Dear Sarah: Chores

 

Dear Sarah,

What do you think is a good age at which to start giving children chores? Should chores be a requirement for getting an allowance?

Signed,

Uncertain in Belchertown

Dear Uncertain,

Ah, chores! This is a hot topic among many of the parents in my practice and one that I have struggled with myself, over the years. I am a big fan of chores for several reasons:

  1. Chores teach children to be contributing members of their families, which is the beginning of learning to contribute to their teams, workplaces, and communities.
  2. Chores provide an opportunity to teach children to do a task on time, thoroughly, and without complaining. These are important skills for holding down a job someday.
  3. Requiring our children to help in meaningful ways protects them from the overwhelm, exhaustion and resentment that their parents feel when parents try to do it all alone.
  4. Learning new tasks and mastering challenging jobs help children to build confidence and competence.

If you ask three different parenting consultants you will probably get three different answers, but I will share with you what works for me at my house. My 14 year old daughter, who is a big fan of chores, might not agree that my approach “works” for her! As I say to her, “That’s ok, I don’t like all of my chores either. You don’t have to like them, you just have to do them.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: June 18th – 22nd, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
June 18th – 22nd, 2018

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

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

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


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HFVS Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo (Podcast/Radio Show)

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In 1910, inspired by the already established Mother’s Day, the first Father’s Day was proclaimed. It wasn’t until 1972 that it became a federal holiday to be observed on the third Sunday in June. This week, musician Frank Gallo brings us a musical celebration of Father’s Day! – http://www.roliepolieguacamole.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 16 & 17, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Imagination Workshop – “Subway Train” [Subway Train]
  • Like Father Like Son – “The Sun Is A Star” [Like Father Like Son]
  • John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” [Double Fantasy]
  • Harry Chapin – “Cats in the Cradle” [Verities & Balderdash]
  • Mama’s and the Papa’s – “Dedicated to the One I Love” [Greatest Hits]
  • Nick Drake – “Road” [Pink Moon]
  • Like Father Like Son – “She’s A Dog” [(Lou Gallo) I’m Home]
  • Neil Young – “Old Man” [Harvest]
  • Traveling Wilburys – “Handle With Care” [Vol. 1]
  • The Who “Happy Jack” [Greatest Hits]
  • Radiohead “Kid A” [Kid A]
  • MGMT “Kids” [MGMT]
  • Knightsbridge “Beverly Hills Cop” [Soundtrack]
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Running Through America” [Triathlon]
  • Lou Gallo and the Very Hungry Band “Walk the Dog” [Walk the Dog]
  • Imagination Workshop “Bye Bye” [Subway Train]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for June 16th – 17th, 2018

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

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for June 16th – 22nd, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

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

We’re Spreading Health Across Western MA!

In an effort to connect families with health and wellness resources in the region, weʼre offering service providers a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in your marketing with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. Click HERE to learn how you can share your business with thousands of families throughout Western MA!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 16th- 22nd, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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  1. Empowering Our Girls: Being a Role Model
  2. 4 Community Organizations that Support Learning on the River
  3. What to Play? Summer is Time to Absorb the World
  4. Hindsight Parenting: Nothing Beats Planning for the Summer
  5. Strawberries Take Center Stage in Western MA Moonlight

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Suggested Events for June 16th – 22nd, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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

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

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

We’re Spreading Wellness Across Western MA!

Are you in the business of improving people’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health and well-being? Hilltown Families is offering service providers a chance to spread the word about your services with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. We are connecting Western MA families with the health and wellness resources we need, while also supporting the businesses that make our local economy thrive. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in this list, click HERE to find more information or to fill out our easy sign-up form. You can also reach out to our helpful Program Manager, Courtney Supple-Benoit, with any questions. We encourage our burgeoning entrepreneurs, small business-owners, non-profit managers, and even our large institutional neighbors to reach out and get connected with us – and families throughout Western MA!

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The Hoosac Valley Train Ride is a great experience for families, groups, and couples. Travel on a one-hour narrated train trip through the Hoosac Valley countryside. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable, friendly and excited to share this railroad experience with you. Summer train rides run Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cost is $12/adult, $10/seniors or military, $8/child (4-14 yrs). Adults-only Cabaret Trains with live music and BYOB run select Saturdays June through September. Cost is $20 per each. Purchase pre-sale tickets to guarantee your seats or come 30 minutes before ride to purchase tickets at the counter. See www.berkshiretrains.org or contact info@berkshirescenicrailroad.org.

