60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 23-29, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover 60 community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

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

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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The Hartsbrook School. Hadley, MA — 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

Mar 24

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Turning 50! Celebrate Sunday, March 24 from 12noon-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Enjoy a Wiggle Jiggle Dance party down the Great Hall with the beloved Caterpillar. Join in an art project with students from Holyoke Community College. Listen to a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi. Learn about caterpillars from The Caterpillar Lab. Plus, it’s the final day of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 exhibition. All activities free with Museum Admission. Visit www.carlemuseum.org for schedule.

Apr 6

On Saturday, April 6th, all ages are welcome to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day in Northampton, inspired by the current art exhibition, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. From 9-11am, families are invited to join the Free Our River of Plastic: A Mill River Clean-up. From 11am– 3:30pm, enjoy community events at SCMA, including performances, drop-in art making, “STEAM in the Atrium” activities, and more. Plus free coffee, hot chocolate, and a food truck! For more information and to register for the Mill River Clean-up, visit: https://bit.ly/2F9sNhe

Jun 10 – Aug 2

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA — Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 15 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring two-week themes that include Gardening, Insects & Wildlife, Building & Creating, and Cooking. Toddlers ages 3 and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with lots of outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of LEGO building and creativity with thousands of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules to meet the needs of working families Dates: Jun 10-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101. sthompson@amherstmontessori.org. amherstmontessori.org

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jun 24 – Aug 13

At Home in the Woods. Conway, MA — Are your children ready for a wilderness adventure this summer? Check out the variety of Camps & Programs that Earthwork Programs provides for ages 5-teen from June-August. Register ASAP & use code SURVIVALKITHF to receive a free survival kit! Your children can learn & practice wilderness skills: fire making, shelter building, foraging, tracking, bird language. Plus much more: nature awareness, knife safety, games, mentoring, communication, & community building skills. Special Programs for teens & preteens: LIT, Overnight (night hiking, night sky navigation & more), Way of Wilderness Warrior (add martial arts w/wilderness skills), Hunter-Gatherer (intro to hunting & gathering). Immerse your children in nature! Camps start at $350/week. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 5-18yo. Contact: 413-340-1161. frank@earthworkprograms.com. earthworkprograms.com

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Kids, Art & Nature. Amherst, MA — Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the creative, intellectual and emotional growth of the children in their care. Visual arts, storytelling, and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus and woods, and includes classes on making art with nature, faeries & myths, toymaking, superheroes, kites, dinosaurs, dragons, ceramics, & using fantasy gaming ideas to create real-world environments. Much of the day is spent outside, art-making, exploring, & playing non-competitive games. Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Campers: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-367-0186. kidsartandnature@hotmail.com. kidsartandnature.com

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA — Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com

Jul 2 – Aug 9

Journey Camp in Deerfield, MA — Their 26th Summer! A treasured place to grow friendships, directed by Sarah Pirtle. Parents say, “Thank you for creating such an amazing camp!” Camp Sessions for children ages 6-12: Young participants build a stick house village in the woods, create theater, enjoy laughter, games, music, and art. Starseed Week for All (July 8-12); Girls Week One (July 29-August 2); and Girls Week Two (August 5-9). Camp sessions for teens Teens have a supportive place to feel appreciated. Sunseed Teen Boys Camp (July 2-4); and Moonseed Teen Girls Leadership Camp (July 15-18). Location for all sessions: Woolman Hill in Deerfield. They help with carpools. Scholarships are available. Dates: Jul 2-Aug 9; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo. Contact: 774-280-2490. melissadelo.journey@gmail.com. sarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

Jul 8 – Aug 2

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA — Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 8-Aug 2. Themes this year are: July 8-12 (1960’s-70’s); July 15-19 (Radio Hits); July 22-25 (1980’s-90’s); July 29-Aug 2 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $400 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 8 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. leticiadavies@comcast.net. www.missleticia.com

Jul 8 – Aug 4

The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy. Deerfield, MA — Maximize your creativity and character! The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders interested in academic adventure. With classes such as Architecture, the Science of Sports, Video Production, and Environmental Citizenship, the Experimentory is interdisciplinary, project-based, and fun. All classes are taught by Deerfield Academy teachers on the DA campus: It’s a great way to sample the “Deerfield Experience.” Students make close friends from across the country and around the world. Choose between 2 or 4-week sessions. Attend as a boarder or a day student. Rolling admissions until May 1. Dates: 4 Week Session starts: July 8th; 2 Week Sessions begin: July 8th and July 23rd. Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4; Age Range of Campers: 11-14yo. Contact: 413-774-1436. experimentory@deerfield.edu. deerfield.edu/experimentory

Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development, and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

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

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

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 23-29, 2019

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Living Rivers: Hometown Rivers

Vernal Pools: Annual Amphibian Migration

Amphibian migration will be any day now!

