Suggested Events 11/21/09-11/27/09

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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Families enjoying a bonfire at the Hartsbook School Annual Winter Fair, taking place this Saturday in Hadley, MA. (Photo Credit: Sienna Wildfield)

 

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If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS

  • 6:30-8:30pm – PRESENTATION | ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Tamarack Hollow cultural and environmental educational programs will present a photo show about the native and non-native flora, wildlife and ecology of the Berkshire Highland region at Notchview in the Budd Visitor Center www.thetrustees.org www.tamarackhollow.com Windsor, MA (>$)
  • 8pm – ADULT PERFORMANCE: Parallel Lives: The Kathy & Mo Show happens at First Congregational Church in Ashfield. A series of satirical sketches in which two actresses play numerous characters, ranging from two Supreme Beings dividing up gender responsibilities over a ping-pong match to working women undergoing the torture of dressing for a day on the job. Shows also on Sat & Sun afternoon (413) 268-3850 www.paulinelive.com Ashfield, MA

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  • Phoebe Shaw of Williamsburg, MA writes: Hi Friends, The Williamsburg Schools have Four Fridays in January coming up and need a teacher/artist to volunteer their time. Four Fridays is a fundraiser for Arts Adventure Day. We have two visual artists so far. We need two more artists, especially in the performing arts! The gig is three Fridays in January and one in February, 3pm- 4:30. Any leads, please let me know-soon! shaw.phoebe@gmail.com
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  • Elizabeth Brooke-Willbanks writes: I would like to recommend volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. You don’t have to be a mom, you don’t have to have been a Girl Scout – you just have to want to make a difference in the life of a girl. Our latest program, It’s Your Planet – Love It!, address energy savings, where our food comes from, and environmental justice. To find out more visit our website at www.gscwm.org.

    Click here to enter to win free tickets!

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  • RECOMMEND A CHARITY: Jeff Rutherford had the great idea of putting together a list of volunteer opportunities, specifically for Thanksgiving. If you have a recommended place for families to volunteer this holiday season like Elizabeth, check out our recent post, Recommend a Charity. Volunteer Your Time Wisely. and post your recommendation there.
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  • Peggy O’Neal of Cummington, MA writes: The newly formed Perennial Food Growing Group will be meeting at 6:30pm at Warner Farm in Cummington on Tuesday, November 24th. Their goal for now is to learn more about permaculture, by teaching each other and reading selected books on the subject. For the next month or two the text we are working out of is “Gaia’s Garden” by Toby Hemenway. Please join us. We intend to read part one (70 pages) by the November 10th meeting and Part Two by the November 24th meeting. Our immediate focus is apple guilds (the community/ecosystem of flora, fauna, fungi and conditions that comprise a healthy environment for apple trees/orchard). So really, please join us…Let’s build some momentum for perennial food gardening in the hilltowns!

    Moonlight Magic on 11/27/09 in Shelburne Falls

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  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Notchview Tuesday Trail Team will meet at the Notchview Reservation in Windsor from 9am-12:30pm. Volunteers will tackle storm clean-up and upgrade the trails for the winter ski season. Free. (413) 684-0148
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  • TICKET GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance for two families to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see 2-time Grammy Award Winner Bill Harley at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Sunday, December 6th at 2pm. Deadline to enter to win is 12/02/09. Find out how to enter to win HERE.
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  • FREE WORKSHOP: The Gateway Family Center is offering a workshop on speech and language development for young children on Tuesday, November 24th at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Family Center in Huntington. Lambert will give a workshop for parents on the typical developmental stages and ages for acquiring speech and language skills, as well as warning signs. Activities to promote speech, language, feeding and oral motor development will be discussed. Free and open to the public. Please register with Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 3 or email at ksavery@hchcweb.org
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Gorge apres Gorge 11/29/09 in West Chesterfield

     

  • HILLTOWN SKI LEAGUE: Register for the Bill Koch Youth Ski League at Notchview Reservation in Windsor. This cross-country ski program introduces young people to the lifelong sport of cross-country skiing. Have a winter of fun with relays, games on skis, and age- appropriate races to develop cross-country ski skills for ages 5 to 13. Parents and children participate in league activities. Visit www.skireg.com or call 413-532-1631 x13 for more information.
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  • Craig Smith of Harvard University writes: I am a child development researcher in the psychology department at Harvard University. (I also have 5- and 7-year-old kids of my own.) I have recently been studying what children understand about the emotions that are connected to behaviors like pushing, hitting, and stealing. I am also interested in how parents respond to these types of behaviors in children. I am currently conducting an online study of this issue, and I would be grateful for your participation. More info HERE.

