100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 18-31, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jan 16-19 & 23-26

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

Jan 18

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Jan 28

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.


The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House Jan 25

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

MARKET 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 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 18-31, 2020

Saturday, Jan 18Sunday, Jan 19
Monday, Jan 20Tuesday, Jan 21Wednesday, Jan 22
Thursday, Jan 23Friday, Jan 24

Saturday, Jan 25Sunday, Jan 26
Monday, Jan 27Tuesday, Jan 28Wednesday, Jan 29
Thursday, Jan 30Friday, Jan 31

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Hilltown Families’ 12th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again! Hilltown Families celebrates 15 years in 2020, and for the past 12 years, we have coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap that connects community via loving-kindness. Making handmade valentines is an excellent way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday while being creative with your family and friends. Sign up to participate by Jan 31, 2020!

Jan 11-24, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Story Song Episode with Guest DJ, Dana

Who doesn’t love a good story? This episode of the HFVS is chock full of funny, silly stories set to upbeat music. Guest DJ, Dana has put together some of her favorite story songs from her own recordings and those of her favorite singing storytellers. From familiar tales like Dana’s rockin’ version of “The Gingerbread Man” and “On Top of Spaghetti” (given a groovy twist by Steve Blackwood) to entertaining yarns like “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” by Tom Paxton, each story will engage listeners young and old. Popular storytelling artists Bill Harley and Dan Crow are included among other delightful performers.

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 11th & 12th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Follow the Leader” by Dana


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PLAYLIST

  • Dana – “Once Upon A Time (Never Rocked This Way)” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • The Fairy Tale Pops – “Huffin’ and Puffin’ Rebuffin’” [Happily Ever Laughter: Funny Fairy Tale Songs]
  • Andy Z – “Ooga Booga” [Single]
  • Dana – “The Gingerbread Man” [Dana’s Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales]
  • Seth Decker & The Missing Piece – “Edna the Elephant” [Intergalactic Tour]
  • Dan Crow – “The Ballad of Reuben Rooster” [Oops!]
  • Bill Harley – “A Walk Around the Block” [The Best Candy In the Whole World]
  • Steve Blackwood – “On Top of Spaghetti” [On Top of Spaghetti – Classic Children’s Fairy Tales]
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – “A Flea and a Fly in a Flue” [Rockin’ the Uke]
  • Dana – “Barnyard Hoedown” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Lou Del Bianco – “Nikki, Terror of the Family” [When I Was A Kid]
  • Katherine Dines – “Goodness Gracious Snakes Alive” [Hunk Ta Bunk Ta BOO]
  • Tom Paxton – “The Pizza That Ate Chicago” [Your Shoes, My Shoes]
  • Dana – “Fish Tale” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Norman Foote – “Spider Dan” [Pictures on the Fridge]

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LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Salt Science to Rye Bread. Basket Coiling to Eastern White Pine.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

EntomologyZoologyOrnithologyBotanyEconomicsPhysicsDendrologyCritical ThinkingInvestingBeekeepingNative SpeciesBirds of PreyNature Scavenger HuntMedia LiteracyComputer CodingVideo GamesChessYoYoLEGOsSalt ScienceMusic StudiesClassical MusicSingingArt StudiesFigure DrawingLandscape PaintingPotteryIce SculptingChinese CalligraphyMandarinSewingBasket CoilingWhite PineBookselling HistoryMark TwainPhotographyIce SkatingHikingNew England HistoryIllumination HistoryWomen’s HistoryEqual RightsFour FreedomsDrag StorytimeFolkloreHerbal MedicineMedical HistoryPolioAromatherapyBaking ArtsRye BreadFood TourMindful EatingForest Bathing

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 11-17, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 11-24, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jan 16-19 & 23-26

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

Jan 18

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House: Jan 11

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Info Sessions Jan 11, 29 & Feb 3

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or go to www.fourriverscharter.org/admissions.