On a rainy evening (or two or three) very soon, all over New England, when the snow and ice are almost gone, and the temperature is 40 degrees or more, frogs and salamanders will make their annual spring migration.

 

They wend their way from their upland winter havens to the vernal pools where they hatched to lay their fertilized eggs in the water. Sometimes, however, roads cross these ancient paths, and many of them are killed. The Wendell State Forest Alliance invites families to help our fellow amphibian neighbors avoid this fate by participating as a salamander crossing guard!

Here’s how: Wash your hands (don’t use any lotion), put on rain gear and a reflective vest, take a flashlight and walk to the amphibian crossing closest to your home. Then wet your hands in rainwater, pick them up very carefully and carry them across the road in the direction they were headed. Touching them with dry hands can damage the protective coat on their skin. Ask members of your local Conservation Commission where amphibians crossroads in your town. As this involves activity in the road at night, children must have adult supervision.

The Hitchcock Center in Amherst has instructions for participating as a crossing guard at the Henry Street tunnels on “Big Night,” which you can download here and also apply towards the nearest vernal pool to your home. And Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton has an annual event for Big Night every March, perfect for families with younger children.

Read more about vernal pools in our post, Learning Ahead: Spring Landscape & Vernal Pools.

International Day of Forests

March 21 is International Day of Forests! Celebrated worldwide this international observation day works to increase public awareness about the values, significance, and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the Earth, with issues of conservation and deforestation addressed. Various local and global level activities for the International Day of Forests are celebrated or promoted by the UN with governments, community organizations, and the general public.

“Learning to understand our forests and providing children with a foundation to better understand their importance is a critical step to safeguarding natural resources for future generations. Forests help keep air, soil, water and people healthy and play a vital role in addressing some of the biggest challenges we face today, such as climate change, eliminating hunger and keeping urban and rural communities sustainable. With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, a number expected to rise to 70 percent by 2050, people are increasingly disconnected from nature and lack the awareness and understanding of forests and their benefits and the need to manage them sustainably, making it essential to bring forests into their lives at an early age.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Community-Based Education Network: March Highlights

HFVS Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode

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The moment that we have been waiting for all winter is here: Sugar Season!  The ground is thawing, and the sap is running. Maple sugaring is everywhere, giving great reason to get out with your family to sing about all things maple! Along with sugar season comes the shearing of the sheep. Two seasonal markers of the coming of spring in the northeastern region of the United States. In this week’s episode, learn songs not only about maple syrup but sheep shearing and spring traditions in New England. — Download Hilltown Families Season: March & April issue of Learning Ahead to discover more about the seasonal markers that connect us to place in Western MA.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 16th & 17th, 2019
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WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio

Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Do you know what a skeuomorph is? You can find them all over your electronic and computer devices: the letter icon for your email; the trashcan symbol on your computer; the shutter sound you hear when taking a digital image; old-school telephone icons and rings on your cell phone. These are examples of skeuomorphs, features that echo the design of an outdated or lesser used artifact or physical object. What does that have to do with maple syrup? Take a guess and then find out in this video from Tech Insider.