June 16

The Connecticut River Conservancy invites the entire Connecticut River community to their annual River Celebration. The family-friendly event will be held at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, June 16. Activities include a paddling adventure in the Meadows, a freshwater mussel ecology workshop, and a fly casting workshop. While the adults are engaged in our Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers,” the kids can attend an ice cream-making workshop! Enjoy live music by River Rhapsody and lunch by Tito’s Taqueria & Vermont Country Deli. Retreat Farm features a Children’s Farm and encompasses 500 acres of conserved forest, farmlands, trails, waterways, and an historic Farmstead. All who love our rivers, near and far, are encouraged to attend! Get your tickets at www.ctriver.org/celebration.

Jul 16 – Aug 3

Led by dedicated instructors, Museum School Youth Summer Programs are limited to 12 or fewer participants and will take place in the Springfield Museums educational studios, classrooms, planetarium, galleries, and special exhibits. Visits to the Art, Science, History, and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will enhance the experience. Morning students bring a snack and a brown bag lunch. Afternoon students bring a snack. Dress for mess! Dates: Jul 16-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-15yo. For more info: 413-314-6477; nmues@springfieldmuseums.org; springfieldmuseums.org.

The Montessori School of Northampton, located on Bates Street, is entering the rolling admissions phase for enrolling students for the fall of 2018. Limited openings are available for students from 18 months (toddler) through 14 years (middle school). The Montessori School of Northampton (MSN) is the only school in Northampton to offer continuous education for students from 18 months through 14 years. The school is celebrating its 41st year of educating children to be self-motivated learners and active community participants. Alum (and their parents) often cite the skills honed at MSN as the basis for their success at college and beyond. For more information, call (413) 586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

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advertise with Hilltown FamiliesOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list 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! 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.

Add your school

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 16th – 22nd, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Literature in Context: A Community-Based Education Guide to Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Download the Learning Map, which links this book to local opportunities for community-based learning.

The grey lady is out for a day of errands, stopping by her local farmer’s market for what appears to be the season’s final quart of delicious strawberries. She is quite pleased with her purchase, and nestles it safely inside a reusable mesh shopping bag before beginning her journey home. It’s not too long, however, before readers see that the grey lady’s berries might be in danger. A cloaked blue figure is following her, stopping at nothing to snatch the strawberries that the grey lady covets!

The figure moves carefully, gliding down the sidewalk behind the grey lady – gaining and gaining while waiting for the perfect moment to snatch the berries from her bag. With each step, mushrooms appear from the ground – hinting at the figure’s mysterious origins. With every step, the blue figure draws nearer until an opportunity to snatch appears. The grey lady saves her berries, but must hurry away to thwart the thieving figure’s plan.

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Weekdays in Western MA: June 11th – 15th, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
June 11th – 15th, 2018

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

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

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


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

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New Beginnings Episode with Guest DJ, Alison Faith Levy

Kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginning – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal…. and shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! She plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musicians’ friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

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

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PLAYLIST

  • The Kinks – Here Comes Yet Another Day  [Everybody’s In Show-Biz]
  • Alexandre Desplat – Third Class Carriage  [Grand Budapest Hotel]
  • Alison Faith Levy – The Start of Things  [The Start of Things]
  • Teenage Fanclub – Start Again  [Songs from Northern Britain]
  • The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!  [Turn! Turn! Turn!]
  • The Radars – Finger Licking Chicken [The Get-It]
  • Kelley Stoltz – Everything Begins [Circular Sounds]
  • The Orange Peels – [Begin the Begone]
  • The Corner Laughers – Queen of the Meadow [Matilda Effect]
  • The Sippy Cups – One Day Soon [The Time Machine]
  • Thomas Newman – Horizon 12.2 [Wall-E OST]
  • Max Richter – Horizon Variations [The Blue Notebook]
  • Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks [Truelove’s Gutter]
  • Alison Faith Levy – Three Tulips [World of Wonder]
  • Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light [The Ruminant Band]
  • Africa Show – Inspiracao De Nito [Angola Soundtracks]
  • Charity and the JAMband – Earth Day  [single]
  • The Orange Peels – New Moon [Begin the Begone]
  • The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows [Revolver]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for June 9th & 10th, 2018

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

MAP

Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events for June 9th – 15th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups, and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 10 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Pickleball to Rhubarb. Cake History to Garden Tours, and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

We’re Spreading Health Across Western MA!