Open House Jan 25

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Early Bird Discount

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp allows children to 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 guide campers as they enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children become more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. For ages 4-12. Early bird discount available before March 1st. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

MARKET 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 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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

 


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

Saturday, Jan 11Sunday, Jan 12
Monday, Jan 13Tuesday, Jan 14Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16Friday, Jan 17

Saturday, Jan 18Sunday, Jan 19
Monday, Jan 20Tuesday, Jan 21Wednesday, Jan 22
Thursday, Jan 23Friday, Jan 24

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Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, Feb. 1st

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 from 10am-12noonHilltown Families and Flywheel will again be continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! 

While enjoying a community breakfast of fresh pancakes, fruit, juice, and coffee, Scotty Swan will present his Totally Rad Magic Show! Scotty has wowed us before with his puppetry and magic, but this time he will offer a magic show with bigger illusions, more audience participation, and so much more.

Following the breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning the best family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon.” 

“Hilltown Families and Flywheel strive to build community through collaboration and community engagement,” says Hilltown Families Founder, Sienna Wildfield. “Getting families with children of all ages out during the winter has its challenges. Through collaboration, we hope to build and maintain a sense of community for children and their parents by sharing food, enjoying and creating art, and dancing”. Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! It’s cheaper than a night out and just as much fun! 

This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit Flywheel, which, throughout 2019, celebrated its 20th year as a volunteer-run, non-profit community arts space.

This event is the second in a series of three for Winter 2020. The next Saturday Morning Music Party will be held on Saturday, March 14, 10am-12pm.

Flywheel Arts Collective is located in Old Town Hall (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA. 

For more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/HilltownFamilies

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UMass Fine Arts Center to host Family Fun Series!

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Experience the wonder and excitement of live theater as a snowstorm, Chinese fairytales, and favorite storybook characters as they come to life on stage at the UMass Fine Arts Center (FAC) in Amherst! An affordable way to introduce children to the magic of live performances, the FAC Family Fun Series, happening on select weekday evenings this year at 7:30pm brings families together, spark creativity, and engage the imagination as only a live performance can. It’s not only got great entertainment, but it’s also guaranteed quality family time! Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 4-17, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Expectations Episode with Guest DJs, Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Expectations Episode with Guest DJs,
Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band

Join Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band as they guest DJ this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show. This week’s theme is EXPECTATIONS. You’ll hear songs that, one way or another, are about meeting or defying expectations. You might not expect a whole radio show about expectations to be fun, but they promise: it will be!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 4th & 5th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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1. Walter Martin – “Wishing Well” [My Kinda Music]
2. Randy Kaplan, “Shampoo Me” [Five Cent Piece]
3. Raffi – “Bananaphone” [Bananaphone]
4. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Underwear Spaghetti” [Louis and Dan and the
Invisible Band]
5. Caspar Baby Pants – “Go Slow Sluggy” [Sleep Tight!]
6. Pete Seeger – “Little Boxes” [Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection]
7. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Yupster Food Song/Hotdog” [Louis and Dan
and the Invisible Band]
7. Lisa Loeb – “Opposite Day” [Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake
and Other Zany Songs]
8. Randy Newman – “Memo to my Son” [Sai Away]
9. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Can We Get Along” [Let’s Imagine]
10. John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” [Double Fantasy]
11. Jolly Pops – “Bad bad dinosaur” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
12. Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band – “Cheese Digest” [Let’s Imagine]
13. Haley Bonar – “Sing with me” [Sing With Me]
14. Ella Jenkins – “Big Bigger Biggest” [Growing Up With Ella Jenkins]
15. Sharon Lois and Bram – “A You’re Adorable” [Great Big Hits]
16. Ella Fitzgerald. “Do you know the muffin man?” [The Early Years – Part 2]
17. Cat Stevens – “Peace Train” [Teaser and the Firecat]

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Winter Sports to Chinese New Year. Polish Heritage to Needle Felting.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Self-DefenseQi GongWinter SportsOutfittingWinter FitnessIce SkatingFencingMindfulness MovementHistory WalkNew England HistoryVotingArt StudiesChinese PaintingAfrican ArtPolish HeritageAustrian MusicThree Kings DayChinese New YearMuseum AdventuresNeedle FeltingFiber ArtPotteryFigure DrawingSewingMusic StudiesSing AlongOrchestraSTEMPhysicsComputer LabCodingLEGOsChessYoYosOrigamiExperiential LearningCritical ThinkingMindfulnessCreative Free-PlaySustainabilityCommunity MealCivicsMarine BiologyIchthyologyBotanyGreenhouseCoffee ShopsCommunity MealCook Book ClubMedia LiteracyLanguage ArtsLiteracyZinesBook ArtsStorytimeWord Games

