Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, May 19, 2019

HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS STE(A)M Episode with Guest DJs, Dan Crow, and John Wood

STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 18th & 19th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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Dan Crow – You’re An Engineer [Concoctions]
Katherine Dines – It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain [Hunkta Bunkta Boo 2]
Roger Day – The Brain Train [Why Does Gray Matter]
Danny Weinkauf – Botany [Danny Weinkauf and The Red Pants Band]
Janet and Judy – Thank A Plant [Musical Almanac]
Dan Crow – Science, Science, Science [Concoctions]
Dave and Oliver Kinnoin – Weightless [Crazy With Happiness]
Lucky Diaz and The Family Band – Gato Astronauta [Fantastico]
Bill Harley – Milky Way [Down In The Backpack]
Marla Lewis – Sedimentary Rock [Life’s Lessons 3rd-5th Grade]
Jonathan Sprout – E=MC2 [American Heroes #4]
Eric Ode – Poor Planet Pluto [When You Smile]
Patricia Shih – The Abacus [The Power Of One]
The Brian Waite Band – Five Cool Cats [Can’t Sit Still]
David Fisher: The Rock ’n Rope Warrior – Jump [Dinosaur Disco]
James Coffey – I’m An Engineer [Come Ride Along With Me]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Living History to Walking Tours. Volcanoes to Rivers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

STE(A)MRoboticsPicture Book ArtsGraphic NovelsZinesLiterature in TranslationLibrary AdventuresPoetry WalkBird WalkGuided HikeScavenger HuntNatural HistoryRiversVolcanosWild FlowersPlant SaleHorticultureEcologyBotanyMycologyWild EdiblesCulinaryArtsCheese MakingMushroomsNative American HistoryLocalHistoryRussian HistoryLiving HistoryWalking TourGuided TourHistoric HomesArchitectureIndustrial HistoryHorologyCivicsEntrepreneurshipTransportationTrainsPlacemakingExperiential LearningPodcastingMusicalImprovPlay ReadingComedyYouth CircusFamily MusicLawn ConcertBaby Sign LanguageParent CafeBuddhismMindfulness

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 18-24, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

50 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 18-24, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

Sale May 12 – 27

Save 20% in May! Oak Meadow’s Annual May Sale runs from May 12 through May 27 and includes all items in our online bookstore. Save 20% on our K-12 curriculum, which provides challenging and inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase their craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop Mother’s Day through Memorial Day at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Jun 8

In Bloom in Western Mass, June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

Bulletin Board

Jun 15

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.

Free Clinics

Kids Golf Clinics. Worthington, MA ♦ The Links at Worthington will be hosting a free series of Junior Golf Clinics at their course in Worthington from Jun 18-Aug 13. Francis Kringle, their PGA Professional, will instruct classes in the basics of golf, progressing through the program to more advanced techniques and the rules of the game. All playing levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided for those that need them. The program will conclude with a “Fun Tournament” on Aug 13. They ran this program for the first time in 2018, and it was a smashing success! As strong supporters of youth golf, The Links at Worthington offers free memberships with all privileges, to kids 18 and under. Plus, children 18 and under can play the course for free anytime! Cost: FREE. Dates: Jun 18-Aug 13; Age Range of Participants: 8-16yo. Contact: 413-238-4464 ♦ dpollard1102@gmail.comwww.worthingtongolfclub.com

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24-Aug 22

YMCA Camp Apex in Shelburne, MA, the Y’s traditional Summer Day Camp, provides kids activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4pm with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646; dgarappolo@ymcaingreenfield.org; www.ymcaingreenfield.org.

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, LOL Surprise week creating dance routines for music videos and a daily fashion show, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996 ♦ ashley@ohanaperformingarts.comwww.ohanaperformingarts.com.

Jun 24 – Aug 16

KidsAct! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting theatre program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 7-14yo. Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org

Jul 15 – Aug 7

Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Charlemont, MA ♦ The 2019 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 9th outdoor, traveling spectacle, The Princess Bride. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers, and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 15 – Aug 7, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mountain Resort: Aug 3-6. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available. Dates: Jul 15-Aug 7; Age Range of Participants: 10-18yo. Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.comhilltownyouth.org

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

The Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield, MA ♦ Do you have a budding young paleontologist who loves rocks, fossils, & dinosaurs? Host their next birthday party at the Rock, Fossil, & Dinosaur Shop for a RAWR-ing good time! The Shop offers organized birthday activities for a fun, physically engaging & educational experience, blending learning of the prehistoric outdoor world, archeology & gem prospecting. Birthday activities include panning for gemstones, minerals & treasures, and exploring mine shafts filled with hidden treasures birthday guests get to keep! Archaeology adventures through mining, excavating and exploring fossils & dino exhibits will make your child’s birthday party a memorable experience! Make reservations: 413-665-7625; deerfielddinos@gmail.com. www.deerfielddinos.com.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Directories

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 18-24, 2019

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STEM Opportunities at The Great Holyoke Brick Race

The Great Holyoke Brick Race

Take on the coolest gravity based physics experiment around at the Great Holyoke Brick Race! This annual community event can be used as a means of providing hands-on physics learning. Each car will need to be carefully designed and built with attention to the basic principles of physics. Depending on the age of participants, car-building can lend itself nicely to in-depth explorations of mathematical ideas and the principles of design, too!

