivepo]
Smithsonian Folkways (Vocalists unlisted), “Thinantsha” [This Land is My Land: South African Freedom Songs]
Jaojoby – “Tsy Akeo” [E Tiako–Madagascar]
All Around This World – “Kora” [All Around This World: Africa]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Feb. 3rd & 4th

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

MAP

Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events February 3rd – 9th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Big News from Hilltown Families!

And, finally, we have a very special announcement: Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/jobs. Please spread the word!


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February 3rd – 9th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
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Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, Feb. 10th!

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall!

As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party!

These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

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Suggested Events for February 3rd – 9th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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

Big News from Hilltown Families!

Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director!

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development. We began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now Hilltown Families serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.

As Hilltown Families has grown, community organizers and educators in other regions of the country began reaching out to inquire how they too could create a similar network in their communities. Wildfield realized the power a collective of community-based educational networks could have in spearheading a movement towards a culture of intentional learning. While Wildfield’s work has moved to replicate the Hilltown Families model elsewhere, she continues to write for and consult with the staff and board of directors of the local Hilltown Families organization.

Hilltown Families is now seeking a half-time Executive Director to shepherd the next level of growth of the local organization. Further information about the opportunity is available here: Executive Director Job Description. Please spread the word!

LAST DAY to Sign Up for Hilltown Families’ Handmade Valentine Swap!

It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past nine years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Last year our community generated over 1,550 handmade valentines! Let’s do it again!

Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Summer Camp Directory

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesMARKET 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. On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special post titled: 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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Feb 3

Smith College Campus School Open House. Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, February 3, from 9:30-11:30am at the school (Gill Hall, 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA 01063). Tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit their website, www.smith.edu/sccs/.

Feb 3

Sunnyside invites you to sing, dance, and play with them at their Winter Concert featuring Dan Bern! When: February 3rd, 11am – 1 pm. Where: Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street, Florence MA. Cost: $8/person and $25/family admission at the door. For advanced sales, call: 413-727-3665. Enjoy spirited kids’ music and pizza for lunch, leaving with a smile and some new friends! Don’t know Dan’s music yet? Check it out here: danbern.bandcamp.com. Sunnyside is accepting applications for Fall 2018 enrollment. This family concert is a great way to talk to parents and staff about their toddler and preschool programs. Sponsors: Greenfield Savings Bank and Wohl Family Dentistry.

Feb 3-10

WinterFest Amherst 2018 has expanded to 8 Days and 7 Nights of winter fun and celebrations. Running from February 3 to February 10, 2018, this fun-filled winter-themed festival will bring together the community to celebrate the joys of winter. On February 3 WinterFest Amherst gets started with events including Story Time at the Jones Library, Luminaria on the Amherst Town Commons, WinterFest Challenge Cup hockey game and much more! WinterFest ends with Fireworks on Saturday, February 10, at the Grand Finale Event from 1-6 pm at the Cherry Hill Golf Course in North Amherst. Check out over 25 events that have already been scheduled on the Amherst Leisure Services website, www.lsse.org or find us on Facebook by searching ‘Winterfest Amherst.’

Feb 4

Sunday, Feb. 4th: The Center School Admissions Open House, 2-4pm. The Center School is a preschool – 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Come explore the school for a birds-of-prey themed Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open & teachers will be on hand with bird-related activities planned for kids of all ages. Come early to enjoy a live presentation with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi from 1-2pm. Meet Center School staff, parents, & students and learn what a Center School education is all about. Light refreshments available.The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers & creative spirits for more than 35 years and is accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2018.

Feb 10

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT will hold an Open Cockpit Day on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. Also on that day, NEAM will hold a paper airplane contest throughout the day. All activities are free with museum admission. For more information and directions to the museum, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.

Feb & Apr

Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts has been empowering children in the Pioneer Valley since 1993. Located in Northampton with classes also in Greenfield and Ashfield, Spirit of the Heart offers open enrollment for 4-18 year olds. Children are lovingly coached to find focus, control, expression, strength and resilience to face everyday challenges. The class blends martial arts, meditation, communication skills, self-defense and fun fitness. Spirit of the Heart is committed to protecting your child. Just like you are. The first class is always free. February and April Vacation Camps and Summer Camps are filling up fast! Join Us For Your Free Introduction. For more information, email: nohokungfu@gmail.com

Feb.

