HFVS Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Science & Education Episode with Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants

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Danny Weinkauf guest DJs this week, demonstrating though song examples and commentary his love of science and education, and how it has influenced his favorite songs and personal writing style. − www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 23rd & 24th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:   “I am a Paleontologist” from They Might Be Giants album Here Comes Science.


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  • The Beatles – “Help!” (Help!)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Archaeology” (No School Today)
  • Fountains of Wayne – “Hat and feet” (Fountains of Wayne)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” (Here Comes Science)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Haul Away Joe” (A Mississippi River Adventure Album)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Champion of the Spelling Bee” (No School Today)
  • Queen – “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” (A Night at the Opera)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “ice Cream” (No School Today)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Alphabet Lost and Found” (Here Come the ABCs)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” (Recess)
  • The White Stripes – “My Doorbell” (Get Behind Me Satan)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Electric Car” (Here Comes Science)
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Marsupial” (No School Today)
  • Caspar Babypants – “Kangaroo” (I Found You)
  • Laurie Berkner – “Fireflies” (Laurie Berkner Lullabies)
  • Lincoln “To Build a House” (Lincoln)
  • The Ramones ” I Want to be Sedated” (Road to Ruin)
  • They Might Be Giants – “I am a Paleontologist” (Here Comes Science)

[Rebroadcast. Originally aired May 2014]

HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

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HFVS Inspiration for Hispanic Heritage Month
with Guest DJs, Andrés & Christina

Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés share the things that inspire them. Friends, travel, and dreams fill this episode, along with music from different artists… including a zombie! — www.123andres.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 16th & 17th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]


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  • 123 Andrés – “Ten Little Birds” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Nathalia – “Que llueva” [Cuando era pequeña (When I Was Your Age)]
  • Orlando Valle “Maraca” – “Almendra” [Formula Uno]
  • 123 Andrés – “Vuela, vuela” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Tu Rockcito – “Cantar En Un Concierto de Rock” [Rockcitis Aguda]
  • Chuchumbé (feat. Zenen Zeferino) – “Conga de San Benito” [¡Caramba Niño!]
  • Poncho Sanchez – “Watermelon Man” [Conga Blue]
  • Los Wemblers de Iquitos – “Sonido Amazónico” [La Danza del Petrolero]
  • 123 Andrés – “Tickles” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Palavra Cantada – “Bolacha de Água e Sal” [Especial Dia Das Crianças]
  • 123 Andrés – “The Seed” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Rita Rosa y Amigos – “La Rana” [Fiesta en la Tierra Akanamandla]
  • Rita del Prado & Dúo Karma – “Mambo Congrí” [En Guarandinga por Toda Cuba]
  • Manuel Garcia – “Acuario” [Acuario]
  • 31 Minutos – “Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Bombi)” [Arwrarwrirwrarwro (Banda Sonora Original de la Cuarta Temporada)]

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HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights guest DJs our Back To School Episode. Joanie hand picked all of the school themed songs including a few from her new CD, Bandwagon as well as from artists such as: Pop Ups, Dizzy Gillespie, Justin Roberts, Bari Koral, Recess Monkey, Lunch Money, Astrograss, Miss Nina, They Might Be Giants, The Verve Pipe, Chuck Berry, Trout Fishing in America and Rocknoceros.  – www.joanieleeds.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 9th & 10th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights , “Back to School.”


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  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Back to School” (Bandwagon)
  • Pop Ups- “Math Rock” – (Radio Jungle)
  • Dizzy Gillespie – “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids)” – (School Days)
  • Justin Roberts – “Recess” – (Recess)
  • Bari Koral – “Backpack” (Family Rock Band)
  • Recess Monkey – “Science Fair” (The Final Funktier)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Use Your Words- (Bandwagon)
  • Lunch Money – “I Love My Library” – (Dizzy)
  • Astrograss – “Continental Geography” – (The Colored Pencil Factory)
  • Miss Nina – “New Alphabet” – (Sha Doo Be Doop)
  • They Might Be Giants – “Meet the Elements” – (Here Comes the Science)
  • The Verve Pipe – “Homework Blues Stomp” – (Are We There Yet)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – Bandwagon- (Bandwagon)
  • Chuck Berry – “School Days” – (The Anthology)
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” – (Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers)
  • Crossing Guard – “Rocknoceros” – (Pink!)
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Nightlights”- (Bandwagon)

[Orignial broadcast: August 31st & September 1st, 2013]

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HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

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Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

Kevin and Casey of The Whizpops have put together a fun educational show about wildlife and imagination seamlessly weaving songs about animals both real and make-believe. Join them on a musical journey through endangered species, mustaches, and even unicorns! — www.thewhizpops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 2nd & 3rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video Series: TED-Ed Animals


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  • The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Monarch” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Butterfly Driving A Truck” [Sing Along!]
  • The Whizpops – “Pika” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • The Big Wu – “Kangaroo” [Tracking Buffalo Through The Bathroom]
  • The Pop Ups – “Elephant” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Everything’s Better With A Mustache (Walrus Song)” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • FunkeyMonkeys – “Mustache” [[Mustache]
  • The Salamanders – “Please Don’t Eat My Guitar” [[The Salamanders]
  • Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Single]
  • The Whizpops – “Swift Fox” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Sallie Ford and the Outside Sound – “Not an Animal” [Dirty Radio]
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait To Hibernate” [Bear Tunes for Kids]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lovestruck Unicorn” [Novelties]

[Original broadcast: July 30th & 31st, 2016]

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HFVS Hilarious Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Hilarious Episode with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

