70 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 16-22, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover 70 community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp

Debut deadline:
February 28, 2019

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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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Home School Sale

Share the love! Take 20% off in Oak Meadow’s bookstore Feb 14 to 28. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full 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 stock up on other supplies to support your homeschooling journey. Share the love and tell your friends about this sweet discount! To learn more, sign up on our website for a Virtual Info Session, or send questions to info@oakmeadow.com and a friendly educational counselor contact you.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

Feb 18-22

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three 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 and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Feb 18 – 22

During February School Vacation Week, children ages 4-12 will be joining Multi-Arts in Amherst & Northampton for an exciting artistic journey, tapping into creativity and broadens horizons. Multi-Arts is a non-profit arts program dedicated to educating, inspiring, and delighting youth in the performance and visual arts. During the week of Feb18-22, six professional artists will be working with participating children, sharing their talents, and inspiring them to immerse themselves in art, theater, music, dance, miming, and more. Join in for 1 or 2 days, or the entire week. Full day & two half day options available. Financial aid is available. For more info, visit www.multi-arts.org, email info@multi-arts.org or call 413-584-7951. Space is limited.

Feb 23

Visit Look Park, February 23, 11am-3pm for the Winter Carnival. Bring your Christmas tree to add to the Christmas Tree Burn. The 413Eats Food Truck and Girl Scouts will be here for all of your snacking needs! To warm up grab a hula hoop from Hoop Joy or send your kids to the bounce houses to jump around for a bit! Enjoy carnival games, cookies, and hot cider! Learn about sled dog racing from the Hilltown Sleddogs with an informational session about sleddog racing from 11am- 12pm and 1pm-2pm, and first come, first serve rides to kids from 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Sleddog rides will end at the time listed to allow dogs to rest. Vehicle entrance fee does apply. Wristbands for unlimited games $10. Individual tickets $.50 cents. $5 Vehicle Entrance Fee.

Jun 23 – Aug 19

Rowe Center Summer Camps ♦ Rowe Center Youth Summer Camps have been touching the hearts and minds of young people since 1924. Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires, Rowe Summer Camps offer activities that balance individual freedom & responsibility to the community in a fun, relaxed, creative, energetic environment. The camps are overnight, co-ed, and for ages 8-19: Jr. High Camp (13-15yo) is from Jun 23-Jul 13. Young People’s Camp 1 (ages 8-10yo) is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11yo) is from Jul 21-27; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 1-week session is from Jul 14-20; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 2-week session is from Jul 14-27. Sr. High Camp (16-19yo) is from Jul 28-Aug 17. Camp costs are on a sliding fee scale. Scholarships available. Dates: Jun 23-Aug 19; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo; Contact: 413-339-4954 ♦ cara@rowecenter.orgrowecenter.org; Location: Rowe, MA.

Debut deadline:
February 28, 2019

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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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.


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February 16-22, 2019

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Using Valentine’s Day to Promote Social and Emotional Growth

Exploring Empathy at Valentine’s Day

Nobody is entirely sure who the real St. Valentine was – we can say with certainty that he lived in Rome at a time that’s a few centuries shy of being two millennia ago. With an existence that’s now so long ago and far away, it’s no wonder that the true story of St. Valentine has gotten lost in the shuffle somewhere. Whatever the origins of our modern love-centric Valentine’s Day are, the holiday brings about the opportunity for a mid-winter outpouring of love, friendship and appreciation toward those around us. While the early winter holiday season is a time for sharing and caring, Valentine’s Day allows us to emerge from the doldrums of winter ready to consider others in a new light: looking upon those around us with empathy and offering them support – or at the very least, learning to do so.  Read the rest of this entry »

Literature in Context: A Literary Guide for Valentine’s Day & Kindness


Using Valentine’s Day as a catalyst, this month’s literary book guide explores the theme of kindness. Kindness comes in many forms and can be rewarding in many ways. Most of all, it has an incredibly positive impact on those around you. Exploring titles with a theme of kindness presents opportunities to learn about and discuss ways to show kindness to people, animals, the earth, and ourselves. Check out the titles we’re featuring and download your free guide: Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

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Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about migration and hibernation, and dancing to keep ourselves warm.

