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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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Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer one family a chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to a New Year’s Eve family matinée concert to see Grammy Award Winner They Might Be Giants at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA on Thursday, December 31st at 3pm. Deadline to enter to win is 12/24/09.

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

  • Ashfield: Dinner at Elmer’s starting at 5pm. 628-4003 ($)
  • Haydenville: Stephen Katz will be performing cello music at the Blue House Cafe from 6:30-7:30pm. 268-7441. (Free/Donation)
  • Russell: Nighttime hike at Noble View.  Learn about owls, star-gaze, enjoy hot cocoa.  Dress for weather and bring flashlight & mug.  Call to reg. 564-0895 (Free/Donation)
  • West Cummington: Dinner at Remmington Lodge.  Call to confirm 634-5493. ($)
  • Worthington: Holiday caroling (5pm) and potluck dinner (6:30pm) at the town hall.  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 238-0296 (Free)

BULLETIN BOARD

CHRISTMAS DINNERS DELIVERED IN THE HILLTOWNS: New this year! Manna Soup Kitchen Volunteers will deliver Christmas Day dinner to homes in Williamsburg, MA.  More info here.

SUSTAINING AND IMPROVING READING AT HOME: Parents can do so much at home to help their child educationally. As you prepare for the holiday break, consider both gifts (books, journals, “special” pens and pencils) and activities (courtesy of Education World) to help your child have fun while they continue to build their reading and writing skills!

HILLTOWN FOOD, CLOTHES & PET FOOD DRIVE:  The Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA is collecting warm clothes, canned and dried goods for the Hilltown Pantry and the Northampton Survival Center, also collecting goods for our animal friends at the Dakin Animal Shelter.

CALL FOR ART: The Wendell Free Library invites families to send a postcard size art work for their mail art exhibit, GREEN SEEN. All techniques and media welcome. Participants’ mail art works will be displayed as soon as they are received at the library. Mail art will be documented at the library website and contributors will receive a printed documentation. Ongoing exhibit will end in June and works will become part of a permanent art collection at the Wendell Free Library. Contact: Christine Tarantino, tarantinochristine@yahoo.com (FREE)

REGIFTING IN THE HILLTOWNS: Pick up a last-minute gift for the kids at the Meekins (Library) Market in Williamsburg, MA.  All items between $.05 and $5.00–Perfect presents for the whole family, all lovingly donated to the Meekins Market. Stuffed animals, jewelry, all kinds of cool stuff!

Sunday (12/20/09) - 4pm - CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Meet in front of the Williamsburg Market to sing winter songs and Christmas carols. Cookies and hot cocoa. Williamsburg, MA (Free)

UPCOMING EXHIBIT: Harry Potter’s World Exhibition at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA Harry Potter’s World, which runs January 28-February 26, will focus on Harry’s magical world and its connections to Renaissance thinkers, lore, and practices.

WINTER FARE: Northampton Winter Fare: Eat Locally Year Round.  Most farmers’ markets, farmstands, and CSAs have closed for the season, but locally grown food can still be found in the Valley. On January 9th from 10am-2pm, a vibrant, diverse farmers’ market and community event is coming to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, MA. CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) is organizing the first Northampton Winter Fare based on Greenfield’s very successful Winter Fare celebration, which is held in February. In addition to perusing an amazing array of local foods, shoppers can mingle over hot soup, attend one of the educational workshops scheduled during the market, and barter home-preserved local food with their neighbors. Winter Fare is a mid-winter celebration of local agriculture, and it promises to be one of the warmest community events of the season.

SUPPORT THE REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM: Springfield Falcons VS Hartford Wolfpack.  An action packed Hockey Game on January 23rd, 2010 at 7:30 MassMutual Center Arena. Come out and meet Wally the Green Monster along with a night of action packed hockey to benefit the Regional Library System that faces deep state budget cuts! Tickets $17 $10 this game only.  Ticket order forms available at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA, or call Julia Kincade at (413) 739-3344 x 105. The offer is NOT valid at the box office. Tickets will be mailed up to January 18th.

LIBRARY FINES: Forbes Library will be holding a “Food for Fines” program from Monday, January 4th through Saturday, January 16th, 2010. Support your local community, clear your library account and return our books to circulate to others! During this time, patrons may pay any Forbes Library overdue fines on their account with a donation of canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in Northampton. High demand food items are non-dairy milk, cereal, crackers, canned fruit, peanut butter, tuna fish, hearty winter canned soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, beans, and rice. Suggested donation is one item for each $1 waived in fines.

LIBRARY FINES: BTW, did you know you can now leave AV material (books on tape or CD, videotapes, DVDs) in the drop box in front of the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA? That’s will sure help save on the fines! Please make sure you put it in the correct door!

HOMESCHOOLING: Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts is planning a visit to the American Textile Museum and programs for grades 3-12 on Friday, February 5th, 2010. The museum is located at 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA. (Meet at 10:15 am in the main lobby.) More info here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County seeks volunteers to help children in Hampshire County. Three to five hours per week. Staff will provide training, support and activity ideas. Call (413) 253-2591.