In an effort to connect families with health and wellness resources in the region, weʼre offering service providers a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in your marketing with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. Click HERE to learn how you can share your business with thousands of families throughout Western MA!

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 9th – 15th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Fiddle Music Senegalese Music Pickleball Kusudama Plastic Cake History Ukulele Garden Based Learning Korean War Japanese Paper Folding Music – Pomp & Circumstance

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Urban And Rural River Walks and Trails Highlight Natural and Human History
  2. Literary Guide for David Wiesner’s June 29, 1999
  3. Great Big Story Shares Highlights of Human Experience
  4. Learning Landscapes: How Adventures Connect Us to Place & Stewardship
  5. HFVS You Are What You Eat Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman (Radio Show/Podcast)

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10 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Pickleball to Rhubarb. Cake History to Garden Tours.

What do Chiffon, Tunnel of Fudge, Sock-it-to-me, Watergate, Jell-O Poke, Hummingbird, Funfetti, Chocolate Lava, Viennetta, Red Velvet, Bacon, and Pops have in common? They are all popular cakes!

Fiddle Music to Senegalese Music. Pickleball to Kusudama. Plastic to Cake History. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured community highlight this week:

RHUBARB FESTIVAL: This time of year farm stands all over the area are selling rhubarb. A local delicacy, rhubarb has been enjoyed all over the world for thousands of years in both sweet and savory dishes. In China, rhubarb has also been prized for its medicinal properties. For most people, the most common application of rhubarb is paired with strawberries in crumbles or pies. Many 19th century cookbooks even refer to rhubarb as the ‘pie plant.’ Come learn all about things you can do with rhubarb and taste some delicious sweet and savory rhubarb dishes at the 5th Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival on Saturday, June 9, 10am. Plants and cookbooks will also be available for sale. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA (<$)

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Suggested Events for June 9th – 15th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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

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

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

We’re Spreading Wellness Across Western MA!

Are you in the business of improving people’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health and well-being? Hilltown Families is offering service providers a chance to spread the word about your services with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. We are connecting Western MA families with the health and wellness resources we need, while also supporting the businesses that make our local economy thrive. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in this list, click HERE to find more information or to fill out our easy sign-up form. You can also reach out to our helpful Program Manager, Courtney Supple-Benoit, with any questions. We encourage our burgeoning entrepreneurs, small business-owners, non-profit managers, and even our large institutional neighbors to reach out and get connected with us – and families throughout Western MA!

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June 10

Come join your neighbors on Sunday, June 10th at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton for a fantastic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Carnival. Admission is free! They’ll have games for kids of all ages, a bounce obstacle course, a dunk tank, face painting, art projects, fabulous entertainment, amazing food & drink from local vendors like Holyoke Hummus Company and Crooked Stick Pops! Lander Grinspoon Academy is located at 257 Prospect St, Northampton.

June 9

Shop local, shop small! OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, June 9 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. More than 40 of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Come support our talented local artisans! Free admission; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

June 16

The Connecticut River Conservancy invites the entire Connecticut River community to their annual River Celebration. The family-friendly event will be held at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, June 16. Activities include a paddling adventure in the Meadows, a freshwater mussel ecology workshop, and a fly casting workshop. While the adults are engaged in our Farm/River Roundtable: “Doing Right by Our Rivers,” the kids can attend an ice cream-making workshop! Enjoy live music by River Rhapsody and lunch by Tito’s Taqueria & Vermont Country Deli. Retreat Farm features a Children’s Farm and encompasses 500 acres of conserved forest, farmlands, trails, waterways, and an historic Farmstead. All who love our rivers, near and far, are encouraged to attend! Get your tickets at www.ctriver.org/celebration.

Jul 16 – Aug 3

Led by dedicated instructors, Museum School Youth Summer Programs are limited to 12 or fewer participants and will take place in the Springfield Museums educational studios, classrooms, planetarium, galleries, and special exhibits. Visits to the Art, Science, History, and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will enhance the experience. Morning students bring a snack and a brown bag lunch. Afternoon students bring a snack. Dress for mess! Dates: Jul 16-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-15yo. For more info: 413-314-6477; nmues@springfieldmuseums.org; springfieldmuseums.org.