You better warn your funny bone because it’s about to get a real workout.  Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, sometimes known as Randy & Dave, bring you songs and other silly stuff. Amidst the laughter, you might learn a few things about an American hero, get some advice on how to deal with your friends and relatives, or even receive tips on how to cope with unwanted flying objects. Randy & Dave recommend you not take any of it too seriously.  — songwizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 26th & 27th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and the Pearly Chorus – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [Mary Poppins original soundtrack]


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  • Alan Sherman – Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah [Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah]
  • Randy & Dave – Last Word [Calling All the Elephants]
  • Grin Brigade – Dorky Haircut [Crazy with Happiness}
  • Trout Fishing in America – My Hair Had a Party Last Night [My World]
  • Jonathan Sprout – Peanut Man [American Heroes #3]
  • Randy & Dave – Miriam’s Muse [Calling All the Elephants]
  • Sheb Wooley – Purple People-Eater [Purple People Eater]
  • Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and the Pearly Chorus – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [Mary Poppins original soundtrack]
  • Grin Brigade – Funky Hu – [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Randy & Dave – Last Time I Was Here [Life on a Trampoline]
  • Katherine Dines – Ooey Gooey Stew [Hunk-Ta-Bunkta Spooky]
  • Harry Nilsson – Coconut [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Bill Harley – There’s a Pea on My Plate [There’s a Pea on My Plate]
  • Shel Silverstein – Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out [Where the Sidewalk Ends]
  • Randy & Dave – Happy to Help [Life on a Trampoline]

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HFVS Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Chris Ballew (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ,
Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants

The theme of this show is “songs that make you happy.” Through a variety of styles and genres Caspar Babypants takes the listener on a smile generating ride through some of his favorite happy tunes that lift spirits and make people dance and sing or just happily groove along. – www.babypantsmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 19th & 20th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Caspar Babypants – “Blackberry Pie” [Jump For Joy!]


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  • Blossom Dearie – “Put On A Happy Face” [May I Come In?]
  • Buddy Holly – “Everyday” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Blackberry Pie” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Brushy One String – “Chicken In The Corn” [Destiny]
  • Big Block Sing Song – “Hair” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Free Couch” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Komeda – “Blossom (Got To Get It Out) [Kokomemedada]
  • Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” [Elvis ’56]
  • Johnny Cash – “Nasty Dan” [The Children’s Album]
  • Frances England – “Digging In The Dirt” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Dean Jones – “Tiny Fishes” [Napper’s Delight]
  • Dee-light – “Groove Is In Teh Heart” – [World Clique]
  • Tallboys – “Cumberland Gap” [Yeah Buddy]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Fingertips Part 2” [Definitive Collection]
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus And Lucy” [A Boy Named Charlie Brown]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Pushy The Tug” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Greg Ruby Quartet – “Easy For You” [Look Both Ways]

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HFVS Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Summer in the City Episode with Guest DJ, Meredith Wright

Join Guest DJ Meredith Wright from Sweetbeatz for Summer in the City. She’ll be spinning a soulful mix of songs that will have you boppin’ to the beat of the city streets. Grab your metrocard (you’ll need it for the subway) for a fun adventure to Central Park, a ballgame and everything in between! – www.sweetbeatzbaby.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 12th & 13th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  The Subway! Large cast of Muppets sing about riding the subway.  It’s vintage New York City and Sesame Street all in one!


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  • Stevie Wonder – “Master Blaster” [Stevie Wonder the Definitive Collection]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Baila/Dance” [Best of the Band, Ingles y Español]
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- “Dancing In The Street” [20th Century Masters- the Millennium Collection- Motown 1960’s vol.1]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Neighborhood” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Bari Koral- “Subway” [Rock and Roll Garden]
  • Joanie Leeds- “Sunday in the Park” [City Kid]
  • Heritage O.P. – “Friendship” [Heritage]
  • Sweetbeatz – “Laundry” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Carly Simon- “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” [Baseball- a Film by Ken Burns]
  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton- “Ice Cream” [Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)]
  • James Brown – “Get On The Good Foot, pt. 1” [20 All-Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Sweetbeatz- “Hairdos” [Soulful Songs for City Kids]
  • Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – “Give Me Soca” [Soca Greatest Hits]

[Original broadcast: August 24, 2013]

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HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode
with Guest DJs, Funkinships

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During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. — www.funkinships.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 5th & 6th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Sesame Street: Alligator King


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  • Funkinships – “Sea Legs” [Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Shel Silverstien – “Captain Hook” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Pete Seeger and Ed Renehan – “The Old Ben Franklin and the Sloop Sally B”[Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay]
  • Funkinships – “The Shad and The Eel”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Make and Clancy – “A Place in the Choir” [The Makem and Clancey Collection]
  • Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” [The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Lyle Lovett – “If I had a Boat” [Pontiac]
  • Funkinships – “Left Foot, Right Foot”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Sesame Street – “Alligator King” [The Count Counts: Vol. 1]
  • Pete Seeger – “Sailing Down my Golden River” [Pete]
  • Funkinships – “If You Cant Sing Well Sing Loud”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Derek McGee – “The Donkey Of Violet Hill”
  • John Hartford – “Turn Your Radio On” [Steam Powered Aero Plane]
  • Funkinships – “The Great Whale Ball”[Post Folk Absurdist]

[Original broadcast: October 8th & 9th, 2016]