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  • Lunch Money – “Wake Up, World” – Dizzy
  • Pete Seeger – “Maple Syrup Time” – Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger
  • Kitty Donohoe  – “Maple Syrup” – Bunyan and Banjoes
  • Phil Rosenthal – “Buffalo Gals” – This Land is Your Land
  • Nashville Bluegrass Band & Kid Pan Alley – “Extra Hand” – Kid Pan Alley
  • Carla Sciaky – “Sheep Shearing” – Spin the Weaver’s Song
  • Justin Roberts – “Field Trip” – Pop Fly
  • The Hipwaders – “Field Trip” – Goodie Bag
  • L. Frank Baum – The Story of Baa-Baa Black Sheep
  • Teresa Doyle – “The Shearing” – If Fish Could Sing … and Sheep Could Dance
  • Matt Nathanson – “Starfish and Coffee” – For the Kids Too
  • Moxy Fruvous – “Maple Syrup Time” – If I Had a Song: Songs of Pete Seeger Vol. 2
  • The Hipwaders – “Things You Want” – Goodie Bag

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60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 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 60 community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 50 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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The Hartsbrook School. Hadley, MAThe 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

Mar 16-17

Maple Days at the Homestead! Celebrate the year’s first agricultural harvest at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and experience the magic of maple syrup encountered in the 1800’s! Pancake breakfast in the dining room & parlor, historic boiling demonstration with Dennis Picard, a 19th-century cooking demo featuring Mrs. Bryant’s pancake recipe, an exhibit on the science of sugaring, community art project, maple story-time for kids, and a visit from Sawyer Farm’s draft horses! March 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Due to this event’s popularity, registration for breakfast strongly encouraged this year. For schedule, pricing, and registration visit www.thetrustees.org/bryanthomestead. Questions? acaluori@thetrustees.org

Mar 17

A family friendly St. Patrick’s Day performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company celebrating the ancient dance styles and culture of Ireland with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, lively modern flair takes place on Sunday, March 17 at 3pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featuring vivid costumes and intriguing dances supported by vibrant backdrop videos, this Hooley Celebration will delight audience members of all ages! $12/adult, $10/senior & student, $8/child. The Celtic Heels School of Dance offers lessons and summer workshops in Greenfield for ages 4-adult. For show or class information contact celticheels@gmail.com or call 413-475-3353.

Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development, and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

Jun 10 – Aug 2

Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery. Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 15 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring two-week themes that include Gardening, Insects & Wildlife, Building & Creating, and Cooking. Toddlers ages 3 and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with lots of outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of LEGO building and creativity with thousands of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules to meet the needs of working families Dates: Jun 10-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 15mos-12yo. Contact: 413-253-3101 ♦ sthompson@amherstmontessori.orgamherstmontessori.org

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

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jun 23 – Jul 27

Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Greenfield, MA ♦ Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer a unique variety of overnight summer programs for girls ages 9-18. Camps for young riders, debaters, dancers, and artists blend excellent instruction and summer fun with a uniquely supportive community. Based on a beautiful, 100-acre campus, Stoneleigh-Burnham camps make use of the school’s outstanding facilities and adhere to the same high standards set during the academic year. Campers live in school dormitories, enjoying campus life with new friends and caring faculty mentors. All Stoneleigh-Burnham summer camps, from riding and dance to debate and art and animation, emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents. Dates: Jun 23-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 9-18yo. Contact: 413-774-2711 x256 ♦ summerprograms@sbschool.orgsbschool.org

Jun 24 – Aug 13

At Home in the Woods. Conway, MA ♦ Are your children ready for a wilderness adventure this summer? Check out the variety of Camps & Programs that Earthwork Programs provides for ages 5-teen from June-August. Register ASAP & use code SURVIVALKITHF to receive a free survival kit! Your children can learn & practice wilderness skills: fire making, shelter building, foraging, tracking, bird language. Plus much more: nature awareness, knife safety, games, mentoring, communication, & community building skills. Special Programs for teens & preteens: LIT, Overnight (night hiking, night sky navigation & more), Way of Wilderness Warrior (add martial arts w/wilderness skills), Hunter-Gatherer (intro to hunting & gathering). Immerse your children in nature! Camps start at $350/week. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 5-18yo. Contact: 413-340-1161 ♦ frank@earthworkprograms.comearthworkprograms.com

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA ♦ For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-587-1040 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.orgwww.northamptonmontessori.org

Jul 8 – Aug 2

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA ♦ Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 8-Aug 2. Themes this year are: July 8-12 (1960’s-70’s); July 15-19 (Radio Hits); July 22-25 (1980’s-90’s); July 29-Aug 2 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $400 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 8 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338leticiadavies@comcast.netwww.missleticia.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. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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

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

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
MARCH 16-22, 2019

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Literature in Context: A Literary Guide for Maple Syrup Season

In late winter when the days are warm but the nights are still cold, the sap starts to run in sugar maples. Throughout New England, buckets and tubing begin to adorn trees, and the steady plinking of sap dripping into buckets can be heard throughout the sugarbush. This month’s literature guide spotlights titles that can be used to learn about sugaring – both the science behind it and the role that it plays in rural New England culture.