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 4-10, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 4-17, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jan 18

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Open House: Jan 11

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Auditions: Jan 5

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

Saturday, Jan 4Sunday, Jan 5
Monday, Jan 6Tuesday, Jan 7Wednesday, Jan 8
Thursday, Jan 9Friday, Jan 10

Saturday, Jan 11Sunday, Jan 12
Monday, Jan 13Tuesday, Jan 14Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16Friday, Jan 17

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Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
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The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

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Food Traditions that Ring in the New Year

Travel the Globe with New Year Food Traditions

Families can celebrate the beginning of Japan’s new year by enjoying toshikoshi soba – a dish that symbolizes long life and good luck in the coming year.

On December 31st, most of the world celebrates the coming of a new year. And this year we’re ushering in a new decade! Throughout the last and first days of the year, many countries mark the new beginning with different cultural celebrations. Food, in particular, plays an essential role in these celebrations and is thought to serve as a  symbol of things to come in the new year. This year, learn about cultures around the world while adding fun and delicious customs to your family’s traditions for marking the new year.

Countries on Asia’s Pacific coast celebrate the new year hours before we do here in western Massachusetts, and families can mark the beginning of Japan’s new year by enjoying toshikoshi soba – a dish that symbolizes long life and good luck in the coming year. In English, the dish’s name means “year-bridging,” and it’s imperative to slurp entire noodles (rather than biting them in half) to ensure that toshikoshi will, in fact, guarantee a long life. Since Japan’s new year begins about fourteen hours before ours does, make toshikoshi for a New Year’s Eve lunch or enjoy on New Year’s Day!

On New Year’s Eve in Spain, tradition dictates that everyone eat grapes at the stroke of midnight. Grapes are devoured – one for each stroke of the clock – and symbolize the twelve months of the upcoming year. Taste them carefully, though – while each sweet grape symbolizes a sweet month to come, a sour grape signifies a month to watch out for! Begin your dinner with grapes to celebrate along with the Spaniards, whose midnight comes six hours before ours… Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Day Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective

On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective located in the old Town Hall (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA, on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon.! New this year: local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” 

This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 28, 2019 – Jan 10, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Songs of Hope & Healing Episode with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Songs of Hope & Healing Episode
with Guest DJ, Alastair Moock

Listen to Podcast:

Alastair Moock Guest DJs our Songs of Hope & Healing Episode. Alastair and his twin girls guide us through a selection of songs that remind us of the small joys and sometimes difficult moments that pull us together. These new and old rootsy tunes — from Pete Seeger to The Okee Dokee Brothers — will have you and your kids dancing, singing, and hugging!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 28th & 29th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Alastair Moock music video for “When I Get Bald” from the album Singing Our Way Through: World’s Bravest Kids, an CD for kids with (and without) cancer.


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PLAYLIST

  • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem – “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” [Ranky Tanky]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Brother” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “Take a Little Walk With Me (Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell)” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith and One World Children’s Chorus – “Grateful (Feat. Dan Zanes)” [Welcome to the Village]
  • Grenadilla – “Peace Will Come” [Grenadilla]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “B-R-A-V-E” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Rosie Grier – “It’s All Right to Cry” [Free to Be… You and Me]
  • Lori Henriques – “Curiosity” [The World Is A Curious Place To Live]
  • Mister G – “Friends” [Bugs]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “This Little Light of Mine” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Pete Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big]
  • Justin Roberts – “Fruit Jar” [Pop Fly]
  • Alastair Moock and Friends – “When I Get Bald” [Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids]
  • Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds (Alternate Mix)” [Songs Of Freedom]
  • Papa Crow – “That’s the Life For Me” [Things That Roar]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Peace Like a River” [You Are My Little Bird]

[Original broadcast: September 14th & 15th, 2013]

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Scuba Diving to Ice Skating. New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