The Montessori School of Northampton, located on Bates Street, is entering the rolling admissions phase for enrolling students for the fall of 2018. Limited openings are available for students from 18 months (toddler) through 14 years (middle school). The Montessori School of Northampton (MSN) is the only school in Northampton to offer continuous education for students from 18 months through 14 years. The school is celebrating its 41st year of educating children to be self-motivated learners and active community participants. Alum (and their parents) often cite the skills honed at MSN as the basis for their success at college and beyond. For more information, call (413) 586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

Add your camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list 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! 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.

Add your school

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 9th – 15th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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

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Spring Wildflowers: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

Off the Mat: Irons in the Fire

Off the Mat: Irons in the Fire

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Willpower. Intense discipline. These concepts call to mind early memories of my dad smoking a pipe. He was about 38 and had smoked for 20 years when he quit. Just quit. His dentist, concerned about palate irritation from the pipe stem, suggested he switch to cigarettes (no joke). Dad decided to go cold turkey. No drama or public declarations or program. He just did it. As a result, my expectations of willpower are perhaps a tad bit unrealistic.

In my 20s, I worked a series of campaign jobs, promoting a particular local candidate or political cause. These jobs were intense: long hours for little pay demanding deep passion and youthful vigor. One included collecting boycott pledges in busy public spaces and recruiting teams of local volunteers to do the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: June 4 – 8, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
June 4 – 8, 2018

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

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

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


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HFVS History of Folk Music for Families with Guest DJ, Greg McIlvaine of The Hollow Trees (Podcast/Radio Show)

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This week on the HFVS, Greg McIlvaine, singer and guitar player with The Hollow Trees guest DJs this week with History of Folk Music for Families Episode. He plays fun and fascinating family songs ranging from the earliest recorded music up to the present. The songs reflect a short history of family music with an emphasis on the songs and artists that have influenced him the most. – thehollowtrees.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.” – View full lesson: Why we love repetition in music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis


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PLAYLIST

  • The Hollow Trees – “What Do You Want on Your Taco?” [Hello Friend!]
  • Stella Mahew – “I’m Looking for Something to Eat” [UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive]
  • Chubby Parker – “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” [Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)]
  • Lake Howard – “Chewing Chewing Gum” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 2]
  • Cousin Emmy – ”Johnny Booker” [The Story That the Crow Told Me Vol. 1]
  • Phil Harris and His Orchestra – “The Thing” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Charles Penrose – “The Laughing Policeman” [Vintage Children’s Favourites]
  • Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards – “Singing in the Rain” [Singing in the Rain]
  • Hoosier Hot Shots – “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies” [Everybody Stomp]
  • Burl Ives – “Tam Pierce” [The Wayfaring Stranger]
  • Woody Guthrie – “Riding in My Car” [Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs]
  • Ed McCurdy – “The Old Woman and the Pig” [Children’s Songs – The Greatest Hits]
  • The Hollow Trees – “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants” [Hello Friend!]
  • Richard Dyer-Bennet – “The Leprechaun” [With Young People in Mind]
  • Burl Ives – “The Goat” [Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck And Other Children’s Favorites]
  • Carole King – “One Was Johnny” [Really Rosie]
  • Tom T. Hall – “How Do You Talk to a Little Baby Goat [Country Songs for Children]
  • Raffi – “Apples and Bananas” [One Light, One Sun]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time!]
  • John Lithgow – “The Gnu Song” [Singin’ in the Bathtub]
  • Hullabaloo – “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Linger” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Hollow Trees – “My Dog Has Fleas” [Hello Friend!]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

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

MAP

Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events for June 2nd – 8th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

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

Calling all Doulas, Energy Workers, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Herbalists, Spiritual Healers, and beyond!


In an effort to connect families with health and wellness resources in the region, weʼre offering service providers a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in your marketing with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. Click HERE to learn how you can share your business with thousands of families throughout Western MA!

Does Your Job Feed Your Passion? Do You Want to Feel More Creative At Work? Do You Need a Flexible Work Schedule?

Hilltown Families seeks a new Executive Director!

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

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

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 2nd – 8th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Resources for Mindfulness in Western Massachusetts
  2. In Appreciation: An Exercise in Perspective Taking
  3. Explore the Art of Dance Through Community-Based Resources
  4. Summer Camping Adventures Promote Nature-Based Play and Learning
  5. HFVS Music of the World Episode with Guest DJ, Keith Terry (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Berkshire Family Fun: June 2018

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
June 2018

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of June. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week.

If 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.