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

Featured Video: “Kitty” by Flor Bromley off of the album Chiqui Music Boom


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  • John Legend – “Refuge or When It’s Cold Outside” [Get Lifted]
  • Tim Kubart – “Winter Wonderland” [written for Sesame Studios]
  • Super Agent 23 Skidoo – “PJs All Day” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • Flor Bromley – “Las Aves Vuelan/Birds Fly” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Snowing” [It’s the Holidays!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Snow Day” [Jungle Gym]
  • Caspar Babypants – “I Want To Be a Snowman” [Sing Along!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Keep Me Warm” [Winterland]
  • Erin Lee – “Snowdance” [Snowdance]
  • The Pop Ups – “Winter Beard” [Winter Beard – Single]
  • The Not-Its – “Freeze Tag” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Rose Coen – “Winter Solstice” [Musical Round-Up]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “The Penguin Song” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Flor Bromley – “Hibernation” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • STORY: Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail? – Iroquis Folktale told by Flor Bromley
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait to Hibernate” [Silliest Songs]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]

 

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55 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 9-15, 2019

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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 PublicityAwarded 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 partner with Hilltown Families through advertising and sponsorship. With over 8,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Feb 2-9

WinterFest Amherst 2019 returns with a week-long schedule of venues and events for the whole family, February 2-9. They’ll kick off the festivities with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with their signature Grand Finale including our fan-favorite events such as the Best-in-Snow Dog Show. Keep an eye on their online calendar that’s packed with 35+ more events including ice skating performances, hockey games, sledding, live music events, art classes, and much more! Produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation. Presented by local sponsors.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

Feb 18-22

Let your imagination soar at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during February School Vacation Week! Explore three 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 and computerized Flight Simulators. Visitors can also take to the skies at the museum’s Virtual Flight Center using advanced, three screen yoke & pedal flight simulators (ages 10w+). Additional learning opportunities include a Model Airplane Workshop (Feb 18), LEGO Flying Machine Contest (Feb 19), Foam Flyer Challenge (Feb 20), Fun with Constellation Viewers (Feb 21) and Straw Glider Challenge (Feb 22). More info at www.neam.org.

Feb 18-22

During February School Vacation Week, children ages 4-12 will be joining Multi-Arts in Amherst & Northampton for an exciting artistic journey, tapping into creativity and broadens horizons. Multi-Arts is a non-profit arts program dedicated to educating, inspiring, and delighting youth in the performance and visual arts. During the week of Feb18-22, six professional artists will be working with participating children, sharing their talents, and inspiring them to immerse themselves in art, theater, music, dance, miming, and more. Join in for 1 or 2 days, or the entire week. Full day & two half day options available. Financial aid is available. For more info, visit www.multi-arts.org, email info@multi-arts.org or call 413-584-7951. Space is limited.

Feb 19-22

Whole Children is pleased to offer a February School Vacation Program with two separate sections for school age kids ages 7 to 12 and for teens ages 13 to 17. The program will be offered Tuesday through Friday, February 19-22 from 9 am to 3 pm. Come experience 4-days of fun games and activities! There will be a mix of everything “Whole Children” at this camp – board games, gym games, video games, Pokémon, LEGO and K’nex Building, Manga, Anime, karaoke, cooking, and a movie! Enjoy your favorites or try something new! There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too! Price: $195, Franklin/Hampshire DDS Price: $150. To register, visit http://bit.ly/WCFebRegistration or call 413-585-8010.

Accept- ing New Students

Valley Guitar and Music Lessons with Zak Trojano: Zak Trojano is now accepting guitar & music students around the Pioneer Valley. While working as an internationally acclaimed performer and songwriter for over 15 years, Zak has been teaching people of all ages and skill levels here in Western MA. Graduating with a BS in music from Skidmore College, with a focus on music theory and composition, Zak is a patient, inspiring teacher, well loved by his students. Zak offers lessons in guitar, music theory, composition, and songwriting. He is fluent in most American musical styles including Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, and Jazz, with a particular interest in fingerstyle guitar. More info at www.valleymusiclessons.com or email info@zaktrojano.com.

The Northampton Public Schools Preschool is a play-based, child-centered, integrated preschool open to families living in Northampton, Florence & Leeds. Their half-day program runs 4 days a week, Mon-Thurs for 2.5 hours a session (morning or afternoon). Children attend in 2 locations (Bridge Street School & Leeds School) with outdoor play each day. Children who turn 3 by Aug 31 are eligible to start in Sept. Two acceptance lotteries are held (early Feb & late May), followed by rolling admissions. There is a limited full-day option for children who will be 4 by Aug 31, chosen by lottery. For more info or an application, contact earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, call 413-587-1471 or visit Northampton Preschool to download forms.