Back by popular demand: $5 Family Films at Amherst Cinema during the month of February! From live action to animation and from classics to new releases, this diverse film lineup is sure to delight kids big and small. Travel to the fairy tale kingdom of Florin with The Princess Bride on 2/3, befriend a lovable alien in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on 2/10, enjoy award-winning shorts with Kid Flix 2 on 2/17 and 2/20 through 2/23, meet three brilliant African American women at NASA in Hidden Figures on 2/19, and explore the magic of poetry in Window Horses on 2/24. For tickets and info visit: www.amherstcinema.org/series/family-films.

20%   Off

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Oak Meadow! Take 20% off in their bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Exploring education options for your child next year? Oak Meadow’s creative, flexible homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The 36-week print curriculum includes all you need for a year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individual courses for high school, or just stock up on books and supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! Questions? Send ‘em to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor will be in touch.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 3rd – 9th, 2018

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Sign Up Before It’s Too Late!

Thursday, February 1st is the LAST DAY to sign up for the Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again! For the past ten years, Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. Sign up below! It’s FREE to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts!

A handmade valentine swap gives local families an opportunity to be creative together while connecting with other families in Western Massachusetts. Through the swap, participating families mail out handmade valentines to ten assigned addresses, and in return, they receive handmade valentines from ten other participating families. The cards can be handmade by any combination of child and adult, so if your kids aren’t completely up to the task, or if an adult would like to make their own design, there’s flexibility. All are welcomed!

Deadline to sign up (below) is Thursday, February 1st. On Friday (2/2/18), you will be emailed your assigned names/address of participants to mail your handmade valentines to. Everyone is kindly requested to mail your valentines off by Wednesday, February 7th.

If interested in participating this year, the information below must be filled out and submitted by Thursday, February 1st, 2018. Participation is free and open to all residents living in the four counties of Western MA, including Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.
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Berkshire Family Fun: February 2018

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
February 2018

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of February. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!
There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:


Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Sandisfield, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Winter Festivals: 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.

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The Good Life: An Unexpected Journey Through Dog Rescue and Adoption.

The Good Life: A Year of Thoughtful Seasons by Sarah Mattison Buhl

Any Damn Thing Can Happen: An Unexpected Journey Through Dog Rescue and Adoption.

A friend once said to me after a shocking turn of events in her life, “Any damn thing can happen.” The more revolutions I make around the sun, the more evidence I see of this understated truism. It is apparent in happenings both life-changing and unremarkable. Sometimes you win the lottery; sometimes the socks match up. Life after 40 is a game of chance, not skill. With luck, you will get to 50 on the right side of the grass, but along the way, you will be surprised again and again.

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Weekdays in Western MA: January 29th – February 2nd, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
January 29th – February 2nd, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS “Children’s Songs from Around the World” Episode, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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“Children’s Songs from Around the World” Episode, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn

This week, The Hilltown Family Variety Show brings you Children’s Songs from Around the World, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn! Priscilla is a singer-songwriter who recently debuted her first album for children and their parents.  In this episode, she shares some of her favorite songs from places around the world (real and imaginary).  No matter the language or culture, Priscilla believes we can all connect through enjoying good music together. – www.priscillaahn.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 27th & 28th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Lullabies from Around the World


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  • Priscilla Ahn – “Body Sounds” [LA LA LA]
  • Hikaru Utada – “Boku Wa Kuma” [こころに響く NHK みんなのうた ベスト ]
  • Caetano Veloso – “O Leaozinho” [Caetano Veloso]
  • African Moonlight Stories Voices – “Babalawo Mo Wa Bebe” [African Moonlight Stories Folksongs – EP]
  • Kishore Kumar – “Ina Mina Dika” [Bollywood Productions Present – The Glory Days, Vol. 32]
  • Neil Young – “Sugar Mountain [Live]” [Sugar Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968]
  • Grethe Agatz – “Ekkoleg” [Viva La Muerte Soundtrack]
  • Harry Nilsson – “The Town (Narration)” [The Point!]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Me and My Arrow” [The Point!]
  • Mercedes Sosa – “Duerme, Negrito (Album Version)” [30 Años]
  • Deserts Chang – “Bao Bei (in a day)” [My Life Will…]
  • Hui Ohana – “Nanakuli” [Young Hawaii Plays Old Hawaii]
  • Lee Dahyun – “Mother” [Lee Dahyun Piano]
  • Cat Stevens – “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” [Footsteps in the Dark – Greatest Hits, Vol. 2]
  • Priscilla Ahn – “Dream” [A Good Day]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary &Family Guide for January 27th & 28th, 2018

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

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Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events for January 27th – February 2nd, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

And, this weekend, we have a very special announcement: Hilltown Families is stepping out as National Model and seeks a new Executive Director! Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families Steps Out as National Model, Seeks New Executive Director

Hilltown Families Steps Out as National Model,
Seeks New Executive Director

In her 2013 TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, Wildfield shared her vision for creating sustainable and resilient communities by strengthening a sense of place through community-based education. This vision led her to create a community tool which families, local businesses, and cultural institutions can use to connect and share community-based educational and placemaking opportunities.