AstronomyConstellationsStar GazingNew Years EveFamily Dance PartyIntergenerationalMenorah LightingHanukkahThree Kings DayLEGOsSTEMRocketsModel AirplanesPsychologyPaleontologyFossilsOutdoor AdventuresMusic StudiesSongwritingOrchestraArt StudiesBotanical IllustrationsMonetSportsOutfittingGymnasticsIce SkatingHikingScuba DivingNew England HistoryPerformance ArtPuppetryMarionettesGingerbreadPancakesCookbooksAgricultureAyurvedaHindu MedicineMagicFirst NightFirst Hike

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 28, 2019 – January 3, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


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

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Bulletin Board

Dec 26 – 30

Holiday Vacation Programs: With schools out for the holidays, the New England Air Museum is hosting a series of daily interactive workshops. Activities will be offered from 10:30am-2:30pm each day and are included with admission (unless otherwise noted). Workshops include Lunar Landscape Painting (12/26), 1st Annual LEGO Brick Aircraft Contest (12/27), Marshmallow Constellations (12/28), Straw Rocket Challenge (12/29), and a Model Airplane Workshop & Demonstrations (12/30). The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closing at 3pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For more information about these and other events, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located at 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT.

Jan 1

Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House: Jan 11

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Info Sessions Jan 11, 29 & Feb 3

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or go to www.fourriverscharter.org/admissions.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 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.

Auditions: Jan 5

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Saturday, Dec 28Sunday, Dec 29
Monday, Dec 30Tuesday, Dec 31Wednesday, Jan 1
Thursday, Jan 2Friday, Jan 3

Saturday, Jan 4Sunday, Jan 5
Monday, Jan 6Tuesday, Jan 7Wednesday, Jan 8
Thursday, Jan 9Friday, Jan 10

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Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
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The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

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10 Picture Books for the Holidays

Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 3, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS City Songs with Jesse Goldman of Moozika! (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS City Songs with Jesse Goldman of Moozika!

Jesse Goldman of Moozika! shares joyful city-based adventure songs that highlight the
diversity of cultures, languages, and music in urban settings.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 21st & 22nd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Live performance from 2018 of Moozika’s original song ‘Supa Dupa Soup.’


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PLAYLIST

  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Subway Train” [Live on the Fourth of July]
  • Moozika! – “Moose on the Loose” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats – “Sounds of Summer” [All the Sounds]
  • Barbatuques – “Baiâo Destemperado” [Corpo Do Som]
  • Sonia de los Santos – “¡Alegria!” [Alegria]
  • Moozika! – “Brooklyn Baby” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Mil’s Trills, Amelia Robsinson – “Plinkity Plonk” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Katie Ha Ha Ha – “Beautiful City” [These Things Go Together]
  • Vered – “Little Bit Tough” [Songs for Sisters and Brothers]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Eh La Bas” [Swing set]
  • Moozika! – “Supa Dupa Soup” [Moove to the Moozika!]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Don’t Poop on Me Pigeon” [Triathlon]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Rainbow Bagels from Outer Space” [Brooklyn Baby!]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Living For The City” [The Definitive Collection]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Shine” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Mil’s Trills, Amelia Robinson – “Put Your Pants On” [Ridiculous Nonsense]
  • Hopalong Andrew – “Thank God I’m a City Boy” [Hopalong Andrew]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Cuantos Tacos (The Taco Song)” [Adelante]
  • Moozika! – “Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro” [Moove to the Moozika!]Save

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ GingerbreadSufganiyotSolsticeSanta ♦

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Chanukah CelebrationKwanzaaSolsticeSantaNew England ChristmasChristmas HistoryLocal HistoryUrban LifeHoliday Train RideAviationPuppet ShowMerry Go RoundBoard GamesIce SkatingGymnasticsPhysicsMakerspaceTreesCandlelit HikeSpiral WalkSolstice CelebrationWinter SolsticeAstronomyFilm StudiesHoliday FilmMYO SoapMYO OrnamentMYO MenorahDance StudiesIrish DanceKlezmer MusicSing AlongCommunity MealPastry ArtsGingerbreadSufganiyotMuseum AdventuresLight FestivalLight DisplaysMenorah LightingLuminaries

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 21-27, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


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

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: December 21, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peak of our newest podcast! Ticket giveaways!