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

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing Sales & Marketing Manger, Merricka Breuer at mbreuer@hilltownfamilies.org.


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

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

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Suggested Events for June 2nd – 8th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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

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

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

Calling all Doulas, Energy Workers, Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Herbalists, Spiritual Healers, and beyond!

Are you in the business of improving people’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health and well-being? Hilltown Families is offering service providers a chance to spread the word about your services with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. We are connecting Western MA families with the health and wellness resources we need, while also supporting the businesses that make our local economy thrive. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in this list, click HERE to find more information or to fill out our easy sign-up form. You can also reach out to our helpful Program Manager, Courtney Supple-Benoit, with any questions. We encourage our burgeoning entrepreneurs, small business-owners, non-profit managers, and even our large institutional neighbors to reach out and get connected with us – and families throughout Western MA!

Does Your Job Feed Your Passion? Do You Want to Feel More Creative At Work? Do You Need a Flexible Work Schedule?

Hilltown Families seeks a new Executive Director!

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

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

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June 3

Go where no circus performer has gone before…to the stars and beyond! Blast off with Show Circus Studio‘s intrepid acrobats as they journey throughout the galaxy to discover brave new worlds, fantastic creatures, and feats beyond your imagination! The voyage will take you upside down, inside out, and to the edge of the known universe and back! Come join them for the debut of their family-friendly, out of this world circus experience. You will never forget it! Featuring the “SHOW OFFS” Circus Youth Troupe, SHOW Adult Troupe, and professional SHOW circus performers. Sunday, June 3. Doors at 3:30pm, show at 4pm. Tickets available online at aomtheatre.ticketfly.com Adult: $18, Youth: $13.

Jul 16 – Aug 3

Led by dedicated instructors, Museum School Youth Summer Programs are limited to 12 or fewer participants and will take place in the Springfield Museums educational studios, classrooms, planetarium, galleries, and special exhibits. Visits to the Art, Science, History, and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will enhance the experience. Morning students bring a snack and a brown bag lunch. Afternoon students bring a snack. Dress for mess! Dates: Jul 16-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-15yo. For more info: 413-314-6477; nmues@springfieldmuseums.org; springfieldmuseums.org.

USA Waste and Recycling is a family owned and operated business that provides the best Waste and Recycling removal services in the area! They are offering one month of free residential collection services to NEW customers! For EXISTING customers: refer a new customer and receive a free month as well! USA Waste & Recycling is offering this free service to residents of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, and Belchertown. They are also currently offering $25 off dumpsters for spring cleaning! Dumpsters must be delivered by August 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.usarecycle.com, email services@usarecycle.com, or call their outstanding customer service center at 1-800-998-2984 to subscribe!

Add your camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list 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! 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.

Add your school

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
June 2nd – 8th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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

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Spring Harvest: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Memorial Day as a Catalyst for Learning

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Memorial Day as a Catalyst for Learning

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, May 28, 2018, with Sienna and Lauren talking about how the Memorial Day is the perfect time to show appreciation towards those who have served our country through self-initiated activities while learning via community-based resources.


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

Our next visit to the Mass Appeal studios will be Monday, June 25th, 2018!

Memorial Day: A Catalyst for Learning, Gratitude, and Kindness

Memorial Day: A Catalyst for Learning,
Gratitude, and Kindness

REMEMBRANCE

Red poppies are associated with Memorial Day. Do you know why? Find out in this article, The Significance of Poppies and download this worksheet to supplement learning with young children.

History: What is Memorial Day? According to usmemorialday.org, Memorial Day “started off as a somber day of remembrance; a day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of our war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice… But now, too many people ‘celebrate’ the day without more than casual thought to the purpose and meaning of the day. How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their lives for America since 1775? How do we thank them for their sacrifice?” Learn more about the traditional observance, history, and origins of Memorial Day at www.usmemorialday.org.

Online Resource: Learning about the individuals who served in wartime can have a significant impact on our sense of appreciation as we remember their acts of service. Introduce yourself to the American Vietnam War Veterans who were born on this day/month and those who died on this day/month. How does learning of their age, race, hometown, religion, marital status, length of service, how and where they perished, and reading comments from friends and family, impact your emotional connection to the people who served our country?