SUPPORT SERVICE: Parents Helping Parents is a weekly confidential and anonymous support groups for parents who want a better relationship with their children. (800) 882-1250, ext. 101.

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.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Our Holiday Podcast of the HFVS is up, along with one from our archives, which aired on Christmas Day ’07 back when we use to do our show on Tuesday nights.  Click HERE to check out both podcasts and to listen now.

Families have three ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • HFVS Podcast: Listen to our most recent episodes anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!
  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.

  • WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Santa in Peru, MA in 2006 (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY (12/19/09)

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    10am – FOOD DRIVE | CHRISTMAS MOVIE: Showcase Cinemas is having a food drive. Bring in a canned good and get in free to see It’s a Wonderful Life. 733-5134 West Springfield, MA (Food Donation)

    10am- 12Noon – PLAYGROUP GROUP | MOTHERS OF COLOR: Color Play is our new monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. (413) 658-5096 Northampton, MA (Free)

    12Noon-3pm – CO-OP OPEN HOUSE: The River Valley Market Co-Op is celebrating the 165th anniversary of the opening of the very first food co-op. Food & music and more. www.rivervalleymarket.coop Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-2:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | SNOWSHOE: Family Snowshoe Stroll Land of Providence Reservation. Come enjoy our newest reservation on showshoes on this 1 mile, easy walk. Beginners welcome. Snowshoe rentals available or bring your own. Call in advance to reserve snowshoes. (413) 532-1631 www.ttor.org Holyoke, MA (Members FREE, $)

    2-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. (413)448-8258 Pittsfield, MA ($)

    2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. (1267 South Church Street) Skate rentals available. (413) 664-8185 North Adams, MA ($)

    3-5pm – SANTA IN THE HILLTOWNS: Santa will be at Stanton Hall, arriving by fire truck. Huntington, MA (FREE)

    4-9pm –HOLIDAY EVENT: Look Park’s Winter Wonderland is a series of Holiday Events that combine the long-standing tradition of “Santa’s Workshop” with the Look Park “Holiday Light Displays”, Hayrides around the park and our Look Park Zoo. Florence, MA

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Twelve Nights of Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Dec. 3-6; 10-13; &. 17-20.  Stroll our candlelit Village, enjoy sleigh rides (snow permitting), meet Santa and Father Christmas. 1-800-SEE-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4-6:50pm – ICE SKATING: Mullins Center Ice Rink.  Rentals available. (413) 545-3990 UMass. Amherst, MA ($)

    5pm – FAMILY CONCERT: School for the Dead will play a show on First Churches’ front lawn. Northampton, MA (Free)

    5pm & 6:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MOVIES: Holiday movies will be shown at the town hall in Worthington. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    6-9pm – KIDS NIGHT OUT: At the YMCA. Parents take the night off and let the kids watch a movie, swim and play. Pittsfield, MA

    6pm-12Midnight – HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Luminary display, dessert social, bonfire, caroling, hayrides and more at the Florence Civic Center. (413) 320-2306 Florence, MA (FREE)

    6:30pm – WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Celebrate at the Center for Cultural Evolution. Come to the Round House for stories, music and a Mummers’ Play. Bring snacks to share and canned goods for food drive. RSVP (413) 624-5140 www.roundhouseculture.com Colrain, MA ($ Donation)

    8pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” at the Academy of Music. (413) 584-9032 www.academyofmusictheatre.com Northampton, MA ($)

    SUNDAY (12/20/09)

    9am- – SANTA IN THE HILLTOWNS: Join Santa at Corners Grocery. Worthington, MA

    1pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | BALLET: The Nutcracker performed by the Academy Ballet of Arts at the Amherst Regional High School. www.academyballetarts.com (413) 586-3888 Hadley, MA ($)

    1:30-3:30pm – ICE SKATING : Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena. Skate rentals available. (5 Barr Avenue) (413) 772-6891 Every Sunday. Greenfield, MA ($)

    2pm – CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Meet at the Congregational Church. Westhampton, MA (Free)

    2pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | THEATER: “A Christmas Carol” at the Academy of Music. (413) 584-9032 www.academyofmusictheatre.com Northampton, MA ($)

    2-3:45pm – ICE SKATING: Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield. (413)448-8258 Pittsfield, MA ($)

    2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink. (1267 South Church Street) Skate rentals available. (413) 664-8185 North Adams, MA ($)

    2-4pm – HOLIDAY WORKSHOP: Make holiday tags, cards & wrap at ArtStar’s family holiday workshop. www.artstarlounge.com (413) 896-3709 Williamsburg, MA ($)

    2:30-4:20pm – ICE SKATING: Mullins Center Ice Rink.  Rentals available. (413) 545-3990 UMass. Amherst, MA ($)

    2:40-4:40pm – ICE SKATING: At Smead Arena.  Skate rentals available.  Every Sunday. (1780 Roosevelt Ave) (413) 781-2599 Springfield, MA ($)

    3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: American to international folk dances for the whole family at First Churches. (413) 256-2613 Northampton, MA (>$)

    4pm – CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Meet in front of the Williamsburg Market to sing winter songs and Christmas carols.  Cookies and hot cocoa. Williamsburg, MA (Free)