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Jason Didner

“Jersey Jason” Didner from the Jungle Gym Jam hosts a show that’s all about animals – real and imaginary. Hear a bilingual track by Northampton’s own Mister G along with “Pandagarten” by Jason’s band – a song that tells the story of how pandas born in captivity are trained to possibly live in the wild. Plus gems by Laura Doherty, Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkner and more. Hear a story narrated by Jason’s brother Matthew Didner, a theatre director and storyteller, that their grandfather used to make up and tell them when they were kids. — www.junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 29 & 30, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: I Chew – Hullabaloo


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  • Animal Tracks – Laura Doherty [Animal Tracks]
  • Elephants – Uncle Dox [Single]
  • Marsupial – Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band [No School Today]
  • Omnivore – Seanster and the Monsters [Yay!]
  • The Goldfish – Laurie Berkner Band [The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band]
  • Billy the Fish – Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band [Big Hugs from Mama]
  • Every Little Step – Justin Roberts [Recess]
  • Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes – Marsha Goodman-Wood [Gravity Vacation]
  • I Chew – Hullabaloo [I Chew]
  • Pandagarten – Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam [Single]
  • Cinnamon Bear – Suzi Shelton [Smile in my Heart]
  • Una Jirafa en mi Casa – Mister G [Los Animales]
  • Bunnybot – Sugar Free Allstars [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Liftoff – Chibi Kodama [Dragons]

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

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 22nd & 23rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 


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  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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HFVS with Guest DJ Cowboy Andy of The Salamanders (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ Cowboy Andy of The Salamanders

Cowboy Andy, lead singer and songwriter for the family friendly band The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. Here he shares a collection of western classics from the 1930s, 40’s and 50’s along with a sampling of a few tunes from his band written to get your toes tapping and family dancing. – www.salamandersmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 15th & 16th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Pirate Cowboy (Live at the Top Hat, New Years Eve 2016)


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  • Eddy Arnold – “Cattle Call” [Cattle Call]
  • Patsy Montana – “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” [Cowgirl’s Best]
  • The Salamanders – “Pirate Cowboy” [The Salamanders]
  • Foy Willing & The Riders Of The Purple Sage – “Stampede” [Stampede! Western Music’s Late Golden Era]
  • Marty Robbins – “Ghost Riders In The Sky” [The Essential Marty Robbins: 1951-1982]
  • The WhizPops! – “Bison” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies – “Woolly Mammoth” [Lucky 7]
  • Gioacchino Rossini “William Tell Overture” [Three Centuries of The Greatest Hits – London Philharmonic Orchestra]
  • The Salamanders – “Skeleton Rag” [Bubbles]
  • Story – Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel
  • The Salamanders – “Bubbles” [Bubbles]
  • The Sons Of The Pioneers – “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds” [Cool Water]
  • The Salamanders – “Poppy” [Bubbles]
  • Roy Rogers – “Happy Trails” [The Collection ’38-‘50]

 

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HFVS Guest DJ, Joe & Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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HFVS Guest DJ, Joe & Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Childhood best friends, Joe and Justin, now known as The Okee Dokee Brothers from Minneapolis, Minnesota, are our Guest DJs this today, spinning some songs of their own childhood, songs in the Americana folk tradition and even some tunes off their CD, Can You Canoe? about their real-life 30 day canoe trip down the Mississippi River. www.okeedokee.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 8th & 9th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: A music video from the Western Adventure Album and DVD, Saddle Up. In June of 2015, The Okee Dokee Brothers rode horses along the Continental Divide in the western United States. During their month-long journey, they camped, horse-packed, and composed the songs that make up the album, Saddle Up.


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  • Woody Guthrie – “Howjadoo” [Nursery Days]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Can You Canoe?” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Paul Simon – “Graceland” [Graceland]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Hank Williams – “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” [Honky Tonkin’]
  • The Little Willies – “Roly Poly” [The Little Willies]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Bullfrog Opera” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Justin Townes Earle – “The Good Life” [The Good Life]
  • Leadbelly – “Midnight Special” [Leadbelly Sings for Children]
  • Taj Mahal – “Fishin’ Blues” – [The Essential Taj Mahal]
  • Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys – “Blue Moon of Kentucky” [Best of Bill Monroe]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Brother” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Trampled by Turtles – “Victory” [Palomino]
  • Bob Dylan – “Buckets of Rain” [Blood on the Tracks]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Rosita” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Gillian Welch – “I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll” [Time (The Revelator)]
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (f. Allison Krauss) – “Catfish John” – [Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 3]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Memphis Town” [Can You Canoe?]

[Original broadcast: June 9, 2012]

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HFVS Bicycle Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Bicycle Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 1st & 2nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Kids just learning how to ride a bike? Our readers have great advise to lend parents in our post, How Are You Teaching Your Kids to Ride A Bike? Need a bike? Our readers also have recommendations on Where to Get New/Used Bikes for the Family in Western MA. – Can’t get enough bikes? We have another episode of the HFVS from 2007, Summer Bike Riding Episode!