Local Cemeteries/Self-Directed Learning: Another way to learn about veterans who served our country is by visiting historic graveyards. In Agawam at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, nearly 10,000 veterans and their dependents have been interred, hosting annual Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day ceremonies. Filled with stone markers that chronicle a community’s history, local cemeteries can provide visitors with a look deep into the past and even into the lives of those who have served our country. Families wishing to engage in self-guided tours of a historic cemetery can visit Longmeadow’s Olde Burying Yard section of the Longmeadow Cemetery, where a collection of headstones serve as a museum chronicling the town’s history. Some gravestones can be explored via virtual tour, while others must be located in person. Historic Northampton offers virtual tours of the city’s Bridge Street Cemetery, a 300-year-old graveyard that is the final resting place of many notable Northamptonites.

Volunteer Opportunity: Remembering American veteran’s also happens in December with the national program, Wreaths Across America. Look for volunteer opportunities at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA during their annual placement of wreaths which happens on the 3rd Saturday of December.

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Learning Landscape for June: Dandelions!


Every month, Hilltown Families features a new Learning Landscape, which aims to inspire learning along with a common theme easily spotted in our surroundings that month. The hope is to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside for inspection, dissection, identification, creative play, art projects, and lots of other educational activities. Download this month’s Learning Landscape to help open up children’s eyes to the unique attributes of each season, and to help them learn how to see these things in nature for themselves.

The June Landscape

After spring’s landscape revival, June is paradise – leaves and lawns are a thick green, the air is warm, and every single living thing around is thoroughly enjoying being alive. The start of summer is an explosion of life so great that it’s nearly impossible to notice the individual phenomena taking place – it comes in one beautifully orchestrated burst!

Of note in late spring and early summer is the appearance of dandelions. Taraxicum officinale, as its scientifically known, is generally considered a weed. Though not the most incredible of flowers, dandelions are some of the first blooms to dot the landscape once the weather warms, and they provide essential food to pollinators – particularly bees. In fact, intentionally leaving lawns un-mowed to allow dandelions to flourish can be essential to the survival of bee populations.

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Weekdays in Western MA: May 28 – June 1, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
May 28 – June 1, 2018

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

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

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


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HFVS Family Dance Party with Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of The Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Family Dance Party with Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of The Jolly Pops

The Jolly Pops, a band of Happy Dads, guest DJs the HFVS bringing the noise and the family funk. Listen to lead singer/songwriter Mr. Billy and his two daughters spin their favorite family music from all over the map. Let’s get this Family Dance Party Started! – www.thejollypops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 26 & 27, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Mama Go Choo Choo” Family Fun and Movement Video


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PLAYLIST

The Jolly Pops – “Picnic Place” [We Are Happy Dads]
Suzi Shelton – “Can You Feel the Power?” [Hand in Hand]
The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Can You Canoe?” [A Mississippi River Adventure Album]
The Jolly Pops – “Mama Go Choo Choo” [I Didn’t Do It]
Lisa Loeb – “Feel What U Feel” [Feel What U Feel]
The Bunnyclogs – “Peaches and Frankie” [MN Music for Kids]
Go Fish – “Five Little Monkeys” – [Party Like a Preschooler]
Natalie Merchant – “Bleezer’s Ice Cream” [Leave Your Sleep]
Koo Koo Kangaroo – “Pop See Ko” [Cafetorium Songs Vol. 1]
Rachel Platten – “Fight Song” [Wildfire]
Dan Zanes – “Pay Me My Money Down” [Night Time!]
The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We Are Happy Dads]
They Might Be Giants – “Birdhouse in Your Soul” [Flood]
Coldplay – “Viva la Vida” [Viva la Vida]
The Beach Boys – “Little Deuce Coupe” [Little Deuce Coupe]
Echosmith – “Cool Kids” – [Talking Dreams]
The Jolly Pops – “I’ll Carry You” [We Are Happy Dads]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for May 26th & 27th, 2018

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

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for May 26th – June 1st, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

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


In an effort to connect families with health and wellness resources in the region, weʼre offering service providers a chance to partner with Hilltown Families in your marketing with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. Click HERE to learn how you can share your business with thousands of families throughout Western MA!

Recent Grad? Retired Manager or Executive? You Could Be Our Next Leader!

Hilltown Families seeks a new Executive Director!

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

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

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 26th – June 1st, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Oak & Acorn: Rhubarb Crumble in Season
  2. Geocaching & Letterboxing Support Learning and Outdoor Adventures as a Family
  3. Let Them Grow: Backyard Bird Paradise Brings Toddlers Closer to Nature
  4. What to Play? Creative-Free Music Making!
  5. 5 Ways to Prepare Your Child For Summer Camp

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14 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Woolcraft to Pottery. Falcons to Food Trucks.

