HFVS Music Giveaway: Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts

New Music Giveaway
Jungle Gym by Justin Roberts

We have two copies of Justin Roberts new CD to giveaway to the parents of two very lucky kids! Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 30th.

Justin Roberts has released a new family CD, Jungle Gym, and we have two copies to giveaway to two lucky families!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 30th 2010. Details below.

ABOUT JUSTIN ROBERTS  NEW CD

Jungle Gym, the seventh family music release from Justin Roberts, is a collection of 12 new original songs taking listeners on a journey through the iconic moments of childhood.  His colorful lyrics paint portraits of experiences that are formative to every child. Roberts has a distinct way of capturing the essence of the most memorable times in childhood with his inspiring lyrics, catchy hooks and lush rhythms. The album title comes from a line in the song “Sign My Cast,” in which an injured kid is left behind as his friends get to go play outside. A brother’s out-of-control fascination with large moving vehicles spurs the rousing song “Obsessed by Trucks.” And when a kid is “stuck here with this man with sharp objects in his hand,” it can only mean that it’s a “New Haircut.”

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free copy of Justin Roberts new CD, Jungle Gym, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

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  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, June 30th 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

Must-Hear Music Monday: Fox and Branch

Fox & Branch

There are so many choices in kids’ music these days, from hip hop to rock, pop to reggae, and everything in between.

But if you’re looking for something that is simple, mellow, and has a folksy flair, Fox & Branch may be the band you’re looking for.

Fox & Branch (also known as Dave Fox and Will Branch) play old time Americana songs hailing from bluegrass, blues, or even cajun traditions. This is the kind of music that really is “family-friendly” because there’s something here for everyone. These are the kind of guys who’ll pull out a fiddle or an old jug at the drop of a hat.

On their albums, songs like Sunny Side of the Street sit comfortably next to Turkey in the Straw. And of course they have a perfect rendition of Mama Don’t Allow.

Their newest album, Take Time in Life, would make a great father’s day gift. What a nice CD for dad to listen to with his kids!

Want to hear more of these guys? They’ll be playing in Eastern MA at Club Passim on August 21st at 10:30am and at the Hyde Park Public Library on August 24th at 10:30am. Check them out!

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Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

Father’s Day Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Featured Video: “Educated Kid” by The Hipwaders

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Father’s Day 2010 Radio Show with Guest DJ, Yosi & the Superdads

  • Yosi & The Superdads Intro
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Oo, La, La (Travelin’)” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Brady Rymer  – “Drawing on The Sidewalk” [I Found It!]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • The Hipwaders – “Educated Kid” [Educated Kid]
  • Steve Songs – “Marvelous Day” [Marvelous Day]
  • Yosi & The Superdads discuss presents for Dad
  • Yosi & The Superdads  – “Thank You” [Super Kids Rock]
  • The Hipwaders – “Twitchy” [The Hipwaders]
  • Yosi & The Superdads have e-mail!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Hey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Sara Hickman – “Radiation Man” [Big Kid]
  • Yosi & The Superdads phone call
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “B-E-A-C-H” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Dinosaur in Love” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi Father’s Day Station ID
  • Brady Rymer – “Dilly Dally Daisy” [Every Day is a Birthday]
  • Yosi & The Superdads News (w/Bill Melater & Prof. Smarty Pants)
  • Dr. Noize – “Banana” [The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof]
  • Yosi – “Pass The Purple Pesto Pasta Please” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi – “Chilly Chili” [What’s Eatin’ Yosi?]
  • Yosi & The Superdads wish you a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Funky Monkey” [Super Kids Rock]
  • Yosi & The Superdads – “Alliteration Alphabet” [Super Kids Rock]

Suggested Events 06/19/10-06/25/10

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Fresh baked croissants from Bread Euphoria at the Ashfield Farmers' Market. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Friday, June 18th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Tex-Mex Chalupa: grilled burrito with organic beans, rice, spinach, cheese, sour cream and homemade vegan sloppy joe mix. – Macaroni & Cheese – Indian Split Lentil Soup (Daal) – Gluten-free and vegan dishes too. BYOB. 268-7441

Friday, June 18th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Grilled lemon chicken or grilled lemon tofu; Grilled red onion; Locally raised Swiss chard with golden raisins and tamari roasted almonds; Oven roasted potatoes; Locally raised mixed green salad. Kids aged 6 and under eat free from 5 to 6:30! BYOB 628-4003

Friday & Saturday, June 18th-19th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Flank steak satay with peanut sauce and fresh cumber salad. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

FEATURED SUMMER CAMPS

THEATER CAMP: Look no further than Ashfield Community Theater Full Day Summer Arts Program at Sanderson Academy for affordable children’s Arts programs!  NOW SAVE $15 each when you sign up with a friend or sibling! There are 4 great Visual & Theater Arts sessions this year, but this discount applies only to Session #1 (TAKE STAGE: WRITING COMES ALIVEJuly 12-16) or #2 (ART OUTDOORS/BATIK & UKRANIAN EGGSJuly 19-23).   Both feature talented teaching artists, small groups, and lots of fun– from T-shirt design, to nature sculptures and photos, Word Collages, improv games, stage craft, and performances—this is a chance to learn through doing in creative and inspiring ways.  M-F, 9am-3:30pm. Regular Tuition: $180. Call 413-626-1976. Scholarships available!

GIRLS ART CAMP: ArtStar Girl’s Camp, July 5th-9th, for girls 8-12yo in Williamsburg, MA. Spend the day (10am-2pm) creating with batik, silkscreening and tie dye as well as experiencing hand sewing and book making! Girls will be encouraged to explore their own artist expression in a relaxed lounge like environment at the private home studio of Marie Westburg, artist and Art Therapist. Sessions are limited to eight so sign up now! Cost is $180 per child. See artstarlounge.com for more info. or email artstarmarie@verizon.net

BEST BET

Saturday, June 19th in Amherst: Family Concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts on Saturday (6/19) at 1pm. The proceeds from the concert go to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center.  More info here.

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Paintbox Theater

Warm welcome to Hilltown Families newest sponsor, PaintBox Theatre, Northampton's own innovative theatre of imagination and improvisation for the young and young at heart, in residence at New Century Theatre at Smith College for it's 7th year! - Interested in joining PaintBox Theatre in the support of the work of Hilltown Families? Find out how to become a sponsor too! Inquiries can be emailed to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

Marie Westburg of Williamsburg, MA writes: Did you know that the Center for Ecological Technology is offering free air sealing of homes! Call MassSave for an energy audit. Also, click here for info about Deep-energy Retro-fits that can make your home 80-90% more energy efficient.

Candy Bird Laflam of Goshen, MA writes: I wanted to “put it out there”, that the Goshen Women’s Softball Team is looking for players for our summer games. Anyone from 17-70 is welcome! Skill level isn’t as important as having fun. We play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting June 22- August 1st. Please email me Candy.Laflam@gmail.com or call me at 695-0427.

Katie Flanders writes: Any good preschools around the Hilltowns?

FREE CHILDBIRTH ED CLASS: The Hilltown Community Health Center will be offering a free childbirth education class next Saturday, June 19th, from 10am-2pm. This day-long format will prepare families for the childbirth experience in one session. Ann Buscemi, certified childbirth educator, will talk about what to expect in labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Call Lee at 238-5511 x155 for more information on location and to register.

Deadline to enter to win: June 22nd

ARENA CIVIC THEATRE will hold auditions for its fall musical ANNIE Friday June 25 at 6:30 pm at the Jones Library (Amherst) and Saturday June 26 at 5:30 pm at Artspace (Greenfield). Roles for 15 girls ages 7-14, 2 boys and 20 men and women ages 15-70. For more information contact director Martha King-Devine at devinekingmartha@gmail.com or http://www.arenacivictheatre.org. Annie will be produced at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Directed by Martha King-Devine with musical direction by Susanne Anderson and choreography by Melanie Reneris and Cara Leach.

FAMILY WELLNESS RESOURCE: Healthy Families is a statewide home visiting program for first-time mothers and fathers under the age of 21. They work with families beginning in pregnancy until their first baby turns three years old. They offer a range of services including home visiting, support groups, and help with resumes and job applications. They provide transportation to important appointments for parents and their infants/toddlers, parenting education information, referrals for community resources, general case management, and a non-judgmental listening ear. They work with both mothers and fathers, even if they are not living with their child. Be the best parent you can be, join Healthy Families today! Call 413-584-5690 x130, or email edlugosz@gcfcma.org.

Deadline to enter to win: July 11th

KIDS PHOTO CONTEST: MA 4-H Photography Contest. For current 4-H club members who are 8 to 18 years of age. Categories: action, people, animals, landscape, nature, waterscape, design, architecture, formal portrait. You may enter up to five photos that are unmounted, no smaller than 5″ x 7″ and no larger than 8″ x 10″, and each in a sheet protector. Up to 10 photos will be selected to be mounted and laminated for exhibit in the New England Center during the Big E. Entries are due in Waltham on July 5. Check out the entry guidelines on the 4-H website www.mass4h.org , click on News & Events, and then Upcoming Events.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Tune in every Saturday & Sunday - or anytime via Podcast!

This week on the HFVS, Yosi and the Superdads with be Guest DJing with a special Father’s Day Show, featuring music off of their new album, Super Kids Rock, along with their favorites by Brady Rymer, The Hipwaders, Steve Songs, Sara Hickman, and Dr. Noize.

Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmers’ Markets | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 6/19

    Deadline to enter to win: June 30th.

    FARMERS’ MARKETS

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Yosi and the Superdads with be Guest DJing with a special Father’s Day Show, featuring music off of their new album, Super Kids Rock, along with their favorites by Brady Rymer, The Hipwaders, Steve Songs, Sara Hickman, and Dr. Noize . 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.

    7:30am-9am – NATURE STUDIES: Notchview’s Nests at Notchview.  Join naturalist John Green for a bird walk exploring a variety of habitats during nesting season.  Call The Trustees of Reservations at 413 532-1631 x13 Windsor, MA (>$)

    9am-12Noon – LOCAL FOOD: Want to learn how to make jam with all those strawberries you’re picking?  North Amherst community Farm is having a Making Jam workshop in the Community Room Kitchen at Pulpit Hill Co-Housing.  Space is limited so call Beth at 259-1972 Amherst, MA ($)

    9am-5pm – NATURE STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway. Underwater viewing windows offer visitors of all ages a chance to see American shad, sea lamprey and other migratory fish during their upriver spring journey to spawn. At Turners Falls Dam (behind town hall). 659-3714 Turners Falls, MA (Free)

    9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The many uses of berries will be investigated in a new program called “Berry Season” at the Historic Deerfield Museum. Used for food, medicine, and even for dyes and inks, berries were also a seasonal treat for early Americans. Visitors will explore the importance of berries to both Native Americans and English settlers in the 18th century, make berry ink, put together a refrigerator-jam kit to take home, and receive a berry recipe booklet. 774-5581 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA ($)

    All Day – COMMUNITY EVENT: Taste of Amherst happens this weekend with fun events for the kids, including: pony rides, face painting, hay rides, family music and much more. 253-0700 tasteofamherst.com Amherst, MA

    All Day – COMMUNITY EVENT: 15th Annual World Peace and Prayer Day. Blue Star Equiculture invites you to participate in a weekend of music, history, horses, and prayer for peace, on Burgundy Brook Farm, a family-friendly event. www.worldpeaceandprayerday.org Palmer, MA ($)

    10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Forest Sensory Walk at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.  Use your five senses to explore Laughing Brook in a whole new way. See how many items you can find on their “unnature trail,” listen to the many different sounds, smell and taste nature’s mints, and feel different textures. Registration required 584-3009 Hampden, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – SAFETY DAY: Child safety seat checks, SAFE house demos, Sheriff’s office iris scan, and much more.  Food and fun too at the Anne Dunphy School (1 Petticoat Hill Rd.) 268-7237  Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: A Wheelie Good Time on the Manhan Rail Trail – Bring Strollers, wagon, bikes, trikes or just your feet for a child friendly stroll along the Manhan Rail Trail with the Easthampton Family Center.  Meet on Payson Ave at the Easthampton Safety Complex. Picnic Snack provided after the stroll. 563-7672 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-1pm – HIKE: Native Treasures of Bear Swamp. Experience vista views, diverse native flowers and ferns, towering trees, rocky outcrops, streams and wet meadows on this 3-mile moderate hike.  Trustees of Reservations members and Ashfield residents free.  To register call The Trustees of Reservations at 413 532-1631 x13 Ashfield, MA

    10am-5pm – CULTURAL FESTIVAL: Russian Cultural Festival: Kalinka.  Discover Russian culture with a day of Russian music, crafts, cuisine, kid activities, and more. Will be at the West Springfield High School (500 Amostown Road). 726-1352 sprinfieldru.com West Springfield, MA (FREE)

    10:30am – PARADE: Easthampton 225 Big Parade assembles on Williston Ave and continues on Union Street, Main Street and ends at Eastworks. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-7pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Coop Power Sustainable Energy Summit at Nuestras Raices farm (24 Jones Ferry Rd.). Fun-filled family event this year with lots of hands-on activities. cooppower.coop Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    11am-12Noon – GARDEN ADVENTURES: Seeds and Weeds: Children’s Garden at Naumkeag.  Children ages five and under along with their caregivers and siblings are invited to participate in the planning and planting of a children’s garden through a combination of stories and guided activities. 298-3239 Stockbridge, MA

    11am-3pm – SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Summer Solstice Celebration with the Berkshire Co-Op Market.  Events and shows include Harry: Dragon for Hire, music with David Grover, Roger the Jester, kids’ games, arts & crafts. 528-9697 berkshire.coop Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    11am-3pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Storrowtown Village Museum will host an opening day celebration. Costumed interpreters will reveal what life was like in the 19th century with activities and guided tours through Storrowton Village’s historic buildings. 205-5051 thebige.com West Springfield, MA (>$)

    12Noon-4pm: COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Holyoke Heritage State Park celebration with music, games, entertainment and more.  Organized By: Centro Restauracion Emanuel. Holyoke, MA

    12Noon-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Grand opening of Wrapped! Search for the Essential Mummy at the Berkshire Museum. live camels on the lawn; live cobras, pythons, and other scary snakes inside, hieroglyphic crafts & face painting, and an Egyptian reception! 443.7171 berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE for members. >$)

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem perform a family concert at The Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Art. 658-1100 carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$)

    1pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer.  Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more.  256-6234  amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – ANIMAL STUDIES: Backyard Friends at Forest Park Zoo. Learn about animals indigenous to Massachusetts and Connecticut. 733-2251 forestparkzoo.org Springfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    1-9pm – MUSIC FEST: There will be music all day at Millside Park as part of the Easthampton 225 celebration. easthampton225.com Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Explore the historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead, a Trustees of Reservation landmark. Cummington, MA (>$)

    2pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES:  Space-tacular: Solar System with Rachel Roberts at Northfield Mountain. Hands-on science and art activities connected to the planets in the solar system.  Ages 5yo+ Pre-registration required – call 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

    2:30pm – LOCAL FOOD: The WAPF Northampton Chapter is co-sponsoring a Farm Tour at Sidehill Farm.  Meet their cows, tour their pastures and barn and enjoy some raw milk and yogurt. Great opportunity to get to know a local farmer, see where the milk comes from, and to try delicious raw milk if you haven’t yet had the pleasure. Click here for more info. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    6pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

    7pm – COMMUNITY GATHERING: Star-light, Star-Bright: Bike-In Movie, Plant Swap & Local Food Pot-luck at Montview Neighborhood Farm Soccer Field. Plant Swap and Food starts at 7pm. Movie starts at dark o’clock (Shine Only). An evening of magic, intrigue & tikki torches as we celebrate the longest day of the year. Movies-under the stars, on the Montview soccer field, screening The Fantastic Mr. Fox. What to bring: plants and seeds to swap, a local/seasonal dish made with ingredients that you have gathered or grown (farmers markets and CSA food is great), blankets and beach chairs for the movie, bug spray or long-sleeved pants and shirts. 610-955-7168 montviewfarm.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    8:45pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring Toy Story (G) as their first show, and Prince of Persia (PG-13) as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

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    Suggested Events 06/12/10-06/18/10

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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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    Rhubarb not only makes a great mate to strawberry for an excellent seasonal pie, it can double as a sun umbrella while strolling your local farmers' market! Pick-your-own strawberries this weekend, pick up some rhubarb at the market and find a shady spot to work some culinary magic with this well matched duo! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, June 11th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Quesadillas with organic black beans and local organic spinach. Arugula Pesto with Gluten-Free Pasta. – Gluten-free and vegan dishes too. BYOB. 268-7441

    Friday, June 11th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Fish Tacos – or – Veggie and cheese enchiladas with rice, beans and home-made guacamole. BYOB 628-4003

    Friday & Saturday, June 12th-13th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Crabcake Po’Boy Sandwiches with Remolude sauce and Brioche buns and Cole slaw. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Saturday, June 12, Shelburne Falls, RiverFest. An annual tribute to the Deerfield River, and the role it plays in people’s lives and the ecosystem of western MA. Entertaining and educational displays and demonstrations, Frog & Flower Parade, musicians and vendors, children’s games, singing and storytelling, creative workshops. Meet some of the birds of prey that soar through local skies, learn how to identify edible wild plants, see specially chosen movies at Pothole Pictures. Take a guided tour of the Gardner Falls power plant to learn how our river makes so much electricity for us and the power grid. Try some quiet-water rafting, ride an 1896 trolley car, or join a guided hike. Call Polly Bartlett for more info 413-625-6628.  More info here.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Friday, June 18, 2010, 6:30 PM, Cummington Community House. “City Project” performance featuring students from Berkshire Trail Elementary School. City Project is a week of dance workshops that explore improvisation and choreography, and culminate in a performance. Students are not only the performers, but have done the drawings for the poster and tickets, helped write the press release and contact the media, and will be ushers and ticket-takers for the audience. Free admission. For more information, contact Maureen Shea 413-634-5431 or maureenmshea@gmail.com

    BULLETIN BOARD

    Deadline to enter to win: July 11th

    Dave DelloRusso writes: The Primate Fiasco is playing at the GUTHRIE CENTER on Sat., June 12. It’s the former site of Alice’s Restaurant. This will be a night to remember. If kids show up, there will be some songs from the new kids album “Wheels On The Bus”. Tickets: 413-528-1955

    Jaime Michaels, Executive Producer/Director for Out! For Reel LGBT Film Series in Northampton, MA writes: Out! For Reel is presenting a wonderful concert for the whole family, The Topp Twins, on Sat., June 12th, 8 pm at the Academy of Music Theatre. In New Zealand, the Topp Twins are the most popular music and comedy duo in the whole country. Families from all over will go to the Topp Twins concerts because their humor is a delight for children and adults. One of my friend’s son, 8 years old, who saw the documentary about the Topp Twins in February, said, “I like them. They’re funny, and they don’t care what anyone thinks or says about them. I wish I could be like that.” Can it be anymore perfect than that?