 

Find out more at www.thegreatholyokebrickrace.com.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Mother’s Day to Lady Bugs. Solar Energy to Beekeeping.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Mother’s DayPancake BreakfastTea TimeFood HistoryCommunity MealCollaborative ConsumptionSustainabilitySolar EnergyLiving BuildingNature-Based LearningExperiential LearningCraft FairKnittingPlant SaleTeen GardeningWildflowersDendrologyOrnithologyBird HousesIchthyologyPaleontologyEntomologyLady BugsBeekeepingFish MigrationDinosaursAstronomyCosmologyBlacksmithingCemeteryRussian HistoryIranian CinemaFilm StudiesArt SkillsPrintmakingArt StudiesVan GoghChorusCommunity SingParenting WorkshopMental HealthNutrition

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 11-17, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Q&A: What’s Your Dream Way to Spend Mother’s Day

40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 11-17, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Event

Jun 8

In Bloom in Western Mass, June 8, 2019, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, is for educators and parents of preschool–third grade students, and provides best practices in nature-based early childhood education. Workshop sessions cover relevant topics and take you outside to experience firsthand learning. The morning keynote speaker, Sheila Williams Ridge, of St. Louis, MO will share issues of Equity, Diversity, Anti-bias, and Inclusion in Nature-based Learning. The afternoon plenary features local naturalist Ted Watt, with prevention strategies for safe outdoor fun in Ted’s Tick Talk. Presented by Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. View the Conference Program. Contact: Peg Smeltz, msmeltz@antioch.edu

Bulletin Board

May 11

Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.

May 11

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

May 11

Hike & Picnic Through the Seasons at Notchview, a property of The Trustees, on Saturday, May 11, from 11am-12pn in Windsor, MA. What is Notchview’s forest like during the spring? What is in bloom? Who do you see? What are the trees like? What sounds do you hear? Find out at their seasonal hike & picnic! Explore the woods, look for wildlife, and learn about the plants & trees that call Notchview home. Afterward, folks will return to the lodge to make & draw in their nature journals. The hike ends with a woodland-inspired story & light snack. BYO picnic lunch to enjoy with the group or order one through Notchview for additional $15. Register at least 2 days in advance. Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20. Info acaluori@thetrustees.org.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – 28

Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; mmirti@baypath.edu; baypath.edu.

Jun 24 – Aug 16

KidsAct! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting theatre program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 7-14yo. Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. South Hadley, MA ♦ Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, LOL Surprise week creating dance routines for music videos and a daily fashion show, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996 ♦ ashley@ohanaperformingarts.comwww.ohanaperformingarts.com.

Jul 8 – Aug 16

Camp MacDuffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. tfitzsimmons@macduffie.org. summer.macduffie.org

Jul – Aug

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

Featured Directories

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 11-17, 2019

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español Read the rest of this entry »

Over 60 Summer Camps & Programs in Western MA & Beyond!

Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, May 5, 2019

HFVS Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Guest DJ, Mr. Billy of the Jolly Pops

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Mr. Billy of the Minnesotan children’s music group The Jolly Pops is joined in studio by his two young daughters to guest DJ. The three of them spin an hour long mix of family favorites while discussing what music means to them and how the songs make them feel.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 4th & 5th, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Spinning Rims on the Minivan”


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  • The Jolly Pops – “Spinning Rims on the Minivan” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Little Mix – “Black Magic” [Get Weird]
  • Suzi Shelton – “Put Your Hands in the Air” [Hands in Hand]
  • Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” [Girl on Fire]
  • Go Fish – “Pop Goes the Weasel” [Party Like a Preschooler]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Snack Attack” [Tater Tot Hot Dish]
  • Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider” [Let it Go]
  • Louis and Dan – “Confused Animals” [Louis and Dan and The Invisible Band]
  • The Band Perry – “If I Die Young” [The Band Perry]
  • The Jolly Pops – “Minnesota Happy Day” [We are Happy Dads]
  • Coldplay – “Fix You” [X&Y]
  • Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” [Four the Record]
  • Zedd and Elley Duhe – “Happy Now” [Single]
  • Pink – “A Million Dreams” – [Greatest Showman Soundtrack]

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Plastic Bottles to Electric Cars. Mushrooms to Engineers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Bird WalkBird BandingBird FestivalFamily FestivalParents’ Night OutDivinityArchitectureLocal HistoryLabor HistorySilk HistoryWomen’s SuffrageRosie RevereGirls GardeningPlant SaleSoil ScienceElectric CarsNatural HistoryPhenologyMycologyBotanyForest BathingWild FlowersVolunteeringTown Clean-UpLGBTQNAACPADHDSTEMFood SecurityLiterature in TranslationPicture Book ArtComicsMuseum AdventuresThe ClarkWoodstockDouble Edge TheatreBasket WeavingTie-DyeTextilesStar WarsHarry Potter

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, May 4-10, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights  delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe! Read the rest of this entry »

40 Suggested Events in Western MA: May 4-10, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

May 11

Bring the whole family to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm for their annual Touch a Truck event. Over 50 big rigs will converge on the BMH parking lot for the horn-free event. Spend the day in the driver’s seat playing with buttons and levers, trying on firefighters’ bunker gear, moving mulch in a mini tractor, and so much more! Have fun participating in the scavenger hunt, taking chances on raffle prizes, and playing fun games in the Health Fair. Minutes over the MA border, the hospital is located off Exit 1, I-91 in Brattleboro, VT. Admission: $5 per child (2-12), $15 for families with 3 or more children, under 2 and over 13, by donation. Rain or shine. All proceeds benefit BMH.

May 11

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, apparel, and much more — free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

Make your birthday wishes at the Birthday Tent at Look Park this year! Located in the shade by our large playground, the birthday tent is the perfect place to gather with friends and blow out your candles. When you book the party tent you’ll also enjoy free entrance to the park for all your guests and 3 party size pizzas. The tent has 4 picnic tables and can seat 40 adults. Attraction bracelets are also available at a discounted rate of $13 per person. The rental fee for the tent is $295+tax. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. For more information or questions visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Jun 24 – 28

Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University. Longmeadow, MA ♦ All teens experience stress that comes along with adolescence, but levels of anxiety are alarmingly on the rise for middle and high school students. At Camp Chillin’ Out, graduate occupational therapy students run a wide variety of activities to help teens of all genders build self-esteem and learn a variety of coping skills. Through a combination of indoor & outdoor activities, both physically active & psychologically contemplative, campers learn more about themselves and gain skills to interact with new peers. Activities include cooperative games, artistic creation of mood-enhancing kits, mindfulness nature walk, team building tasks, low ropes course & more. A previous camper says it all: “we do lots of calming things and it’s awesome!” Dates: Jun 24-28; Age Range of Participants: 11-17yo. Contact: 413-565-1246; mmirti@baypath.edu; baypath.edu.