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  • Parker Bent – “Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club” [Charlie Davidson’s Tricycle Club]
  • Lunch Money – “Tricycle” [Silly Reflection]
  • Asylum Street Spankers – “Training Wheel Rag” [Mommy Says No!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter – “Different Spokes for Different Folks” [The Pod Squad]
  • The Pop Stars – “Your Life as You Know it is Over” [The Pop Stars (Pink)]
  • Joe West – “If the World Was Upside Down” [If the World Was Upside Down]
  • Tom Paxton – “Ride My Bike” [I’ve Got a Yo-Yo]
  • Recess Monkey – “Pedal Power” [Tabby Road]
  • Ralph Covert – “Banana Seat Bike” [Ralph’s World Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mr. Saxaphone – “Go Go Go” [Songs from the Treehouse]
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang – “Bicycle Ride” [Get Up & Dance]
  • Artichoke – “Rattlesnake” [26 Animals]
  • Ani DiFranco w/ Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends – “The Great TV Rebellion” [Ask the Planet]
  • Herbie Tree – “Change” [Putumayo Kids Presents European Playground]
  • The Jellydots – “Bicycle” [Hey You Kids]
  • The Hipwaders – “My Green Bicycle” [The Hipwaders]

[Original Broadcast: June 2009]

 

 

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HFVS Guest DJ, Ellis Paul Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJ, Ellis Paul Episode

Ellis Paul (www.ellispaul.com) and his musical friend Flynn provide today’s Guest DJ spot, spinning some of their favorite tunes. Included in today’s playlist are songs from Lead Belly, Leon Redbone, Dan Zanes, Bill Harley and Justin Roberts. The set leads off with two songs from Ellis’ brand new family album, The Hero in You: the title track and “Nellie Bly.”  

Known for his deeply felt and socially conscious songwriting, often about heroes, Ellis Paul was inspired by his own two growing daughters and four years of performing for families to write about people who contributed something to the world through their work and art. His first family music CD was Dragonfly Races. Read Hilltown Families’ interview with Ellis when Dragonfly Races was first released: The Dragonfly Races: An Interview with Ellis Paul.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 24th & 25th, 2017
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Northampton, MA

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  • Ellis Paul – “The Hero in You” [The Hero in You]
  • Ellis Paul – “Nellie Bly” [The Hero in You]
  • Leon Redbone – “Polly Wolly Doodle” [On the Track]
  • Lead Belly – “Jimmy Cracked Corn” [Blues Routes Leadbelly]
  • Dan Zanes & Friends – “Hop Up Ladies” [House Party]
  • Jeannie B! And the Jelly Beans – “Sugar Buzz” [Sugar Buzz]
  • Ellis Paul – “Albert Einstein” [The Hero in You]
  • Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me with Science” [The Golden Age of Wireless]
  • Laurie Berkner – “Froggie Went a-Courtin’” [Victor Vito]
  • Brady Rymer – “It’s All How you Look at It” [Look at my Belly]
  • Ellis Paul – “Woody Guthrie, Working Man” [The Hero in You]
  • Bill Harley – “Wacka Wacka Woo” [Wacka Wacka Woo & Other Stuff]
  • Mel Brooks and Marlo Thomas – “Boy Meets Girl” [Free to Be… You and Me]
  • Justin Roberts – “Roller in the Coaster” [Way Out]
  • Vinx – “You are my Sunshine” [The Mood I’m In]

[Original broadcast: Feb. 18, 2012]

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

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Father’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Like Father Like Son

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 17th & 18th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • 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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HFVS with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Guest DJs, Wendy & DB

Come explore the world BIG and small with Wendy & DB from Chicago this weeks guest DJs. Let’s travel through space and land right here on Planet Earth. Learn to care for the littlest creatures and sing along with some garden features as Wendy & DB go GREEN. — Wendyanddb.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 10th & 11th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Wendy & DB’s song Walla Walla Tree from “It’s A Doo Da Day” 2015 release on Tigerlily Music. Features Darryl Boggs “DB” telling a story about play, singing and being together as a family. Animated by Ariel Chan.


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Song #1 Carpenters Saturday Rainy Days & Mondays
Song #2 Ray Bryant Combo The Madison Time Hairspray
Song #3 Justin Roberts BackYard Space ships Way out
Song #4 Train Drops of Jupiter  Drops of Jupiter
Song #5 Ralph’s World Kid Astro  The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro
Song #6 Wendy & DB HomeEarth HomeEarth
Song #7 Skidoo Long days & Short Years Infinity Plus One
Song #8 Rissi Palmer Best Day Ever Best Day Ever
Song #9 Alastair Moock  It takes all kinds All kinds of you and me
Song #10 Wendy & DB It takes all kinds of trucks HomeEarth
Song #11 Fifth Dimension The Magic Garden The Magic Garden
Song #12 Wendy & DB Plant A Seed  HomeEarth
Song #13 Pete Seeger Inch by Inch Circles & Seasons
Song #14 Laurie Berkner Band Bumble Bee Song Buzz Buzz
Song #15 Wendy & DB I Like Bees HomeEarth
Song #16 Lori Henriques How great this day can be! How great this day can be
Song #17 Frances England Explorer of the World Explorer of the World
Song #18 Ella Jenkins The World is Big,The World is Small Multi Cultural Children’s Song
Song#19 Steam Na Na Hey Hey Kiss him goodbye STEAM edit used on way out…

 

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HFVS Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Latin American Episode with Guest DJ, Sandra Velasquez

Moona Luna’s Sandra Velasquez takes you on a Latin American bus adventure.  Based on her own travels by bus through Latin America, she provides you with a soundtrack for a journey that is as rich and diverse as the changing landscape. – www.moonalunamusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
June 3rd & 4th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “PANORAMA” by Moona Luna


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  • Rana Santacruz – “Lo Unico Que Quiero” [Chicavasco]
  • Moona Luna – “Panorama” [Panorama]
  • Los Super Seven – “Canoero” [Los Super Seven]
  • Susana Baca – “Que Bonito Tu Vestido” [Afrodiaspora]
  • Ana Tijoux – “1977” [1977]
  • Moona Luna – “Vamos, Let’s Go” [Vamos, Let’s Go]
  • Rana Santacruz – “Ojitos De Maguey” [Chicavasco]
  • Paulihno Moska & Ceu- “10 Contados” [Ceu]
  • Pistolera – “Ponle Frenos” [El Desierto Y La Ciudad]
    Moona Luna – “Espejos” [Panorama]
  • Los Diablitos – “Los Caminos De La Vida” [Sorpresa Caribe]
  • Moona Luna – “La Llegada” [Panorama]