    Eco-Winter Fair 12/05/09 in Haydenville

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  • FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION: Kids free at Old Sturbridge Village in November. As a special thank-you, OSV is offering free admission for children in November. All kids under 17 get free admission when accompanied by an adult. This includes Thanksgiving Day and weekend Nov. 26-29.
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  • SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events. Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.
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WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS


Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | School Closings and Delays | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4)

Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 11/21

     

  • 9am-3pm – WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Northamptons 1st Winter Farmer’s Market (now every Saturday) will be at the Dynamite Space at Thornes Marketplace. From honey to hamburger, kale to apples, you’ll have access to the best in local produce, brought to you by the best in local farmers. Plus, live music, art, and a warm space to get out of the cold and into the community. andrewhuckins@gmail.com Northampton, MA
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  • 9:30-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP | GRANDPARENTS: Offered by the Amherst Family Center. (413) 256-1145 Amherst, MA (FREE)
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  • 9am-3pm – FAIR: Cranberry Fair happens at the First Congregational Church. Amherst, MA
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  • 2pm – PERFORMANCE: At the Meekins Library, A Beautiful Future, a multicultural music and movement group, will give an interactive performance for children and families. The Beautiful Future Band takes children of all ages on a delightful multicultural musical journey around the world with joyful songs, games, movement and laughter! Band members Kate and Rico will have you up and moving and singing along with songs, games, and language from other lands, including New Zealand, the Caribbean, China, Europe, India, Africa, and more. Kate and Rico are professional musicians and educators who have performed for hundreds of concerts, educational programs and private functions throughout New England. Their performances feature steel drum (a wonderful instrument from Trinidad), percussion, keyboards, and bass as well as Kate’s award winning vocals (best vocalist, Western Mass Valley Advocate readers poll). Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
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Sunday – 11/22

  • 9am-12Noon – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY | WORK DAY: Notchview Trail Work Day at the Notchview Reservation. Volunteers will help clear debris from last winter’s storm clean-up and make trail improvements. (413) 532-1631 x13 Windsor, MA (FREE)
  • 9:30-11:15am – SUPPORT GROUP | GRANDPARENTS: Offered by the Amherst Family Center. (413) 256-1145 Amherst, MA (FREE)
  • 3-5pm – HOLIDAY CRAFTS | DECORATING & GREENS: Holiday Decorating with Greens Workshop at Hickory Dell Farm. Decorate your home for the holidays! Make a wreath, kissing ball or centerpiece with fresh local greens. (413) 586-0031 Northampton, MA
  • 4:30-5:30pm – HOLIDAY EVENT: Holiday tree lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Yankee Candle. Stroll the grounds; sing with the Carolers. Hot chocolate and cookies will be sold in the courtyard. www.yankeecandle.com South Deerfield, MA (FREE)
  • 8pm – DATE NIGHT | DANCE CONCERT: The Fall Faculty Dance Concert will happen on Smith College campus at Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center. (413) 585-2787 www.smith.edu/smitharts Northampton, MA
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    1. November 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

      TUESDAY

      Men’s Groups – The Men’s Resource Center holds a facilitated drop-in support group for men every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at North Star in Hadley, located at routes 9 and 47. A support group is also held every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Network Chiropractic, 21 Mohawk Trail, Greenfield. At the Synthesis Center, 274 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, a group for gay-bisexual-questioning men meets Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and a group for men who have experienced childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect meets Fridays from 7-9 p.m. Participants in the Amherst groups are requested to park on the side of the lot closest to the Synthesis Center or at the parking meters on the street (free after 6 p.m.). All groups are led by trained volunteer facilitators; $5-10 donation suggested. Call 253-9887, ext. 10, or email support.groups@mrcforchange.org or go to http://www.mrcforchange.org.
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      TUESDAY

      Mom’s Group – The Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative (MOCAI) holds a free weekly drop-in group for mothers of color on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 96 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. Babies in arms and expectant mothers are welcome. For more information, email PVWCMG@gmail.com.
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      TUESDAY

      Amherst Family Center – A free drop-in program for parents, grandparents and their children 0 to 5 years of age meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Church, 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. An English-Language Learner Parent Group meets on Fridays from 9:30-11 a.m. 256-1145.

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      THURSDAY

      November in Sturbridge, MA
      November 26th – 29th in Sturbridge, MA

      Kids free at Old Sturbridge Village in November

      As a special thank-you, OSV is offering free admission for children in November. All kids under 17 get free admission when accompanied by an adult. This includes Thanksgiving Day and weekend Nov. 26-29. Help us spread the word – email your friends that in November, kids are free at OSV.
      http://www.osv.org/activities_events/event_calendar_more.html?ID=611&DateID=1307
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      FRIDAY

      Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler Craft Fair – Fri., Nov. 27, noon-6 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Better Living Center, Eastern States Expo grounds, West Springfield. $8 general; $1 children 6-12. 774-7476.

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      FRIDAY

      Wildlife Focus: Fox, Otter, Bobcat – Earthworks sponsors tracking program at Lawrence Swamp in Amherst Fri., Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 individual; $35 1 adult, 1 child; $50-$75 2 adults and 1 or 2 children. 522-0338, http://www.earthworksprograms.com

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      FRIDAY

      Mr. Seahorse and A House for Hermit Crab – Picture Book Theatre performs SATURDAY, Nov. 21, and Fri. and Sat., Nov. 27-28 at 2 and 3 p.m., Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. $5 (does not include museum admission). 658-1100.

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      FRIDAY

      Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls
      Friday, November 27th from 4:30-10pm
      https://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/shelburnefalls-2/

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      FRIDAY

      Local Glassblowers on Friday at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA. Stop by our Hot Shop and check out the skill and style of our local glassblowers. Glassblowing has been described as a fluid dance that the craftsman performs with the glass. Snow Farm is the best place to experience this enthralling craft for the first time.

      Snow Farm, 5 Clary Rd
      413-268-3101

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