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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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.


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February 9-15, 2019

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Put Some STE(A)M into Your Valentines!

Put Some STE(A)M into Your Valentines!

This Valentine’s Day many families in Western MA are spreading and receiving tokens of friendship and kindness by participating in our annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap!

Started in 2008 at the kitchen table of Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, over 10,000 handmade valentines have been swapped through the mail over the past decade. Participating families sign up by the end of January and then get busy making ten homemade cards t through the USPS with other families. Not only is the event an opportunity for families to connect with others in their community, participation allows families the chance to be creative together – an activity that can lead not only to creative-free play but can also offer hands-on learning in fields like physics, chemistry, geometry, and cultural studies!

Here a few STE(A)M-based ideas many of our participants have tried over the year to inspire your family to get creative by making and giving these tokens of community connection to your friends and neighbors. Read on…

Lunar New Year Brings Opportunities for Cultural Studies

Ringing in the Year of the Earth Pig!

Chinese New Year (also referred to as the Lunar New Year and Spring Festival) takes place this year on February 5, 2019.  By exploring art, food, music, and traditions, families can gain background knowledge to support participation in regional celebrations of the lunar holiday. Getting curious about the associated zodiac can lead you to discover the mythology behind the calendar while learning how other cultures, like Vietnam and Thailand, adapted the zodiac to reflect the values and habitat of their communities.

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Off the Mat: The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

The ubiquitous Valentines displays have me wondering, how did the heart become the symbol of love? Why not the gut, as in a gut reaction, or the eyes, those windows to the soul? While Wikipedia has not provided helpful answers to this random thought train, it occurs to me that yoga might.

Yoga’s map of the body’s energy routes, the chakra system, offers one path to connect the heart to love. The chakras, seven energy centers tracking with our spinal column, each hold a particular focus. Just as our physical heart circulates blood and oxygen throughout our system, the heart chakra, number four of seven, sits right in the middle, integrating physical, mental, and spiritual energy.  Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, Feb 3, 2019

HFVS Sharing is Caring Episode with Guest DJ, Josh Friedman (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Sharing is Caring Episode
with Guest DJ, Josh Friedman
(a.k.a. Purple Fox Josh of
Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies)

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We already know our Manners, no need to teach them, but here is the perfect playlist to practice that love and caring. Purple Fox Josh of Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies brings some of his favorite songs about Pleases, Thank Yous, and kindness to others, right to your ears, because Sharing is Caring!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 3rd & 4th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Live Like a Champion” by Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies


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  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “The Something of Love” [The Something of Love]
  • The Jelly of the Month Club – “Brand New Friend” [Introducing: Jelly of the Month Club]
  • Sly and the Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” [Higher]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Please (I Don’t Wanna Harsh Your Mellow” [The Something of Love]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Gratitude” [Greatest Hits]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “You’re Welcome (In My House)” [The Something of Love]
  • Raffi – “The More We Get Together” [Singable Songs for the Very Young]
  • Billy Jonas – “Knock Knock” [Happy Accidents]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome to Andyland]
  • Justin Roberts – “Long as I Got You” [Lemonade]
  • Brett Dennen – “Don’t Forget” [Brett Dennen]
  • Songs to Wear Pants To – “Haircuts” [Corduroys, with Tassels]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Sorry” [The Something of Love]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Oh You Did (feat. Robin Goldwasser)” [Why?]
  • Lisa Loeb – “A Co Di by Doze (A Cold in My Nose)” [Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake, And Other Zany Songs]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Imaginary Friend” [The Perfect Quirk]

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25 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Pablo Picasso to Emily Dickinson. Community Meals to Winter Festivals.

Pablo Picasso to Leonardo da Vinci. Anatomy and physiology to zymology. Agriculture to wildlife. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week. Peruse our list and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured seasonal highlight this week:

Think about this … How would families and neighbors gather in the winter before the invention of automobiles and highways? How did the inability to travel far distances impact communities and relationships? How do winter festivals gather communities together? What types of activities do they host to foster connection and togetherness during the colder months? Download our Jan/Feb edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts for embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts, like our winter festivals!