[Original broadcast: May 28th & 29th, 2016]

HFVS Get Up & Get Movin’ Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Get Up & Get Movin’ Episode with Guest DJ, Dana Cohenour

Get up and get movin’ this week with Guest DJ, Dana! This award-winning recording artist has put together a playlist that will have kids jumping, dancing and inspired to be healthy and strong. Featuring high-energy, upbeat songs from Dana’s latest widely-acclaimed album, “Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes”, along with groovy tunes from artists such as Dave Kinnoin, Charity & the Jam Band, Wayne Potash, Dan Crow, Randy Kaplan and more. This is not a “sit-in-your-seat kind of show”! Little car-poolers might just wiggle out of their car seats! — www.danasmusicplayground.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 27th & 28th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: ” Wiggle Workout” – Dana’s Music Playground


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  • Dana- “Wiggle Workout” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Mrs. Kate- “Let’s Exercise” [I Think I Can]
  • Dave Kinnoin- “Body Groove” [Daring Dewey]
  • Charity and the Jam Band- “Wiggle” [Peanut Butter and Jam]
  • Randy Kaplan- “Shake That Thing” [Mister Diddie Wa Didde]
  • Dana- “Jump and Jive” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Pam Donkin- “A Hop, Skip and a Jump” [A Hop, Skip and a Jump]
  • Wayne Potash- “All Around the Kitchen” [Music Fun]
  • Various Artists- “Nothin’ Can Bounce Like A Tigger” [Playhouse Disney: Music Play Date]
  • Dana- “Jumping Beans” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Val Smalkin- “Touch the Ground” [Love Bug]
  • Dan Crow- “Walkin’ On My Wheels” [A Friend, A Laugh and A Walk in the Woods]
  • Dana- “Legs” [Dana’s Best Jump & Jam Tunes]
  • Jonathan Sprout- “My Bicycle” [Kid Power]
  • Patricia Shih- “Eating is Fun, Eating is Serious” [Big Ideas]
  • Katherine Dines- “Muscle and Bone” [Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Boo 2]
  • Anna Moo- “Shake Your Bootie Wootie” [Making Moosic]

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HFVS You, Me, and Our Community (Pt. 2) Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Podcast/Radio Show)

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You, Me, and Our Community (Pt. 2) Episode
with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

HFVS Guest DJ Lucy Kalantari is back with more community centered songs. Families, neighbors, friends–she covers the many different and beautiful relationships that come through our lives.  — www.LucyKalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 20th & 21st, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Okee Dokee Brothers, “Somos “Amigos”


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  • Sister Sledge – “We Are Family” [We Are Family [Expanded]]
  • Jazzy Ash – “Every Family’s Different” [Home]
  • Lisa Monet – “We All Sing With the Same Voice” [My Best Friend]
  • Alastair Moock – “My Life Is A Lot Like Yours” [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • KB Whirly – “Say Say My Playmate” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Somos Amigos” [Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album]
  • Ben E. King – “Stand By Me” [The Very Best Of Ben E. King]
  • Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could – “Chain Reaction” [Press Play]
  • Imagination Movers – “We Can Work Together” [For Those About to Hop]
  • The Beatles – “We Can Work It Out” [1]
  • Jon Samson – “CoCreative Music” [Another Kids Album]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “My Neighbor” [Big Things]
  • Bill Withers – “Lean on Me” [Greatest Hits: Lean On Me]
  • Steve Pullara And His Cool Beans Band – “The Little Blue Dot” [Spinning Tails]
  • mömandpöp – “Take Care” [Mömandpöp]
  • Joe Cocker – “With A Little Help From My Friends” [With A Little Help From My Friends]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Change The World” [The Playground Zone (Ep)]

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HFVS VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

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VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 13 & 14, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.com


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HFVS Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Cinco de Mayo Episode with Guest DJ, Mariana Iranzi

Mariana Iranzi, children’s musician from Argentina living in New York, guest DJs our Cinco de Mayo Episode— a celebration of Hispanic culture and its friendship with the United States through great family music. Multicultural, bilingual (Spanish & English) and fun! – www.marianairanzi.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 6th & 7th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: In celebration of both Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, Mariana Iranzi’s bilingual song, “Felíz día Mamá.”


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  • Mariana Iranzi, “Hola Hello” (Hola Hello)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Cuando yo me muera” (Cuando yo me muera)
  • Julio Brum, “La Yerba Mate” (El secreto de la yerba mate)
  • Nathalia Palis, “Animal Bop” (Animal Bop)
  • Laura Doherty, “uno dos tres” (Kids in the City)
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, “A Bailar “ (Fantastico)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Los Pollitos” (Hola Hello)
  • Luis Alberto Spinetta, “El mono tremendo” (Tester de violencia)
  • Susana Dutto, “Hay un chimpance y una mona” (Caramelitos Surtidos)
  • Los Patita de Perro, “Come on let’s jump” (El planeta)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “Five little monkeys” (Hola Hello)
  • Juan Pedraza, “Transformacion” (single)
  • Hugo Fattoruso y Rey Tambor, “Sale el sol” (Emotivo)
  • Mariana Iranzi, “La semana” (Hola Hello)

[Original broadcast: May 4, 2013]

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HFVS Animal Dance Party with Guest DJ, Wayne Potash (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Animal Dance Party with Guest DJ, Wayne Potash