Nonfiction

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Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, March 10, 2019

HFVS with Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick

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Ben Rudnick, the bandleader for the band Ben Rudnick and Friends, has put together a show featuring several of his songs mixed in with songs that he just really likes. With seven Parents’ Choice Awards to their credit, Ben Rudnick and Friends have been entertaining entire families since 2000. Their broad influences bring the strains of Americana, early rock and roll and psychedelia into an original sound all their own. This week’s episode is an hour of good songs and good vibes. Fun for all!

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

Featured Video: “New World in Sight” by Ben Rudnick and Friends. Video direction and animation by Remy Chanfreau.


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PLAYLIST

  • Hot Tuna – “Let Us Get Together Right Down Here” [Burgers]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “New World in Sight” [Digital Single]
  • Johnny Cash – “Mean Eyed Cat” [Cash]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “Little Bitty Critter” [Digital Single]
  • Allman Brothers Band – “Pony Boy” [Brothers and Sisters]
  • Old and In The Way – “Pig in a Pen” [Breakdown]
  • The Quebe Sisters – “Tumblin’ Tumbleweed” [Timeless]
  • George Harrison – “Here Comes The Moon” [George Harrison]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “Shine Upon Everyone” [Digital Single]
  • New Grass Revival – “One Love/People Get Ready” [On The Boulevard]
  • JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – “Three Little Girls” [The Road to Escondido]
  • Chris Smither – “You Can’t Catch Me” [What I Learned in School]
  • Cowboy Junkies – “Anniversary Song” [Pale Sun Crescent Moon]
  • Ben Rudnick and Friends – “A Frog Named Sam” [A Frog Named Sam]
  • The Bluegrass Connection – “There is a Time” [There is a Time]
  • Jim Campilongo – “Folsom Prison Blues” [Heavy]

60 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 9-15, 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 60 community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Our Summer Directory debuts with over 50 summer camps & programs, adding new listings every week!

Our Summer Directory is up! Check out our featured post,
2019 Summer Camp Directory, for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

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Mar 9, 10, 16, 17

Maple Days at the Homestead! Celebrate the year’s first agricultural harvest at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and experience the magic of maple syrup encountered in the 1800’s! Pancake breakfast in the dining room & parlor, historic boiling demonstration with Dennis Picard, a 19th-century cooking demo featuring Mrs. Bryant’s pancake recipe, an exhibit on the science of sugaring, community art project, maple story-time for kids, and a visit from Sawyer Farm’s draft horses! March 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Due to this event’s popularity, registration for breakfast strongly encouraged this year. For schedule, pricing, and registration visit www.thetrustees.org/bryanthomestead. Questions? acaluori@thetrustees.org

Mar 9

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities: Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For info & full schedule of events visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Mar 17

A family friendly St. Patrick’s Day performance by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company celebrating the ancient dance styles and culture of Ireland with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, lively modern flair takes place on Sunday, March 17 at 3pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featuring vivid costumes and intriguing dances supported by vibrant backdrop videos, this Hooley Celebration will delight audience members of all ages! $12/adult, $10/senior & student, $8/child. The Celtic Heels School of Dance offers lessons and summer workshops in Greenfield for ages 4-adult. For show or class information contact celticheels@gmail.com or call 413-475-3353.