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65 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 2-8, 2019

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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 the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through advertising and sponsorship. 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!

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Open House Feb 2

Awaken your child’s capacities! Resiliency, imagination, and a solid inner compass grow from an inspired curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: these are rooted traditions. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child a foundation for the future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Winter Open House, Saturday, February 2nd, 10 am to noon. All are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Feb 3

Wild Life: A Center School Open House, open to everyone! Join the school on Sunday, February 3 from 12noon-4pm, for an afternoon of animal and nature-based activities. Participate in a family hike or outdoor challenge with Venture Out. Meet a collection of special, rescued animals. (See a lynx, lemur, pearl fox, paca and more.) Watch a screening of “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age.” Participate in environmental activism. All classrooms will be open, and teachers will be leading science, nature, and animal-based activities for kids ages 2-13. Meet Center School teachers and families. Enjoy light refreshments and community. All are welcomed. See the website for full schedule details: centerschool.net.

Feb 2-9

WinterFest Amherst 2019 returns with a week-long schedule of venues and events for the whole family, February 2-9. They’ll kick off the festivities with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with their signature Grand Finale including our fan-favorite events such as the Best-in-Snow Dog Show. Keep an eye on their online calendar that’s packed with 35+ more events including ice skating performances, hockey games, sledding, live music events, art classes, and much more! Produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation. Presented by local sponsors.

Feb 19 – 22

Whole Children is pleased to offer a February School Vacation Program with two separate sections for school age kids ages 7 to 12 and for teens ages 13 to 17. The program will be offered Tuesday through Friday, February 19-22 from 9 am to 3 pm. Come experience 4-days of fun games and activities! There will be a mix of everything “Whole Children” at this camp – board games, gym games, video games, Pokémon, LEGO and K’nex Building, Manga, Anime, karaoke, cooking, and a movie! Enjoy your favorites or try something new! There will be free-choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too! Price: $195, Franklin/Hampshire DDS Price: $150. To register, visit http://bit.ly/WCFebRegistration or call 413-585-8010.

The Northampton Public Schools Preschool is a play-based, child-centered, integrated preschool open to families living in Northampton, Florence & Leeds. Their half-day program runs 4 days a week, Mon-Thurs for 2.5 hours a session (morning or afternoon). Children attend in 2 locations (Bridge Street School & Leeds School) with outdoor play each day. Children who turn 3 by Aug 31 are eligible to start in Sept. Two acceptance lotteries are held (early Feb & late May), followed by rolling admissions. There is a limited full-day option for children who will be 4 by Aug 31, chosen by lottery. For more info or an application, contact earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, call 413-587-1471 or visit Northampton Preschool to download forms.

Accept- ing New Students

Valley Guitar and Music Lessons with Zak Trojano: Zak Trojano is now accepting guitar & music students around the Pioneer Valley. While working as an internationally acclaimed performer and songwriter for over 15 years, Zak has been teaching people of all ages and skill levels here in Western MA. Graduating with a BS in music from Skidmore College, with a focus on music theory and composition, Zak is a patient, inspiring teacher, well loved by his students. Zak offers lessons in guitar, music theory, composition, and songwriting. He is fluent in most American musical styles including Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, and Jazz, with a particular interest in fingerstyle guitar. More info at www.valleymusiclessons.com or email info@zaktrojano.com.

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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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.


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February 2-8, 2019

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Nature Guide for January: Beaver Habitats

Tips for Exploring Beaver Habitat: Lodges, Dams, Caches, and Adaptations

Native species and our natural habitat are excellent community-based resources to support interests and education! Download our free Nature Guide, Tips for Exploring Beaver Habitat: Lodges, Dams, Caches, and Adaptations, to learn about beavers and their habitats.

Not only is winter the ideal season for tracking because of the blank canvas that snow provides, the cold temperatures help to open up access to habitats that cannot be explored during the rest of the year.  In particular, winter is an excellent time to learn about beaver habitat!

Once ponds have iced over for the season, beaver habitat is easily accessible on foot or with the help of skis or snowshoes.  If the ice is safe, go visit your local beaver pond.  Find the beavers’ lodge and inspect it up close to see how it’s built.  Search for evidence of warmth, like steam or melting snow atop the lodge.