    Deadline to enter to win: June 14th

    FREE CHILDBIRTH ED CLASS: The Hilltown Community Health Center will be offering a free childbirth education class next Saturday, June 19th, from 10am-2pm. This day-long format will prepare families for the childbirth experience in one session. Ann Buscemi, certified childbirth educator, will talk about what to expect in labor and delivery, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques. Call Lee at 238-5511 x155 for more information on location and to register.

    Gary Kuntz of Williamsburg, MA writes: Transition Williamsburg invites you to come out to Meekins Library on Thursday, June 17 at 7 PM. We will present excerpts from the movie, What a Way to Go, which addresses issues about peak oil and climate change. Come learn more about these issues and participate in discussion with members of your community. This will be the first of several information sharing/discussion evenings that will be planned over the coming months. Folks from Transition Williamsburg will be on hand to share the latest on activities being planned in our town and surrounding communities. If you want more information about the Transition Town movement go to Transitionus.org or transitiontowns.org. For more info call me at 268-2626 or John Pepi at 268-9276.

    Deadline to enter to win: June 22nd

    ARENA CIVIC THEATRE will hold auditions for its fall musical ANNIE Friday June 25 at 6:30 pm at the Jones Library (Amherst) and Saturday June 26 at 5:30 pm at Artspace (Greenfield). Roles for 15 girls ages 7-14, 2 boys and 20 men and women ages 15-70. For more information contact director Martha King-Devine at devinekingmartha@gmail.com or http://www.arenacivictheatre.org. Annie will be produced at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. Directed by Martha King-Devine with musical direction by Susanne Anderson and choreography by Melanie Reneris and Cara Leach.

    OPEN HOUSE: Families looking for child care in the Hilltowns: Davenport Child Care in Chesterfield will have an open house and family picnic this Saturday from 12noon-4pm. They are located at 387 Main Road (Route 143) in the lower level of the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC) building. Call Therese for more info at 296-4785.

    Deadline to enter to win: June 16th

    FREE ASTRONOMY RESOURCE: Educators and parents: Are you ready to take a Journey to the Stars? The American Museum of Natural History and NASA have joined forces to produce a planetarium show about the amazing variety of stars that dot our cosmos–exploding stars, giant stars, dwarf stars, neutron stars, even our own star! But you don’t have to go to a planetarium to experience this mind-blowing journey. NASA will send you a DVD, for free! More info here.

    HCDC NEWS: The Summer, 2010 Issue of the Hilltown Community Development Corporation is now available on-line!

    DON’T STOP LEARNING JUST BECAUSE ITS SUMMER: With summer vacation almost upon us, here is some helpful information for parents who see themselves as true partners in their children’s education. The Family Education Website has loads of suggestions on fun ways to keep kids reading, math, science, social studies and arts skills honed. And just some plain old family fun ideas to enliven those wonderful days of summer!

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowThis week on the HFVS we will be spinning new tunes by Verve Pipe, Sugar Free Allstars, Dream Jam Band, Sweet Colleens, Randy Kaplan, Star Fish, Justin Roberts and Treehouse 10.

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmers’ Markets | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – 6/12

    FARMERS’ MARKETS

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: New tunes by Verve Pipe, Sugar Free Allstars, Dream Jam Band, Sweet Colleens, Randy Kaplan, Star Fish, Justin Roberts and Treehouse 10 on the HFVS! 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.

    8am – 11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Granby Charter Days – held yearly in June at Dufresne Park featuring local country and farm themes, tractor pulls, logging, fireworks, helicopter rides, food, petting zoo, live music, Adult and Kids Idol Karaoke Contest, arts and crafts, midway rides for all ages, and much more. www.granbyma.net/granby-charter-days.php Granby, MA ($)

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:  Family paddle on the Housatonic River, sponsored by the  Housatonic Valley Association from Searles School to Sheffield Covered Bridge. For families with small children only. 6.5 miles, flat water. Longer stop for lunch and relaxation. 394-9796  Great Barrington/Sheffield, MA (FREE)

    COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Water Under the Bridge Music Festival. Click here for more info. Turners Falls, MA

    9am – TOWN WIDE TAG SALE: There will be a town wide tag sale in Worthington.  Maps available at the library for a donation.  Map proceeds go to the children’s summer programs.  Worthington, MA (SALE)

    9am-4pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Belchertown Arts and Crafts on the Common – a benefit for the Teen Center. Belchertown, MA (SALE)

    9am-5pm – NATURE STUDIES: Visit the Turners Falls Fishway. Underwater viewing windows offer visitors of all ages a chance to see American shad, sea lamprey and other migratory fish during their upriver spring journey to spawn. At Turners Falls Dam (behind town hall). 659-3714 Turners Falls, MA (Free)

    9:30am-4:30pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Garden Day at Historic Deerfield.  Discover the important roles that gardens played for early New Englanders. Tours the Cooks’ Garden, Open Hearth Cooking, tastings of herbal foods, culinary-focused house tours, a “Tree and Shrub ID” walk, a talk about Composting and Soil Health, an agricultural walk, and a garden tour focusing on the critical role of pollinators. 775-7214 www.historic-deerfield.org. Deerfield, MA ($)

    9:30am-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Muster Day at Old Sturbridge Village.  www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($$)

    10-11am – MUSIC PROGRAM: Little Groove Live at the Westfield Athenaeum. Little Groove is groovy, fun, educational music for children. This program is open to children of all ages. Registration is required.  Contact: Dan Paquette.  562-6158 x5 Westfield, MA

    10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES:  The Eric Carle Museum’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival Celebrates Dogs in Children’s Literature.  Click here for more info. Amherst, MA ($)

    10:30am – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: RiverFest, an annual tribute to the Deerfield River, and the role it plays in people’s lives and the ecosystem of western MA. Entertaining and educational displays and demonstrations, Frog & Flower Parade, musicians and vendors, children’s games, singing and storytelling, creative workshops. 625-6628. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

    10:30AM-12Noon – ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES: Springfield architect William Devlin will lead a walking tour in the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street area.  Devlin will discuss how buildings in the area have evolved through the years, from simple changes like filling in windows to major additions. He will point out the distinctive features of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Classical High Condominium, and the Verizon building on the corner of Dwight and Bridge streets. Walking tour tickets may be purchased in the Springfield Museums Welcome Center  (21 Edwards St.)  the day of the event. 747-1830 Springfield, MA (>$)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Nature’s Garden at the Lee Library for kids 5yo and younger. 243.0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    1pm – SINGING: Singing Games with Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA. Roomful of Teeth and their Inuit throat-singing guests will present a family-friendly workshop. Partly education, partly interactive, and wholly entertaining, this event will have the entire room singing in ways new, beautiful and fun. No singing experience necessary. All ages welcome. If you can talk, you can sing. www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA ($)

    1-3pm – FISH ART: Fish Printing for ages 6 and older. Fish print your very own T-shirt or artwork on paper and discover the intricate beauty and important function of fish fins and scales. Drop by the Turners Falls Fishway and bring a T-shirt or other cloth item to use for fish printing. Fish Tee-shirts make great Father’s Day presents! Please wear clothes that can get stained. (800) 859-2960 Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: The Springfield Museum offers Family Science Adventures.  Investigate the solar system, examine animal characteristics and discover together engaging activities. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseum.org Springfield MA ($)

    1-4pm – OPEN HOUSE: Easthampton Art School Grand Opening & Open House at The Paragon Arts & Industry Building (150 Pleasant St.) 320-8680 easthamptonartschool.wordpress.com Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Day at Red Gate Farm. Help out in the garden, paint/organize the classroom, clear trails, or mend fences. Share in the laughter and a spirit of community as you help build a special place. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. All ages welcome. (4 Norman Rd.)625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – BIKE ADVENTURES: Holyoke Get Outdoors Day.  Get outside, get some exercise and see what’s green in Holyoke on a moderate bike tour of the city’s gardens and parks. Along the way you will learn about where you can find some fresh air and fresh veggies in the city and also get a chance to look more closely at this historic city. The tour will start and end at Land of Providence. Helmets are required and guardians must accompany youth under 14. 532.1632 x13 Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    2-4pm – FARM EVENT: Wildcat Sanctuary for Peace. There will be circle dancing, hula hooping, a pot luck and possibly some other activities. Route 9 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    6pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

    7:30pm – FILM: Pothole Pictures Film Series will feature The Deerfield-A Working River at Memorial Hall Theater. The story of the Deerfield River is one of fascinating natural and human histories, environmental successes and challenges, beauty and power. Director Joe DeFelice will be on hand to discuss his film. (51 Bridge St.) 625-2896 Shelburne Falls, MA (>$)

    8pm – COMEDY: Out! For Reel will present The Topp Twins, the talented, award-winning music and comedy duo at the Academy of Music Theatre. The Topp Twins are lesbian twin sisters whose talent and popularity in their native New Zealand has won them best Country Western Music Album, their own prime time television variety show, and induction into NZ’s Music Hall of Fame. www.outforreel.org Northampton, MA ($$)

    8:40pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring Marmaduke (PG) as their first show, and Date Night(PG-13) as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

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    Must-Hear Music Monday: Jungle Gym

    Jungle Gym

    Justin Roberts isn’t just a musician; he’s a phenomenon. When we hear that Justin has a new CD coming out, we begin pining for it immediately. We don’t worry if it will be good or not—it’s just a question of which songs we will love the most.

    And Justin has been receiving some much deserved accolades in the mainstream press lately. The New York Times wrote about him in April and I was glad to see that the reporter was a true fan who recognized Justin as a “natural poet,” quoting some of his best lines from classic songs like Picture Day and Sandcastle.

    Justin was also featured in a recent article in Time Magazine, which was accompanied by a video interview online.

    At his root Justin is an incomparable lyricist. His songs move smoothly from verse to chorus and are divine to sing along to. He gets you thinking, laughing, and every so often even crying—and sometimes that can all happen in the same song (like From Scratch, which gets to me every time I hear it).

    His new CD, Jungle Gym, is no exception. The songs take the perspective of a child, but in a way that we can all relate to. We all know what it feels like to get an unexpected day off—whether we’re a kid finding out school’s canceled due to a Snow Day or a mom who’s just been given the afternoon to herself. And in the song Never Getting Lost, is he really singing about a child getting lost in a mall or about losing our way in life and needing to reconnect?

    Justin’s new CD is set to release this week but can be pre-ordered now. In the meantime, you can check out this video for Obsessed by Trucks:

    And once you’ve got your new CD and you’re singing every song by heart, you’ll be ready for Justin’s upcoming performances, including the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA on July 25th. Yes, it’s time to get excited.

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    Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

    Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

    Ticket Giveaway: Family Concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem @ The Carle

    WIN A FAMILY 4-PACK OF FREE TICKETS:
    Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
    Saturday, June 19th, 2010
    At the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA

    The music style of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is described by the Boston Globe as “neo old-timey with cosmopolitan splashes of contemporary pop and jazz.” - Your family will LOVE them!

    Hilltown Families and the Northampton Community Music Center have partnered up to offer a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA on Saturday, June 19th at 1pm. The proceeds from the concert go to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center!  Deadline to enter to win is 06/16/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

    ABOUT RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM

    Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is a rootsy, Americana-style string band of four musicians — all parents — who have played and toured together for 10 years. Their grooves are deep, their four-part harmonies are rich, and their adventurous, eclectic song selection serves their debut family CD Ranky Tanky well. Family music is a new endeavor for the band, but they have longstanding reputation for performances that are, as the Boston Globe put it, “playful and profound. Ranky Tanky sticks with that equation: it’s uplifting, danceable, playful, sometimes silly, sometimes wistful, and never sarcastic. Rani Arbo fires up the fiddle; Anand Nayak plays electric and acoustic guitars; Andrew Kinsy is on upright acoustic bass (and ukulele and banjo), and Scott Kessel pilots the Drumship Enterprise, a percussion rig made from cardboard boxes, tin cans, water jugs, and a vinyl suitcase. Together, they create a joyful, musical fusion of sounds both old and new — and a great soundtrack for family time.

    ABOUT THE NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER

    The Northampton Community Music Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is “to foster the love and pursuit of music within the community through quality musical education, performances, and activities that are accessible to all.” NCMC’s talented 50+ faculty members offer a diverse range of musical programs to more than 750 participants a year—both adults and children—and bring concerts and other musical events to hundreds more in our surrounding communities, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared experience of music. NCMC is the only music school in Hampshire County that offers financial aid: no qualifying student has ever been denied scholarship.

    This family concert is the fifth concert in the Kids Concert Series sponsored in partnership by the Northampton Community Music Center, the Eric Carle Museum, and 93.9 The River.  The Eric Carle Museum is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst, MA. Admission is $6, with all proceeds benefitting the Scholarship Program at NCMC.

    HOW TO WIN

    Your chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see Rani Arbos & daisy mayhem at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

    1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
    2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
    3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
    4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
    5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

    IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 06/16/10 @ 7pm (EST).

    If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets are $6 and available at 12:30pm the day of the show.  No advance reservations. – For more information about the Northampton Community Music Center, call 585-0001.

    Museum Pass Giveaway: The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival

    The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival
    Celebrates Dogs in Children’s Literature

    “This event allows a unique face-to-face experience for children’s literature fans and an opportunity for our artists to celebrate their work in a wonderfully festive venue,” said author and illustrator Diane deGroat, one of the event organizers.

    Over the next couple of weekends, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will play host to two great family activities. This coming Saturday, June 12th is The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival: Celebrating Dogs in Picture Books! And the following Saturday (June 19th) is a kids concert with Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem.

    For this coming Saturday, June 12th, The Carle is offering 4 free museum passes to our readers to come be a part of their Annual Children’s Book Festival. Each pass allows for 2 adults and up to 4 kids! Deadline to enter to win is 6/10/10 by12Noon (EST). Details on how to win are .below

    ABOUT THE CARLE’S 3RD ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

    This year’s event is a celebration of dogs in picture books and the artists and authors who created them. Meet authors and artists, including Jules Feiffer, Jeff Mack, and Patricia MacLachlan, watch service dog demonstrations with young pups in training, and enjoy book-signings, readings, presentations, special art studio activities, a raffle, face-painting, and an original art show and sale. Guests can also hear music by Putumayo World Music recording artist José Gonzalez and Banda Criolla. There will be treats from Atkins Farms Country Market and appearances by a variety of costumed canine characters.

    Featured artists and authors include:

    • Karen Beil
    • Nick Bruel
    • Stephanie Calmenson
    • Eileen Christelow
    • Corinne Demas
    • Diane deGroat
    • Jules Feiffer
    • Patricia MacLachlan
    • Jeff Mack
    • Barry Moser
    • Katy Schneider
    • Laura Vaccaro Seeger
    • Shelley Rotner

    Local friends from the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and Canine Companions will be on hand to answer pooch-related questions. Stuffed animal dogs are welcome but please leave your real dogs at home!  Click here for a full schedule of events.

    HOW TO WIN

    Your chance to win a museum pass (2 adults/4 kids) to The Carle’s 3rd Annual Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, June 12th, 2010 is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  Four winners will be selected. To win simply:

    1. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE TITLE BY ONE OF THE FEATURED ARTISTS/AUTHORS BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
    2. FULL NAME and where you
    3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
    4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
    5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

    IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Thursday, 06/10/10 @ 12Noon (EST).

    New Tunes for June: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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    Lots of new music to share this week.  Like what you hear?  Support these great indie artists and add their music to your family music library by clicking on the title of each album.


    Featured Video: “When One Became Two” by The Verve Pipe,
    from their new CD,  A Family Album.

    Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
    June  5th & 6th, 2010
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    Suggested Events 06/05/10-06/11/10

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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.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Get out and play! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, June 4th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Asian Fusion Burritos, featuring our ginger sesame tofu, organic black beans & brown rice, local organic spinach & sharp cheddar cheese, in a whole wheat tortilla. Carrot Ginger Soup – made from all organic vegetables, gluten-free and vegan. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! – Gluten-free and vegan dishes too. BYOB. 268-7441

    Friday, June 4th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Chinese food (no msg- Brolin makes the sauce himself)! Sweet and Sour Pork with peppers, onions and fresh pineapple – or – Vegetarian Pad Thai. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, June 5th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: BE Shrimp empanadas, chimichurri sauce, black beans and plantains.  With side salad. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!). Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    FEATURED EVENTS

    MEET THE DOULAS DAY: Expecting a new addition? Come and learn how a doula can help you have a safer and easier labor, birth and postpartum time at Meet the Doulas Day on Sunday, June 6th from 2-4pm at Cradle (3rd Floor, Thorne’s Marketplace)  in Northampton, MA. Come meet a wide range of birth and postpartum doulas, and other professionals who serve families in the childbearing year. Learn about local resources, find answers to your questions, and meet other pregnant families. This event is FREE TO EXPECTING PARENTS. There will be a short Q&A discussion, film clips will be shown, followed by an opportunity to mingle with the different doulas at the event, get their information and maybe find the right doula for you! Sponsored by the Green River Doula Network.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Saturday, June 12, Shelburne Falls, RiverFest. An annual tribute to the Deerfield River, and the role it plays in people’s lives and the ecosystem of western MA. Entertaining and educational displays and demonstrations, Frog & Flower Parade, musicians and vendors, children’s games, singing and storytelling, creative workshops. Meet some of the birds of prey that soar through local skies, learn how to identify edible wild plants, see specially chosen movies at Pothole Pictures. Take a guided tour of the Gardner Falls power plant to learn how our river makes so much electricity for us and the power grid. Try some quiet-water rafting, ride an 1896 trolley car, or join a guided hike. Call Polly Bartlett for more info 413-625-6628.  More info here.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    BECOME A SPONSOR: Hilltown Families supports sustainable development of our local economy. Local businesses, individuals, institutions and schools are encouraged to become sponsors and communicate with our large, family-oriented audience. Get the word out about the valuable services you offer while you support Hilltown Families’ work in building community.  Please email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

    Sally Loomis of Williamsburg, MA writes: Come tour the new Dunphy School Forest Garden June 8th at 3 p.m. – This past weekend a Forest Garden course was held at the Dunphy School resulting in a beautiful new garden for the school to use and steward. Several Williamsburg residents participated in the course. Benneth Phelps, course organizer, will be leading a tour of the new garden on Tuesday, June 8th from 3-4pm for students, teachers, parents, and other community members interested in this new resource. Please join us. If you are interested in learning more about this garden, but are unable to attend the June 8th tour, please contact Sally Loomis (Loomissally@gmail.com, 268-0108).