Working towards creating a culture of intentional learning, Sienna Wildfield founded Hilltown Families in 2005 as an innovative approach to education and community-development.

Over twelve years later, Hilltown Families is an award-winning non-profit with a Board of Directors consisting of educators, technology experts, and business people. With over 2.2 million visits to our website, we have 6,000 plus subscribers who receive our free eNewsletter every week, and hundreds of participating institutions who partner with us to reach new audiences, contributing to Wildfield’s vision to create a culture of intentional learning. Hilltown Families began as a simple email listserv for families living in the rural regions of Massachusetts, and now serves all four counties of western Massachusetts, sharing tens of thousands of community-based educational events, resources, and opportunities over the years for all generations and all levels of learning.  Read the rest of this entry »

Suggested Events for January 27th – February 2nd, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I look forward to this every winter. Chases the winter blues away! Thanks for organizing.” (Deerfield, MA Participant) – Join your neighbors for the 10th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap. Sign up before Feb. 1st HERE!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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

Saturday Morning Dance Party, Feb. 10th

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap!

It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past nine years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Last year our community generated over 1,550 handmade valentines! Let’s do it again!

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Open House Jan 28

Join the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill for an Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 3-4:30pm. Tour the school and meet classroom teachers and the music and visual arts studio teachers. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. Now offering three-, four-, and five-day schedules in all age groups. Currently accepting applications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for summer and fall 2018. Tours are available Monday through Friday, and the school is located at 28 Lyman Road in Northampton, MA. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact cece@smith.edu or 413-585-3290.

Jan 27

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 27, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish at 11:45am. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Jan 27

Parenting is hard work! Guadalupe Healing Arts is here to help with weekly Saturday classes in Amherst starting January 27 for children ages 2-6. Spend a sweet moment with your child and other parents in a safe and nurturing space. Learn fun and simple tools such as breathing, inspiring yoga stories, games and yoga movements that can help you and your child manage stress, improve the immune system and help with body awareness. These classes will help you set up a daily practice that you and your child can do together at home. Registration is required as space is limited. Location: 20 Dickinson Street in Amherst, MA. Email info@guadalupehealingarts.com for a coupon to a trial class. For more info visit guadalupehealingarts.com.

Feb 3

Smith College Campus School Open House. Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, February 3, from 9:30-11:30am at the school (Gill Hall, 33 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA 01063). Tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit their website, www.smith.edu/SCCS.

Feb 3-10

WinterFest Amherst 2018 has expanded to 8 Days and 7 Nights of winter fun and celebrations. Running from February 3 to February 10, 2018, this fun-filled winter-themed festival will bring together the community to celebrate the joys of winter. On February 3 WinterFest Amherst gets started with events including Story Time at the Jones Library, Luminaria on the Amherst Town Commons, WinterFest Challenge Cup hockey game and much more! WinterFest ends with Fireworks on Saturday, February 10, at the Grand Finale Event from 1-6 pm at the Cherry Hill Golf Course in North Amherst. Check out over 25 events that have already been scheduled on the Amherst Leisure Services website, www.lsse.org or find us on Facebook by searching ‘Winterfest Amherst.’

Feb 4

Sunday, Feb. 4th: The Center School Admissions Open House, 2-4pm. The Center School is a preschool – 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Come explore the school for a birds-of-prey themed Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open & teachers will be on hand with bird-related activities planned for kids of all ages. Come early to enjoy a live presentation with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi from 1-2pm. Meet Center School staff, parents, & students and learn what a Center School education is all about. Light refreshments available. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers & creative spirits for more than 35 years and is accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2018.

Feb 19-23

Looking for something fun and creative for your kids during the February break? Check out Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp with Sarah Marcus and Felicia Sloin! This one-week camp runs Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 from 9am-3pm and will feature theater games, singing, drumming, movement, and fun times with creative friends for ages 7-11. Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp takes place at the Lander Grinspoon Academy at 257 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. The cost for the week is $250. For more information, email sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.com and check out their other classes and camps online: www.valleyperformanceplayground.com.

Accepting applications for fall 2018. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209. www.bement.org.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 27th – February 2nd, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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