Jul 8 – 26

Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Jul 8 – Aug 16

Camp Macduffie. Granby, MA. Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st-8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon activities and field trips (also included) throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer! Dates: Jul 8- Aug 16; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 203-233-6671. tfitzsimmons@macduffie.org. summer.macduffie.org

Jul – Aug

Kamp for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp. Dates: Jul-Aug; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

Featured School

Open House:
Sunday, May 5, 1:30-3pm

Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com

Featured Directories

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
May 4-10, 2019

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Mother’s Day: Honoring Traditions, Honoring Ourselves

This May, yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton is spending time out of town with her teacher and with her students, away from the responsibilities of motherhood. In this issue of “Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting,” she contemplates outer and inner peace, Mother’s Day traditions, and handwritten letters.

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Folk Music to Poetry Cafe. Wildflowers to Bird Walks.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

PlacemakingSustainability FestivalCreative Free PlayPark Clean UpVolunteeringWalking MeditationMindful MeditationActivismSkillsharingFood StudiesCommunity SederChocolateBotanyWildflowersArbor DayEvolutionKnittingTextilesSheep ShearingOrnithologyBird WalkEntomologyHerpetologyFrogsSalamandersMason BeesAmerican WoodcockCollaborative ConsumptionCraftingArt SuppliesSecond Hand SaleMuseum AdventuresLibrary AdventuresArt StudiesMusicalYouth TheaterShakespeareMister RogersIndustryLawGovernmentLocal HistoryIndustrial HistoryArchitectureMusic StudiesFolk MusicDrummingWest African MusicIrish MusicStorysongsPoetry CafeParenting WorkshopEarly ChildhoodSocial MediaFirst Aid

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the wook, April 27-May 3, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights  delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

60 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 27-May 3, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Bulletin Board

Apr 27

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Schools

Enroll Now

The Hartsbrook School provides a preschool experience that savors childhood and prepares for the future. Through imaginative play and practical work, children develop deep foundational skills, and the curiosity to seek answers and engage with the world. Uninterrupted time outdoors, music and song, visits to the farm animals, nourishing shared meals: these are a young child’s daily rhythm. Serving students from infancy through high school, The Hartsbrook School’s curriculum progressively meets each developmental stage with great care. Give your child the foundation for their future and enjoy a vibrant parent community. Accepting applications for children 2.9 to 6 years. Come take a tour! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Open House May 5

Young World has been enriching the lives of children and their families in the Greater Easthampton Community since 1980 through the belief that children develop into strong, independent individuals when given the proper materials, challenges, and opportunities. Dedicated Educators welcome children aged 2.9 right through 11 years old. Young World proudly offers a variety of care options to meet the needs of families. Full Time & Part time Pre-school Care is available in addition to a traditional Nursery School Program. Young World also provides Before and After School Care for children in Kindergarten straight through 4th Grade. Make an informed choice about quality care. Call 413-527-3983 for a tour today. www.youngworldchildcarecenter.com

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Class

Private Lessons

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at colinwardmusic84@gmail.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs

Jun 24 – Aug 16

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. Their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Drawing/Painting Immersive Workshop, Daytrippers, Culinary Creations, LEGO STEM, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Jul 8 – Aug 2

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids

Jul 8 – 26

Rock On! Pittsfield, MA ♦ Rock On summer music workshops for youth ages 8-21yrs will be held July 8-26 at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA. All levels are welcome. Activities include instrument training, songwriting, recording, band rehearsals, and performances. Instruction is offered in voice, keys, guitar, bass, drums. Workshops include OnStage Live! with Sherri James Buxton and Live Band Recording with Frank Kennedy. Drums, keyboards, and amps can be left on campus. Dates: Jul 8-26: Age Range of Participants: 8-21yrs. Contact: 413-329-2280 ♦ rockonworkshopma@gmail.comrockonworkshop.org

Aug 19-23

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; dan@dankanesingers.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ summerprograms@madsciencewne.com; summerprograms@artventuresforkids.comwestnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.com

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email office@ct-trolley.org.

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 27 – May 3, 2019

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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9 Books for Sleep: New Parents & Story Time

Trying to get kids to bed at night can be a real chore. So many nights parents walk out of their kids’ room high fiving themselves, marveling at how easy it was to get the kids to sleep, only to hear the pitter patter of feet ten minutes later. Western MA parent, Lisa Woods, shares what has worked for her with a newborn, and routines and recommended reading for a toddler to elementary aged children that made bedtime a little easier for her family … and maybe for your family too! Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Staying Healthy Episode with Guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Staying Healthy Episode with Guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom

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A full hour dedicated to staying healthy with guest DJ, Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom! But remember, staying healthy is not just about eating healthy, its also about getting outside to exercise, being kind to each other, and taking care of planet Earth. Here is a collection of family-friendly songs that address all aspects of human health; mind, body, soul, and environment.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 20th & 21st, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Are We There Yet” by Big Bang Boom


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PLAYLIST

  • Big Bang Boom – “3000 Mile Salad” [Food Songs]
  • Tribe Called Quest – “Ham & Eggs” [People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Watermelon Time” [Food Songs]
  • Trout Fishing in America – “Boiled Okra and Spinach” [Mine!]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Why Can’t I Have Ice Cream” [Why Can’t I Have Ice Cream]
  • Dr. John – “Accentuate the Positive” [In a Sentimental Mood]
  • Schoolhouse Rock – “Do the Circulation” [Schoolhouse Rock Soundtrack]
  • Sugar Free Allstars – “Hey Mr. DJ” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Ralph’s World – “Playground” [The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro]
  • Jason Mraz – “Outdoors” [N/A- Sesame Street Broadcast]
  • Bobby Darin – “Splish Splash” [Bobby Darin]
  • The White Stripes – “We Are Gonna Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Bruno Mars – “Count On Me” [Doo-Wops & Hooligans]
  • Big Bang Boom – “Read to Succeed” [N/A – Public Service Program]

Listen to Podcast:

Learn Local. Play Local.: Peeps to Jelly Beans. Spine Poetry to Easter Baskets.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Egg HuntsPassoverFarm AnimalsNative SpeciesOrnithologyHerpetologyBatsRural New England HistoryLiving HistoryLocal HistoryCemetery TourMasonryEngineeringSTEMComputer CodingPodcastingHealthy LivingFamily HikeMud SeasonOld Growth TreesEarth DayClimate ChangeGreen New DealGeoscienceMuseum AdventuresPaper CraftsStenciling ArtHarry PotterRembrandtShakespeareImprovMusical TheaterPuppetryFiber ArtsCraft SwapFilm StudiesCommunity SingPianoKlezmer MusicMusic StudiesCreative WritingSpelling BeeLanguage ArtsPublishingMangaCollaborative ConsumptionExperiential LearningToddlersTeensLifelong Learners

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, April 20-26, 2019… Read the rest of this entry »

50 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 20-26, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Bulletin Board

Apr 18

Poem in your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 18 from 11am-4pm, celebrate National Poetry Month with the whole family on this special day at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA! In addition to free admission to all who can recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory, visitors can join in on a variety of activities, including the making of your very own poetry notebook or poetry wreath, and participation in a writing workshop for budding poets. Carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it at their “selfie station” using #pocketpoem. More details at EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Apr 27 & 28

Daffodil Days in Downtown Amherst – A celebration of spring! You’re invited to stroll a Daffodil Chalk Walk, enjoy a Dessert Crawl, & take a Daffodil Run. On April 27, several local artists will have their chalk creations in bloom on the downtown sidewalks. Pick up a map of locations at the Amherst Downtown (BID) tent at the Sustainability Festival on the town common. Free chalk available, courtesy of sponsor TD Bank so you can add your creation to the sidewalks. If you need a pick-me-up, consider the Dessert Crawl, $10 for 10 desserts. Advance tix at A.J. Hastings & available day of at the Visitors Info Center (Crawl starts at 1pm.) April 28, 9th annual Daffodil Run, begins at Kendrick Park at 9am. Visit Downtown Daffodil Days for info.

Apr 27

Community Seder Experience. Join Circles for Jewish Living for an experiential, all ages welcome celebration, featuring matzah baking with BackYard Bread and Songs of Freedom with Eveline MacDougall of Amandla Chorus. Saturday, April 27, 5-7:30pm. 100 Black Birch Trail, Rocky Hill Co-Housing, Florence, MA. Vegetarian Pot Luck + $10/adult, $25/family. RSVP Necessary by April 21. Childcare is available. Circles for Jewish Living is an independent non-profit building community through arts, culture, and education. Based in Northampton, Circles for Jewish Living offer an after-school program, life-cycle rituals, and community events. For more information, cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com or www.circlesforjewishliving.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Featured Class

Private Lessons

Music Lessons with Colin Ward: Colin Ward is accepting new students at Wood Bros. Music in Pittsfield, as well as traveling to your home for private lessons. Having studied at Portland State University and Southern Oregon University, Colin is an exceptional mentor to students of all ages, styles, and skill levels. He offers lessons on guitar, bass, beginner mandolin, composition, music history, and music theory, offering affordable rates and flexible hours. For more information and to schedule your first lesson, call Wood Bros. Music at 413-447-7478 to request his contact info, email him at colinwardmusic84@gmail.com, or DM him via Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/ColinWard84.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs

Jul 8 – Aug 2

 width=College for Kids. Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-15, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, Science Discovery for Curious Kids, Broadway Bound, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2019 including Christmas in July, Beginner’s Claymation, Sensational Summer Desserts, and more! Dates: Jul 8-Aug 2; Age Range of Participants: 5-15yo. Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/college-for-kids

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Roots Youth Summer Programs. Westfield, MA ♦ Roots Summer Vacation Programs offer full-day activities for ages 5-12 years old. Regular hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All summer program attendees will participate in activities at the three major facilities on the Roots campus: 1) Roots Gymnastics Center, 2) Roots Aquatics Center and 3) Roots Athletics Center. Attendees will rotate between the three facilities each day participating in activities such as gymnastics, swim, soccer and other turf sports, S.T.E.M., crafts, games, water slide and so much more! Full week Program is $285/week. Three Day Program is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday ($185/week) Early Drop Off is available at 7:30 AM and Late Pick-Up ends at 5:30 PM ($5 for each occurrence). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 5-12yo. Contact: 413-562-2333 & 413-568-2782 ♦ rootssummer@gmail.comrootscamp.campbrainregistration.com

Aug 19-23

Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp. West Springfield, MA. The Majestic Theater at 131 Elm St in West Springfield is now the new location of the famed Dan Kane Summer Singing Enrichment Camp! This is very exciting because the theater is gorgeous! It’s a major step-up to a professional theater w/a huge audience base, giving students a chance to perform in a professional venue on a professional stage. This year there will be one Monday-Friday session for the week of Aug 19-23, with 40 openings for children who really love to sing. The week will culminate with two concerts, showcasing all the talented students & what they learned! Openings are extremely limited so call the theater as early as possible for details. Cost is $225/student, due with submission of application which can be downloaded online. Dates: Aug 19-23; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo. Contact: 413-747-7797; dan@dankanesingers.org; dankanesingers.org/singing-camp

Mad Science and ART-ventures. Multiple Locations, MA ♦ Mad Science and ART-ventures summer programs feature a unique combination of hands-on learning and cool demonstrations. Mad Science programs feature a variety of science topics to choose from – space, robotics, grossology, rockets, and many others! ART-venture for Kids inspires children to create art that is uniquely their own. We encourage creative spirit and imagination as they practice and learn art techniques, explore artists’ styles, culture, history and a multitude of art forms. Dates: Weekly, All Summer; Age Range of Participants: 5-11yo. Contact: 413-584-7243 ♦ summerprograms@madsciencewne.com; summerprograms@artventuresforkids.comwestnewengland.madscience.org; artventuresforkids.com

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Featured Birthday Party Venue

Party Venue

It’s electric! Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to 
experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of
 streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, which many are available for rides.
 A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime 
for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before 
the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past.
 Parties include two-hour exclusive use of dining car for 
25 guests. Each event has a party coordinator to assist in the party
room, escort to trolley ride & help with party clean up.
 For more info,visit www.ct-trolley.org or email office@ct-trolley.org.