    Jim Lobley of Ashfield, MA writes: In the mood for some dark Irish comedy this weekend (and why wouldn’t ye be, aye)? Come see “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm at the Ashfield Town Hall. Audiences have been raving. Here’s a preview:

    TOOTHBRUSHING WORKSHOP: Thursday, June 17, 6-8 PM, Our Lady Child Care Center, Easthampton. FREE Toothbrushing workshop for early education and care professionals. Open to all. This workshop will help early education and care providers partner with families and the community in promoting good oral health in young children. Presenter Nancy Lolacono will offer some tips for program planning and development to help make oral health an integral part of your overall curriculum. Registration is required by June 11th. Call Diana Norman 413-586-4998 x111 or email dnorman@collaborative.org.

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in Northampton, MA for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT!  You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! This month we are pleased to offer a chance for two folks to win a pairs of tickets to see celebrated Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman as she returns to the area with a powerful new album, Back To Love. Click here to enter to win.

    WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT SUMMER READING PROGRAMS: Children who participate in their local library’s summer reading program will be rewarded with coupons and passes to family-friendly locales in Western Mass. Area participants include the Basketball Hall of Fame, Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Eastern States Exposition, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hancock Shaker Village, Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial. Sign your children up at your participating town library, and help your child sustain and build their reading skills during summer vacation.

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and the Green River Festival have partnered up to offer two very lucky families a 4-pack of free day pass tickets to the 24th Annual Green River Festival, the weekend of July 17 & 18, 2010!  Presented by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, this celebration combines music on two stages, food, crafts, dancing, a wide array of kids activities and hot air balloon launches (weather permitting) for the Pioneer Valley’s biggest outdoor event of the summer. This is the only music festival in Massachusetts that features hot air balloons and rides.  Click here to find out how you can enter to win tickets!

    STATEWIDE FREE FISHING WEEKEND! Take a friend or family member fishing for free–you won’t need a fishing license to fish any waterbody statewide for these two days! It is time well spent with family and friends. Your purchase of a fishing license directly supports fishing, stocking, education and fish habitat management programs. Contact Jim Lagacy, Program Coordinator for scheduling a fishing festival or clinic in your area during the year at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

    Liz Friedman writes: Calling Mama Volunteers – Table for MotherWoman’s 5% Day at Whole Foods. We are looking for a couple good mama’s to help us table at Whole Foods in preparation for our big 5% Day at Whole Foods. Are you available for as little as 1 hour on any of the following days: Saturday, June 5th 11am – 4pm; and Monday, June 7th 10am – 6pm. Contact Liz@motherwoman.org

    PLAYHOUSE GIVEAWAY: Check out our review and enter to win a Kidscraft Eco-Friendly Cottage Playhouse. Kidscraft Playhouses has tapped into the cardboard box’s ability to captivate a child’s imagination with two playhouse designs made from 100% recycled materials in the USA while sparking their creativity with a house to decorate, paint and color.  Deadline to enter to win is June 14th. Find out more here.

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowThis week on the HFVS we will be spinning new tunes by Verve Pipe, Sugar Free Allstars, Dream Jam Band, Sweet Colleens, Randy Kaplan, Star Fish, Justin Roberts and Treehouse 10.

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmers’ Market | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – June 5th

    FARMERS’ MARKETS

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: New tunes by Verve Pipe, Sugar Free Allstars, Dream Jam Band, Sweet Colleens, Randy Kaplan, Star Fish, Justin Roberts and Treehouse 10 on the HFVS! 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.

    6am – NATURE STUDIES: Early morning bird walk in the fields of Notchview.  Call the Highland Communities Initiative at 268-8219 for more information. Windsor, MA

    7am-10pm – STOLLING OF HEIFERS: Just over the board in Brattleboro, Vermont, the first weekend of June is always Strolling of the Heifers weekend — three days of events packed with fun for the whole family, but with a serious purpose: connecting people with the food they eat, so that family farms in the region can survive. Click here to see our feature on this annual event. Brattleboro, VT

    8am-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Bioblitz at Forest Park.  Students will head out on various themed nature walks to explore, investigate, and record what is found with local area experts leading the walks.  Click here to read our feature article on this event. Springfield, MA

    8:30am – SOLAR ENGINEERING ADVENTURES: Area students will gather at Reid Middle School to race their model solar-powered cars in the eleventh annual Berkshire Junior Solar Sprint (JSS). Click here to read our featured article on the JSS.  445-4556 ext. 25 Pittsfield, MA

    9am-1pm – TAG SALE: Crocker Farm Elementary School indoor tag sale. (280 West Street) 362-1600 Amherst, MA (SALE)

    9am-3pm – CLOTHING SWAP: Ashfield Needles and Threads will host a free clothing exchange at the Ashfield Community Hall. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    9am-1pm – TAG SALE: The annual Northampton Parent Center Tag Sale happens on the front lawn at the Acadamey of Music Theater. Northampton, MA (SALE)

    9am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Celebrating the United Nation’s “Year of Biodiversity,” the Berkshire Museum is holding Berkshire County’s first BioBlitz in Pittsfield State Forest.  Click here to read our feature article on this event. Pittsfield, MA

    9:30am-12:30pm – BOOK SALE: Stock up on reading for this summer at the Greenfield Public Library book sale. 402 Main St. 773-8523 www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org Greenfield, MA (SALE)

    9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The many uses of berries will be investigated in a new program called “Berry Season” at the Historic Deerfield Museum. Used for food, medicine, and even for dyes and inks, berries were also a seasonal treat for early Americans. Visitors will explore the importance of berries to both Native Americans and English settlers in the 18th century, make berry ink, put together a refrigerator-jam kit to take home, and receive a berry recipe booklet. 774-5581 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING CLASS: Community Health Programs is offering a class to teach techniques for soothing your baby at the CHP Family Service Building.  Melanie Seseman will conduct the class, Happiest Baby on the Block.  Call to register: 644-0104.  Great Barrington, MA

    10am-12pm – NATURE STUDIES: Stream Meander at Arcadia MassAudubon.  Families can join Ruthie Ireland to follow a stream, search for small critters that live there, and play a few games learning about their life cycles. Registraiton is required: 584-3009. www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA ($)

    10am-1pm – ADULT WORKSHOP: Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs is offering an Emergency Survival Skills and Self-Sufficiency Workshop.  Learn what to do to care for your family in the case of emergency. 522-0338 www.earthworkprograms.com Ashfield, MA ($$)

    10am-2pm – HIKE: Bear Swamp Reservation Discovery Hike to explore the Deerfield Watershed.  Join historian Mike Whalen to explore the rocky woodlands and extensive wetland ecosystem. A moderate 2.5-mile hike offers an amazing diversity of flora and fauna within an exceptional range of wildlife habitat and topography. A moderate 2.5-mile hike offers an amazing diversity of flora and fauna within an exceptional range of wildlife habitat and topography. Call to sign up: 584-3009 Ashfield, MA ($)

    10am-2pm – FISHING:  Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day. Angler Education Program volunteers will be on hand to help novices cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. Contact Sarah Bevilacqua at  863-3676 www.greatfallsma.org Turners Falls, MA

    10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Pleasant Valley Family Adventure Day at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Music with David Grover at noon, “Michael’s Surprise” puppet show by Dr. Marmalade at 11, Terrific Turtles with Tom Tyning at 1:30, Tom Ricardi’s Live Birds of Prey at 3.  Traditional tunes with George Wilson.  Food and Project Native plants for sale.  Children’s crafts, nature walks, and more. 637-0320 www.massaudubon.org Lenox, MA (FREE)

    11am-12Noon – GARDEN ADVENTURES: Seeds and Weeds: Children’s Garden at Naumkeag.  Children ages five and under along with their caregivers and siblings are invited to participate in the planning and planting of a children’s garden through a combination of stories and guided activities. 298-3239 Stockbridge, MA

    12Noon-4pm – EXTRAVAGREENZA – Holyoke Youth ExtravaGREENza, Nuestras Raices Farm “La Finca,” 245 High Street, Holyoke. Students from Holyoke Works’ new Green Careers Program share their work on environmental issues: global warming and climate change, recycling, increased bike use in the city, safe chemicals in the workplace and at home, energy audits and weatherization, and school and community gardens. More details about in our Featured Events block. Holyoke, MA

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm, and the Battle-Ready! Discovery Program (last day) at 1pm.  At the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm – SPANISH: Spanish Get-Together at the Meekins Library. Call to confirm. 268-8343 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – BALLET: Bring the kids to see Pioneer Valley Ballet end of the year performance at the Northampton Center for the Arts.  There will be a demonstration from each ballet class followed by an informal reception. www.pioneervalleyballet.org Northampton, MA

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-11pm – FOOD CELEBRATION: “West Side’s Taste of the Valley” is West Springfield’s annual weekend long gathering of local restaurants on the Park Street Town Common.  Family friendly entertainment and activities including live performances, a classic car show and games and rides for children and teens. www.westsidetaste.com West Springfield, MA

    3-5pm – FOOD CELEBRATION:  Annual Strawbarb and Rhuberry celebration  at the WRLF’s Sheep Hill headquarters.  Family activities include an outdoor scavenger hunt, self-guided nature hikes around the property, and checking out the nature cabin and the frog pond. 458-2494 www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA

    6pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

    8:35pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring Marmaduke (PG) as their first show, and Robin Hood (PG-13) as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

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    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Green River Festival

    Win a 4-Pack of Day Pass Tickets to the
    GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL
    The Weekend of July 17th & 18th, 2010
    At GCC in Greenfield, MA

    Hilltown Families and the Green River Festival have partnered up to offer two very lucky families a 4-pack of free day pass tickets to the 24th Annual Green River Festival, the weekend of July 17 & 18, 2010!

    Presented by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, this celebration combines music on two stages, food, crafts, dancing, a wide array of kids activities and hot air balloon launches (weather permitting) for the Pioneer Valley’s biggest outdoor event of the summer. This is the only music festival in Massachusetts that features hot air balloons and rides.

    We have two 4-packs of day pass tickets to giveaway:

     

    • 4-pack of day pass tickets for Saturday, July 17th
    • 4-pack of day pass tickets for Sunday, July 18th

     

     

    Kids under 12 are free, so each winning family can invite along another family for a day of music, dancing and balloons in Greenfield, MA! Tickets do not including parking or food. Details on how to enter to win are below. Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 11th by 7pm (EST).

    ABOUT THE GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL

    The Green River Festival began in 1986 as a balloon festival and has gained increasing popularity each year as more and more music and dance entertainment have been added. Today it has become a fantastic summer musical event in Western Massachusetts with two stages of music.  This year the festival will feature Old Crow Medicine Show, Red Stick Ramblers, The Sweetback Sisters, CAKE, Brooks Williams, Anais Mitchell, Academy Freightshakers and many other top talented bands.

    New this year is The River’s Meltdown Kids’ Stage, featuring family music with The Primate Fiasco, Deedle Deedle Dees, The Nields, Elizabeth Mitchell, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Flannery Brothers, Mister G, School for the Dead and several other bands we’ve featured on the Hilltown Family Variety Show!

    The Festival is a two-day event and will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 17th & 18th on the grounds of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. Hot Air Balloons fly, weather permitting, on Friday and Saturday at 6pm and Saturday morning at 6am. Onsite parking is available for a fee, or there is free parking and shuttle bus service available. The Festival is working towards zero-waste and no pets or alcohol are allowed.

    HOW TO WIN

    Your chance to win a 4-pack of day passes to the Green River Festival on either Saturday, July 17th or Sunday, July 18th is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  Read the rest of this entry »

    Suggested Events 05/29/10-06/04/10

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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.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    With temps soaring past 95-degrees this past week, families cooled off with snow cones from Town Farm at the Tuesday Farmers' Market in Northampton, while others headed to Musante Beach, Ashfield Lake, Splash Park at Look Park or the Westfield River. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, May 28th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Freshly smoked pork, spare ribs and kielbasa, potato salad, cole slaw, beans and corn bread -or- double-crusted Spinach Pie with fresh spinach, red onions, garlic, mozzarella and feta cheeses. BYOB 628-4003

    Friday, May 28th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Tex-Mex Chalupa – a grilled burrito with organic black beans and brown rice, our homemade vegetarian sloppy joe, salsa, spinach, cheddar cheese and sour cream;  Arugula Pesto Panini (vegan version available); and  Thai Coconut Soup with vegetables and tofu. Gluten-free and vegan dishes too. BYOB. 268-7441

    Saturday, May 29th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Veggie Lassagnia, Garlic Bread and side salad. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!). Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Saturday, June 5th, 12noon-4pm: Holyoke Youth ExtravaGREENza, Nuestras Raices Farm “La Finca,” 245 High Street, Holyoke. Students from Holyoke Works’ new Green Careers Program share their work on environmental issues: global warming and climate change, recycling, increased bike use in the city, safe chemicals in the workplace and at home, energy audits and weatherization, and school and community gardens. Nuestras Raices’ Food and Fitness Project will kick off the event with a “Raw Feast.” Following lunch there will be interactive learning opportunities by all groups, with music and a green-themed raffle.  For more information, contact Laura Porter at Holyoke Works at 413-532-2683 or email lauraporter@yahoo.com.

    FEATURED EVENT

    On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and we have a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Find out how to enter to win HERE.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    BECOME A SPONSOR: Hilltown Families supports sustainable development of our local economy. Local businesses, individuals, institutions and schools are encouraged to become sponsors and communicate with our large, family-oriented audience. Get the word out about the valuable services you offer while you support Hilltown Families’ work in building community.  Please email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

    Michael Kalagher of Plainfield, MA writes: Richard Shephard from Cummington is using his talents to assist environmental groups in documenting the tragedy on the Gulf Coast. See some of his work at www.rsairphoto.com. There is also an important blog you can link to from his site.

    Nan of Ashfield, MA writes: No-Risk Kid Meals at Elmer’s in Ashfield.  Beginning this week, kids aged six and under eat Free between 5 and 6:30 pm (when they are with a regular-paying person over the age of six!)  I saw that on a billboard while I was driving back from New Orleans and thought, “Man, what a good idea!”

    Beth Skolnick Bigelow wrote: There is a Native American Indian Pow Wow this weekend (Sat, Sun and Mon) at Indian Plaza, Route 2 in Charlemont, MA. It is a nice family event.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: West County Resilence Conversation is looking for volunteers to help during Riverfest in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, June 12th. Click here for more info.

    MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Randy Kaplan has released a new family CD, The Kids Are All Id, and we have a signed copy to giveaway to one luck family!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 2nd 2010. Click here to enter to win.

    GIRLS ART CAMP IN THE HILLTOWNS: ArtStar Girl’s Camp in Williamsburg (June 28th-July 2nd) (July 5th-July 9th) for girl’s between the ages of 8-12 will spend the day (10am-2pm) creating batik, silkscreening and tie dye as well as experiencing hand sewing and book making! Girls will be encouraged to explore their own artist expression in a relaxed lounge like environment at the private home studio of Marie Westburg, artist and Art Therapist. Sessions are limited to eight so sign up now! Cost is $180 per child. See artstarlounge.com for more information, or email artstarmarie@verizon.net.

    CHORUS AUDITION: The South Hadley Children’s Chorus will have auditions on Wednesday, June 2nd in 10-minute “slots” between 4-6 pm at the Center Congregational Church. Boys and Girls ages 7-14 from many Pioneer Valley towns, rehearsing Wednesday afternoons in South Hadley, from early September thru mid-May. We sing all sorts of songs—“classical”, folk songs, Broadway and jazz tunes, in English and many other languages. Audition is informal & painless. Tests your ability to read words and “echo” the pitches you hear sung to you. Older, musically-experienced children may be asked to show knowledge of music notation. To schedule an audition time, parents should call or email Director Cathy Melhorn 413-548-1098; cmelhorn@mtholyoke.edu.

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in Northampton, MA for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT!  You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets! This month we are pleased to offer a chance for two folks to win a pairs of tickets to see celebrated Nashville singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman as she returns to the area with a powerful new album, Back To Love. Click here to enter to win.

    SCIENCE MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Robots + Us at the Connecticut Science Center opens this weekend. This exhibit offers a playful look at how biology and engineering are coming together to close the gap between reality and the robotic dreams of some.  Build your own jitterbug robot, visit Low Life Labs and find out what robot designers are learning from.  Museum is in Hartford, CT and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm., and it will be open on Memorial Day! www.ctsciencecenter.org

    FREE HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENTS:  It may be hard to believe right now, but snow and cold will be coming back! No time like the present to call and schedule your no-cost home energy assessment. Slots fill up quickly, so call today. It is free and there are great incentives to be had! WMECO and other gas and electric utility companies offer this free assessment to residents through Mass Save, the statewide home energy efficiency program. There are no income requirements to participate, and incentives include up to 75% off up to $2000 in insulation upgrades, and an even better deal on air sealing. Call 866-527-7283, or visit http://www.masssave.com for more info.

    Liz Friedman writes: Calling Mama Volunteers – Table for MotherWoman’s 5% Day at Whole Foods. We are looking for a couple good mama’s to help us table at Whole Foods in preparation for our big 5% Day at Whole Foods. Are you available for as little as 1 hour on any of the following days: Tuesday, June 1st 2 – 6pm; Saturday, June 5th 11am – 4pm; and Monday, June 7th 10am – 6pm. Contact Liz@motherwoman.org

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – May 29th

    6-10am – 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.