Across the pond, visit the beavers’ dam.  Since the dam is holding back water above a river or stream, the ice around the dam is often thin and unsafe for walking on.  From a safe distance, examine the dam’s construction and observe the types of trees used and the size of the trunks that were felled.

Don’t be fooled by misconceptions – beavers don’t hibernate during the winter!  Be sure to walk around the pond to search for evidence of recent forays into the snowy landscape.  In places where the entire water surface has frozen over, beavers may maintain an open hole in the ice for coming and going.  They may also chew on young branches, leaving behind the inner twig wood.  Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Handmade Valentine Swap

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Handmade Valentine Swap

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

This monthly segment continued on Monday, January 28, 2019, with Sienna and Danny talking Hilltown Families annual Handmade Valentine Swap, sharing examples from previous swaps, and empowering folks to take back Valentine’s Day from the clutches of commercialization with small tokens of community friendship and kindness.

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

Sienna’s next visit to the Mass Appeal studios will be Monday, February 25th, 2019!

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 26th & 27th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Follow the Leader” by Dana


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  • 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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30 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Forensics to Cosmology. Fiber Arts to Local Museums.

Paleontology to Contemporary Art. Forensics to Cosmology. Literature in Translation to Robotics. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week. Peruse our list and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured seasonal highlight this week:

Historically, living without refrigerators in New England required strategies for prolonged food storage and preservation. Early New Englanders didn’t have the luxury of refrigerators, but they did harvest ice from frozen lakes and ponds to keep food stored without spoiling. The frozen chunks of ice harvested were kept insulated by materials such as sawdust in a dark, cool place so that the ice would last beyond the winter months. Throughout the winter, check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for community events and demonstrations of ice harvesting. Here are three featured resources in Western MA to add to your itinerary: Ice Harvesting: Community Events & Resource. Read the rest of this entry »

51 Suggested Events in Western MA: January 26 – February 1, 2019

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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.

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Jan 27

The Science and Spirit of Buddhist Parenting with Dr. Christopher Willard, Sunday, January 27, 10am-3pm, at Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley at Eastworks in Easthampton. Many parents are looking for ways to pass on to our children the dharma-inspired values we find so healing and helpful in our own lives. Join author, psychologist, and father Dr. Chris Willard in a workshop about integrating Buddhist principles into family life, from mindfulness to compassion and beyond. Participants will discuss and practice Buddhist principles as they relate to parenting and family. Suggested contribution: $25-$50 plus a donation to the teacher. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-and-spirit-of-buddhist-parenting-registration-53391963801

Open House Feb 2

Awaken your child’s capacities! Resiliency, imagination, and a solid inner compass grow from an inspired curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion: these are rooted traditions. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child a foundation for the future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Winter Open House, Saturday, February 2nd, 10 am to noon. All are welcome! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org.

Feb 3

Wild Life: A Center School Open House, open to everyone! Join the school on Sunday, February 3 from 12noon-4pm, for an afternoon of animal and nature-based activities. Participate in a family hike or outdoor challenge with Venture Out. Meet a collection of special, rescued animals. (See a lynx, lemur, pearl fox, paca and more.) Watch a screening of “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age.” Participate in environmental activism. All classrooms will be open, and teachers will be leading science, nature, and animal-based activities for kids ages 2-13. Meet Center School teachers and families. Enjoy light refreshments and community. All are welcomed. See the website for full schedule details: centerschool.net.

Jun 17-26

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 feed the goats, collect eggs, make cheese, card wool and enjoy 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. Camp Dates: June 17-July 26, 2019 (no camp July 4th week); Age Range: 4-12yo; For more information: 413-586-1908 x116. farmcamp@hartsbrook.org. 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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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 26 – February 1, 2019

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The Science of Snow and Frost

Snow Studies: Crystals & Frost

With chilly temperatures and icicles, we have the perfect winter for some great snow studies this year! The white coating that covers our landscape here in New England not only offers opportunities for winter sports, but it is also a great creative medium that can support science studies too! The chemistry behind snowflakes and frost are just waiting to be discovered!