Bulletin Board

Dec 26 – 30

Holiday Vacation Programs: With schools out for the holidays, the New England Air Museum is hosting a series of daily interactive workshops. Activities will be offered from 10:30am-2:30pm each day and are included with admission (unless otherwise noted). Workshops include Lunar Landscape Painting (12/26), 1st Annual LEGO Brick Aircraft Contest (12/27), Marshmallow Constellations (12/28), Straw Rocket Challenge (12/29), and a Model Airplane Workshop & Demonstrations (12/30). The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closing at 3pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For more information about these and other events, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located at 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT.

Jan 1

Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Dec 21

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Auditions: Jan 5

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Open House: Jan 11

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 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.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 21, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Saturday, Dec 21Sunday, Dec 22
Monday, Dec 23Tuesday, Dec 24Wednesday, Dec 25
Thursday, Dec 26Friday, Dec 27

Saturday, Dec 28Sunday, Dec 29
Monday, Dec 30Tuesday, Dec 31Wednesday, Jan 1
Thursday, Jan 2Friday, Jan 3

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
Suggest an Eventen Español


The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 14-27, 2019: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Love Activist Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Love Activist Episode
with Guest DJ, 
Charity Kahn

Listen to Podcast:

What does it mean to be a Love Activist? Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband takes listeners on a musical axnd philosophical journey examining how we all, whether young or old, can use our love, kindness, time, resources and gifts to bring positive change to the world.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 14th & 15th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Valentine” by Charity and the JAMband.


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Listen to Podcast:

PLAYLIST

  • Stevie Wonder – “Love’s In Need of Love” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Share Your Love” [EARTH]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Stand Up for You” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Heart – “Love Alive” [Little Queen]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Lemonade” [Family Values]
  • Cat Stevens – “Don’t Be Shy” [The Very Best of Cat Stevens]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Love Is Law” [Now, Then & Forever]
  • Joni Mitchel – “Big Yellow Taxi” [Ladies of the Canyon]
  • The Invisible Bee – “O People” [Brokedown Palace]
  • Mavis Staples – “For What It’s Worth” [Mavis Staples Live: Hope At the Hideout]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Peace Breath” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and their Grown-Ups]
  • The Invisible Bee – We Are Love” [Brokedown Palace]

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LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ Dance StudiesHoliday LightsNew England History CarolPastry Arts ♦

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

KindnessIntergenerationalCommunity MealLocally MadeOpen StudiosMYO OrnamentsYule CelebrationChristmasHoliday Light DisplaysHoliday StrollTrain RidesIce SkatingZoologyOrnithologyNocturnal AnimalsDendrologyWhite BirchAromatherapyPastry ArtsGingerbread HousesMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesPicture Book ArtsDr. SeussElfEmily DickinsonLiterature In TranslationStorytellingStory HourDance StudiesBalletNutcrackerA Christmas CarolIt’s A Wonderful LifeMusic StudiesWorld MusicAmerican Roots MusicSymphonySingingNew England HistoryBroadcast HistoryWinter Farmers’ Market

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 14-20, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


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

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: December 14-27, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Dec 13 – 15

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a show full of music, dance, song, and story to drive the dark away. A myth of the importance of music in our lives is told with the help of magical beasts in the form of puppets. The show includes traditional songs and dances along with new material from Rose Sheehan, Welcome Yule’s founder and Colin De la Barre. Enjoy the Abbots Bromley Horn dance, a sword dance, the now-familiar carols, a mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13th &14th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec.15th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $15, children 5 – 16 years and seniors $12. For reservations and information, see www.welcomeyule.org.

Dec 13-15

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 13 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience and is also ideal for young children. Select performances will have special guest entertainment and the chance to participate in a pre-show Storytime with Clara. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Dec 13 – 24

Santa’s Trains at Look Park: 
A holiday tradition for the whole family! Enjoy a magical evening with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elves. The Garden House will be transformed into a beautiful train station. Watch as model trains whizz by, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and of course, make sure you’re on the nice list! Santa’s Trains is open daily 4pm to 8pm December 13-23 and 10am to 2pm on December 24th. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Dec 14

Celebrate the opening of Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art on Sat., Dec. 14 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art w/exhibiting artists Elisa Kleven, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Barbara Lehman, Grace Lin, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, and Evan Turk. See their childhood art displayed next to their professional picture book art. Co-curator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will lead Now & Then artists in a series of fun drawing activities in the morning, while co-curator Grace Lin will lead artists in an afternoon discussion on ways to support the growing creativity of young artists. Plus, book signings, art activities & drop-in workshop w/Elisa Kleven to explore Texture Collages. Schedule at www.carlemuseum.org.