    8am-6pm – SHEEP & WOOLCRAFT FAIR: All weekend at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: First Market of the Season! With Rhubarb Pie playing music. On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9am-3pm – PLANT SALE: At the Amherst Farmers’ Supply, sponsored by the 4-H. Amherst, MA (SALE)

    9:30am-4:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: At the Historic Deerfield, families can investigate the diverse ingredients of soil and learn how it formed as part of the museums program, “The Earth Beneath Our Feet.”  Make soil and take home seeds to plant. 775-7214 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (FREE with Admission)

    9:30am-5pm- WOOL DAYS: During Wool Days Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village this weekend, families can meet the new baby animals, watch historical demos, be hands-on, take a boat ride, get crafty and much more. Sturbridge, MA ($)

    10am –BIKE RIDE: Pittsfield’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community bike ride, beginning at the Controy Pavilion on Onota Lake at Burbank Park. A fun way to spend an afternoon with friends and family! Younger riders are welcome and encouraged to ride the trail along the lake within Burbank Park. Registration starts at 9am. 448.9678 Pittsfield, MA

    10am-6pm – CULTURAL BAZAAR: The Cultural Survival Bazaar happens this weekend on the Amherst Common. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-12Noon: CRAFT WORKSHOP: Make Knitting Needles for kids at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    10am-5pm – CRAFT FAIR: Craft Fair in Haydenville: Fine Arts & Crafts in a Country Setting. 3 Grove Street. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    10am-5pm – HISTORIC EXPLORATIONS: Visit the 48-acre Naumkeag Estate in the Berkshires from and view Miss Choate’s tree peonies and tour her 44-room Berkshires Cottage, given intact to The Trustees of Reservations 50 years ago. Children will enjoy the “Kipper” activity pack as they explore the magical Blue Steps, Chinese Garden, Oak Lawn, Peony Terrace, Afternoon Garden and Evergreen Garden. Location: Naumkeag Estate, 5 Prospect Hill Road. 298-3239 Stockbridge, MA ($, KIDS FREE)

    11am-12Noon – CRAFT WORKSHOP: Learn to Spin for kids at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – RIVERFEST: Riverfest at Cole Field, sponsored by the Hoosic River Watershed Association. An annual celebration of the river is fun for the entire family and includes rafting, canoeing, live music and other live performances, riverbank art, pony rides, live birds of prey, live river critters, crafts and activities for kids, good food, and more! 458-2742 www.hoorwa.org Williamstown, MA ($)

    12Noon-4pm – MUSUEM ADVENTURES: Chesterwood Opening Day with events for famileis, including art and nature activities, a Lincoln impersonator, live music, and the grand opening of the “Discovery Room” in the Barn Gallery. 298-3579 www.chesterwood.org Stockbridge, MA ($)

    12Noon-5pm – ART ADVENTURES: Canal Gallery’s Artists’ Market, between 2 canals next to the Childrens’ Museum. This Artist Market comes alive with music, food, and color. Inspired by markets of a 100 years ago; also those in warmer more colorful places and early Americana circuses & carnivals. 532-4141 Holyoke, MA

    12:35pm, 1:45pm & 3pm – THEATER: Paintbox Theater will perform their twist of Cinderella at the Paradise City Arts Festival, at the 3-County Fairgrounds. http://www.paradisecityarts.com Northampton, MA ($)

    1pm – FLOWER SHOW: Take the kids to see the stunning beauty of the lovely Iris. The Western New England Iris Society is hosting an Iris Show a the Shelbure Buckland Community Center. Spend the day in Shelburne Falls! Shelburne Falls, MA

    1-3pm – CRAFT WORKSHOP: Kool-Aid Dyeing for kids at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-4pm – TEEN LITERARY EVENT: Jane Austen Tea Party at The Meekins Library. Croquet, Badminton, and Games of Chance. Jane’s favorite foods. Watch the movie “Lost in Austen.” For teens 13+ Williamsburg, MA

    2-3pm – CRAFT WORKSHOP: Felting Treasure Bags for Kids at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    2-4pm – CRAFT WORKSHOP: Needle Felting For Young People (Ages 9-14) at the MA Sheep & Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds. www.masheepwool.org Cummington, MA (FREE)

    4:30-6:30pm – PUPPET PERFORMANCE: Marmalade Productions and the Bumble Bee Players presents The Watershed Waltz at the Ramsdell Library. Celebrate with song, puppet fish, birds, and aquatic creatures. For all ages. 274-3738‎ Housatonic, MA

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    Buttery Brook Park: South Hadley’s Park for Families

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    Butter Brook Park Summer Events Calendar is Full of Family Fun

    The summer events calendar at Buttery Brook Park includes the regular weekly Friday Cruise Night car show and family cookout, a Summer Children’s Concert Series on Wednesday mornings in July, and Big Rig Day on July 15th. See the full schedule below.

    The Friends and the South Hadley community supporters of Buttery Brook Park welcome families to an exciting summer of events. The season of family fun begins around 12noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, with a Picnic at the Park (following the parade in South Hadley), featuring free cake. Full calendar below.

    According to Cathy Manly, a Friends of Buttery Brook Park volunteer, the picnic is a chance for families to see and play with the recent improvements to the Park. The improvements are mainly for younger children and include a giant sandbox with ride-on diggers, an outdoor drum set, a ride-on two-seater airplane, and a play structure for young children. The skate park is in the process of being moved to create a grassy picnic space that overlooks the new play equipment.

    According to Manly, a Friends’ goal is to create a space where families with children can meet and play. “Some older members of the Friends remember the Park as a wonderful place to go when they had young families. Several more recent Friends volunteers have young families, and we’re striving to make this Park as accessible and exciting for local families as possible.”

    Future improvements, which will be funded in part by proceeds from this season’s events, include improvements to the playground and the possibility of an exercise trail, with a wading pool and spray park being on the longer-term horizon, said Manly.

    Besides funding, the Friends are also seeking volunteers to help with the season’s events. If you wish to volunteer, please contact friendsofbutterybrook@yahoo.com.

    Buttery Brook Park is located on Route 33 in South Hadley, MA (on the right, just south of the Big Y, on Rte 33).


    Summer 2010 Calendar of Friends’ Events

    PICNIC AT THE PARK
    When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, 2010, ~12:00pm (after the parade)

    Come see the new playground! Bring a picnic lunch and join the Friends of Buttery Brook Park for free cake, to help us celebrate the opening of the season and our new playground, including a wonderful, huge new sandbox with ride-on diggers and a play structures for little and big kids. Festivities are planned to begin after the Memorial Day Parade. Information: camanly@gmail.com

    FRIDAY CRUISE NIGHTS
    When: Every Friday evening now through September 10, 2010, 5:30pm to dusk

    Cruise nights are free and open to the public. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars (weekly and monthly trophies awarded), DJ music (enjoy those oldies!), refreshments and the company of neighbors and friends. Plan to join us for supper—the menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a variety of beverages (including beer). Proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements such as the new playground at the center of the park. Kids will also enjoy the coloring corner and animal feeding area … make it a family night! Volunteers to assist with the food concession are always appreciated. Information: kmaro68@aol.com

    CHILDREN’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
    When: Wednesdays, July 14, 21, 28, 2010, 10-11am

    The Concert series provides free entertainment for children ages 10 and under on Wednesday mornings in July. Presented by the Friends of Buttery Brook Park and the South Hadley Family Center (www.shfamilycenter.org). Information: camanly@gmail.com

    • July 14th, 2010, 10am – Aric Bieganek is known locally as “The Jack Black of Kids’ Music.” A children’s music teacher in Northampton, he performs rockin’ music for families that gets everyone dancing!
    • July 21st, 2010, 10am – Jay Mankita is an internationally acclaimed songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist from Amherst. He tours his music for children and adults in a veggie oil-powered van.
    • July 28th, 2010, 10am – Miss Leticia brings us a high energy, multi-lingual music and movement performance. A regular Amherst performer and teacher, she has played music with children of all ages for over 10 years.

    BiIG RIG DAY
    When: Thursday, July 15th, 11am-1pm (July 22nd Rain date if necessary)

    Come see Big Rigs of all types (fire trucks, police cars, utility trucks, ambulances, and more)… climb into the cabs, ride the aerial ladder, and meet the people who operate these fascinating vehicles. This unique, free, kid-friendly event is co-sponsored by the South Hadley Electric Department. Information: http://www.butterybrookpark.org


    ABOUT THE PARK

    Buttery Brook Park was created over 25 years ago by Joseph Taylor, the then Parks Superintendent for the town of South Hadley. A new, centrally located playscape area began taking shape in 2008 thanks in part to fundraising activities by the Friends of Buttery Brook Park and many generous individual and business contributions. The park staff has made many improvements to the park in connection with this project, including a new volleyball area, and additional play equipment will continue to be added. http://www.butterybrookpark.org

    Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ Randy Kaplan

    Randy Kaplan Guest DJ Show

    Randy Kaplan joins the Hilltown Family Variety Show as a Guest DJ. Last week Randy was in town promoting his new CD with a free family performance at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
    May 22nd & 23rd, 2010
    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA

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    PLAYLIST

    • Randy Kaplan – “My Little Laugh” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Randy Kaplan – “No Nothing” (Loquat Rooftop)
    • Randy Kaplan – “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Randy Kaplan – “Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Randy Kaplan – “The Hebrew-Speaking Bear” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Dan Bern – “Hiccup Song” (2 Feet Tall)
    • Billy Jones – “Yes! We Have No Bananas” (Chart Toppers of the 1920s)
    • Randy Kaplan – “The Kid Is All Id” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Weeki Wachee Mermaid”  (Christmas in Ocala)
    • Randy Kaplan – “Little Bee” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
    • Randy Kaplan – “Whistle For Willie” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio

    HFVS Music Giveaway: The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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    The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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    Enter to win Randy Kaplan's 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD, "The Kids Are All Id." Deadline to enter to win: June 2nd @ 7pm (EST).

    Randy Kaplan has released a new family CD, The Kids Are All Id, and we have a signed copy to giveaway to one luck family!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 2nd 2010. Details below.

    ABOUT RANDY KAPLAN’S NEW CD

    Randy’s 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD is here!  It features all-time classics like Forever Young (by Bob Dylan),  I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (from Porgy & Bess), The Money Song (a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis gem), and The Derby Ram (George Washington’s favorite folk song) along with original songs like The Hebrew-Speaking Bear (based on a true story), The Kid Is All Id (brush up on your Freud, this kid is not ‘alright’), Little Bee (watch out mosquitoes and lady bugs – here comes the queen!), and Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey (in which Randy’s pet monkey Kqxhc – of No Nothing fame – gives Randy a piece of his mind).  There are also three songs based on or inspired by the classic picture books of Ezra Jack Keats!

    RANDY KAPLAN GUEST DJ ON THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    HFVS PodcastA perennial favorite of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Randy Kaplan joined the show in January 2009 for a fun show as a Guest DJ.  Last week Randy rejoined HFVS to perform live in studio songs from his newest release, along with a couple of his old time favorites. Tune in on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton to hear RandyKaplan Guest DJ.  If you can catch the show live, you can listen live via streaming audio, or anytime via podcast. An encore will air on Sunday, May 23rd, from 7-8am, also on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.

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    Your chance to win a free signed copy of Randy Kaplans new CD, The Kids Are All ID, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

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    IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, June 2nd, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

    Suggested Events 05/22/10-05/28/10

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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.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    The United Nations Program for the Environment has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Get kids excited about science and the natural world by participating in the many events and activities that explore nature and the outdoors in Western MA. Increase your families awareness and appreciation for the biodiversity in our own backyards! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS:

    Friday, May 21st at Remington Lodge in Cummington: Salad, and Song with Sarah Stockwell Arthen. Come share an evening of delicious spring soups, fresh salad, home-baked bread and cookies, followed by a house concert with the marvelous songstress, Sarah Stockwell Arthen (www.sarahstockwell.com). Josh Wachtel, of Radio Free Earth, may stop in for a few songs, also! BYOB RSVP 634-5493

    Friday, May 21st at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Ginger Sesame Tofu with Bell Peppers, in our homemade sauce. Gluten-free and vegan. BYOB. Steve Nelson, Singer/Songwriter, will be performing at 6:30pm. 268-7441

    Friday, May 21st at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Spicy Thai Coconut chicken or tofu with stir-fry veggies and rice. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, May 22nd at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Korean Braised short ribs with Glazed Sesame carrots and fried shallots. Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!). Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Saturday, May 22nd, 9am-4pm,Chester on Track 20th Anniversary in Chester, MA.  The annual Chester Railway Station celebration will include a parade, helicopter rides, train show, craft fair, live entertainment, a blacksmith, historic re-enactments, live steam and classic-car displays, and more! Dine in a wooden boxcar, ride on a wagon, tour the Keystone Arch Bridges. For more information, call 354-7878, or visit chesterrailwaystation.org

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2pm, Academy of Music, Northampton CARTOON-A-PALOOZA to benefit the renovation of the Forbes Library Childrens and Teens area. Enjoy a special screening of award-winning animation by Mo Willems, from Sesame Street and Nickelodeon shorts to Carnegie Award-winning adaptations of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny, and the world premiere of the adaptation of The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! Mo Willems, a 3-time Caldecott honoree and Northampton resident, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening, and will be signing limited-edition Forbes Library posters featuring Elephant and Piggie.  To purchase tickets, visit the Forbes website or the Academy box office. (Listen to PSA)

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and we have a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Find out how to enter to win HERE.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Inquiries can email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    Irene Branson of Ashfield, MA writes: There will be a clothing swap on Saturday, June 5th from 10am-3pm at Ashfield Community Hall. “Ashfield Needles and Threads” will sponsor this one-day opportunity to clear out some of your clothes in a way that redirects and recycles them right here in the community. All remaining clothing will be donated to area shelters, the Salvation Army, etc.

    HILLTOWN PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM: The Ashfield Preschool is planning an exciting summer program. From July 6 to August 13 the Preschool will offer 6 weeks of age-appropriate learning and adventure. During these weeks the preschool will host a cast of animals from Red Gate Farm, Dr. Jane Willis of West County Physicians, and Warren Kirkpatrick, Animal Control Officer. Karen Sullivan will demonstrate basket weaving, Beverly Duncan will give illustration lessons, Dawn Fessenden from Claydance Pottery will build with clay, and Julie Messervy will inspire with music. The program includes walking field trips to Country Pie Pizza, New England Cheesemaking, Gloriosa Garden Tea Party, Spring Hill Acre Sheep Farm, Ashfield Hardware and the Ashfield Fire Dept. Register your child now for one, two, or even all six weeks! For info call 628-3248.

    RECOMMEND A SUMMER CAMP: Holly is looking for a summer camp recommendation in the Greenfield Area. Read her inquiry and make a recommendation over on our Facebook page.

    SUMMER BOWLING: Does your family like to go bowling?  Airway Lanes in Springfield, Chicopee Lanes and Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton are participating in a summer bowling program that allows kids to bowl for free, all summer long.  For more info go to www.kidsbowlfree.com

    SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: Read 10 books, get one free! We double-dog dare you! Challenge is open to kids 12 and under. Read any ten books that you like. Record them on the downloadable form. Bring the completed form to any Borders Bookstore by August 26, 2010, and get a free book! It’s that easy! Happy reading!

    FRIDAY NIGHT OUT: Hey parents, if you can get out to see this one, you’ll love it. Gaia Roots world music ensemble CD release party at The Jae’s Spice Ballroom, Pittsfield at 9:30pm on May 21st. This inspiring and lively performance will feature an 11 piece ensemble performing folkloric Afro-Caribbean and West African percussion and drumming rhythms accompanied by vocal harmonies, traditional and contemporary dance, original music and unique arrangements with special guests on guitar, bass and drum set. They were a big hit this past weekend at the Hilltown Spring Festival! Here’s your chance to see them again! For info email aimee@gaiaroots.com or visit http://www.gaiaroots.com.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: 4-H Youth Program seeks adult volunteers with skills in science, environment, creative arts, foods, sewing and working with animals. Spend two hours each month serving as leaders for local 4-H clubs. Call 545-0611 or visit www.mass4h.org.

    SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowHFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

    PLANT SALES FOR SATURDAY, MAY 22ND, 2010

    • ASHFIELD: 9am-1pm at Gloriosa & Co. 628-4567
    • GREENFIELD: 8:30am-1:30pm on the St. James Church lawn.  Hands on children’s activities.
    • HAWLEY: 9am-12Noon at 108 West Hawley Road.
    • NORTHAMPTON: 9am-12Noon at 24 Nonotuck St.
    • SHELBURNE FALLS: 9am-12Noon at the Bridge of Flowers
    • SOUTHAMPTON: 10am-2pm at the First Congregational Church. 527-9480
    • SOUTH DEERFIELD: 9am-12Noon at the Tilton Library 665-4683
    • WILLIAMSBURG: 9am-12Noon at the Williamsburg Congregational Church

    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmers’ Market | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – MAY 22

    6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan on the HFVS! 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.

