Suggested Events 04/12/08-04/18/08

Local School Fundraisers Raising Fun!

With springtime comes an assortment of annual school fundraisers, ranging from pancake breakfasts, like the one held by the Ashfield Community Preschool this weekend, to silent auctions, like the one held by Bonnie’s Program in Chesterfield this past weekend. Check out our post, Eco-Friendly Fundraisers to find out what other local schools are doing to raise funds

Speaking of school fundraisers, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School goes “Viva Las Vegas” with ArtSpark on Saturday, April 12th, with their annual benefit gala at the Williamsburg Grange from 7-11pm.

This year the event’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas!” and the evening will include live music and dancing with the Mike Hooker Band, fabulous food, Las Vegas-style games and an auction of extraordinary goods and services including catered meals, weekend get-aways, handmade furniture, paintings, ceramics, clothing and lots more. Stylish Las Vegas dress or costumes are encouraged and add to the fun. Tickets are available at Coopers Corner Grocery (Florence), State Street Fruit (Northampton), the Old Creamery (Cummington) and
at HCCPS (Haydenville). This adult-only fundraisers is not to be missed! So book your babysitter and come have some fun!

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School currently serves local children, kindergarten through eighth grade, from 24 towns throughout the Hilltowns and the Pioneer Valley. Students use experiential, hands-on activities, the expressive arts, and interdisciplinary studies to foster critical thinking skills and a joy of learning. Parents, staff and community members participate in a whole school cooperative, which guides and supports the academic program. For more information contact Deirdre Arthen at the HCCPS at 413.268.3421.

Two Local Writing (& Art) Contests For Kids!

  1. The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley presents their 15th Annual Children’s Writing Contest. This year’s theme: Open-ended! Be creative, be imaginative, be wild and fantastical, or write about something you know in real life. Children are encouraged to write any story that comes to mind. The entries will be judged on the originality of the story, the creativity of the idea, as well as the quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation and spelling. Children in Grades 1-5 are eligible and encouraged to enter. The deadline for entries is 7pm on Wednesday, April 30. Visit the Odyssey Bookshop for contest rules.
  2. The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society & The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst present Be Kind to Animals Week Writing and Art Contest, for kids in grades K-6th, in celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week (Week of May 4-10, 2008). Click here to read the contest rules. Entry Deadline: Friday, April 18, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 04/12

7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free) LINK

9am-12:30pm – PANCAKE BREAKFAST – (Ashfield) The Ashfield Community Preschool will be holding their annual fundraising breakfast at th 1st Congregational Church on Main Street. 413.628.3248. [Families] (Fundraiser)

TBA – WOMEN OF COLOR MOMS GROUP – (Northampton) Support group meets every 3rd Saturday. LINK

10am-Noon – PARENTING WORKSHOP – (Florence) Parenting workshop offered at the Nonotuck School by Sarah Getoff, Creative Conflic Resolution. 413.586.5996 [Parents] ($$, Fundraiser) LINK

11:30am – VERNAL POOLS: REFUGE FOR WILDLIFE – (Northampton) Broad Brook Coalition (BBC) will sponsor Heather Ruel from the US Fish and Wildlife Services-Div. of Reality at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (FLCA) N. Farms Road entrance. Heather will meet at FLCA for a walk to our vernal pools. [Age 7 & up] (Free) LINK

Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free) LINK

1pm-3pm – LOCAL HISTORY – (Chesterfield) Can stone walls speak? For Professor Robert Thorson, the countless miles of old stone walls that wind through New England’s hills and forests have much to say about the natural, agricultural, and land-use history of the region—not to mention the volumes they add to the mythology and beauty of our countryside. Join Prof. Thorson and the Highland Communities Initiative for an exploration of these rich remnants of local history at the upcoming talk, Stone by Stone: A History of New England’s Stone Walls at the Chesterfield, MA Senior Center. 413.268.8219 [All Ages] (Free)

2pm – KIDS TEA PARTY – (South Hadley) The Odyssey invites the kids to a Fancy Nancy Tea Party with games, crafts, storytime, snacks and fancy fun galore. Dress in your fanciest clothes Tiaras are welcome! [Families] (Free)

2pm-4pm – RIVER CIRCUS – (North Adams) Mass MOcA presents Miss Rockaway Armad: River Circus. [Families] (Free) LINK

4pm – 6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

6pm – PERFORMANCE POTLUCK – (Shelburne) Art Bridge will be hosting their first Saturday Performance Potluck. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy music, dancing, performance and art. 413.625.8275 [Families] (Donation, $) LINK

7:30pm – HOUSE CONCERT – (West Chesterfield) All the way from Minneapolis, fingerstyle guitarist Michael Young (www.michaelyoungmusic.com) plays both the six and twelve-string guitar with driving rhythm and groove and will be performing a house concert in West Chesterfield, MA, on Saturday, April 12th starting at 7:30pm. This concert is part of the Hilltown Families House Concert Guitar Series and is open to adults and children with audience skills. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the artist. Seating is limited. RSVP by email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com. [Adults] ($) LINK

7pm-11pm – ART SPARK – (Williamsburg) See description above. [Adults] (Fundraiser)

Sunday – 04/13

Noon – 6pm – WHEATSTOCK – (Haydenville) Bread Euphoria will be celebrating ten years of service with a big party, serving up free cake and pizzas. There will be many bands performing, dancing and more. [All Ages] (Free)

Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free) LINK

12:30pm – WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD – (Easthampton) The Easthampton Family Center will be sponsoring a fun and informational fair to kick off the Week of the Young Child to celebrate the week of the young child and the importance of early education for all children and families at the Easthampton High School. [Families] (Free) LINK

1pm-3pm – ECOSYSTEM HIKE – (Northampton) The Broad Brook Coalition (BBC),Valley Land Fund (VLF), Northampton Wildlife Committee will be sponsoring Mike Wojtech, Timothy Brown, and John Body at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (FLCA) N. Farms Road entrance for a hike to explore some of the habitats at the FLCA. [Ages 7 & older] (Free) LINK

Monday – 04/14

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum visitors may create “Litter Bugs,” or found art sculpture. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

3pm – REGISTRATION DEADLINE – (Deerfield) Families are invited to a traditional afternoon tea at the Deerfield Inn. Take the kids to learn and experience the tradition of tea drinking in colonial Deerfield. Enjoy a delicious and beautiful array of freshly baked scones with clotted cream, finger sandwiches, cakes, cookies and more with your nice cup of tea! Join Amanda Rivera-Lopez, Director of Museum Education & Interpretation, to learn about the many ways people have enjoyed tea over time. Advance ticket purchase required today, 04/14. Tea dates are 04/20 or 04/26. 413.774.5587 [All Ages] ($)

5pm-6pm – JUNIOR CYCLOCROSS – (Northampton) The Northampton Rec Dept. is teaming up with the Northampton Cycling Club to sponsor the first ever spring Junior Cyclocross Training Camp. Call for info 413.587.1040. [Grades 2nd-8th] ($$)

Tuesday – 04/15

TAX DAY

10am-11:30am – FATHERS GROUP – (Amherst) Please come to talk about fathers’’ issues, meet other dads and have coffee with us at this drop-in fathers’ group. You will be able to find out any common issues you face and just talk with other dads. Held at the Amherst Family Center in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building. Childcare provided. [Free] (Father’s)

10:15am-12:15pm – POSTPARTUM STRESS SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Every Tuesday there is a drop-in support group at 56 Vernon Street. Free child care and snacks. A welcoming group for all mothers to share the adjustment to motherhood, especially those experiencing postpartum stress, anxiety or depression. Find support, connection with other women. 413.253.8990 [Mothers & their children] (Free)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum the activity is “Wastruments.” Wastruments are instruments made with twigs, beads, bottle caps, pasta, wire, and other recycled items. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

1:30pm – GOOGLE TIPS – (Northampton) Parents interested in learn the basics and beyonds on using Google to assist their kids with research, etc. may be interested in a workshop at the Forbes Library to learn more. 413.587.1011 [Adults & older students] (Free)

 

6pm-8:30pm – BAG SEW – (Florence) Show the kids a way your family we can be sensitive and proactive in the conservation of our resources at the next River Valley Market bag sew at the Rocky Hill Co-Housing Common Room in Florence. Come make a unique cloth shopping bag and sew on your very own River Valley Market logo patch. [Families] (Free) LINK

7pm – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio out of Northampton, MA. http://www.valleyfreeradio.org. [Families] (Free) LINK

Wednesday – 04/16

8:15am-10:30am – OPEN CLASS DAY – (Hadley) The Hartsbrook School invites interested parents to their Open Class Day. Observe a variety of classes during the main lesson part of the day, followed by a question and answer session with faculty and students. 413.584.3198 [Parents] (Free) LINK

10am – MOVIE DATE – (South Hadley) Tower Theaters hosts a Mommy & Me movie showing for parents and their kids every 3rd Wed. of the month. 413.533.FILM [Families] (>$)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum visitors may create “Litter Bugs,” or found art sculpture. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

6pm-7pm – PACKED LUNCH – (Northampton) Hey parents, save your family money and improve your health by packing your own lunch for work. Learn how as the Forbes Library will be presenting The 2000 Dollar Lunchbox in the Community Room. Jessica Berger, RN, CPFT, RYT, will present the dollars and sense about eating out vs. packing a lunch. Participants will look at common foods that cost more than just the money and how to replace these foods with equally quick nourishment. 413.587.1017 [All Ages] (Free)

Thursday – 04/17

10am – KIDS CONCERT – (South Hadley) Nationally-known performer Terry a la Berry will present an hour of sing-a-longs and interactive stories at Saint Patrick’s Church auditorium. 413.533.7096 [Families] (Free) LINK

11:30am – MUSEUM EXPLORATIONS – (Holyoke) Bring the preschoolers to the next installment of Think and Play Thursdays at The Children’s Museum. This weekly program is designed especially for our curious museum visitors who are preschool age and offers valuable guided learning experiences that will introduce our young guests to our exhibits as well as talented members of our museum staff. Each week, emphasizing children’s literature as a vehicle for exploration and fun, a new story will be introduced as the day’s theme for arts and crafts, dramatic play, fun with food, and more! [Families] ($)

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum the activity is “Wastruments.” Wastruments are instruments made with twigs, beads, bottle caps, pasta, wire, and other recycled items. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

Friday – 04/18

Deadline for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book ARt Be Kind to Animals Week Writing and Art Contest. LINK

1pm-3pm – EARTH DAY ACTIVITY – (Pittsfield) At the Berkshire Museum, inspired by the Dr. Seuss classic, The Lorax, visitors will learn about composting and plant seeds into pots they decorate with mosaics. 413.443.7171 [All Ages] (Borrow a museum pass from your library) LINK

11am-1pm – HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a homeschool skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($) LINK

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($) LINK

6:00pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Haydenville) Blue House Cafe. [All Ages] ($)

 

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