30% Off

Holyoke Canoe Club. Holyoke, MA ♦ Like camp for the whole family! They want to let you in on the area’s best-kept secret: you can vacation all summer long at the Holyoke Canoe Club. Their facilities include some of the valleys best clay tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools (large and toddler), boat slips, a clubhouse, pool house with locker rooms, and picnicking on ten beautiful acres of shade and sun along the Connecticut River. Join in March for their biggest discount ever, 30% off a new family membership. For more details on the club as well as the March new member discount, visit their website. Every day is a good day at the Holyoke Canoe Club! Dates: All Summer; Age Range of Participants: Intergenerational. Contact: sara.e.english@gmail.comholyokecanoeclub.com

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jun 23 – Jul 27

Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Greenfield, MA ♦ Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer a unique variety of overnight summer programs for girls ages 9-18. Camps for young riders, debaters, dancers, and artists blend excellent instruction and summer fun with a uniquely supportive community. Based on a beautiful, 100-acre campus, Stoneleigh-Burnham camps make use of the school’s outstanding facilities and adhere to the same high standards set during the academic year. Campers live in school dormitories, enjoying campus life with new friends and caring faculty mentors. All Stoneleigh-Burnham summer camps, from riding and dance to debate and art and animation, emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents. Dates: Jun 23-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 9-18yo. Contact: 413-774-2711 x256 ♦ summerprograms@sbschool.orgsbschool.org

Jun 24 – Aug 16

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

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA ♦ The Living Rivers School brings students into real conservation biology research with Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving the CT River sturgeon. For students who love nature and are considering a life devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist a professional conservationist and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides an enriching life experience that prepares youths to be environmental leaders. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgbiocitizen.org

Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

Now Hiring

Locally owned home care agency is now hiring CNAs, CHHAs, PCAs, and Homemakers to keep their clients safe and independent in their own homes. Part-time and full-time assignments available in all areas. The home care agency offers flexible schedules. You provide your availability, and they build you a schedule accordingly. They offer competitive pay, mileage reimbursement, and paid PCA training available. To apply you must be certified, have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation. Please call 413-734-6900 or email larissa@interimhealth.com to apply today. www.ihccareers.com

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

Hilltown Families Directories

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

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.

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


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March 9-15, 2019

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2019 Summer Camp Directory

Off the Mat: 10 Years of Motherhood

Double Digit Practice

“Our bodies are moving energy,” my yoga teacher has reminded me for a decade. Interactions with my son confirm this truth. He runs laps to discharge energy between marathon LEGO builds or train layouts. Even when he’s physically still – fully absorbed in a book or making music – you can sense an active current moving underneath his calm surface. His words flow as fast as his body, though seemingly not as quickly as his ever spinning thoughts. I’m reminded of whirling dervishes, performing the Sufi dance of devotion. Ecstatic movement as a path toward stillness. Mere days away from double digits, he still must move to concentrate.

Double digits. Ten. Ten is moving energy.

Ten embraces stuffed animals and pop stars, hamsters and hair gel. Ten provides monosyllabic answers about details of the day yet enthusiastic run-on sentences describing Minecraft command blocks and try not to laugh memes. Ten travels without parents but not without aunties, holding it together for a big kid weekend of restaurants and museums and theater. Disintegrating upon returning home.

Ten saves the meltdown for Mama.

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❄️ Sledding Hills in Western MA ❄️

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, March 3, 2019

HFVS Louisiana Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Louisiana Dance Party Episode
with Guest DJ, Johnette Downing

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Hey, mudbugs, get ready to romp in the swamp and boogie on the bayou! Johnette Downing and Scott Billington take you on a rollicking ride through the landscape of Louisiana dance music, from the brass bands of New Orleans to the joyous Cajun and zydeco music of the southwest part of the state, to the rock and roll “big beat” of The Big Easy in the 1950s. Featured are such iconic artists as Fats Domino and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with selections from Johnette and Scott’s own Swamp Romp album. Laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll)!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 2nd & 3rd, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Bamboula Rhythm” – The bamboula rhythm is truly the heartbeat of New Orleans music, celebrated in all its spontaneous joy in this video, directed by the award-winning film maker Lily Keber. Accompanying Johnette Downing with Scott Billington are Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris and Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with the drummers from the Treme Brass Band, along with Mardi Gras Indian “Honey” Bannister and second line dancer Nicole Tate. “Bamboula Rhythm” brings the exuberance of a New Orleans street parade directly to you– perfect for children and their adults to dance along.