    8am-3pm – SALE: All 4 Kids Consignment Sale happens at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.  Kids’ clothing, toys, DVDs, baby gear, sports equipment. Click here to see flyer. Easthampton, MA (SALE)

    9am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Nahorniak Five Mile Pond Family Fishing Festival.  Volunteers will be on hand to help novices cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited amount of fishing equipment will be available for loan. Contact Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 Springfield, MA

    9am-3pm – BOOK SALE: Stock up on summer reading for the kids at the Emily Williston Memorial Library. 527-1301 Easthampton, MA (SALE)

    9am– 4pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Chester on Track 20th Anniversary. The annual Chester Railway Station celebration will include a parade, helicopter rides, train show, craft fair, live entertainment, a blacksmith, historic re-enactments, live steam and classic-car displays, and more! Dine in a wooden boxcar, ride on a wagon, tour the Keystone Arch Bridges. For more information, call 354-7878 chesterrailwaystation.org Chester, MA (FREE)

    9am-4pm – SALE & SWAP: Tag sale and Frock Swap to benefit the Great Barrington Waldorf High School.  Will be held at Pete’s Motors. 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    10am-2pm – BOOK SALE: Stock up on summer reading for the kids at the First Congregational Church. 527-9480 Southampton, MA (SALE)

    10am-2pm – TAG SALE: The Goshen Historical Society will host a tag sale at the town offices (route 9). Goshen, MA (SALE)

    10am-5pm – HISTORIC EXPLORATIONS: Visit the 48-acre Naumkeag Estate in the Berkshires from and view Miss Choate’s tree peonies and tour her 44-room Berkshires Cottage, given intact to The Trustees of Reservations 50 years ago. Children will enjoy the “Kipper” activity pack as they explore the magical Blue Steps, Chinese Garden, Oak Lawn, Peony Terrace, Afternoon Garden and Evergreen Garden. Location: Naumkeag Estate, 5 Prospect Hill Road. 298-3239 Stockbridge, MA ($, KIDS FREE)

    10am-12:30pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Springfield Museum School will offer Hodge Podge of Science for kids ages 8-12.  For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413-263-6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Springfield, MA

    11am – MAYFAIR: Ashfield Community Preschool is holding a Mayfair and Benefit Concert with Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey. Ashfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    11am & 1pm – THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Co. presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the New Stage Theater (55 North Street).  429-1505 castlehilltheatre.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

    11am-3pm – BIKE: Commuting and repair clinic at Pulaski Park. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSIC: SPRINGFEST – Students and faculty of the Northampton Community Music Center will take to the streets for a day of public performances and festivities. www.ncmc.net 585-0001 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Family Farm Day at Red Gate Farm.  Discover how animals help gardens grow and explore the ponds to see who has hatched this spring. Ages 2 – 8, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies and older children welcome. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA ($)

    12Noon-5pm – ART ADVENTURES: Canal Gallery’s Artists’ Market, between 2 canals next to the Childrens’ Museum. This Artist Market comes alive with music, food, and color. Inspired by markets of a 100 years ago; also those in warmer more colorful places and early Americana circuses & carnivals. 532-4141 Holyoke, MA

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2-9pm – SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL: Sustainable Communities Family Festival at the All Souls Church (29 South Street). An afternoon and evening of kid-friendly entertainment to benefit ReNew Salvage and Brattleboro’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter.  Activities for kids, including crafts, puppets, theater, music and more.  Dancing from 6-9 to the funky horn sounds of local favorites Simba.  Food, drink, sustainability info and much more. West Brattleboro, VT ($)

    3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Farm Chores are Fun at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to come help the farmer with Saturday afternoon chores. Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. All are welcomed. Buckland, MA (FREE)

    7:15pm – 10:30pm – CONTRA DANCE: Community Contra Dance at the Munson Library.  Beginner-friendly dances start early and progress into a full-fledged contra dance. 256-0673 South Amherst, MA ($)

    7:30pm – CONCERT: The Nields will perform at the Cummington Village Church.  268-3828 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

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    Must-Hear Music Monday with Amber: Five New Releases

    Must-Hear Music Monday

    We’ve been listening to lots of new—and some not so new—music that’s super cool. Local favorite Liz Buchanan recently released a new CD and so did Princess Katie & Racer Steve. And did you know that the ever-awesome Recess Monkey have a new CD coming out in June?

    Here are some highlights from our new collection of favorites:

    Liz Buchanan

    Liz Buchanan Singing All the Way HomeLiz’s new CD is simply a sweet collection of kids’ songs with a very folksy and traditional feel. These songs are great for little kids and toddlers. Liz has a rich singing voice that’s both beautiful and friendly that really attracts kids, especially shy ones. Her shows are very interactive and kids just seem to feel free to dance and be themselves with her.

    I love the song “Hey, Dr. Knickerbocker” for its perfect guitar arrangement and sing-along-to lyrics and Ivan just adores “The Hand-Clapping Rap” where you clap the syllables of food words. Such a simple idea gets him so excited!

    Liz is planning a CD release party at the Regent Theater in Eastern MA in October. Her concert will kick off their Family Fun Series this fall!

    Princess Katie & Racer Steve

    Princess Katie & Racer Steve Tiny CoolPrincess Katie and Racer Steve may have been around making kids’ music for a while, but we’ve only just discovered their music and we’re quickly becoming huge fans! Their new CD, Tiny Cool, is like a cartoon rock party in a box. Just add some dance moves and you’re all set!

    The songs are interspersed with little skits spoken by Katie and Steve and they’re just hilarious (ever hear a princess really try to get her enchanted forest animals to sing with her? It doesn’t work out so well!), but the real fun is in the songs. Just listen to clips from “Clelia’s Party” and “Tiny Cool” and you’ll see what I mean. It’s like a book you can’t put down—in music form!

    Recess Monkey

    Recess Monkey The Final FunktierThe guys from Recess Monkey have been busy preparing for their next project: A trip into outer space! That’s right, the funky cool kids’ band from Seattle is releasing a new CD in June and it’s all about space and what you’ll find there. I guess you could say that The Final Funktier is technically a concept album focusing entirely on one theme, but instead of becoming dry or forced, this really works! From songs about satellite brothers who never leave you alone to beat-box robots every song on this CD is a keeper.

    Along side the silly songs is Galax Sea,” a questing song asking listeners to think about what might by on the other side of the galaxy. It’s almost epic in its scope and really quite lovely to listen to, plus the guest vocals on this song are amazing. The Final Funktier includes vocals from two of my all-time favorite artists, Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak (from Gustafer Yellowgold), as well as Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, and other big time children’s rockers. Very cool! – The Final Funktier will be available for sale in June but you can pre-order your copy now!

    The Okee Dokee Brothers

    Okee Dokee Brothers Kids with BeardsAnother band we’ve just discovered even though they’ve been around for a while is The Okee Dokee Brothers. These guys play a mean guitar and banjo plus they’re simply hilarious. They kind of remind me of Flight of the Conchords for kids, especially with songs like “Robot”. Did you know that robots can’t sing? Neither did I!

    The Okee Dokee Brothers definitely cater their music to both kids and adults alike by including jokes or references in their songs that the parents can appreciate, like when their song “Wash Your Face” spoofs George Michael’s “Faith” with lines like “Well, I guess it would be nice if you would wash your face I don’t know any face that could replace you.” Give them a listen and see what you think. They’re new album, Take It Outside, is available for pre-release on their site now.

    Gina Sing

    Gina Sing TogetherLast, but certainly not least, you might want to check out the new album from Gina Sing titled Together. Gina’s another vocalist with such a beautifully rich voice and I love the kids she has singing with her on her album. Gina sings many traditional songs like “Tingalayo” or “I Love the Mountains” but she always adds her own fresh spin to the song. “Head n’ Shoulders, Baby” is a great example. It’s not just “head, shoulders, kness, and toes”—oh no—Gina has you jumping and bopping to a whole new take on this classic. She’s a lot of fun!

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    Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

    Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

    Suggested Events 05/15/10-05/21/10

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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.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Saturday, May 15th, 10am-7pm. The family-friendly Hilltown Spring Festival happens at the Cummington Fairgrounds.  A daylong celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community featuring 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including kids concert with The Primate Fiasco and headliner Charles Neville.  There will be children’s activities all-day, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. (Listen to PSA)

    Sunday, May 16th, 2pm. Matinee family concert with Brady Rymer at the Iron Horse in Northampton.  Part of Spare the Rock’s No Nap Happy Hour SeriesMore info here.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, May 14th at  Elmer’s in Ashfield: Cream of Broccoli & Cheddar soup; Platter of Salad Nicoise with Grilled Ahi Tuna; Mixed greens, tomatoes, Nicoise olives, capers, hard boiled egg, baby potatoes, green beans, cannelloni beans, and red onions; Pan-seared Ahi tuna. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, May 15th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Local Shredded Pork, Braised Greens, and Macaroni and Cheese.  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Saturday, May 22nd, 9am-4pm,Chester on Track 20th Anniversary in Chester, MA.  The annual Chester Railway Station celebration will include a parade, helicopter rides, train show, craft fair, live entertainment, a blacksmith, historic re-enactments, live steam and classic-car displays, and more! Dine in a wooden boxcar, ride on a wagon, tour the Keystone Arch Bridges. For more information, call 354-7878, or visit chesterrailwaystation.org

    Sunday, May 23rd, 2pm, Academy of Music, Northampton CARTOON-A-PALOOZA to benefit the renovation of the Forbes Library Childrens and Teens area. Enjoy a special screening of award-winning animation by Mo Willems, from Sesame Street and Nickelodeon shorts to Carnegie Award-winning adaptations of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny, and the world premiere of the adaptation of The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! Mo Willems, a 3-time Caldecott honoree and Northampton resident, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening, and will be signing limited-edition Forbes Library posters featuring Elephant and Piggie.  To purchase tickets, visit the Forbes website or the Academy box office. (Listen to PSA)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Inquiries can email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT TICKET GIVEAWAY: On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and Hilltown Families has a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Click on banner to find out how you can enter to win.

    LOCAL MAMAPRENUER  FEATURED NATIONALLY:  Congrats to Hilltown Families Listserv member and local mamapreneur Angie Gregory for having her business, Mother Herb Diaper Service, featured in Mothering Magazine this month!

    KIDS & DRINKING: Does restricting R-rated movies really affect kids’ drinking? A new study from Dartmouth College shows that kids whose parents restrict R-rated movies drink less, and start drinking later.

    WORST TOY: Nickelodeon’s AddictingGames.com Wins CCFC’s TOADY Award for Worst Toy of the Year

    RECYCLING: There will be an Electronic Recycling Collection May 15th, 2010 from 9-12 at Smith Vocational High School. The location is 80, Locust Street, Northampton. The collection is open to the public- you do not need to be a Northampton resident. Recycling fees run between $2-$10 and benefit Northampton Public Schools. There is no charge to recycle printer cartridges or cell phones. we are unable to accept refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or any appliances containing freon at this collection. Co-sponsored by the Northampton DPW, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and WRSI. Special thanks to Duseau Trucking

    FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS: Want to buy a home but don’t know how or if you can afford it? Hilltown CDC, on behalf of the Town of Chesterfield, offers FREE, one-on-one, pre-purchase counseling and First-Time Homebuyer workshops. Many first-time homebuyers come into the process with a lot of questions and anxiety. People may worry that their credit isn’t good enough or that they don’t have enough savings, or they may just not know where to start. Both pre-purchase counseling and a First Time Homebuyer workshop can help dispel those concerns.  Contact Bea at 296-4536, ext 115 or beavh@hilltowncdc.org for more information, or look on the Hilltown Families Community Bulletin Board for more details.

    MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family!  Click here to find out how you can win a copy of his newest release! Deadline to enter to win is May 17th by 7pm (EST).

    ANTI-BULLYING STATE LAW PASSED: While many may already be aware that the Massachusetts legislature passed a law, you might not already know about this website. In addition to the new law, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library contains additional legal resources on everything from cyberbullying, stalking, hazing and an “Eyes On Bullying” toolkit for caregivers and parents to use in child care programs, afterschool programs and camps.

    WANTED: LOCAL/REGIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION RESOURCE: Strategic Planning Initiative  for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) is compiling a bullying prevention resource list for schools and community agencies, and they are looking for local experts who can offer technical assistance around bullying prevention using evidence-based strategies. They also are looking for groups who have successfully used evidence-based strategies/curriculum to create a positive and welcoming school climate.  Please send any recommendations to Sue Cairn at scairn@collaborative.org

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Amanda Saklad and Suzanne Holt of Belchertown, MA. Both families have won a family 4-pack of tickets to see Brady Rymer at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Sunday, May 16th at 2pm, along with a signed copy of Brady Rymer’s newest CD, “Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.”

    GREEN BURIAL: The Green Burial Committee of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Mass will be hosting an information session at Green Field Market on Sunday, May 16th from 2-4pm. Find out what a green or natural burial is, why you might like to have one, where the nearest green cemeteries are located, and how to help start a green cemetery here in Western Mass. Call Carol for more info 774-2320.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society needs animal care volunteers. Positions and available times vary. Call 548-9898 to discover volunteer opportunities.

    SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowHFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

    PLANT SALES FOR SATURDAY, MAY 15TH, 2010

    • Amherst: 8:30-11am on the Town Common
    • Holyoke: 9am-1pm at the Wistariahurst Muuseum. 322-5660
    • Worthington: 9am at the Historical Society building

    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmers’ Market | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 5/15

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan on the HFVS! 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-7pm – HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The 4th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place at the Cummington Fairgrounds, featuring 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fee Applies)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: “Color Play,” a program for families parenting children of color, will take place at the Forbes Library Community Room. Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. Come celebrate spring and make a Wild Flower Seed Ball. 658-5096 mocai.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    11am-2pm – DOG ADVENTURES: Join the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society’s Bark in the Park at Forest Park. Bring your dogs and join local celebrities for music, demos, parade, and more. 781-4000 x364 www.dpvhs.org Springfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    11am – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Margaret Wise Brown Day at the Eric Carle Museum with special studio activity, readings in the library, family concert with Uncle Rock and films in the auditorium. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA

    11:30am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Happy Dan the Music Man will perform a family music show at the Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fee Applies)

    12Noon-3pm – OPEN HOUSE: Montague Farm Cafe at Montague Farm Zen House. 367-5275 Montague, MA

    12Noon-5pm – ART ADVENTURES: Canal Gallery’s Artists’ Market, between 2 canals next to the Childrens’ Museum. This Artist Market comes alive with music, food, and color. Inspired by markets of a 100 years ago; also those in warmer more colorful places and early Americana circuses & carnivals. 532-4141 Holyoke, MA

    12:15pm – SPRING DANCE: Dance around the Maypole at the Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Hosted by EarthSpirit of Worthington, the community maypole dance will be accompanied by traditional rhythmic stepping by multiple teams of Morris Dancers. Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fee Applies)

    1-4pm – BIKE ADVENTURES: Baystate Village Bike Bonanza happens with bike tune ups, decorating, safety clinics, games and prizes at Maines Field (570 Riverside Drive) Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Primate Fiasco will perform psychedelic dixieland for kids at the Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fee Applies)

    2pm – UKULELE WORKSHOP: Bring your ukulele to the Hilltown Spring Festival and join in a community jam and workshop.  Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fees Applied)

    6pm – CONCERT: Charles Neville will be the final act at the Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds.   Click here to see all the great music to be heard during the festival, including Swing Caravan, The Primate Fiasco, Academy Freightshakers, Gaia Roots, The Shapeshifters, and more! Cummington, MA (FREE, Parking Fee Applies)

    7:30pm – COMMUNITY DINNER: Burgy Bullets Annual Chicken BBQ with live music at 12 Laurel Road.  268-3226 Haydenville, MA ($)


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    Suggested Events 05/08/10-05/14/10

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    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Celebrating May in the Hilltowns. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    DINNER & BRUNCH IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, May 7th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Cowboy Steak (bone-in ribeye) with roasted garlic mushrooms, chipotle and goat cheese mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus – or – Mediterranean couscous-stuffed eggplant with yogurt mint sauce and asparagus. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, May 8th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    Saturday, May 8th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Homemade vegetarian fare with local and organic ingredients. Open Mic with Steve Koziol! BYOB 268-7441

    Sunday Brunch, May 9th at Remington Lodge in Cummington: Fresh fruit plate, Freshly baked muffins and breads, Eggs Florentine with home fries, Chocolate-dipped strawberries, Juice, coffee, and tea and . . . spring posies for all the mothers!. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong family-friendly celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the fourth annual Festival will feature 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, maypole, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. – (LISTEN TO PSA)

    FAMILY CONCERT: Brady Rymer will be performing a Sunday matinee concert for families at the Iron Horse on Sunday, May 16th, 2010 at 2pm in Northampton, as part of the No Nap Happy Hour Series.  More info here.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Inquiries can email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    Debra J’Anthony, Executive Director of the Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, MA writes: We continue to accept registration forms for our Summer Musical Theater Workshops for ages 7-14. Our first session, Encore, Glee Club, begins July 5th and is offered for children ages 11-14. The second session, First Act!, begins July 19th, running for two weeks for children ages 7-11. Call 584-9032 for more info.

    MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family!  Click here to find out how you can win a copy of his newest release!

    RECYCLING BENEFIT: There will be an Electronic Recycling Collection May 15th, 2010 from 9-12 at Smith Vocational High School. The location is 80, Locust Street, Northampton, MA. The collection is open to the public- you do not need to be a Northampton resident. Recycling fees run between $2-$10 and benefit Northampton Public Schools. There is no charge to recycle printer cartridges or cell phones. Unable to accept refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, or any appliances containing freon at this collection. Co-sponsored by the Northampton DPW, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, and WRSI. Special thanks to Duseau Trucking.

    FISHWAY: Each spring when the shadbush blooms, New Englanders have the opportunity to view an incredible natural phenomenon – the return of the American shad. The fishways on the Connecticut River help migrating fish over the dams and provide an opportunity to view these fish at underwater viewing windows. FirstLight Power Resources’ Turners Falls facility will open Saturday, May 15 and close Sunday, June 20. The migration season happens quickly, so plan your trip soon! For directions, hours of operations or to schedule a school program, please call (800) 859-2960 or Click here to download a fishway brochure which also contains information about Holyoke Gas and Electric’s Barrett Fishway.

    Hilltown Spring FestivalCALL FOR KID CRAFTERS: Crafty kids up to 13yo are invited to participate in the Kids-Made Craft Bazaar from 1:30-3:30pm at the Hilltown Spring Festival on Saturday, May 15th.  The Hilltown CDC’s goals are to allow children to participate directly in the Festival, to reward them for their creativity, and to give them some real-world experience showing and selling their work. The Kids-Made Crafts area will be highlighted in a central covered area on the fairground, and all crafts and art must be hand-made predominantly by children and is only $5 per table.  For more information and registration, click here.

    RECALL: Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare is implementing a voluntary recall of infant and children’s liquid products due to manufacturing deficiencies which may affect quality, purity or potency. Following McNeil’s recall announcement on Friday evening, the FDA is providing additional advice to consumers.  More info here.

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jennifer Page of Amherst, MA and Elizabeth Brooke-Willbanks of Easthampton, MA. Both families have won a pair of free tickets to see Dan Zanes performing with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G at First Churches in Northampton on Mother’s Day (May 9th).

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Amherst Survival Center. Volunteers are needed to prepare, serve and clean up after meals; to help sort donations and drivers to pick up produce and baked goods for daily distribution. Call 549-3968, ext. 202 or email tracey@amherstsurvival.org.

    SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.

    MAY 8th PLANT SALES:

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety ShowHFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Farmer’s Market | PSA

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns
    SATURDAY – 5/8

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Mother’s Day Episode! 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.