This week, HFVS Guest DJ, Wayne Potash share songs & story featuring animals, and animals that act like people. Great episode to introduce your kids to the concept of anthropomorphism! Listen now to the podcast for an hour-long commercial-free family show! — www.waynepotash.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 29th & 30th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Favorite Color Blues” by Wayne Potash


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  • Gorillaz- 19-2000 (Cool Shoeshine), G Sides
  • Wayne Potash- Stripes, Music Fun
  • The Beatles- Hey Bulldog, Yellow Submarine Soundtrack
  • Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass- Lollipops and Roses, Whipped Cream & Other Delights
  • Wayne Potash- Haunted House Party, Rock & Roll Party
  • Asleep At The Wheel- Big Ball’s in Cowtown, Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills
  • STORY Odds Bodkin- The Name Of The Tree, The Evergreens
  • Wayne Potash- Willy The Woolly Mammoth, Rock & Roll Party
  • Alfred Drake- The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Oklahoma! Original Cast Album
  • Harry Belafonte- Day-O (Banana Boat Song), Calypso
  • Wayne Potash- Shy Shark, Rock & Roll Party
  • Dave Kinnoin- Swimming With Dolphins, Crazy With Happiness (Grin Brigade)

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

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WEATHER EPISODE
GUEST DJ, ALISON FAITH LEVY

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 22nd & 23rd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “World of Wonder,” the title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children World of Wondera paean to the natural world and all its mystery. Animated by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.


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  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky” – [Out of the Blue]
  • Grateful Dead – “Box of Rain” [American Beauty]
  • Allen Clapp – “Scattered Showers” [One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “I Love the Rain” [World of Wonder]
  • The Velvet Underground – “Who Loves the Sun” [Loaded]
  • The Hollies – “Everything is Sunshine” [The Hollies: Epic Anthology]
  • XTC – “Ballet for a Rainy Day” [Skylarking]
  • Jimi Hendrix – “The Wind Cries Mary” [The Ultimate Experience]
  • Beach Boys – “Wind Chimes” [Smile Sessions]
  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra – “If the Wind is Right” [Mixed Greens]
  • The Three O’Clock – “When Lightning Starts” [Sixteen Tambourines]
  • Led Zeppelin – “The Rain Song” [Houses of the Holy]
  • Neko Case – “This Tornado Loves You” [Middle Cyclone]
  • Alison Faith Levy – “Eye of the Tornado” [World of Wonder]
  • Etta James – “Stormy Weather” [At Last]
  • The Beatles – “Good Day Sunshine” [Revolver]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • The Beatles – “Sun King” [Abbey Road]
  • Autumn Leaves – “Stars in the Snow” [The Twilight Hours of the Autumn Leaves]
  • The Sippy Cups – “Drinking from the Sky” [Electric Storyland]
  • The Jayhawks – “Save It For a Rainy Day” [Rainy Day Music]
  • The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” [Something Else by The Kinks]

Original broadcast: May 12, 2012.

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HFVS Earth Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Earth Day Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Earth Day Episode by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband highlights songs and concepts that explore compassion, kindness, and our interconnectedness with Earth and all beings. The episode underscores the reminder that our love and intention are powerful forces that can inspire all of us to act in ways that protect and take care of the Earth. In addition to music along these lines, the show also includes a story (theme: interbeing) and a guided meditation (theme: non-harming). Because every day should be Earth Day! — www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 15th & 16th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  EARTH DAY by Charity and the JAMband


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  • The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” [The White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Earth Day” [EARTH]
  • Joe Reilly – “I Love Nature” [Children of the Earth]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Sun, Soil, Water and Air” [Singing in Our Garden]
  • Melita – “Turn the World Around” [Light Within]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “I Am the Earth and the Earth Is Me” [EARTH]
  • STORY: “The Sun in My Belly” by Sister Susan, illustrated by Sister Rain, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Speak for the Earth” [EARTH]
  • The Alphabet Rockers – “Change the World” [Playground Zone]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Meditation for Non-Harming” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them
  • Neil Young – “A New Day for Love” [The Monsanto Years]

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HFVS Spring Forward with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Spring Forward with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Celebrate spring with HFVS Guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. Butterflies, botany, banana splits, and rainbows, this playlist covers the many beautiful colors and facets of spring. Featuring Red Pants Band, KB Whirly, Dog on Fleas, Laura Doherty and much more! — www.LucyKalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 8th & 9th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Our Garden” – Lucy Kalantari


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  • Karen K – “Spring Day” [Blue Bike Chronicles]
  • Grin Brigade – “It’s Spring” [Crazy With Happiness]
  • Key Wilde And Mr. Clarke – “Katy Caterpillar” [Animal Tales]
  • Laura Doherty – “Butterfly” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Grow Grow Grow” [Recipes]
  • 123 Andrés – “La Semilla” [Arriba Abajo]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Our Garden” [Big Things]
  • Jon Samson – “Fruits or Vegetables” [A New Kids Album]
  • Danny Weinkauf – “Botany” [Red Pants Band]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Close the Loop” [Big Things]
  • Frances England – “See What We Can See” [Explorer Of The World]
  • Tom Proutt and Emily Gary – “The Song of the Tiny Cat” [A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs]
  • Lard Dog & the Band of Shy – “I Like” [Single]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” [Ella & Friends]
  • Louis Prima – “Banana Split For My Baby” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • KB Whirly – “The Littlest Worm” [Camp Songs Vol.1]
  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World” [Facing Future]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower featuring Simi Stone – “Changes” [Let All The Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie]

 

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HFVS Twofers & Threefers Episode with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