Community events to choose from this week will connect those of us who feel at home in a crowd of fellow enthusiasts, as well as those of us who prefer a more intimate gathering, with our local resources and opportunities. Engage with others interested in woolcraft, arts, and pop-up food culture at weekend festivals happening throughout the region. Then feed your quieter side with a poetry reading for life-long learners, an intergenerational wildflower hike through a wildlife sanctuary, or have a once in a lifetime opportunity experiencing a falcon return to your gloved hand after a local ornithology talk.

Whatever your interests, Western MA has learning opportunities for you. Check out our list of Weekly Suggested Events and let Hilltown Families show you what’s out there and how to make the most of it. We’re the place where you and your family’s interests and values intersect with the bountiful resources in Western MA. Read the rest of this entry »

Suggested Events for May 26th – June 1st, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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

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

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

Health & Wellness Directory

Are you in the business of improving people’s physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health and well-being? Hilltown Families is offering service providers a chance to spread the word about your services with a brand new online resource: Western MA Health & Wellness Directory. We are connecting Western MA families with the health and wellness resources we need, while also supporting the businesses that make our local economy thrive. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in this list, click HERE to find more information or to fill out our easy sign-up form. You can also reach out to our helpful Program Manager, Courtney Supple-Benoit, with any questions. We encourage our burgeoning entrepreneurs, small business-owners, non-profit managers, and even our large institutional neighbors to reach out and get connected with us – and families throughout Western MA!

Is Access to Quality Learning Opportunities Important to You? Are You Passionate About Families in Western MA? Then We’re Looking for YOU!

Hilltown Families seeks a new Executive Director!

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

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

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June 3

Go where no circus performer has gone before…to the stars and beyond! Blast off with Show Circus Studio‘s intrepid acrobats as they journey throughout the galaxy to discover brave new worlds, fantastic creatures, and feats beyond your imagination! The voyage will take you upside down, inside out, and to the edge of the known universe and back! Come join them for the debut of their family-friendly, out of this world circus experience. You will never forget it! Featuring the “SHOW OFFS” Circus Youth Troupe, SHOW Adult Troupe, and professional SHOW circus performers. Sunday, June 3. Doors at 3:30pm, show at 4pm. Tickets available online at aomtheatre.ticketfly.com Adult: $18, Youth: $13.

Jul 2-Jul 19

Summer is just around the corner! Western Mass Summer Soccer Academy is for girls and boys ages 6-14. Held at Look Park, the academy features pecial trainings with New England Revolution Academy Coaches to improve skills, promote team play and have fun! Campers will also experience plyometrics training to improve speed, agility and quickness. For more information, call 413-250-7460, email escagel@comcast.net, or visit www.westernmassathletics.com.

Jul 16 – Aug 8

The 2018 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 8th outdoor, traveling spectacle Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice work, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 16 – Aug 8, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mtn Resort: Aug 4-7. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. For info, visit hilltownyouth.org, email hilltownyouth@gmail.com, or call 413-387-8783.

USA Waste and Recycling is a family owned and operated business that provides the best Waste and Recycling removal services in the area! They are offering one month of free residential collection services to NEW customers! For EXISTING customers: refer a new customer and receive a free month as well! USA Waste & Recycling is offering this free service to residents of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, and Belchertown. They are also currently offering $25 off dumpsters for spring cleaning! Dumpsters must be delivered by August 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.usarecycle.com, email services@usarecycle.com, or call their outstanding customer service center at 1-800-998-2984 to subscribe!

Add your camp

advertise with Hilltown FamiliesOur summer camp guide is up! Check out our featured post, 2018 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a list 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! 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.

Add your school

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 26th – June 1st, 2018

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Memorial Day: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

Dear Sarah: An Advice Column Addressing Everything from Toddler Tantrums to Teenager Troubles

 

Dear Sarah,

The #MeToo movement has me wondering – how we can raise daughters who will speak out about harassment and abuse, and know that it is not their fault? Can you share your thoughts about this?

Signed,
Concerned Mama

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Dear CM,

I am raising a daughter too, and I share your concerns. I congratulate you for broaching this important topic. As parents, we are the earliest and best teachers of our children regarding their bodies and their rights. We can empower them from very young ages in a wide variety of ways.

Here are just a few of my thoughts for parenting all children – our daughters and sons:

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