    9am-12Noon –FAMILY WALK/RUN: Berkshire Trail Elementary “Spirit of Learning” 5K Run & Walk. Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    9:30am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Grab the family and come dig up and learn now to eat Garlic Mustard: Learn how to properly identify, pull and dispose of garlic mustard plants. As an alternative and fun means of disposal, edible wild plant expert Blanche Derby will lead a demonstration and tasting of some easy recipes for garlic mustard that will take place afterwards on the beautiful grounds of the Bryant Homestead. 268-8219 Cummington, MA (FREE)

    10-11am – NATURE STUDIES: Fascinating Frogs: Exploring Life Cycles with Rachel Roberts at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. A program about life cycles. Variety of hands-on science and art activities connected to life cycles with a focus on frogs, including a story time about the life of tree frogs and time to look at books about other frogs and life cycles. This class will reinforce participants’ understanding of animal behavior and the cycles of nature around us all year long. Ages 4 and older. 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

    10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Falconry Up Close at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Chris Davis, Master Falconer, provides the opportunity to observe up close the handling and free-flying of a trained hawk. Experience the ancient art of falconry while learning about the life history of raptors, their role in the environment, and the efforts underway to ensure their survival and conservation. Appropriate for ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; please call 256-6006 www.hitchcockcenter.org Amherst, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – CRAFTS: Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement at the Whately Library. Drop in for an all ages craft project. Adults and children are welcome to make a spring wreath or arrangement for Mother’s Day. Fiona will guide you and all materials will be provided. Feel free to bring additional flowers, ribbons, or containers you would like to use. Funding for this program has been provided from the Friends of the Library. Whatley, MA (FREE)

    10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: The Art of Shelter with Earthwork Programs. Learn the skills to make your own shelter in the wilderness, using all natural materials. 522-0338 www.earthworkprograms.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    10am-2:30pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Youth Fishing Derby. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Office (300 Westgate Center Drive) will hold a Free Youth Fishing Derby for children14yo and under. Participants will fish in a stocked pond. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and casting demonstrations. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories. Refreshments on sale by local Boy and Girl Scout Troops. Hadley, MA (FREE)

    10am-11pm – COMMUNITY FAIR: On the Town Common in Amherst, sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Rides for kids, games, rock climbing wall, food and more.  Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10:30am-12Noon – ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES: Students and adults can discover local architectural styles with local historian and retired city planner Robert McCarroll who will lead a walking tour to see Springfield’s Art Deco-style buildings. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums. Art Deco was a modernistic, streamlined, sleekly decorative style that was popular between the two world wars. McCarroll will discuss the Art Deco features of several Springfield buildings, including the state office building on Dwight Street, the Community Music School building on State Street, and the art and science museums at the Quadrangle. For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413-747-1830 or email aqca@kimballtowers.com Springfield, MA (>$)

    10:30am-12Noon – CRAFTS: Painting with Wool Worksop: An Introduction to Felt Making. A 2-hour workshop at the Wistariahurst Museum with Sue McFarland. Learn techniques along with the history of felt making. Students 12yo & older. RSVP 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA ($)

    11am – PUPPET SHOW: Watershed Waltz, a puppet performance for kids 5-12yo at North Hall. Music, storytelling and shadow puppetry. Explore the dynamics of a healthy watershed with an 11-year-old boy as he teaches his mother about the watershed. 667-5543 www.northhallhuntington.org Huntington, MA (KIDS FREE, Adults donation)

    11am – MEMORY WALK: Empty Arms Mothers Day Walk at Look Park. This walk is a fundraiser, but also stands as an opportunity for the community to come together to honor all mothers on Mother’s Day Weekend. Donations are optional but your presence is worth so much to the families involved. 529-1610 carolmcmurrich@comcast.net Florence, MA (Fundraiser)

    11am-1:30pm – COOKING: Mother’s Day Lunch, a hands-on For kids (8-12yo) at Different Drummer’s Kitchen Co. Cooking School. Here is every mom’s dream: drop off your kids for a wonderful cooking class with talented cooking teacher Barbara Morse. Then go shopping, get a manicure, do whatever you fancy. When you return an hour and a half later, you will be treated to a delicious meal prepared by the young chefs. What better gift for Mother’s Day! 800-375-2665 www.differentdrummerskitchen.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    11am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Stories from Nature’s Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main Street). Join The Trustees of Reservations horticulturalist Anne Gannon for a free program of indoor stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    11:30am-1:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Eyes On Owls: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls! They will be holding two live owl presentations at the International Migratory Bird Day celebration at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region Office (300 Westgate Center Drive). The building is located south of the intersection of Route 9 and Route 116 North. Hadley, MA

    1-2:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Stream Explorers, a workshop for kids 10yo+. Discover the magic of streams! Wear waterproof footwear, bring bag lunch. Desserts provided. Parents may wait indoors at North Hall. Space is limited. Registration is required: 667-5543 www.northhallhuntington.org Huntington, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – HENNA PARTY: At the Meekins Library, Sangita Desigawill henna your hands with a beautiful flower design.  Call to sign up, 268-7472. Williamsburg, MA


    1pm & 3pm – THEATER: Berkshire Theater Festival Presents Hansel & Gretel in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1126 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    1-3pm – GAMES: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Broad Brook Coalition presents a mid-spring nature hike with botanist, Connie Parks at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area. Discover ephemeral spring wildflowers and signs of plants to come. Sturdy footwear. Meet at the North Farms Road entrance. Florence, MA (FREE)

    2pm-8pm – CULTURAL EVENT: Batepapo Festa, a Brazilian celebration, at North Star. Capoeira workshops, Brazillian BBQ, games, music and more. 386-8316 Hadley, MA (Fundraiser)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    7:30pm – CONCERT: Mother’s Day Benefit Concert to benefit the Prison Birth Project. A multigenerational feast of song at Edwards Church. 584-3843 www.theprisonbirthproject.org Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER, Under 6yo Free)

    8-9pm – NATURE STUDIES: Nocturnal Pond explorations at Red Gate Farm. Tromp down to the farm pond and experience the evening come alive! Learn more about tadpoles, peepers and other springtime pond activity as children get firsthand experience with evening pond life and creatures of the wetlands. All ages welcome. Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)

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    Motherhood in the 1800’s at OSV

    Historical Look at Motherhood at Old Sturbridge Village on Mother’s Day

    With so much cooking done at hearthside, fire was the number one danger for children in early New England households. No doubt one of the earliest words children learned was ‘Hot!’

    Moms get free admission to Old Sturbridge Village on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 9th, and family events are planned throughout the weekend. Children can meet the baby animals on the farm, and enjoy indoor crafts, including making block printed note cards for a Mother’s Day gift. Moms can gain insights on childbirth, raising children and running a frugal household from OSV costumed historians portraying Midwife Lucy Tucker and 19th century author Lydia Maria Child, who wrote The Mother’s Book. OSV horticulturists will present “The Family Nurse’s Tour of the Herb Garden” and a special Mother’s Day Brunch will be served in the Oliver Wight Tavern.

    Although Mother’s Day is a modern invention, OSV historians note that by the 1830s, a “cult of domesticity” began to glorify the home and women’s role in it. Home was viewed as a sanctuary and refuge from the increasingly bustling and depersonalized outside world.

    Despite this trend to glorify home and hearth, “being a mom in the 1830s was a very rigorous job,” notes Deb Friedman, director of public program at Old Sturbridge Village. “Women typically had five or six children and they worked straight through their pregnancies – handling all the endless chores necessary in running a household.

    Unlike today, there were no ready-made strollers, swings, porta-cribs and playpens,” Friedman says. “Moms made do with what they had. For baby walkers, they simply placed ladder-backed chairs flat on the floor so babies could push the chair and toddle behind. Antique chairs were often worn flat on the back from generations of children learning to walk.”

    With so much cooking done at hearthside, fire was the number one danger for children in early New England households. “No doubt one of the earliest words children learned was ‘Hot!’ ” Friedman says.

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    HFVS Music Giveaway: The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

    New Music Giveaway
    The Big Picture by Uncle Rock

    Enter to win Uncle Rock's newest CD, "The Big Picture," and check him out at the Eric Carle Museum this May in Amherst, MA!

    Uncle Rock has released a new family CD, The Big Picture, and we have a copy to giveaway to one luck family! The Big Picture is a socially conscious salute to Uncle Rock’s musical heroes. The 12 original songs (and two covers—Carol Burnett’s theme song and Tom T. Hall’s Sneaky Snake) offer sonic nods to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, the Ramones, Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash and even Billy Idol. Known for his rockabilly style and lyricism inspired by Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein, Uncle Rock offers a musical variety show here with songs about recycling, acceptance of differences and the importance of shopping locally. Some of the songs are just plain whimsical, like My Friend Bigfoot and Leave the Bees Be, which is currently enjoying heavy rotation on Sirius-XM Satellite radio.  Deadline to enter to win is May 17th, 2010. Details below.

    ABOUT UNCLE ROCK

    Uncle Rock’s band The Playthings features musicians who have shared stages with Joe Cocker, Vassar Clements and Hanoi Rocks. We’ve presented Uncle Rock here in Western Mass for performances at the Florence Civic Center in 2008 and at the Children’s Art Museum in 2007, and have had him as our Valentine’s Day guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. And our friends over at Spare the Rock have brought Uncle Rock to the Northampton Community Music Center in 2009, the Music Meltdown in 2009/10, and to the Iron Horse in 2010 … Uncle Rock is no stranger to our area, and much admired by many families.

    Before his nephew dubbed him “Uncle Rock,” Robert Burke Warren performed as a bass player in many rock and roll bands, including international garage rock titans The Fleshtones. He portrayed the title character in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in London’s West End. He’s also co-written songs for multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.

    Read reviews about Uncle Rock’s newest release on Common Sense Media, Zooglobble, Cool Mom Picks, and Out With The Kids.

    UPCOMING CONCERT AT THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM

    Celebrating his fourth family music CD, The Big Picture, Uncle Rock will be performing at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA on May 15th. The concert is part of the family fun at the Museum’s Margaret Wise Brown. Uncle Rock’s show is sponsored by the Northampton Community Music Center, 93.9 The River, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

    HOW TO WIN:

    Your chance to win a free copy of Uncle Rock’s new CD, The Big Picture, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

    1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
    2. FULL NAME and where you
    3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
    4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

    IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, May 17th, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

    Suggested Events 05/01/10-05/07/10

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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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    Happy May Day! Dance around the maypole at dawn at the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield or at Limbofest in Northampton on Saturday. Then again at the Hilltown Spring Festival on Saturday, May 15th! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong family-friendly celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the fourth annual Festival will feature 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, maypole, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. – (LISTEN TO PSA)

    Irene Branson of Ashfield, MA writes: There will be a clothing swap on Saturday, June 5th from 10am-3pm at Ashfield Community Hall. “Ashfield Needles and Threads” will sponsor this one-day opportunity to clear out some of your clothes in a way that redirects and recycles them right here in the community. All remaining clothing will be donated to area shelters, the Salvation Army, etc.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Friday, April 30th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Pan seared scallops over Creole rice with crawfish & alligator,  Or  Stuffed mushrooms over veggie creole rice. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, May 1st at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757


    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    MotherWoman in Amherst, MAFUNDRAISER: MotherWoman’s annual Mother’s Day campaign is underway! “Mothers are Worth a Million, we’re only asking for $10” honors mothers & helps to fund mother’s support programs in our community. For every $10 you donate, a flower bearing the name of a mother you would like to honor will be hung in the window of a participating local business. When you buy a flower, you celebrate the women in your life, provide crucial funding to help mothers, and support local businesses. MotherWoman encourages you to patronize participating businesses and to stroll Amherst & Northampton to view the beautiful chain of flowers in storefront windows. Together- we can honor and support mothers- one flower at a time. Learn more about our campaign at motherwoman.com.

    KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION: Orientations have been scheduled for all children who will be age 5 by September 1, 2010 and their families. Kindergarten orientation for children who live in Huntington, Montgomery, Russell and Worthington will have their orientation on May 4 at Littleville Elementary School. Students who live in the towns of Blandford, Chester and Middlefield will have their orientation on May 6 at Chester Elementary School. Kindergarten orientations will begin at 6 p.m. and will run for about an hour.

    MA GREEN (www.massvacation.com/MAGreen) provides online information about travel businesses’ environmental practices and informs visitors of the many attractions, lodgings, restaurants and other business who have environmental programs. In this way, MA GREEN supports the Commonwealth’s other green initiatives, including the Patrick-Murray Administration’s principles of sustainable development, which focus on encouraging smart growth, prudent use of natural resources, investments in clean, efficient energy through innovative technologies and environmental stewardship.

    TICKET GIVEAWAY: On Mother’s Day, Dan Zanes will be performing in the Pioneer Valley with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G … and Hilltown Families and Whole Children have partnered up to offer TWO lucky families a chance to win tickets! Click here to find out how you can enter to win.

    BOOK YOUR SPORTS PHYSICAL EARLY: Hilltown Community Health Centers is making a major technology transition this summer. As a result, they will be booking fewer appointments through the summer months. Any fall athlete who is a patient of HCHC and needs a sports physical for the fall is urged to book their appointment EARLY.

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton seeks volunteers to lead tours through the greenhouses as well as staffing the reception and exhibition area. Call 585-2742 or email garden@smith.edu.

    SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.

    EARTH DAY MEDIA GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Beth Caissie of Greenfield, MA. Beth has won our collection of Earth Day Media for sharing her eco-tip. Beth writes: “We put our wireless router and all those miscellaneous computer appliances all on 2 easy to reach power strips. When we leave the house or go to bed, we turn the power off. There was a noticeable drop in our electric bills when we started this and we’re not wasting energy to power things we’re not using.” Thank you to all families who shared their favorite eco-tips. So many great ideas to inspire us all!

    TICKET GIVEAWAY WINNER: Congratulations to Suzette Snow-Cobb Turners Falls, MA. Suzette has won a pair of tickets to see Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA on Tuesday, May 4th @ 8pm.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Hilltown Family Variety Show

    HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Ice Skating | Farmer’s Market | PSA

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – 5/1

    HAPPY MAY DAY!

    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.

    SCIENCE FIELD TRIP: MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department will open its doors and welcome families to “Brainia!”– a hands-on exploration of how the brain works. www.cambridgesciencefestival.org Cambridge, MA

    7am-1pm – FUNDRAISER: Big Tag Sale at the Deerfield Elementary School. Deerfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at North Branch Manhan River, Westhampton. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at the Hampshire Regional High School in Westhmpton. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Westhampton, MA (FREE)

    8am-12Noon – FUNDRAISER: 3rd Annual Mom-to-Mom Sale at the All Saint’s Church Kidder Hall. Baby and children’s clothing, toys, strollers, sporting goods, books, dvds, baby gear, maternity wear. Benefit for the South Hadley Family Center. www.shfamilycenter.org South Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    10am-2pm – OPEN HOUSE: Red Gate Farm will open it’s doors for an open house. There will be activities, tours, hayrides and snacks for people of all ages. You can explore the pond, walk a goat, and decorate a flower pot. This is a great chance to see the Farm. www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (FREE)

    10am-Noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: From Trash to Treasure for kids ages 5-7 at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums. Pre-register. 413-263-6800, ext. 377 or 382 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA

    10am-3pm – FUNDRAISER: The Little Red Schoolhouse will hold its second annual juried craft and tag sale to benefit the Williamstown Cooperative Nursery School. The event also will feature children’s entertainment. Bowey the Clown will perform at 11:30 a.m. and stay after his show for balloon-making; Magic Brushes will provide face painting. 458-9162 Williamstown, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    10:30am – FATHER ADVENTURES: Daddy & Me Workshop at the Jones Library for ages 4-6yo. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    11am – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Trustees of Reservations will be celebrating the official opening of the new Land of Providence property adjacent to Nuestras Raices farm and the Connecticut River. At 11 o clock there will be volunteer work projects to help with, 12:30 is the celebration event, followed by 1 pm pig roast lechonera (free to volunteers). Boating will also be available. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    11am-3pm – SPRING FESTIVAL: Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host its annual Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters. The festival will focus on historic fleece & fiber. Demos of shearing with traditional tools, carding, pinning and weaving. Sheep herding with boarder collies. Old-time toys and games for the kids. And much more! 458-2494 www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA ($)

    11am-10pm –MUSIC FESTIVAL: LimboFest 2010 at Look Park. A family friendly day festival with music, performers, Maypole, drumming, and more. www.myspace.com/limbofest Florence, MA ($)

    12Noon-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries will be offering a 4 part class, “Behavior of Ants: Modeling and Building a Robatic Ant Colony!” for kids ages 9-12yo. Registration is required. 584-3009. Easthampton, MA ($$)

    12Noon – 5pm – PARADE & RALLY: Northampton’s 29th Annual Pride Parade and Rally Event. Parade starts at noon at Lampron Park marching down into rally site behind Thorne’s market on Armory Street in downtown Northampton. www.site.nohopride.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1pm & 3pm – THEATER: Castle Hill Theatre Presents Goldilocks and The Three Bears in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Annie at the Academy of Music Theatre. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back in the Pioneer Valley. With a cast ranging in ages 7 to 18 years, Starlight’s Youth Theatre, Inc.  Northampton, MA ($)

    3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Farm Chores are Fun at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to come help the farmer with Saturday afternoon chores. Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. All are welcomed. Buckland, MA (FREE)

    7pm – CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Cambodia New Year celebration at the Cedars Banquet Facility. Children performance of traditional dance, food and drink. 535-9101, 364-9202 Springfield, MA

    8pm – THEATER: Arena Civic Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergei’s beautifully crafted adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel at the Shea Theater. 863-2281, ext. 3. Turners Falls, MA ($$)

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    Three After-School Kids’ Concerts in May

    Three Free After-School Kids’ Concerts in May
    at Cup and Top Cafe in Florence, MA

    Family performances at Cup & Top in Florence, MA are always engaging and fun! And best of all, they're FREE! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Tuesday May 4th @ 4pm – Laura Doherty & Mariana Iranzi
    It’s double the fun at this special kids show! A familiar face at the Cup and Top, Boston kids artist Mariana Iranzi, teams up with Chicago kids artist Laura Doherty, for a lively family show! Mariana and Laura each won the NAPPA award in 2009 for their children’s recordings.

    Thursday May 6th @ 4pm – The Okee Dokee Brothers
    The Okee Dokee Brothers play family music that originates from their mischievous backyard adventures as childhood best friends. Listening to their banjo and guitar is like Huck and Tom whitewater rafting with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

    Tuesday May 11th @ 4pm – Randy Kaplan
    Randy Kaplan is a New York and California-based songwriter known for his incisive lyrics and songs which blend American roots, folk, alternative, and pop. Kaplan’s children’s CDs have been praised and recommended by New York Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Cookie Magazine and Parenting Magazine.

    All events are free!