Dec 14

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 189th birthday at her home, the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 14, join the Museum for a festive open house from 1-4pm. Tour the houses for free, enjoy the holiday decorations and live music, create an artistic postcard to add to their project, “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” and enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome, and no fee or reservations are required. Emily Dickinson Museum. 413-542-8161. 280 Main St, Amherst, MA.

Dec 21

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

Holiday Shopping

“Curated toys for curious minds.” A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store, located in beautiful downtown Northampton, has a unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find quality toys for every age. A2Z has great developmental toys for infants and toddlers, programmable robots and sensory toys for kids, and fun strategy games and brainteasers for teens and adults! A2Z also has construction toys, books, stuffed animals, minerals, dress-up, remote control toys, crafts, and so much more! Click here for the A2Z Holiday Shopping Guide to see featured products. A2Z is located on 57 King Street across from Hotel Northampton. Look for the dinosaur! For more information, visit A2ZScience.com.

New Book Store

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Auditions: Jan 5

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 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.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 14-27, 2019

Saturday, Dec 14Sunday, Dec 15
Monday, Dec 16Tuesday, Dec 17Wednesday, Dec 18
Thursday, Dec 19Friday, Dec 20

Saturday, Dec 21Sunday, Dec 22
Monday, Dec 23Tuesday, Dec 24Wednesday, Dec 25
Thursday, Dec 26Friday, Dec 27

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HFVS Holiday Show Episode with Guest DJ, the Jolly Pops (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Holiday Show Episode with Guest DJ, the Jolly Pops

The Jolly Pops, the Happy Dads, guest host an hour of music and family fun celebrating the Holiday Season. Chompy the Alligator and Bacon the Pig take over for Mr. Billy who has gone Holiday shopping. They spin tunes, make a snowman and even enjoy a visit from Santa Claus himself.

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

FEATURED VIDEO: The Jolly Pops – “I Want a Puppy”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jolly Pops – “Bad Bad Dinosaur” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Feel What You Feel” [Feel What You Feel]
  • Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance” [I Hope You Dance]
  • Mason Jennings – “Table Hockey” [Music for MN Kids Vol. 1]
  • Medeski, Martin & Wood – “Pirates Don’t Take Baths” [Let’s Go Everywhere]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Can You Feel the Power?” [Hand in Hand]
  • Harry Connick Jr. – “Frosty the Snowman” [Harry for the Holidays]
  • Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band– “Aunt Maggie Nakeddooda Time” [Let’s Imagine]
  • The Jolly Pops – “I Want a Puppy” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Bunny Clogs – “Peaches and Frankie” [Music for MN Kids Vol.1]
  • John Mellencamp – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” [A Very Special Christmas]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Not Your Cheese” [Bad Bad Dinosaur]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Lucy and Tighty” [Music for MN Kids Vol.1]
  • Farewell Milwaukee – “You’re the Cure” [Music for MN Kids Vol. 1]
  • Bing Crosby – “White Christmas” [White Christmas]
  • Dan Zanes & Lou Reed – “What a Wonderful World” [Night Time!]Save

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ Holiday LightsNutcrackerChristmas CarolOrchestra

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter SportsCurlingIce SkatingOutfittingCollaborative ConsumptionMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesHigher EducationOrnithologyCrowsChristmas Bird CountChristmas FairCraft FairWinter FairHoliday StrollTree LightingLight FestivalYule CelebrationWinter LightsLantern Light ParadeHoliday Train RideCommunity MealIntergenerationalNon-CommercialOpen StudiosPlacemakingCreative Free-PlayToy ExchangeGingerbread BuildMYO GiftsOrigamiPapercraftsBook ArtsLiterature In TranslationHoliday StoriesMusic StudiesCarolingSing-A-LongChoralChorusOrchestraDance StudiesNutcrackerBalletA Christmas CarolHistoric ArchitectureSustainable ArchitectureNew England HistoryRestaurant HistoryFood StudiesFrench CulturePolish CultureWinter Farmers’ Market

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 7-13, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


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

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: December 7-20, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peak of our newest podcast! Ticket giveaways!