 Located off of I-91, exit 45 in East Windsor, CT.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 20-26, 2019

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Food Bank of Western MA Spring Fundraiser

Parents’ Night Out Ticket Giveaway!

Hilltown Families and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts have partnered up to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to their spring fundraiser, Farm to Cocktail, for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT that supports a good cause! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

FARM TO COCKTAIL

Farm to Cocktail takes place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 5:30-9:30pm at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA. This fundraising event is a friendly competition where the area’s top bartenders will shake, stir, and dash their way to the most creative cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Try them all & vote for your favorite cocktail to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ winner. Top vote-getters from the ‘People’s Choice’ round will compete in a live round featuring a secret ingredient. An all-star panel of judges determines the finest mixologist! Enjoy live music, hearty farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres & desserts, silent auction, and more!

HOW TO ENTER

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or a good friend for a night out. To find out how to enter to win, check our weekly eNewsletter which goes out every Thursday morning.

Deadline to enter to win: 4/28/19 @ 11:59pm (EST).

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If you don’t win, you should still go! It’s the price of a fun night out, only for a good cause! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets. Use code ‘FOOD’ for $5 off.

Living Rivers: Live with a Conservation Ethic

This month we welcome Dr. Boyd Kynard, one the world’s most respected fish behaviorists, who has an urgent message for the people of Connecticut River watershed:

“If I can get anything over to you that is of value, it’s to have a conservation ethic. We must live with a conservation ethic. If we don’t, we have no chance at all for survival. None. Not for (the fish) and not for us.” 

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Kindness Eggs: Spring Idea to Inspire Compassion & Community Engagement

You may have heard of the spreading of joy and creativity via yarn bombs, seed bombs, art bombs, play bombs … but how about kindness bombs? This spring holiday season, rather than plastic eggs filled with sweet treats made out of corn syrup and artificial ingredients, consider swapping them out with little notes of kindness! Make it a part of your family tradition, donate a basket of kindness filled eggs to a community egg hunt tradition, or place your kindness eggs in a nearby park or playground for the joy of discovery by others. Brighten someones day while supporting values of kindness and community engagement.
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Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Edition, April 14, 2019

HFVS Harmony Episode with Guest DJ, Renee Stahl of Renee & Friends (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Harmony Episode with Guest DJ, Renee Stahl of Renee & Friends

The theme of HFVS this week is harmony. Our guest DJ, Renee Stahl of Renee & Friends, has been singing harmony as long as she can remember. It’s something that comes naturally to her. However, this has been a blessing and a curse, as she hears harmony in everything, from the starting of her computer to the telephone ringing. The basic definition is “ when two things come together and create a pleasant effect,” Harmony is something you need more than one person to do (unless you’re recording). She loves collaborating and singing with others and hopes listeners enjoy this episode and find someone in which to harmonize.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 13 & 14, 2019
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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  • Renee and Jeremy “Wishing Well” { C’mon}
  • James Taylor “Shower the people” {In the Pocket}
  • Petra Haden “Look Both Ways Before” You Cross { Imaginaryland}
  • Toto“ Africa” {Toto IV}
  • Jennifer Paskow “Make a Circle” {Make a Circle}
  • 10CC “The Things We Do For Love” {20th Century Masters- The Millennium Collection}
  • The Rankin Family “Chi Mi Na Morbheanna” {The Planet Sleeps}.
  • Renee and Friends “Starfish and Coffee” {Simpatico}
  • Sarah Sample, Edie Carey “All the Pretty Little Horses”{Til the Morning : Lullabies and Song of Comfort}
  • Caspar Babypants “Turtle Train” {Away We Go}
  • Earth Wind and Fire “ September “ {September}
  • Saint Paul Orchestra & Bobby McFerrin “ Minuet from String Quintet No 1 in E Major” {Paper Music}
  • Renee and Jeremy “Night Mantra” It’s a Big World
  • Elizabeth Mitchell & Suni Paz “ Tres Pajarito ( Three Little Birds){Tú eres mi flor: Songs for Children en Español}
  • The Open Sea “ Starlight” {Little Apple}
  • The Story “In the Gloaming” { Grace in Gravity}
  • Crowded House “Better be home soon”{ Temple of Low Men}

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Raptors to Folk Art. Postcards to Pancakes.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

HarmonyKids TheaterFilm StudiesBroadway MusicalShakespeareDramaHolocaustMindfulness ImproveMeditative HikeExperiential LearningVolunteeringPark Clean-UpCitizen ScienceCommunity MealCreative Free-PlayNon-CommericalNature-Based LearningEarth Day FestivalSeed BombsWildflowersVernal PoolsNative SpeciesAnimal StudiesBatsHerpetologyBearsMigratory BirdsBirds of PreyRaptorsOrnithologySleddogsMarine BiologyFolk ArtPrintmakingChalk ArtPoetryBookfestGraphic NovelPicture BooksKids Book ClubEvening StorytimeTeen Escape RoomRevolutionary HistoryNative American StudiesPostcardsSoapmakingArcticPiratesEaster BunnyRevolutionary MusterPoliceTouch A TruckFire DepartmentMaker FaireComputer CodingRocketsKineticsPhysicsAeronautics

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, April 13-19, 2019… Read the rest of this entry »

80 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 13-19, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach.