    Cup and Top Cafe is located at 1 North Main Street (Route 9) in the heart of Florence, MA (413) 585-0445

    Ticket Giveaway: Mother’s Day Concert with Dan Zanes in Northampton

    Win a Pair of Tickets to See:
    DAN ZANES &
    THE WHOLE CHILDREN COMMUNITY CHORUS
    Sunday, May 9th, 2010
    At First Churches in Northampton, MA

    Whole Children presents,"Everyone Has a Voice" - the Whole Children Community Chorus in concert with Dan Zanes. Choral direction by Joan Cornachio and special guest, local musician Mister G.

    On Mother’s Day, Dan Zanes will be performing in the Pioneer Valley with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G … and Hilltown Families and Whole Children have partnered up to offer TWO lucky families a chance to win tickets!

    We have two pairs of free tickets to see this heart-warming concert at First Churches in Northampton on Sunday, May 9th at 3pm.  All of the ticket sales from this concert will benefit Whole Children and its slate of programs for children of all abilities, including classes in theater, martial arts, gymnastics, and team sports. Deadline to enter to win is 05/05/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

    ABOUT THE WHOLE CHILDREN COMMUNITY CHORUS

    On a recent afternoon, the voices of more than 50 children sang out, “All things are possible if you only believe” at Whole Children, an after-school center for children with special needs in Hadley, MA.

    The song could well be the anthem for the Whole Children Community Chorus, a group of children with and without disabilities. They have been rehearsing together since February in preparation for a Mother’s Day concert with Grammy-winning musician Dan Zanes.

    The concert, “Everyone has a Voice,” is the brainchild of a group of mothers at Whole Children who recognized that music would be a great way to bridge the social gap that often develops between children with and without disabilities. They also thought that singing in concert with a nationally known musician would give the kids a sense of pride and a chance to show off what they can do, rather than focus on what they can’t do.

    Whole Children got a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the idea, and the Whole Children Community Chorus was born. The group is made up of kids ages 6-14, some with disabilities, others without. After months of rehearsing together they have mastered a full program of songs, which they will sing with Zanes on stage at The First Churches in Northampton.

    ABOUT DAN ZANES

    Here are two things you should know right off about Dan Zanes.  Two things that set him apart from the huge and festive field of people who have in the past few years begun making music for families and people of all ages in a way that is changing the face of America, or the sound of it at least. First, he is making homemade family music and encouraging his friends and neighbors to do the same. Second, he is the guy who is always interested in singing along with people everywhere, which brings us to his mission, if you can call it a mission: Zanes is introducing his musical friends to his neighborhood friends and then showing everybody not just that they can play together but that they can also feel pretty good while doing so. In this sense, Zanes is a twenty-first century version of the guy, who in the old days, used to conduct the town band from the gazebo though in lieu of a gazebo he’s playing places like Carnegie Hall and the Melbourne International Arts Festival where no matter how you say it, good music is good. He is a ringmaster, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—it’s just that people forgot about them.

    Take, for example, Dan Zanes and Friends’ Catch That Train!, the 2007 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Album for Children (co-released with Starbucks/Hear Music). It is the one CD in America today that brings together the Kronos Quartet, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Father Goose, Zanes’ mother-in-law and the children of South Africa’s Agape Orphanage to sing Zulu folk songs, an old labor organizing tune, a song about the joys of farming the English countryside, and of course a few train songs—all in an instrumental mix that highlights cuatros and lap steels and does not in any way discourage the use of trombone.

    Dan Zanes continues his traditionof bringing people together right here in Western MA with the Whole Children Community Chorus!

    ABOUT WHOLE CHILDREN

    Whole Children, Inc. was started in 2004 by a group of mothers of kids with disabilities who saw a need for a place for their children to take typical after school enrichment classes. In four short years it went from serving 40 children to more than 400. The center holds classes for kids of all abilities — art, music, sports, theater, martial arts, and more. Kids who have never had the opportunity to play on a team or sing on stage are now taking theater classes, going rock climbing, and shooting hoops on a team. The center has raised the bar for a whole lot of children, showing them (and the rest of the world) all they can do if they’re given the opportunity.

    HOW TO WIN

    Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Dan Zanes with the Whole Children Community Chorus at First Churches in Northampton, MA on Sunday, May 9th at 3pm is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

    1. SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DAN ZANES SONG/ALBUM BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
    2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
    3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
    4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
    5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

    IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 05/05/10 @ 7pm (EST).

    If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are $15 each or four for $50, and sales benefit Whole Children. Tickets are available from the website (www.wholechildren.org), or by calling Whole Children at 413-585-8010.

    Suggested Events 04/24/10-04/30/10

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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.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Peach trees are in blossom in the hilltowns. (Photo credit: HF Contributing writer, Tony(a) Lemos)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    FAMILY CONCERT: Our friend Uncle Rock will be performing at the Eric Carle Museum on May 15th at 1pm, celebrating the release of his new CD, The Big PictureThe Big Picture is a socially conscious salute to Uncle Rock’s musical heroes. The 12 original songs (and two covers—Carol Burnett’s theme song and Tom T. Hall’s “Sneaky Snake”) offer sonic nods to David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, the Ramones, Buddy Holly , Johnny Cash and even Billy Idol. Known for his rockabilly style and lyricism inspired by Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein, Uncle Rock offers a musical variety show here with songs about recycling, acceptance of differences and the importance of shopping locally.  Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund.

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Click on the banner to find out what's happening all over Western Mass to celebrate Earth Day.

    Saturday, April 24th in Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – The First Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, held on the Town Common and around town. The festival combines The Renewable Energy Fair, Amherst Grows Green and Arbor Day event. There will be tree pruning and tree climbing demonstrations held at Kendrick Park. Sustainable product suppliers, local artisans, consumer information regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy providers will be on hand on the Town Common. A diverse group of entertainers performing on stage on the Common include Drew Hickum and the Colonels, Jay Mankita, Piti Theatre Company, The Raging Grannies, and Marcy Gregoire. In between along the “green path,” local businesses will participate in a scavenger hunt and offer special discounts and incentives to festival attendees. Don’t miss what is destined to become a premiere Valley event!

    Sunday, April 25th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day at the WGBY Family Funfest and Eco-Fair in Northampton’s Pulaski Park and at the Northampton Center for the Arts. A free event with music, demonstrations, and activities for all ages. Music on the Earth Day Stage (courtesy of WRSI): Swing Caravan, Mister G & Primate Fiasco. Over at the Noho Center for the Arts will be Tom Knight Puppets. Entertainment and games for the entire family, inside and outside! Trash audits, recycling, composting, eco-friendly ideas and exhibits from Green Northampton, Pedal People, MassBike, Northampton Public Schools’ Green Teams, and more Earth Day activities for the whole family! 800-781-9429 ext. 258

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Saturday, April 24th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Pulled pork sandwiches; Coleslaw; and Mac-n-cheese. And for vegetarians: Eggplant parmesan. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, April 24th at Remington Lodge in Cummington : Guest chef David Greeman (of Green Street Cafe, The Blue Heron, and The Deerfield Inn) will be serving  Root vegetable bisque with fines herbes; mixed green salad with shallot and garlic vinaigrette; roast leg of lamb, stuffed with tomato, garlic, rosemary, and mushrooms, served with Cabernet jus;  flageolets; Hadley asparagus and potatoes Boulanger; fruit cobbler with maple chantilly. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

    Saturday, April 24th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    MotherWoman in Amherst, MAFUNDRAISER: MotherWoman’s annual Mother’s Day campaign is underway!  “Mothers are Worth a Million, we’re only asking for $10” honors mothers & helps to fund mother’s support programs in our community. For every $10 you donate (link), a flower bearing the name of a mother you would like to honor will be hung in the window of a participating local business (link). When you buy a flower, you celebrate the women in your life, provide crucial funding to help mothers, and support local businesses. MotherWoman encourages you to patronize participating businesses and to stroll Amherst & Northampton to view the beautiful chain of flowers in storefront windows. Together- we can honor and support mothers- one flower at a time. Learn more about our campaign at motherwoman.com.

    VOLUNTEER/VENDORS WANTED: The Town of Washington is seeking participants for the Washington Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 26th from 9am-3pm. Anyone can join in. Have your tag sale; sell your crafts, baked goods or flowers; advertise your business or organization… Food provided by Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs. Entertainment with the Eagles Band and Ed the Wizard. Many family activities. Anybody interested in participating, volunteering or with suggestions, call RJ Peltier at 623-5911.

    YOUTH PROGRAM: Community Action Youth Programs will have a Spring Fair on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm in Northampton. Come learn about their free programs offered from the youth community. There will be fun games and activities for your ages 9 and older, including: youth group led presentations; youth film showing; tasty food; dance performance by Alpha Squad (Hampshire Heights’ youth dance group). CAYP is located at 2 Conz Street, #34 Maplewood Shops. For more information and to RSVP, call Loren at 475-1571 www.communityaction.us/youth

    PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets to See the Phenomenal Guitar Duo Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Calvin Theater

    HOMESCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FOR OLDER STUDENTS: The new Museum of Springfield History will host a talk that examines Springfield’s role in the Gold Rush at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th, with a talk titled “Springfield and the California Gold Rush.” The talk will highlight the fascinating lives of some of the Springfield residents who journeyed west during the Gold Rush. Some of them played important roles in the development of California while others returned home to achieve positions of stature in our own communities. The program will be held in the museum’s SIS Hall and is free with the price of museum admission. Museum passes may be available for borrowing from your local library. For information, call 413-263-6800 or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org.

    MASS 99: The Mass. Office of Travel + Tourism has launched the ‘MASS 99’ promotional program offering a wide range of $99 activity packages to choose from throughout Massachusetts this spring. They are asking travelers to visit www.masvacation.com for a complete list of $99 packages on activities, attractions and events. In conjunction with the $99 activity packages, MOTT’s web site features many great deals on lodging throughout the state this spring for those who want to combine their activities with an overnight stay. ‘Mass 99’ deals are valid April 19 – June 27, 2010.

    SCOUT DAY: Scout Day at Historic Deerfield on Saturday, May 1st from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Scouts and their families are invited to become acquainted with Historic Deerfield during a special day of activities. Girl and Boy Scouts of all ages will explore historic houses and grounds, learn about the past, and make a project to take home. Families can find out about Historic Deerfield’s special programs designed to help scouts meet their goals. Pre-registration is required by April 25th. For more information or to register, please contact Faith Deering, Museum Educator, at (413) 775-7116 or fdeering@historic-deerfield.org.

    Earth Day 40th Birthday Media Giveaway

    JOB POSITION: The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA is looking for a full time Children’s Department bookseller. The person should be cheerful, enthusiastic and highly motivated and have an extensive knowledge of children’s literature. The responsibilities include in-store bookselling, buying from publishers and toy distributors, working with teachers and local schools around children’s events and in-store book fairs, and a variety of related tasks. The work schedule is Tues. through Sat., including 2 evening shifts. Must have transportation and be fluent in various computer programs. Salaried position that includes benefits, vacation, etc. Submit resume, cover letter, reference list & salary requirements ASAP to Neil Novik at odysseybks@aol.com.

    MEDITATION COURSE: Children’s Meditation Course at Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne, MA on 4/25/10. The aim of this course is to introduce young people ages 8-12 to Anapana meditation – the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation, a traditional meditation technique practiced for over 2,600 years. Anapana is the observation of natural, normal respiration which helps develop concentration of the mind. With practice, students develop a better understanding of themselves and how their minds work, gaining an inner strength that helps guide decision making. A teenager’s course for ages 12-15 will be offered Oct. 24th. Courses offered on a donation basis. Application materials can be downloaded from www.dhara.dhamma.org or call (413) 625-2160 x313

    Hilltown Family Variety Show

    HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am, and encores air on Sundays from 7-8am, on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Ice Skating

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 04/24/10

    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.

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at Middle Branch, Westfield River, Huntington. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at the Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Huntington, MA (FREE)

    8am – NATURE STUDIES: The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation and North Berkshire Audubon are hosting a bird walk at Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. Sheep Hill offers a mix of habitats and great viewing opportunities for returning birds such as warblers, swallows, and sparrows, as well as year-round residents such as bluebirds and finches. Participants will learn about bird identification through habitat, behavior and song. This leisurely walk is suitable for all levels of enthusiasts, and is open to the public. 458-2494 http://www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA (FREE)

    9-11am – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Third Annual Ashfield Road Clean Up Day. The snow has melted, revealing a year’s worth of trash along our road. Let’s get together and clean it up! And we can meet our neighbors too. Meet at 102 Ashfield Rd. Bring your morning beverage and we’ll share potluck muffins, donuts, etc.from 9 to 9:30. Then we’ll work in teams to pick up the trash. We can leave it in neat piles along the road and the Williamsburg Public Works Dept will take it away on Monday. For more info call Lisa Hall 268-9271 Wiliamsburg, MA (FREE)

    9am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Footsteps and Footholds at Chapel Brook Reservation. Its time to walk the walk…and climb the cliff. Join other friends of Chapel Brook for a morning of easy trail maintenance, followed by a picnic lunch at noon, and your choice of a wildflower walk or an introductory climbing lesson with the Appalachian Mountain Club at 1pm. Call the Trustees of Reservations at 413-532-1631 x13 or email pvregion@ttor.org to pre-register or for more information. Ashfield, MA

    9am-12Noon – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Trash Trackers at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of the Statewide Volunteer Day. Help pick up trash along the Fern Trail, River Trail, Old Springfield Road, and in the meadows. During spring flooding, the Mill River and the Ox-Bow overflow and often leave behind plastics, aluminum cans, and other non-point pollution which was located in the watershed heading downstream. Tasks include: picking up trash! – There will be nature games and activities for kids. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy; and after lunch explore the sanctuary with naturalist Patti Steinman and volunteer guides. – This is an outdoor project, appropriate for all ages. Wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, bring gloves (preferably waterproof) and wear sturdy shoes (closed toe). Click here to sign up. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    9am-2pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Annual Earth Day Clean-up of the Housatonic River Walk. Lunch provided and tours provided after 2pm. Must be 10yo+. (413) 528-3391 www.gbriverwalk.org Great Barrington, MA (FREE)

    10am-3pm – FILM STUDIES: Moving Pictures: Creating Animation at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Illustrator/animator Elizabeth Buttler will take young artists through the process of creating moving pictures with traditional animation techniques- from the creation of flip books to the use of a zoetrope. Ages 13 and up. www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA ($)

    10am-4pm – FUNDRAISER: The Riverbend Animal Hospital will have their annual Yard Sale fundraiser this weekend. Great opportunity to practice your 3 R’s! (off Route 9) 587-3737www.riverbendanimal.com Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    10am-4pm –EARTH DAY EVENT: The First Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, held on the Town Common and around town. The festival combines The Renewable Energy Fair, Amherst Grows Green and Arbor Day event. There will be tree pruning and tree climbing demonstrations held at Kendrick Park. Sustainable product suppliers, local artisans, consumer information regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy providers will be on hand on the Town Common. A diverse group of entertainers performing on stage on the Common include Drew Hickum and the Colonels, Jay Mankita, Piti Theatre Company, The Raging Grannies, and Marcy Gregoire. In between along the “green path,” local businesses will participate in a scavenger hunt and offer special discounts and incentives to festival attendees. Don’t miss what is destined to become a premiere Valley event! Amherst, MA (FREE)

    10am-5pm ASTRONOMY: Astronomy Day at the Springfield Science Museum. Visit the special exhibit Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists. Get a space explorer’s card and fly your excursion pod to the edge of a black hole. Record your discoveries and pictures on a personalized website that you can share with your friends at home. From 12Noon-2pm, observe sun spots through solar telescopes, see a display of meteorites, see a planetarium show, and make some out-of-this-world crafts. (800) 625-7738 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE w/Admission)

    11am & 2pm – THEATER: Berkshire Children’s Theater presents Snow White at the Berkshire Museum.  443-7171 x10 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

    1pm – THEATER: Grab the kids and become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon with Shakespeare & Company. 637-1199 www.shakespeare.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    1pm – THEATER: PaintBox Theatre Presents Mother Goose in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1126 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    1-3:30pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Hands-on Family Science at the Springfield Science Museum. Investigate our solar system, examine animal characteristics and discover other engaging activities designed for families to explore together. (800) 625-7738 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE w/Admission)

    2:30pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Lisa Benson, a current Northampton resident, taught English at a Junior High School in rural Japan. She will share her experience and knowledge about the Japanese countryside including local festivals and daily life in a talk, Life in the Japanese Countryside in the Community Room at the Forbes Library. The audience will have the opportunity to see pictures and artifacts and enjoy some tea and light Japanese snacks. www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Farm Chores are Fun at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to come help the farmer with Saturday afternoon chores. Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. All are welcomed. Buckland, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – CULTURAL STUDIES: Berkshire Museum and the City of Pittsfield host a celebration of Vietnamese culture with food and performance.  443-7171 x10 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    6:30pm – NATURE STUDIES: Woodcocks in Flight. Join the Hoffman Bird Club. Meet at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield Lenox Road for this evening trip in search of displaying woodcock along New Lenox Road. Leader: Noreen Mole (442-6327, smole@berkshire.rr.com ) Lenox, MA

    7pm – CONCERT: Benefit concert for The Academy at Charlemont with Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem at Memorial Hall. The Academy Freightshakers will open the show. 339-4912 Shelburne Falls, MA (Fundraiser)

    7:30-9pm – CONCERT: “Cello Temple” with Stephen Katz, master cellist and valley resident who frequently plays with the Paul Winter Consort will be performing at the Prakasa Yoga Studio. Cello Temple is a blend of contemplative concert, healing journey and improvisational dance jam. (152 Ball Road) 268-7151 http://www.prakasayoga.com Goshen, MA ($$)

    8pm – THEATER: Arena Civic Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergei’s beautifully crafted adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel at the Shea Theater. 863-2281, ext. 3. Turners Falls, MA ($$)

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    3Rs Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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    3Rs Episode: Reduce Reuse Recycle


    Featured Video: Jack Johnson – “ 3 Rs” [Live]

    Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
    April 17th & 18th, 2010
    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
    Northampton, MA

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    PLAYLIST

    • Mister G – “Sneaky Chihuahua” [Pizza For Breakfast]
    • The Earthworms – “Bring Your Own Bag” [Singing Green
    • Ella Jenkins – “A Big Pig Sty” [Come Dance By the Ocean]
    • The Earthworms – “ Reduce Like a Moose” [Singing Green]
    • Jack Johnson – “ 3 Rs” [Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George]
    • Station ID: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
    • Pete Seeger – “ If It Can’t Be Reduced” [At 89]
    • The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends w/Amy Martin – “ Start From Here” [Ask the Planet]
    • The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends w/Ani DiFranco- “ The Great TV Rebellion” [Ask the Planet]
    • Forest Sun – “ Trampoline” [Just For Fun: Songs for Little Ones]Music
    • Opus Ditty and the Hoedown Gang – “ Pirate B.D. Grinn” [Let’s Go Fishing]Music
    • Opus Ditty and the Hoedown Gang – “ Hey Yo! Let’s Row!” [Let’s Go Fishing]Music
    • Charity & the JamBand – “ Row Row Row Your Boat” [Party Like a Twinkle Star]Music
    • Brady Rymer – “ It’s All How You Look At It” [Folk Playground]
    • Arrested Development – “ Children Play with Earth” [3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…]
    • David Weinstone Presents Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals – “ Dirt” [Taxi]

    Suggested Events 04/17/10-04/23/10

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    This is the time of the year to take the family out to discover vernal pools. This weekend there are several opportunities to join in the adventure of studying the amphibians in these unique habitats and the importance of protecting them. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending

    FEATURED EVENT

    Saturday, April 17th in Easthampton, MA: 10am – Flywheel Arts and the Easthampton Family Center (EFC) present a FREE show for kids to celebrate the grand re opening of Flywheel Arts and the new home of the Easthampton Family Center!  On Saturday, April 17th R.O.C.K. (Royal Order of Chords and Keys) will perform at 11am at Easthampton’s old Town Hall.  Fun starts at 10 a.m., and best of all – it’s free!  Donations to help support Flywheel are welcomed.