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Jan 1

Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Dec 7

Winter Fair! An alternative to traditional holiday buying, this fun and participatory Winter Fair on Dec. 7, 10am-3pm, at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton offers a chance to create homemade gifts and enjoy crafting, musical performances and delicious food! Many crafts use recycled and natural materials – including fairy houses, full-sized wreaths, jewelry, herbal sachets, and more. HCCPS is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing an arts-integrated approach. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery for students in Hampshire and Franklin counties. All proceeds from the Fair support the school’s library and educational programs. For information about the Fair or the school: www.hilltowncharter.org

Open House: Dec 8

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House event for interested families on Sunday, December 8, with presentations starting at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic programs and warm and inclusive community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. The Academy offers generous financial aid and daily round trip bus service from Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns. Imagine loving school every day. Details at www.charlemont.org.

Dec 13-15

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 13 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience and is also ideal for young children. Select performances will have special guest entertainment and the chance to participate in a pre-show Storytime with Clara. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Dec 13 – 15

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a show full of music, dance, song, and story to drive the dark away. A myth of the importance of music in our lives is told with the help of magical beasts in the form of puppets. The show includes traditional songs and dances along with new material from Rose Sheehan, Welcome Yule’s founder and Colin De la Barre. Enjoy the Abbots Bromley Horn dance, a sword dance, the now-familiar carols, a mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13th &14th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec.15th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $15, children 5 – 16 years and seniors $12. For reservations and information, see www.welcomeyule.org.

Dec 13 – 24

Santa’s Trains at Look Park: 
A holiday tradition for the whole family! Enjoy a magical evening with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elves. The Garden House will be transformed into a beautiful train station. Watch as model trains whizz by, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and of course, make sure you’re on the nice list! Santa’s Trains is open daily 4pm to 8pm December 13-23 and 10am to 2pm on December 24th. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Dec 14

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 189th birthday at her home, the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 14, join the Museum for a festive open house from 1-4pm. Tour the houses for free, enjoy the holiday decorations and live music, create an artistic postcard to add to their project, “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” and enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome, and no fee or reservations are required. Emily Dickinson Museum. 413-542-8161. 280 Main St, Amherst, MA.

Dec 21

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

Sale

Nikki Gardner Photography is offering a sale on a Fall Mini Portrait Session through December 6th. These fun 30-minute sessions (in their Northampton studio or on location) are great for holiday cards and family portraits! The price of a mini session is $150 and includes 5 digital files; a non-refundable deposit of $50 saves your session date/time, and $100 is due at the session! Press-printed holiday cards: 25 cards for $50. Additional files, albums, and prints available. Nikki Gardner Photography offers boutique portrait and commercial photography for the artistic soul. For more info and to book your mini session: www.nikkigardnerphotography.com; nikki@nikkigardnerphotography.com; 978-684-2294.

New!

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Holiday Shopping

“Curated toys for curious minds.” A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store, located in beautiful downtown Northampton, has a unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find quality toys for every age. A2Z has great developmental toys for infants and toddlers, programmable robots and sensory toys for kids, and fun strategy games and brainteasers for teens and adults! A2Z also has construction toys, books, stuffed animals, minerals, dress-up, remote control toys, crafts, and so much more! Click here for the A2Z Holiday Shopping Guide to see featured products. A2Z is located on 57 King Street across from Hotel Northampton. Look for the dinosaur! For more information, visit A2ZScience.com.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 7-20, 2019

Saturday, Dec 7Sunday, Dec 8
Monday, Dec 9Tuesday, Dec 10Wednesday, Dec 11
Thursday, Dec 12Friday, Dec 13

Saturday, Dec 14Sunday, Dec 15
Monday, Dec 16Tuesday, Dec 17Wednesday, Dec 18
Thursday, Dec 19Friday, Dec 20

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
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The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

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