With over 8,800 opt-in subscribers, 2.5+ million visits to our award-winning web site, and robust social media channels, Hilltown Families can deliver your message each week to over 20,000 folks living throughout the four counties of Western MA via our online network. Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

FEATURED EVENT

Apr 17

Spring Vacation Day: Sled Dog Camp! Get a taste of summer this spring. Hilltown Sleddogs also offers week-long overnight & day summer sled dog camps. Alaskan Huskies await campers in an Alaskan style dog yard. Kids get sled dogs for the day in which to bond, play, & learn to mush at a touring & racing kennel located on 18 acres of hiking trails along the Westfield River run by award-winning mushers. “My daughter loved the camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” “Marla’s expertise with animals & children is unmatched.” HilltownSleddogs@gmail.com, 413-296-0187, 1-Day Wed., April 17, 10am-3pm, Ages 7-16, $90 Sign-up online www.hilltownsleddodgs.com/camps

FEATURED SCHOOL

BULLETIN BOARD

Apr 13-14 & 19-20

Connecticut Trolley Museum annual Easter Bunny Fun Days takes place April 13-14 & 19-20 in East Windsor, CT. Motorwoman Cotton-Tail will be roaming the grounds and posing for pictures from 11am-3pm. Each child will receive an Easter Egg (filled with a surprise) upon completion of a Scavenger Hunt, Bunny Ear Craft and a visit to the Fire Truck Museum (on the same grounds). Take as many trolley rides as you’d like operated by period dressed motorman. Learn about the history of the museum, trolley cars, and artifacts. Visit their theater & gift shop. All activities and Fire Truck Museum entrance are included in admission ($13/Adults; $12/Seniors; $11/Youth (ages 4-12); $4/Children (under age 3). Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation.

Apr 16 – 19

Spend a fun-filled school vacation week at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA! Enjoy special storytimes with Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein, Robin Riding, and Susan Verde. See live birds of prey with rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. Enjoy original theatre with The Pineapple Project. Attend an evening event, “Books before Bedtime PJ Party.” Visit the special exhibitions Eric Carle Makes A Book, Illustrated Owls, and Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age. Spend your vacation with art, books, and nature! For a schedule of events, visit www.carlemuseum.org or call 413-559-6300.

Apr 18

Poem in your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 18 from 11am-4pm, celebrate National Poetry Month with the whole family on this special day at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA! In addition to free admission to all who can recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory, visitors can join in on a variety of activities, including the making of your very own poetry notebook or poetry wreath, and participation in a writing workshop for budding poets. Carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it at their “selfie station” using #pocketpoem. More details at EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Apr 2 – May 28

Nature Sprouts at The Bement School. Children and their families are invited to spend mornings connecting with nature through stories and hands-on activities. Nature Sprouts is a meaningful way to build a sense of discovery and wonder, learn about colors, shapes, textures, and more! Ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent/guardian. FREE. Every Tuesday 9:30-10:30am, April 2-May 28. Meet at Pine Hill, 55 Old Ferry Road, Deerfield MA. RSVP and questions to Jill Craig at jcraig@bement.org or 413-774-4209.

Apr 15 – 19

Staying in town for April Vacation? Come play at Look Park Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19! Attractions are open daily starting April 13th and we’ll have a fun, family friendly event scheduled every day during vacation week! Grab the kids and enjoy a day out in the park! Daily events are free. Vehicle parking fee does apply or get your season pass today and park for free every time you visit. Call 413-584-5457 or visit: www.lookpark.org for a full schedule of events.

FEATURED PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

May 8

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will hold a spring fundraiser, “Farm to Cocktail,” on Wed, May 8, 5:30-9:30pm at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. Farm to Cocktail is a friendly competition where the area’s top bartenders will shake, stir, and dash their way to the most creative cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Try them all & vote for your favorite cocktail to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ winner. Top vote-getters from the ‘People’s Choice’ round will compete in a live round featuring a secret ingredient. All-star panel of judges determine the finest mixologist! Enjoy live music, hearty farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres & desserts, silent auction, and more! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets. Use code ‘FOOD’ for $5 off.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAMS

Jun 18 – Aug 17

New England Center for Circus Arts ♦ People can’t fly, but at NECCA they do. The impossible becomes possible – the person who is shy opens, the one who was introvert expresses, the child who is weak becomes powerful, the teen who is awkward finds grace. Find your strength. Our week long circus skills camps, in America’s newest custom circus trapezium, offer top-notch instruction in a noncompetitive environment that teaches confidence, communication skills, perseverance, self determination, and pride, as well as how to be a fAdd Locationabulous acrobat, aerialist, juggler or clown. Students work in groups by age and ability for the best learning experience and for their youngest students they include art activities and quiet time suited to their learning needs. Circus transforms! Come play! Dates: Jun 18-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo; Contact: 802-254-9780 ♦ info@necenterforcircusarts.orgwww.necenterforcircusarts.org; Location: Brattleboro, VT.

Jun 26 – Aug 18

Rockin’ the Summer 2019. Goshen, MA ♦ IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (Jun 26–30; Aug 14-18) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 5-14; Jul 19-28) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 1-11) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: Jun 26-Aug 18; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-22yo Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.orgwww.ima.org

Jun 30 – Aug 10

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College. Amherst, MA ♦ Pre-college programs at UMass incorporate major elements of a college experience. Expect premiere academics taught by University faculty, accommodations in Commonwealth Honors College residence halls & meals from award-winning dining services. Program topics represent the academic and research scope of the University. From Sports Broadcasting to Engineering Institute and 6-week Research Intensives, offering relevant and engaging academic opportunities to motivated high school students. Evenings & weekends include social events, free time to explore campus & hang out with friends, workshops & field trips. Residential staff of live-in undergraduate students function as mentors & activity facilitators & maintain safe & inclusive living space. Dates: Jun 30-Aug 10; Age Range of Participants: 15-17yo. Contact: 413-577-4220 ♦ summerprograms@umass.eduwww.umass.edu/summer

Jul 1 – Aug 23

Roots Youth Summer Programs. Westfield, MA ♦ Roots Summer Vacation Programs offer full-day activities for ages 5-12 years old. Regular hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All summer program attendees will participate in activities at the three major facilities on the Roots campus: 1) Roots Gymnastics Center, 2) Roots Aquatics Center and 3) Roots Athletics Center. Attendees will rotate between the three facilities each day participating in activities such as gymnastics, swim, soccer and other turf sports, S.T.E.M., crafts, games, water slide and so much more! Full week Program is $285/week. Three Day Program is Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday ($185/week) Early Drop Off is available at 7:30 AM and Late Pick-Up ends at 5:30 PM ($5 for each occurrence). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 5-12yo. Contact: 413-562-2333 & 413-568-2782 ♦ rootssummer@gmail.comrootscamp.campbrainregistration.com