    Friday, April 23rd in Lenox, MA: 7pm – Lenox Town Hall Earth Day Celebration: The Lorax at 7pm and Taking Root at 8:15pm. Bring the family to enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss best environmental film ever: The Lorax. (“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.”) Perfect for kids! Cookie break. Screening of Taking Root. Powerful, inspiring film. Planting trees for fuel, food and timber is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act, Wangari Maathai of Kenya started down the path that helped to reclaim her country’s land from a century of deforestation while providing new sources of livelihood to rural communities. She gave previously impoverished and marginalized women the tools to participate for the first time in the political processes of their communities and the growing movement to end Kenya’s twenty-four-year dictatorship. Donations welcomed.

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

    Saturday, April 17th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Seafood platter with fried haddock, whole belly clams, sea scallops, shrimp. Mediterranean Lasagna with cinnamon dill tomato sauce. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, April 17th at Remington Lodge in Cummington :: Pickled spring turnips and carrots, beet tzatziki, flatbread with za’atar, chickpea and potato terrine, stuffed with onions, spinach, and tahini, tamarind braised short ribs, palace pilaf, black walnut baklava. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

    Saturday, April 17th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

    BULLETIN BOARD

    MotherWoman in Amherst, MA

    Warm welcome to our newest sponsor, MotherWoman of Amherst, MA.

    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 List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

    GOOD EXAMPLE: Amherst’s 3rd Annual Trash Free Lunch Day is on Friday (4/16) at various elementary schools. Follow their lead and pack yourself and your kids a trash-free lunch by using reusable drink & food containers instead of disposable ones!

    FUNDRAISER: On Friday, April 23rd, Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA will serve a Special Dinner to Support Ashfield Baseball. Have dinner with Elmer’s that night and they will donate 10% of everything they take in to Ashfield Baseball program!

    Hilltown Spring Festival

    Mark Your Calendars!

    SUPPORT: Grow Food Northampton (GFN) is developing a unique and innovative set of strategies to help communities feed themselves in a post-carbon world. Their local model of sustainable agriculture, community partnerships, and education is readily scalable to create resilient local food systems all across America. Read more about this projecting being spearheaded by HF listserv member Lilly Lombard at Changemakers.com and give it your support!

    WASHINGTON FAMILY FUN DAY: The Town of Washington is seeking participants for the Washington Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 26th from 9am-3pm.  Anyone can join in.   Have your tag sale; sell your crafts, baked goods or flowers; advertize your business or organization… Food provided by Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs.  Entertainment with the Eagles Band and Ed the Wizard.  Many family activities. Anybody interested in participating, volunteering or with suggestions, call RJ Peltier at 623-5911.

    Click on the banner to discover events that celebrate Earth Day and other recycling opportunities.

    Charley Rose of WGBY writes: Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding: Recycle your old computers, televisions and other home electronics safely and shred documents securely on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 in Holyoke, MA. All proceeds to benefit WGBY, Public Television for western New England. Computers, televisions, home electronics, small appliances and boxes of documents accepted and recycled responsibly. Shredding will be done on site. Saturday, April 17 from 10am-3pm on the access road to the Holyoke Mall (next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs and across from Barnes & Noble). Fee schedule and information at www.wgby.org/earth.

    YOUTH SPRING FAIR: Community Action Youth Programs will have a Spring Fair on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm in Northampton. Come learn about their free programs offered from the youth community. There will be fun games and activities for your ages 9 and older, including: youth group led presentations; youth film showing; tasty food; dance performance by Alpha Squad (Hampshire Heights’ youth dance group). CAYP is located at 2 Conz Street, #34 Maplewood Shops. For more information and to RSVP, call Loren at 475-1571 www.communityaction.us/youth

    Click on the banner to find out more about the Great TV Rebellion of 2010!

    LGBT Travel: The Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism (MOTT), the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a leisure travel destination, announced this week the launch of its “LGBT Massachusetts iPhone Application,” the first LGBT travel application launched for a U.S. domestic destination by a state tourism organization. More info here.

    TEXTILE DRIVE: CET’s 15th Annual Earth Day Textile Drive. Unwanted clothing and textiles can be packed in strong plastic bags and dropped into the storage bin at the back of the parking lot at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington, from April 10 until April 25. Clothing will also be collected in the red metal barn at Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays from April 12 to April 16 and from April 20 to April 23. These collections are part of CET’s Earth Day Textile Drive, which is slated for Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and which is held at CET’s office at 112 Elm Street in Pittsfield. For more information: jamiec@cetonline.org or 413-445-4556 ext. 14.

    MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jessica Morris on winning Mister G’s CD, “Pizza for Breakfast” over on the Hilltown Families Facebook page.

    Hilltown Family Variety Show

    HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am and on Sundays from 7-8am on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    This week’s episode is 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, with music by Ani DiFranco, The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends, Pete Seeger, Jack Johnson – and new music by Forest Sun, Opus Ditty & the Hoedown Gang, and Charity & the JamBand. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • 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.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 04/17/10

    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.

    7:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Hoffmann Bird Club is sponsoring “Birding Beyond Your Backyard,” a two-hour bird walk at Gulf Road. Pre-registration encouraged. 655-8594 Dalton, MA (FREE)

    9-11:30am – CPR: CPR class at the Worthington Health Center. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center (238-5511 X155) to register. Enrollment is limited. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Sheep Shearing Weekend at the Hancock Shaker Village. Spinning, weaving and shearing. Music and crafts. 443-0188 x213 www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA ($, children 12 and under are FREE)

    10am – EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: Celebrate the re-opening of Flywheel Arts & the Easthampton Family Center with a free show for kids with R.O.C.K. at the Old Town Hall. www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Family event, suitable for children ages 4 – 16 yrs. Registration requested. 584-3009 Hampden, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Discover Life in a Vernal Pool at Bartholomew’s Cobble. lease pre-register. 229-8600 Sheffield, MA ($)

    10am-7pm – GREEN FAIR: Home Show & Green Fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Workshops, kids’ activities and fresh local food. Discover crafts & recycled products, locavore living, green thinking, home resources, and much more. (413) 774-2791 www.franklincountyhomeshow.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    11am & 12:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hancock Shaker Village will present David Grover & The Big Bear Band. www.hancockshakervillage.org 800.817.1137 Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    10am-12Noon – RESKILLING: Laughing Dog Farm will offer a workshop, “Backyard Goat Husbandry.” 863-8696 Gill, MA ($)

    1pm – THEATER: Grab the kids and become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon with Shakespeare & Company. 637-1199 www.shakespeare.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art welcomes Raspberries, an exuberant and hilarious hour of storytelling by renowned storyteller Jay O’Callahan, and artist Will Moses. 658-1105 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/ADMISSION)

    1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools, Salamanders and Frogs with Dr. Steve Tilley of Smith College at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (North Farms Road entrance). 584-4176 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – HEALTH & WELLNESS: YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the Hampshire Regional YMCA (268 Prospect Street). 584-7086. Northampton, MA

    1-3pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy for Kids at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Join Chris Lyons from the Springfield Science Museum for a fun-filled look at the beauty and grandeur of the night sky. Talk about stars and constellations from a kid’s perspective and look at some of the many stories our ancestors applied to the “dots in the sky.” This is a fun program that will be educational for both kids and parents! 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Geroge Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” at the Berkshire South Community Center. www.waldorfhigh.org 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA ($$)

    8pm – CONCERT: Smith College Music Department Presents Bach on the Wrong Instruments! A Recital by Violist Ron Gorevic and Special Guests. www.smith.edu Northampton, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)

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    Birds of Spring Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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    April 10th Episode: From the Archives


    Featured Video: Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]

    Saturday from 9-10am
    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
    Valley Free Radio
    | Northampton, MA

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    PLAYLIST

    • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “I Gotta Be Me” [Easy]
    • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Hot Lava” [Easy]
    • Mister G – “Pizza For Breakfast” [Pizza For Breakfast]
    • Mister G – “Pony with a Problem” [Pizza For Breakfast]
    • Imagination Movers – “Springtime!” [Eight Feet]
    • Peter Himmelman – “My Green Kite” [My Green Kite]
    • The Sippy Cups – “Springtime Fantastic” [Electric Storyland]
    • Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck – “Come On Out” [Special Kind of Day]
    • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Winter’s Come & Gone” [You Are My Little Bird]
    • Dan Zanes – “Hey Little Red Bird” [House Party]
    • Milkshake – “Bluebird” [Bottle of Sunshine]
    • Mr. Ray – “When the Spring Comes” [Family Ride]
    • Ben Rudnick & Friends – “Coming of Spring (Instrumental)” [Grace’s Bell]

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    Chantey & Mambo Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

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    Chantey & Mambo Episode

    Saturday from 9-10am
    April 3rd, 2010
    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM
    Valley Free Radio

    Northampton, MA

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    PLAYLIST

    • Dan Zanes & Festival Five Folk – “Cape Cod Girls” [Sea Music ]
    • Dan Zanes & His Band – “Drunken Sailor” [Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook Vol. 1 ]
    • Astrograss – “Drunken Sailor” [Let Me Stay Up All Night ]
    • Country Joe McDonald – “Save the Whales” [Paradise with an Ocean View ]
    • Peter, Paul & Mary – “Somos El Barco” [Peter, Paul & Mommy, Too ]
    • Station Id: Bill Harley
    • Bill Harley – “Somos El Barco/We Are The Boat” [50 Ways to Fool Your Mother ]
    • Les Baxter and His Orchestra – “April in Portugal” [Your Hit Parade Vol. 03-1953 ]
    • Ricardo Lemvo – “Yiri Yiri Bon” [Latino! Latino!]
    • Beny More – “Yiriyiribon”
    • Cubanismo – “Mardi Gras Mambo” [Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Playground ]
    • Fox & Branch – “Old Dan Tucker” [Take Time in Life ]
    • The Hullaballoos – “Old Dan Tucker” [High Roller]

    Photo Credit: Leo Reynolds

    Suggested Events 04/03/10-04/09/10

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    We've posted a couple of resources for dying eggs naturally over on our Facebook page. Click on the photo above to surf over and see what gems await you there! While you're there, become a "fan" and share some of your own! (Photo credit: Brian Dewey)

    Suggest an EventIf 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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending

    FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS

    6:30pm – MUSIC: Chris Scanlon & The Other Guys/Span of Sunshine to play at The Blue House Cafe. 268-7441 Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    Saturday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30pm – CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: The CFC will be holding their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Cummington Community House.  Tickets are $10 and include delicious appetizers, wine and beer, baked goods, music and childcare. On the auction block is a diverse mix of local goods and services. It’s a super fun event — a chance to party and catch up with neighbors and friends — while meeting new ones — and supporting local communities. 634-5362 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    Sunday, April 11th from 3-5pm – TRANSITION WILLIAMSBURG: Come learn more about The Transition Movement at a Community Mapping Project happening at the Williamsburg Grange.  There will be a screening of the film In Transition: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, along with a clothing swap and community potluck.  Child care available.  Come check out what all the buzz is about!  Click here for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    FEATURED EVENT

    Deadline to win: 03/31THE NIELDS: Saturday, April 3rd at 10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT:  The Nields at the First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. The harmonious sisters sing new renditions of old folk songs as the finale of Nonotuck Community School’s Winter/Spring Family Concert Series. http://www.nonotuck.org 586-5996 Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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 List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

    MEDICINE GIRLS: An herbal program for girls aged 8-12 years old starting out on the Herbal Medicine Path. Classes will be held on Sundays at Blazing Star Herbal School from 2-5pm in Ashfield, MA, on 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 6/6, 6/20, plus one mid summer date 7/18 (for special herb harvesting). Activities will include: Herbal Prepreations, Folk Lore, Ethical Wild Crafting, Wild Foods, Global Studies, Botanical Art, Medicine Wheels, Power Animals & Plants and First Aid. Girls will be introduced to the practical skills essential for every aspiring herbalist. Join this circle of learning and make new friends with other girls who share the same passion for healing. More info tlemos@noho.com 413 625 6875 www.blazingstarherbalschool.typepad.com

    CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: Kristen & Jane of Berkshire Environmental Action Team write: The salamanders are crossing! The salamanders are crossing!  If you know of a road where woodfrogs or salamanders cross, now is the time of year to document this. Check out the website: Linking Landscapes. You can use the map tools to zoom in and put a marker right where you saw the amphibians crossing. Then you fill in your name, the date that you saw them crossing, the road and town, the weather, how many of each species you saw, and any other comments. Please help us get these places on the map, so in the future salamander crossing structures can be installed to help these fascinating creatures make it safely across the road.

    Deadline to win: 04/07TICKET 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 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. on Sunday, April 11th at 2pm. Mister G will be opening. Deadline to enter to win is 04/07/10. Find out how to enter to win here.

    CHESTER SPAGHETTI SUPPER: The Chester Elementary PTO is hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, April 9. Dinner will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $7, and children ages 3 – 12 will be $5. All children under 3 are free. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, rolls, various drinks, and cake for dessert. Students have assembled baskets to be raffled off at the end of the dinner. Tickets will be available for purchase. There will also be a gift card raffle. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 685-1360.

    VULTURE CULTURE: Can anything be done to change the “Vulture Culture?” Kids won’t stop until adults change themselves, says expert – The suicide of South Hadley’s Phoebe Prince is getting a lot of press this week, with District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel’s announcement that 9 students will be prosecuted for criminal charges, including harassment, violation of civil rights, stalking, bodily injury and statutory rape. Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Lipkins told the Today Show’s Anne Curry this morning that bullying is on the rise because of the pervasiveness of demeaning and derogatory behavior, insults, innuendo and downright meanness in our culture. From reality TV to School Committee meetings, from the halls of Congress to talk radio, adults are modeling bad behavior for children. Lipkins’ website has her definition of bullying and more on the Vulture Culture” – how we encourage bullying.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOWHilltown Family Variety Show

    This week’s episode is Chantey & Mambo, with a few sea chanteys (Dan Zanes, Country Joe McDonald, and Astrograss) and mambo tunes (Beny More and Ricardo Lemvo).. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

    HFVS Podcast

  • 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

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Next week is the Week of the Young Child in Northampton, MA. Click on the image to find out the details!

    Saturday – 04/03/10

    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.

    7:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Hoffmann Bird Club is sponsoring “Birding Beyond Your Backyard,” a two-hour bird walk at Pittsfield Lakes. Pre-registration encouraged. 655-8594 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    9am, 10:15am & 11:30am – EASTER EVENT: Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Look Park. 584-5457 www.lookpark.org Florence, MA ($)

    9am-12Noon – ART: Printmaking in the art studio at the Eric Carle Museum for kids ages 8-10. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($$)

    9am- 4pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the kids to Amherst College to see a variety of sporting events: tennis, track, softball, baseball and lacaross. 542-2000 www.amherst.edu Amherst, MA

    9:30am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: At the Old Sturbridge Village this weekend, nearly 40 of the museum’s rarest bonnets are on display and village historians will demonstrate bonnet-making. See how clever New England women transformed old bonnets by adding feathers, flowers and frills. (508) 347-3362 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA

    10am-3pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES:  It’s Family Day at the Smith College Museum of Art. 585.2760 www.smith.edu Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10am – EASTER EVENT: Egg hunt at Berkshire South for young kids. www.berkshiresouth.org Great Barrington MA (>$)

    10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Nields will perform a family benefit concert at The First Churches as a benefit for the Nonotuck Community School. 586-5996 www.nonotuck.org Northampton, MA ($)

    11am – EASTER EVENT: Egg hunt at the Rod and Gun Club.  All are welcomed. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    11am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Naturalist Brandon Abbott will lead a hike to vernal pools at Fitzgerald Lake.  See quacking wood frogs and salamander eggs maybe even some fairy shrimp.  Meet at North Farms Road entrance. Florence, MA (FREE)

    1-2pm – EASTER EVENT: Egg Hunt at Look Park.  Broken down into age divisions, this year’s egg hunt will include over 10,000 eggs that contain either candy or a small toy.  587-1044 www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (FREE)

    1pm – THEATER: Grab the kids and become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon with Shakespeare & Company. 637-1199 www.shakespeare.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    6pm – WORLD DANCE: Smith College students will perform music and dance from all around the world at the John M. Greene Hall at Smith College. www.smith.edu Northampton, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    6:30pm – FAMILY MOVIE: Family movie night at the Shutesbury Town Hall.  Grab the kids and come see Ponyo.  A fundraiser for M.N. Spear Memorial Library. www.mnspear.org Shutesbury, MA (>$, fundraiser)

    8pm – CONCERT: Tony Vacca is having a drumming fundraising event for the Senegal-America project at the Academy of Music. 584-9032 x105 www.tonyvacca.com Northampton, MA (Fundraiser)

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