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Twofers & Threefers Episode
with Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan

Randy returns to the Hilltown airwaves with a set of twofers and threefers: short mini-segments of two or three related songs——songs by the same group, in the same style, or whose themes or subject matter connect in some way. You’ll hear blues, folk, country, calypso, a few off-the-beaten-path numbers, and even a show tune lullaby sung by Randy’s wife, Julie May Kaplan…and, of course, a few trademark Randy songs as well.  — www.randykaplan.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 1st & 2nd, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  “Crew Cut” from Jam on Rye:


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  • Dave Van Ronk – “Did You Hear John Hurt?” […And The Tin Pan Bended, And The Story Ended… {Live}]
  • Mississippi John Hurt – “My Creole Belle” [Satisfied…..{Live}]
  • Doc Watson – “Curly Headed Baby” [Memories]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Crew Cut” [Jam on Rye]
  • Dan Bern – “My Frigerator Broke” [Three Feet Tall]
  • The Clash – “Lost in the Supermarket” [London Calling]
  • Randy Kaplan – “So Funny I Forgot to Laugh” [Jam on Rye]
  • Pete Townsend – “Sleeping Dog” [Who Came First {Bonus Track}]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Virginia, Vega, and I” [Jam on Rye]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Home Is Not a Hotel” [The Madness of Happiness]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Couch Surfing with a Family of Six”[The Madness of Happiness]
  • Sam Manning’s Orchestra – “Back to my West India Home” [Calypso Calaloo]
  • Charlie Binger & His Quartet – “Jamaica Is the Place to Go” [Trojan CALYPSO Box Set (Disc 1)]
  • Dan Bern – “Cheetah” [Three Feet Tall]
  • Randy Kaplan “Slow Motion Mom” [Jam on Rye]
  • Julie May Kaplan – “Goodnight, My Someone” [Jam on Rye]

[Original broadcast:  3/28/15]


 

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HFVS Spring Equinox Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Spring Equinox Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 25th & 26th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]


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  • Wendy Waldman – “Spring is Here” [Wendy Waldman]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Get Your Booty Out of Bed” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]
  • Cat Stevens – “Changes IV” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Need Mud” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • Arnold Lobel – “The Corner” [Frog and Toad All Year]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Bob Marley – “Sun is Shining” [Trojan Reggae Chill-Out (CD 2)]
  • Justin Roberts – “Taking Off My Training Wheels” [Meltdown!]
  • Cat Stevens – “The Wind” [Teaser and the Firecat]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – “Pinecone Lovely” [Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Ruth Krauss/Norman Rose – “The Carrot Seed”
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Happy Birthday Baby” [Rock Your Socks Off]
  • XTC – “Greenman” [Apple Venus Volume 1]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “The Bird” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]

Find out more about our Guest DJ, Charity Kahn at www.jamjamjam.com.

[Original broadcast: March 26th & 27th, 2011]

HFVS You, Me and Our Community Episode with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari (Radio Show/Podcast)

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You, Me and Our Community Episode
with Guest DJ, Lucy Kalantari

Sing and dance to the beauty of community with guest DJ Lucy Kalantari. Featuring songs by Moona Luna, Louis Prima, Alastair Moock, and much more. — www.lucykalantari.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 18th & 19th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Alastair Moock – It Takes All Kinds


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  • Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could – “Just Say Hi” [Just Say Hi]
  • Kevin Kammeraad and Friends – “Game (Boo Lou and Boo Lou)” [Spinach Dip Pancakes]
  • Moona Luna – “Together” [Single]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “If I Didn’t Have You” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees + friends – “When We Sing Together” [Single]
  • Red Yarn – “Clap Your Hands Together” [Wake Up & Sing]
  • Louis Prima – “Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)” [Capitol Collectors Series]
  • Mo Phillips – “Talking About Team Work” [Occasional Yogurt]
  • Dan Zanes – “Welcome Table” [The Welcome Table: Songs of Inspiration, Mystery & Good Times]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Love is Love” [Live at KUTX Studio 1A]
  • Alastair Moock – “It Takes All Kinds” [All Kinds of You and Me]
  • Mr. Ray – “The Rainbow World” [No Room For Bullies]
  • Vivi Melody & Family – “We Can Still Be Friends” [More Love]
  • Chibi Kodama – “I’m Always Right” [We’re Not Going Crazy]
  • Karen K & Mista Cookie Jar – “Rainbow” [Single]
  • Louie Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World” [What A Wonderful World]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “Song For My Son” [Big Things]

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HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. Produced by Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 11 & 12, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

[Original Airdate: Feb 23rd & 24th, 2013]

Suggested Events for March 11th – March 17th, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families has given me numerous ideas, destinations, and events to participate in with my infant twins. It has been an invaluable resource that motivates us to get out and explore together!” – Stephanie Allen (Greenfield, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

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Summer Camp

FIND YOUR SUMMER CAMPSo many Summer Camps to choose from! Now is the time to start signing up for summer camp! Check out our featured post, 2017 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA for a comprehensive list of summer camps & programs in the region. More are added each day! 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!