    4pm – CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Community caroling with the Cummington Family Center. Meet outside the Community House.  Cummington, MA (Free)

    4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Twelve Nights of Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Dec. 3-6; 10-13; &. 17-20.  Stroll our candlelit Village, enjoy sleigh rides (snow permitting), meet Santa and Father Christmas. 1-800-SEE-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

    4-9pm –HOLIDAY EVENT: Look Park’s Winter Wonderland is a series of Holiday Events that combine the long standing tradition of “Santa’s Workshop” with the Look Park “Holiday Light Displays”, Hayrides around the park and our Look Park Zoo. Florence, MA

    7pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MOVIE: “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. www.mahaiwe.org (413) 528-0100 Great Barrington, MA ($)

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    1. December 21, 2009 at 5:19 am

      MONDAY

      Monday, December 21st in Ashfield, MA

      Solstice!
      As it happens, Time acts right for no man nor woman nor celebration, so it turns out that Solstice this year is on a Monday! But we will be celebrating as they have done for millennia, as well. The annual Ashfield return-to-light celebration will begin about 5:00 pm at Elmer’s where we’ll have hearty stews and soups and good, stout bread to sustain you until the light comes back. Then you’ll want to go outside to the Common where they’ll have a bonfire, songs, stories and Morris Dancers in gorgeous, ancient traditions. No hankies this time—THIS is the dance you want to see the dancers perform! Dressed in black, they wear real caribou horns on their heads and perform a quiet ritual that is as solemn and as old as time itself. Then the dancers come back to Elmer’s where they sing, eat and drink, and at some point we hang high the lanterns ho and they jump up and perform a variety of rowdy songs and dances, ending up with the marvelous and miraculous sword dance. THIS is the Morris dance you want to see! And it’s the celebration of all celebrations in Ashfield! Very worth seeing!

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      MONDAY

      Monday, December 21st in Plainfield, MA

      Creative Dance for Children at Earthdance (252 Prospect Street in Plainfield)!!!!
      You are WARMLY welcome to join us for OPEN CLASSES
      December 21, 2009
      4:15-5pm (3-5 year olds)
      5:15-6:15pm (6-9 year olds)
      Parents, Grandparents, friends and neighbors are all invited to dance with us!
      For more information, please call Maureen at 634-5431

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      MONDAY

      Monday December 21st in Easthampton, MA (FREE)

      Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia, we also have this tradition: we gather at sundown for natural history readings, music, and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. This year’s music will feature Gaia Roots, thanks to a generous donation by the Easthampton Cultural Council. We make every attempt not to cancel this event due to inclement weather, but call Arcadia if a blizzard is brewing. This is a free event, however, please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

      http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Arcadia/listing.php?program_code=122-AR09FA1

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      MONDAY

      Saturdays & Mondays in Ashfield, MA

      Ongoing yoga classes are offered at the Belding Memorial Library Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The use of props enables students of all ages and physical capabilities to access the benefits of yoga practice, which include increased strength and flexibility, stress reduction and improved overall health.

      Please go to http://www.ashfieldyoga.com for class and schedule information, email miriamzoll@mac.com or call 413-268-3053 for more information.

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      MONDAY

      Mondays in Northampton (FREE)

      Knitting & Crochet Circle
      Forbes Library
      Mondays from 10 to noon

      Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, or some other type of yarn craft or
      would you like to start or improve on a yarn craft? You are invited to
      the Forbes Library’s Knitting & Crochet circle. This group is a casual
      place to meet other yarn crafters of all kinds and experience levels and
      share crafting tips and pleasant conversation. Bring your projects in
      progress or ideas for new ones.

      This group is starting up again for the fall and will meet weekly on
      Monday mornings from 10-12 in the cozy Arts & Music magazine lounge.

      This circle is facilitated by Nancy Pulley who has experience in
      knitting, crocheting, sewing and numerous varieties of crafts, both
      personal and for shows. In Nancy’s own words, “I started when I was 12,
      so I have been doing these hobbies for 52 years now. WOW, am I old. I am
      extremely active, walk everyday, play tennis, bike ride, line dance,
      zumba, yoga, watercolor, colored pencil and an avid reader and love
      being in a library environment. Can never stop learning!”

      Location: A&M Magazine Lounge
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      TUESDAY

      Tuesday, December 22nd in Great Barrington, MA
      6pm @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center:
      “The Polar Express”
      Family Favorite Holiday Movie
      $6

      Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
      14 Castle Street. Great Barrington. MA 01230
      Box Office: 413-528-0100
      http://www.mahaiwe.org

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      THURSDAY

      Thursday, December 24th in Chesterfield, MA

      Christmas Eve Service for Children

      The Chesterfield Congregational Church, at the corner of Main Street and North Road in the center of Chesterfield, is offering a children’s Christmas Eve service on Thursday, December 24th at 4:00 P.M.

      The service will include a reading of the Christmas story, carols, and will conclude with candle lighting. You don’t need to be a member of the church. Everyone is welcome. The service is for both the young and young at heart.

      For more information about the children’s service, contact Paul Catanzaro 296-0303 or catanzaropaul@gmail.com.

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