CRYSTALS

Kids can use snow, ice, and frost to learn about crystals – a concept that they’ll eventually encounter when they study chemistry, but will understand much better if they have some firsthand experience with them. Snowflakes are a beautiful form of crystals, each one showing off a microscopic symmetrical design of spears, points, indents, and cutouts. Be sure to read the book Snowflake Bentley (by the talented Mary Azarian), a true story about the Vermont man whose curiosity about snowflakes lead him to be the first to photograph them! It would be pretty tricky to make snowflakes at home, but with a magnifying glass and a small square of black fabric, you can take a semi-close look at them when you venture outside. See if you can identify a difference between the shape and size of snowflakes and the snowy clumps that fall during each snowstorm we get… Read the rest of this entry »

Board Games Have Much to Offer When Days are Dark & Cold

Board Games Spark Play-Based Learning and Inspire Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

From classics to original creations, board games have much to offer regarding learning. Almost any game will encourage the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and specific games help players to hone in on particular skills or topics. By exploring local resources for playing games, creating new games, and digging into the history of games, families can maximize the educational potential of a great family pastime!

Dating back to the Victorian era, board games as we know them have been a popular form of entertainment for close to two centuries (though their roots stretch even further back in time). Sometimes seen these days as a low-tech version of computer-based games, board games have lots to offer within the realms of both entertainment and education. In addition to providing an exciting and engaging screen-free gaming experience, board games can encourage the development of essential thinking skills, as well as important content-area knowledge. From basic math skills to world geography, board games have much to offer – especially when daylight hours are short! Read the rest of this entry »

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide For Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

Download the full PDF literary guide to this month’s book list to learn more about the titles included.

Driven by Martin Luther King Day, this month’s book list celebrates value-based learning in the form of civic engagement and service-based learning. Spotlighting diverse stories of civic engagement, this collection of literature offers resources for learners of all ages. Download the full PDF literary guide to this month’s book list to learn more about the titles included.

Picture Books

Graphic Novel

Chapter Books

Nonfiction

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Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, Jan 20, 2019

Recent highlights from Hilltown Families Facebook Page:

Children and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents and caregivers! Where’s your favorite local spot for outdoor adventures in the colder months? Give the post, “Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever,” a read and share what you might add to their list.

Are you a parent of a teenager? What are your experiences/challenges with helping them boost their self-esteem? Check out this post, “Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth” and share your thoughts!

“School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety: Researchers worked with a public school to add yoga and mindfulness activities to help third-graders screened for anxiety at the beginning of the school year.” We share the an article, “School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety” and asked reader to share if their child’s school offer mindfulness activities.

How do you help your kids understand and deal with their inner critic? Check out the article, “How to Teach Your Kids about Their Inner Critic,” and share your thoughts & ideas!

ICYMI, here are a few popular The New York Times articles from the past year packed with advice that may help parents in the year ahead.

Other popular posts to our Facebook page:

Do you have a favorite article, video, image, or podcast you’d like to see shared with our Facebook followers to inspire healthy conversations and community connection? DM us via Facebook!


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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

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What does it mean to be a Love Activist? Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband takes listeners on a musical and 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
January 19th & 20th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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


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  • 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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11th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap

58 Suggested Events in Western MA: January 19-25, 2019

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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 the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through advertising and sponsorship. 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!

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Auditions Jan 20

Hatchery, the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought’s amazing teen dance company for ages 13-18 now in its 3rd year, will host auditions on Sunday, Jan 20 from 1-3pm. Hatchery is a dance company for exceptional teens from diverse backgrounds who love move and create, offers dance training in contemporary techniques with an emphasis on developing the choreographic voice. Auditions will be held at STUDIO4, 25 Main Street (4th floor) in Northampton. Register for a one minute solo to share at www.scdtnoho.com. In addition to studying with internationally acclaimed artists, members will choreograph their own work, receive mentorship from experts in the field, and create a dynamic, inspiring performance for the Pioneer Valley.

Enroll Now

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

Truth School Spring 2019 Trainings begin Jan 26 and run through May 26. Throughout the Pioneer Valley, there are free series classes and one-time sessions. There are free classes geared to elders, people of color, white people, transgender individuals, people of faith, seasoned activists and newly activated activists. There are free trainings on circle practice, sanctuary, planning meetings that get things done, reparations, abolition, workers’ rights, nonviolent direct action and so much more. Each free training connects to some dimension of building social justice movements – the gathering of people and resources together to create a more just society. Free to participate. Registration is required. truthschool.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 6th, 2019, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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 19-25, 2019

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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

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

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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.net

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 12 & 13, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 


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  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • 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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51 Suggested Events in Western MA: January 12-18, 2019

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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 the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through advertising and sponsorship. 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!