Hilltown Families Events

Saturday, March 18, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective, Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! After a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit, Scotty Swan will present The Fuzznogginz Puppet Party! This will be a combination of a magic AND puppet show together in one big spectacular extravaganza! There will be lots of comedy, funny puppetry, and amazing magic combined with plenty of audience participation. Audience members are invited to come on stage to become puppeteers and learn how a puppet show works.We’ll round out the morning with DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon!” This is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. For more information, email info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Mar 10

Montessori Comes to Forbes Library: On Friday, March 10, at 11am, bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include time to explore Montessori materials, circle time and a story. The Forbes Library is located at 20 West Street in Northampton. Free; all families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Mar 11

Join Nonotuck Community School’s Annual Family Dance Party! The morning will be filled with fun activities for all ages including live music by DandyLion’s Garden, games, dancing with special guest DJ, food, crafts, and more! The event will take place on Saturday, March 11th from 10am-12pm at Jackson Street Elementary School in Northampton (120 Jackson St). Tickets are $5 per person/$12 per family, www.nonotuck.org.

Mar 11

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT will re-launch its annual Women Take Flight Day on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00am-4:00pm in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history through special events, and three special guest speakers. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet other women pilots, engineers, and aerospace industry specialists, and featuring the same model aircraft that Amelia Earhart flew. Real life “Rosie the Riveters,” women WASP pilots from World War II, and more. A series of activity stations will also be available for younger visitors, and a variety of flight simulators allow visitors to become virtual pilots. For more information: www.neam.org.

Mar 13 – 19

Downtown Amherst Restaurant Week, March 13-19. Take a bite out of the last week of winter! A wonderful array of restaurants offer special dishes, multi course meals and traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes. You can span the globe from our beautiful downtown by sampling diverse cuisine, including Himalayan/Nepalese, Persian, Northern Italian, Mediterranean and New American. Bread made from scratch daily, treasured family recipes, local and organic ingredients and exceptional pairings are on the menu. Book a cozy booth or a long center table for a feast with friends and family. More information and menus: www.amherstdowntown.com/events/restaurant-week. Questions? Contact ann@amherstdowntown.com.

PreK – 6th

Whately Elementary School has school choice openings! Whately Elementary is a small, rural public school, Pre-K through 6th Grade with an average class size of 18 students, talented educators and a very supportive parent community. Offering Spanish, Art, Music, PE and Gardening. Band & Strings instruction for upper grades. Student-centered academics with a school-wide emphasis on social-emotional learning and community service locally & globally. Currently developing a new 4-H club. They are currently accepting school choice applications for openings in kindergarten through 5th Grade. Accepting registrations for full-day preschool. For more information, please call Mary at 413-665-7826. An Eco-friendly, composting school. www.frsu38.org/wes.

Open House: Mar 11

Open House at the Hartsbrook School: Experience the warmth and imagination in a Waldorf early childhood classroom. Teachers will be offering activities for children ages 2-6 in the classroom and on the play yard. Crafts, puppet show and snack will nourish your child’s senses while allowing a glimpse into how the teachers prepare children to meet the future with a strong foundation and joyful aliveness. Families with children in grades 1-12 are also welcome for a tour and discussion with the enrollment director. Imagine the possibilities for your child! Saturday, March 11, 10am to 12noon at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA. 413-586-1908. www.hartsbrook.org.

Mar 12

“Love Always Wins,” A Community Purim Celebration in Northampton. On Sunday, March 12 from 10:30am-1pm, Congregation B’nai Israel, in collaboration with PJ Library Western Massachusetts. Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton and Lander-Grinspoon Academy, welcomes the public to a joyous Purim celebration including music, mask making, preparing food for the Cot Shelter, a fantastic puppet show featuring Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight and an original Purim play put on by LGA 6th graders. The program will conclude with a delicious, vegetarian meal. $5 kids under 10 and $10 adults. To RSVP and for more details click here or contact rabbijacob@cbinorthampton.org, 413-584-3593 x203.

Mar 17

The Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company takes an innovative twist on traditional Irish Dance with a toe tapping, hand clapping vibrant modern flair. This family friendly celebration of Celtic dance, music and culture is a wonderful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for all ages. Friday, March 17 at 6pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. $14/adult, $12/child and senior, $5 for children under 5. Ticket information can be found at CelticHeelsDance.com. The Celtic Heels School of Dance offers lessons and summer workshops in Greenfield and Florence for ages 4-adult. Join in the fun of the jigs and reels with Celtic Heels! For show or class information please contact Celtic Heels at celticheels@gmail.com. 413-475-3353.

Mar 18

Piti Theatre’s 8th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival celebrates spring, sap and the arts at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, 3/18. Two time Grammy winner Bill Harley headlines the Festival at 4 pm, performing his own set and narrating two stories performed by Piti’s Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe. Sammy and the Grand Buffet, a world premiere solo physical comedy performance by Piti Theatre’s Jonathan Mirin taps things off at 2 pm. Plus syrup tasting, complimentary Real Pickles, clowning workshop for children on 3/19 (free), teen/adult clowning workshop and more! Tix: $15/$12 students and seniors, $5 children under 12 at Boswell’s Books, World Eye Bookshop or www.ptco.org/syrup. 1-800-838-3006. info@ptco.org.

Jun 26 – Aug 11

Join Journey Camp at Woolman Hill, Deerfield and at Open View Farm, Conway this summer! The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music, and crafts. Inclusiveness and peace building are hallmarks of Journey Camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Farm Week Session for All ages 7-12, June 26-30,8:45-4pm, Conway; Session One for All ages 7-12, July 3-7, 8:45-4, Deerfield; Moonseed Teen Leadership Camp for ages 12-18, July 17-20, two overnights & campfires, Deerfield; Girls Weeks, ages 7-12, July 31-Aug 4 & Aug 7-11, 8:45-4, Deerfield. www.sarahpirtle.com. Contact: 413-588-6399; marsha.journey@gmail.com.

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 info@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.

2017 Preschool Directory for Western MA

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.

Featured Winter & Spring Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2017 Winter & Spring Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


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