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PLAYLIST

  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” (Floating World/Retroworld)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Bamboula Rhythm” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Shirley and Lee “Everybody’s Rockin’” (EMI Records)
  • Meters “They All Asked for You” (Warner Brothers Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “J’ai vu le loup, le renard et la bellete” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Papillon “Sugar ‘Sugah’ Bee” (Music for Little People)
  • Fats Domino – “Jambalaya” (Imperial Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Lemon Nash “Bourbon Street Parade” (Arhoolie Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mississippi River” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Louis Prima “Pennies From Heaven” (Capitol Records)
  • Pete Fountain “When the Saints Go Marching In” (Decca Records)
  • Johnette Downing with Scott Billington “Mudbug Boogie” (Wiggle Worm Records)
  • Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil “P’tit Galop Pour Mamou” (Rounder Records)
  • ReBirth Brass Band “Do Whatcha Wanna” (Rounder Records)

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50 Suggested Events in Western MA: March 2-8, 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 over 50 community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp

Debuts: March 6, 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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Mar 9

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Women Take Flight event on Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through a variety of hands-on activities, special events, and special guest speakers. Discover the history of women in aerospace through the museum’s collection of over 100 historic aircrafts. Meet local women pilots, engineers & industry professionals. Participate in hands-on STEM activities: Climb-aboard and experience historic aircrafts & flight simulators. For info & full schedule of events visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. Located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Mar 9 & 23

Piti Theatre’s 10th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, Mar 9 starting with pancakes at 11am! Spring forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance at Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Award-winning physical comedian Alex the Jester as seen on PBS and off-Broadway headlines the Festival at 3:30pm followed by a teen/adult workshop. Piti’s much-loved musical Olde Coleraine is at 2:30pm and join them for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11-2:30. Plus free Real Pickles and Red Sox raffle! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors; $5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006. Day 2 of SYRUP, Mar 23: new work about electro-sensitivity and the tango. Free.

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jul 21 – 28

Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Amherst, MA ♦ A kind of magic happens when you bring together a group of young people who love to write: Over the course of eight days at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, high school students find access to the writer’s life. Through a curriculum that facilitates wild invention, participants generate new writing, experiment with style and form, access tools for finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives, and learn how to connect with an audience. Learning together in close-knit “pods,” young writers participate in workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Many also earn academic credit while they enjoy a pre-college residential experience on the UMass Amherst campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, an area rich with literary history. Dates: Jul 21-28; Age Range of Participants: 14-17yo. Contact: 413-545-8988 ♦ Juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.eduwww.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

Jul 29 – Aug 23

Biocitizen Living Rivers School. Westhampton, MA ♦ The Living Rivers School brings students into real conservation biology research with Dr. Boyd Kynard, who is renowned for saving the CT River sturgeon. For students who love nature and are considering a life devoted to taking care of it, Living Rivers provides a rare opportunity to assist a professional conservationist and get a behind-the-scenes view of how data is collected, analyzed and used to reach conclusions. Activities include collecting data in the CT River with boats, fins, and snorkels, lab work and data processing—physical, mental, social, high-energy fun. Living Rivers provides an enriching life experience that prepares youths to be environmental leaders. Students will be credited in the research articles Dr. Kynard publishes. Dates: Jul 29 – Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgbiocitizen.org

Now Hiring

Locally owned home care agency is now hiring CNAs, CHHAs, PCAs, and Homemakers to keep their clients safe and independent in their own homes. Part-time and full-time assignments available in all areas. The home care agency offers flexible schedules. You provide your availability, and they build you a schedule accordingly. They offer competitive pay, mileage reimbursement, and paid PCA training available. To apply you must be certified, have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation. Please call 413-734-6900 or email larissa@interimhealth.com to apply today. www.ihccareers.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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MARCH 2-8, 2019

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Ticket Giveaway: Family Back Porch in Northampton!

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Signs of Spring

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Signs of Spring with Outdoor Explorations

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, February 25, 2019, with Sienna and Danny talking about a few early signs of spring we can look for through the lens of local species, agriculture, and native habitat.

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As the weather temperatures fluctuate in the late winter and early spring, track the seasonal changes through the lens of local species, agriculture, and native species.