FEATURED DIRECTORIES

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
April 13-19, 2019

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Slow Art to Matzo. Hero’s Journey to Bird Migrations.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

BalletBroadwayDramaLiterature in TranslationSnow WhiteBeauty and the BeastWomen’s HistoryLocal HistorySleddogsAmerican WoodcockVernal PoolsAmphibiansApril Vacation WeekSummer CampsMovie Theater Birthday PartyFamily CampParents’ Night OutDate NightBaby ShowerEducationEarly Childhood EducationWeek of the Young ChildNature-Based LearningCreative-Free PlaySound ArtMuseum AdventuresSlow Art DayEaster BunnyPassoverRamadanImmigrationRaceIslamic StudiesTEDx TalkHero’s JourneyAnatomy & PhysiologyOrnithologySTEMAstronomyAeronauticsKineticsParenting WorkshopTeen HealthHomeopathy5KRecyclingUpcyclingSustainabilitySeed ExchangeLandscape DesignGardeningFarm to SchoolPancakesMatzaString QuartetOrchestraContradanceFlamencoFiber ArtsAirplanesTrolley CarsMini GolfBasketballKites

These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, April 6-12, 2019… Read the rest of this entry »

60 Suggested Events in Western MA: April 6-12, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 8,500 opt-in subscribers and 2.5+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!

Summer Camp Directory for Western MA!

Over 60 summer camps & programs, with new listings added every week!

Looking for summer options for your kids? Check out our featured post, 2019 Summer Camp Directory for a comprehensive list of summer camps and programs that will wow and dazzle you! Summer opportunities featured range from music, art, farming, theater, dance, science, nature, sports, speaking, yoga, rock ‘n roll… to traditional summer day or overnight camps/programs! There’s something for all ages! Toddlers to teens! Preschool to college bound! Check it out and start making your summer plans! — Do you have a summer camp or program you’d like to have included in our comprehensive list? Find out how you can submit your listing HERE.

Featured Events

Apr 6

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, live on stage Saturday, April 6 at 1pm and 4:30pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Experience the powerful story of a young woman who discovers the true meaning of love in an unexpected place. A moving ballet based on the French tale made famous by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast is full of whimsy and magic. PVB’s original production features choreography by Artistic Directors Thomas Vacanti and Maryanne Kodzis, with characters dancing to the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Apr 8-12 & 15-19

April School Vacation at the New England Air Museum. Swing into spring with two weeks of hands-on family fun from April 8-12 and April 15-19 at the New England Air Museum. Daily activities include climb-aboard experiences in historic aircraft, hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Flight Science Demonstrations, Computerized Flight Simulators and much more! Check the schedule for featured days: LEGO Brick Flying Machine Contest, parachute drop, straw rocket build, paper airplane challenge, kites in flight, Easter egg hunt and more. All activities are included in the price of Museum admission. Details at www.neam.org.

Apr 17

Spring Vacation Day: Sled Dog Camp! Get a taste of summer this spring. Hilltown Sleddogs also offers week-long overnight & day summer sled dog camps. Alaskan Huskies await campers in an Alaskan style dog yard. Kids get sled dogs for the day in which to bond, play, & learn to mush at a touring & racing kennel located on 18 acres of hiking trails along the Westfield River run by award-winning mushers. “My daughter loved the camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” “Marla’s expertise with animals & children is unmatched.” HilltownSleddogs@gmail.com, 413-296-0187, 1-Day Wed., April 17, 10am-3pm, Ages 7-16, $90 Sign-up online www.hilltownsleddogs.com/camps

May 24-27

Family Camp: Multi-Generational Music, Folk Dance, and Art is happening in the Hilltowns over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27! Come stay overnight at the beautiful Rowe Center and revel in four days of artistic play for all generations with Rachel Gibson, Ph.D. and Walter Cudnohufsky as your creative co-leaders! Under the proven adage that “everyone is an artist and musician,” Rachel and Walter will provide a safe and nurturing environment to explore the arts. Come prepared to be moved and uplifted! You’ll leave with songs in your heart, matted pieces of art in your hand, resources to continue the experience, and cherished memories. Open to all. No prior experience necessary. For more info and to register online, visit rowecenter.org or call 413-229-4954.

Bulletin Board

Apr 2 – May 28

Nature Sprouts at The Bement School. Children and their families are invited to spend mornings connecting with nature through stories and hands-on activities. Nature Sprouts is a meaningful way to build a sense of discovery and wonder, learn about colors, shapes, textures, and more! Ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent/guardian. FREE. Every Tuesday 9:30-10:30am, April 2-May 28. Meet at Pine Hill, 55 Old Ferry Road, Deerfield MA. RSVP and questions to Jill Craig at jcraig@bement.org or 413-774-4209.

Apr 6

Are you expecting a baby? Do you want to learn about local resources and partners? Come to the Hampshire Perinatal Coalition’s first annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 6, from 11am-1pm in the cafeteria at Jackson Street School in Northampton. Information, snacks, play activities, car seat checks, & free raffle held in the cafeteria. Before the shower, from 9:30-11:30am, spend the morning playing in the gymnasium & outside at the Children’s Festival, then scoot next door to the cafeteria for the event. For more information, call 413-587-1471, email earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us, or visit online: www.northamptonfamilies.com/baby-resources.

Accepting applications for fall 2019. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209 or visit www.bement.org.