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Jan 12

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental stewardship- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 12, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Nursery Teacher, Jean Meister, teaching a movement class from 11:40- 12:00 (all visiting children are invited to participate). 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.

Auditions Jan 20

Hatchery, the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought’s amazing teen dance company for ages 13-18 now in its 3rd year, will host auditions on Sunday, Jan 20 from 1-3pm. Hatchery is a dance company for exceptional teens from diverse backgrounds who love move and create, offers dance training in contemporary techniques with an emphasis on developing the choreographic voice. Auditions will be held at STUDIO4, 25 Main Street (4th floor) in Northampton. Register for a one minute solo to share at www.scdtnoho.com. In addition to studying with internationally acclaimed artists, members will choreograph their own work, receive mentorship from experts in the field, and create a dynamic, inspiring performance for the Pioneer Valley.

Enroll Now

Winter Homeschool Programs start Friday, 1/4 (9:30 am-2:00 pm), in Amherst, MA. Heron -ages 8+; Swift Eagle -preteens/teens. Since 1999, hundreds of children have developed their nature awareness, wilderness survival skills & mentoring with Earthwork Programs. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the cycles of nature & is designed to allow students to explore what interests them but still revolve around group studies. Ice safety, hypothermia prevention, shelter building, tracking, more! $440-$560, sliding scale, for 8-week Winter sessions. Register online ASAP: earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161.

Truth School Spring 2019 Trainings begin Jan 26 and run through May 26. Throughout the Pioneer Valley, there are free series classes and one-time sessions. There are free classes geared to elders, people of color, white people, transgender individuals, people of faith, seasoned activists and newly activated activists. There are free trainings on circle practice, sanctuary, planning meetings that get things done, reparations, abolition, workers’ rights, nonviolent direct action and so much more. Each free training connects to some dimension of building social justice movements – the gathering of people and resources together to create a more just society. Free to participate. Registration is required. truthschool.org

Looking for after-school classes and enrichment programs in the region? Check out our Online Directory! Western MA is rich in after-school learning opportunities that supplement the interests of our children, teens, and lifelong learners, our online directory allows us to partner with organizations and teachers to offer families a go-to resource for finding an activity that fits their families interests. ♦ If you have a class 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.

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: 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.


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January 12-18, 2019

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Off the Mat: The Rainbow Within

The Rainbow Within

When I was growing up, church was the center of my family’s social network. Sundays were music, crafts, and familiar stories, potlucks, and community. We sang Morning Has Broken alongside How Great Thou Art – it was the 70s, after all.

Beyond church, my parents helped host Christian encounter retreats a few times each year. These weekends were adults only, but the closing worship services were open to everyone, including kids. For my single-digit self, these services were late and long and often hot, but I enjoyed them. Even now, I can close my eyes and be resting my head in my mom’s lap in the pew of some church for some closing celebration, sensing the warm glow of the light and the love and the music. Lots of music. Lots of rainbows.

Rainbows became my thing. I decorated my new room in a new town with a rainbow bedspread and sheets and the two pillowcases that, if propped just right, made the full arch of the rainbow. (Want a visual for this trip down memory lane? Google “tomorrow’s rainbow pillowcases.”) Rainbows symbolized hope and spiritual connection that carried me through the storm clouds of adolescence. Read the rest of this entry »

Toytopia: History through the Lens of Toys

Springfield Museums Hosts Interactive Exhibit
Toytopia: January 12-April 28, 2019

Too cold to play outside? Check out a free museum pass from your local library and stop into the Springfield Museums for their new interactive exhibition, Toytopia. Opening on Saturday, January 12, 2019 and running through April 28, 2019 in the Wood Museum of Springfield History. Toytopia features larger than life toys, hands-on play, and immersive learning. Learn about the origins of toys, discover who made them, why some toys succeeded and some failed, and which toys have become collector’s items (and why!).

Filling the entire great hall of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, Toytopia showcases specialty exhibits from many well known toymakers. Toytopia is particularly well-suited to the Wood Museum of Springfield History because of its connections with Hasbro with the Museum’s Hasbro Gameland, a popular family destination for hands-on, larger than life game fun. Read the rest of this entry »

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