  • LOCAL SPECIES: In late February and early March, several native species (Foxes Coyotes Skunks Racoons) start to stir, finding mates and dens. While there’s still snow on the ground, now is a great time to look for their tracks and learn about their behavior. Nature centers, conservation areas, and local naturalist lead hikes and facilitate tracking adventures for all ages.
  • AGRICULTURE: In March, the maple trees produce our first harvest… maple syrup! The temperatures dictate the maple production, but every year we have annual events that celebrate the sweet sap!
  • NATIVE HABITAT: In late March, as the snow melts, but before the leaves emerge, vernal pools appear. Living laboratories with lessons for learning about ecology, biology, and zoology!

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, March 25th, 2019!

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, Feb 24, 2019

HFVS Classic Children’s Books Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Classic Children’s Books Episode
with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

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Grow your family’s love for reading with this episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show! Jason Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam, features songs inspired by storybooks, like “The Brown Bear Rap,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “The Dot Song.” Jason also reads “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade,” by children’s singer/songwriter, Justin Roberts.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 23 & 24, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • Two of a Kind – “I Like a Good Story” – So Many Ways to Be Smart
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Magic Beans” – Make Believers
  • They Might Be Giants – “Fake Believe” – Here Come the ABC’s
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Every Day I Write the Book” – Punch the Clock
  • Emily Arrow – “The Dot Song” – Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1
  • Baze and His Silly Friends – “Poor Mother Goose” – Best Day Ever
  • Carole King – “Chicken Soup with Rice” – Really Rosie
  • Book: Justin Roberts – “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade”
  • Miss Nina – “The Brown Bear Rap” – Sha Doo Be Doop
  • The Original Broadway Cast of Seussical the Musical – “Green Eggs and Ham” – Seussical
  • Monty Harper – “Hangin’ Out with Heroes at the Library” – The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD
  • Mister Billy – “A Guy Named Stan” – Super Superhero Songs
  • Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – “My Superpower” – Lollipop Motel
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – Dizzy
  • Justin Roberts – “A Wild One” – Lullaby

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55 Suggested Events in Western MA: February 23 – March 1, 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 55 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.

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.

Mar 9 & 23

Piti Theatre’s 10th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, Mar 9 starting with pancakes at 11am! Spring forward with Piti’s celebration of spring, sap, and performance at Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Award-winning physical comedian Alex the Jester as seen on PBS and off-Broadway headlines the Festival at 3:30pm followed by a teen/adult workshop. Piti’s much-loved musical Olde Coleraine is at 2:30pm and join them for pancakes, syrups, skits, and a CD release party from 11-2:30. Plus free Real Pickles and Red Sox raffle! Tix: $12/$10 students & seniors; $5 children at ptco.org/syrup or 1-800-838-3006. Day 2 of SYRUP, Mar 23: new work about electro-sensitivity and the tango. Free.

Jun 17 – Aug 9

The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 17 to August 9.

Jul 21 – 28

Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Amherst, MA ♦ A kind of magic happens when you bring together a group of young people who love to write: Over the course of eight days at the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, high school students find access to the writer’s life. Through a curriculum that facilitates wild invention, participants generate new writing, experiment with style and form, access tools for finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives, and learn how to connect with an audience. Learning together in close-knit “pods,” young writers participate in workshops, studio sessions, readings, and field trips. Many also earn academic credit while they enjoy a pre-college residential experience on the UMass Amherst campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, an area rich with literary history. Dates: Jul 21-28; Age Range of Participants: 14-17yo. Contact: 413-545-8988 ♦ Juniperyoungwriters@hfa.umass.eduwww.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters

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.

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
February 23 – March 1, 2019

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

Flower Shows Offer Lessons in Botany & Habitat

Orchids & Tulips: Learning About Botany & Habitat

Every winter, the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouses burst into bloom despite the cold weather outside. Bulbs, planted in the fall, come to life and bloom just as the dreariest time of year begins to relent. Not only do these first blossoms bring hope towards the end of winter with their color and fragrances, they present a seasonal opportunity for families to learn together about habitat, the life cycle of plants, and the structural nuances that differentiate one species from another.

Beginning in February and continuing through the first few weeks of March, three different annual flower shows will be open to visitors in the Pioneer Valley. The first of the three is the Orchid Society’s annual show, follow by Spring Bulb Shows at the Smith College Botanical Garden in Northampton and the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden in South Hadley.  Read the rest of this entry »

Living Rivers: Stories About Rivers, Stories About Life.