Apr 13-14 & 19-20

Connecticut Trolley Museum annual Easter Bunny Fun Days takes place April 13-14 & 19-20 in East Windsor, CT. Motorwoman Cotton-Tail will be roaming the grounds and posing for pictures from 11am-3pm. Each child will receive an Easter Egg (filled with a surprise) upon completion of a Scavenger Hunt, Bunny Ear Craft and a visit to the Fire Truck Museum (on the same grounds). Take as many trolley rides as you’d like operated by period dressed motorman. Learn about the history of the museum, trolley cars, and artifacts. Visit their theater & gift shop. All activities and Fire Truck Museum entrance are included in admission ($13/Adults; $12/Seniors; $11/Youth (ages 4-12); $4/Children (under age 3). Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation.

Apr 15 – 19

Staying in town for April Vacation? Come play at Look Park Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19! Attractions are open daily starting April 13th and we’ll have a fun, family friendly event scheduled every day during vacation week! Grab the kids and enjoy a day out in the park! Daily events are free. Vehicle parking fee does apply or get your season pass today and park for free every time you visit. Call 413-584-5457 or visit: www.lookpark.org for a full schedule of events.

Apr 18

Poem in your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 18 from 11am-4pm, celebrate National Poetry Month with the whole family on this special day at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA! In addition to free admission to all who can recite an Emily Dickinson poem from memory, visitors can join in on a variety of activities, including the making of your very own poetry notebook or poetry wreath, and participation in a writing workshop for budding poets. Carry your favorite poem in your pocket and share it at their “selfie station” using #pocketpoem. More details at EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

Featured Parents’ Night Out

May 8

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will hold a spring fundraiser, “Farm to Cocktail,” on Wed, May 8, 5:30-9:30pm at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. Farm to Cocktail is a friendly competition where the area’s top bartenders will shake, stir, and dash their way to the most creative cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Try them all & vote for your favorite cocktail to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ winner. Top vote-getters from the ‘People’s Choice’ round will compete in a live round featuring a secret ingredient. All-star panel of judges determine the finest mixologist! Enjoy live music, hearty farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres & desserts, silent auction, and more! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets. Use code ‘FOOD’ for $5 off.

Featured Summer Camps & Programs

Jun 18 – Aug 17

New England Center for Circus Arts ♦ People can’t fly, but at NECCA they do. The impossible becomes possible – the person who is shy opens, the one who was introvert expresses, the child who is weak becomes powerful, the teen who is awkward finds grace. Find your strength. Our week long circus skills camps, in America’s newest custom circus trapezium, offer top-notch instruction in a noncompetitive environment that teaches confidence, communication skills, perseverance, self determination, and pride, as well as how to be a fabulous acrobat, aerialist, juggler or clown. Students work in groups by age and ability for the best learning experience and for our youngest students we include art activities and quiet time suited to their learning needs. Circus transforms! Come play! Dates: Jun 18-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo; Contact: 802-254-9780 ♦ info@necenterforcircusarts.orgwww.necenterforcircusarts.org; Location: Brattleboro, VT.

Jun 26 – Aug 18

Rockin’ the Summer 2019. Goshen, MA ♦ IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (Jun 26–30; Aug 14-18) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 5-14; Jul 19-28) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 1-11) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-22 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering and producing. Dates: Jun 26-Aug 18; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-22yo Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.orgwww.ima.org

Jun 30 – Aug 10

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College. Amherst, MA ♦ Pre-college programs at UMass incorporate major elements of a college experience. Expect premiere academics taught by University faculty, accommodations in Commonwealth Honors College residence halls & meals from award-winning dining services. Program topics represent the academic and research scope of the University. From Sports Broadcasting to Engineering Institute and 6-week Research Intensives, offering relevant and engaging academic opportunities to motivated high school students. Evenings & weekends include social events, free time to explore campus & hang out with friends, workshops & field trips. Residential staff of live-in undergraduate students function as mentors & activity facilitators & maintain safe & inclusive living space. Dates: Jun 30-Aug 10; Age Range of Participants: 15-17yo. Contact: 413-577-4220 ♦ summerprograms@umass.eduwww.umass.edu/summer

Jul 8 – Aug 23

Shakespeare & Company’s Riotous Youth Summer Theatre Program. Lenox, MA ♦ These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7 to 17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session. Dates: Jul 8-Aug 23; Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-637-1199 ♦ jenniejadow@shakespeare.orgwww.shakespeare.org

Featured Directories

PROMOTE YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. Hilltown Families features summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2019 Summer Camp Directory. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

SHARE YOUR PARTY VENUE: Hilltown Families is partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to build a four-season, comprehensive list of options to help parents and caregivers find local venues to host birthday parties that match the interests of their children. If your business or organization hosts themed parties or provide space for celebrations, you are invited to join our stellar team of local businesses and organizations that are partnering with us to reach new customers. A yearlong membership in our Birthday Party Venues in Western MA Directory is an affordable way to reach thousands of families living across the region. For new listings, we offer a special package to take the promotion of your business or space to the next level! Click here to find out what we offer and how to add your local party venue or service.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADD YOUR CLASS: Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners. Our directory of classes, lessons, and enrichment programs includes opportunities happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the year for tots to teens to lifelong learners! ♦ If you have a class, private lessons, or enrichment program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


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Hit a Home Run with Community-Based Learning this Summer through Local Baseball!

Art, History, and Baseball: Learning from a Great American Pastime

Be a part of a great American pastime this summer and head to the ballfield! Families can explore everything from art and design to American history by using baseball as a lens through which to explore local museums, online resources, and fantastic children’s literature.

A springtime standard for many western Massachusetts families, the sport of baseball is certainly one of our country’s favorite pastimes. Certainly the sport has much to offer families in terms of entertainment, but baseball as a topic of study can serve as an entry point into learning about much more than team dynamics and the specifics of the game. Baseball-inspired studies can spark explorations of civil rights, immigration, local and national history, art, design, and more.

While most youth baseball and softball teams play their seasons during the late spring and early summer, baseball as a spectator sport carries on throughout the summer and early fall. Locally, three collegiate summer teams make a summer outing to a baseball game quite accessible for families. The Pittsfield Suns play at Wahconah Park, Holyoke’s Valley Blue Sox‘s home games are at Mackenzie Stadium, and the North Adams SteepleCats play at Joe Wolfe Field.

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