The Ripple, the Hilltown Families column that builds community appreciation for our life-giving rivers, streams, brooks and wetlands is hereby re-inaugurated! After a two-year hiatus, let it flow from hidden sources back into view.

The Ripple.2 will feature the voices and views of many river-lovers, while remaining faithful to the purpose of helping us to orient our ways to flowing water instead of pavement.

Ripple.2 begins as did the first.

Close your eyes and look inward. Visualize the front door of your dwelling, and make your way to the road. Follow the road to the school, the shopping center, the pizza place, the library, CVS. Drive around in there, inside your head. Challenge yourself. Drive all the way to Boston or NYC. (I can visualize most of I-91 through the Merritt Parkway all the way into Manhattan. You too?)

Pavement grafted in our memory forms a foundation of our inner lives. We can see it when we close our eyes! It’s in us. This is to be expected, this internalization, for memory is essential to identity, but it’s not good. Pavement is classified as hazardous waste. Not healthy to hold inside.  Read the rest of this entry »

Postcards: A Pint-Sized Geography Lesson

Traveling Across the Globe & Around the Country with Postcards

Discover faraway places by both sending and receiving postcards through Postcrossing.  It’s free to sign up, you just pay for the postcard & postage.

Many families’ refrigerators become plastered with family artifacts as time goes on – the doors can become a permanent home for drawings, school lunch menus, important memos, and, of course, postcards sent by friends and family from all around the world.

Postcards are a perfect mailbox surprise, and is a fun way to share and learn about new places from all over the world! The pictures of beautiful landscapes, city skylines, monuments, and historic sites provide recipients with a pint-sized look at an exciting new place.  Read the rest of this entry »

4 Reading Lists & Literary Guides for February

February celebrates Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and snow! Here are reading lists and literary guides to connect you to the season with books for all ages.

Celebrating Black History with Children’s Picture Books
In celebration of Black History, here are ten titles which feature stories of bravery, heroism, the pursuit of justice, and so much more… and each one beautifully illustrated!

12 Picture Books to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Explorations of Chinese culture can begin with our rich list of children’s titles by author Demi exploring Chinese art and traditions offering young readers a visual feast! A recurring subject in her extensive body of work is that of ancient China. Many of her books are steeped in Chinese art, history, folklore, and tradition. Here are a dozen titles were written and illustrated by Demi that celebrates Chinese culture. Happy New Year! Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts’ai!

A Literary Guide for Valentine’s Day & Kindness
With Valentine’s Day serving as a catalyst, February is a time for practicing kindness in all its forms. Use titles from our library to learn about the impact that acts of kindness can have on the world, and to gather ideas for practicing kindness in your community.

A Community-Based Education Guide to Bill Easterling’s Prize in the Snow
A short and sweet tale of a very young trapper’s change of heart, Prize in the Snow can catalyze both learning animal tracks and signs, as well as an examination of the ethics of animal trapping and hunting – all within a community-based context!

Community-Based Education Network February Highlights

HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

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Award-winning Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 16 & 17, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Acoustic version of “L-O-V-E LOVE” by Twinkle Time


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PLAYLIST

  • Twinkle Time -“L-O-V-E” [Made In The U.S.A]
  • Tim Kubart feat.Genevieve Goings – “Block Party” [Building Blocks]
  • Dolly Parton -“A Friend Like You” [ I Believe In You]
  • Suzi Shelton -“Never Let You Go” [Hand in Hand]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome To Andyland]
  • Vered – “Good Morning My Love” [Good Morning My Love]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “L&A” [Made In LA]
  • Splash N Boots -“Don’t Forget (I Love You)” [Big Yellow Tunes]
  • Mista Cookie Jar &The Chocolate Chips – “UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution” [UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • The Not- Its – “I Love Food” [Tag, You’re It !]
  • Raffi – “Mama Loves It” [Love Bug]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Life Is Music” [Easy]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “I Love New York” [Bandwagon]
  • Hullabaloo- “I Love My Guitar” [20 Songs in 20 Days]
  • Frances England -“Place In Your Heart” [Mind Of My Own]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Laurie Berkner -“My Family” [Love]
  • Mista Cookie & the Chocolate Chips -“Gratitude” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]
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