Suggested Events for January 28 – February 3, 2017

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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It’s that time of the year again for the Hilltown Families Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! For the past nine years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Last year our community generated over 1,550 handmade valentines! Let’s do it again! Deadline to sign-up is Wed. Feb 1st!

Saturday, February 4, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective, Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! During a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit, you can craft handmade Valentines with the Easthampton Parents Center. Then we’ll enjoy special guests, DandyLions Garden, a musical act for kids and inner children alike. We’ll round out the morning with DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon!” This is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. For more information, email info@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Open House:Jan 28

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental education – Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 28, from 10am-12noon in Amherst. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 140 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Open House: Jan 29

Cloverdale Cooperative Preschool invites new parents to an Open House on Sunday, January 29th, from 2:30-4pm. Cloverdale is located in back of the First Congregational Church on 130 Pine Street in Florence and is a half-day preschool with the option of STEAM focused extended day hours. Come find out about their new expanded hours starting next fall while spending time playing with your children in their engaging learning environment. Meet the teachers and some parents who will answer your questions about their program. For more information, visit www.cloverdalepreschool.com or call 413-586-1106 after 12:30pm.

Open House: Jan 29

Sunday, January 29th: Open House from 2-3:30pm at Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education (Fort Hill). Visit welcoming classroom environments, chat with teachers, and find out more about the Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Providing engaging, intentional early experiences that support children in becoming lifelong learners, joyful investigators, and thoughtful citizens of the world. Fort Hill has dedicated visual arts and music teachers and studios, an emphasis on natural materials, and classroom experiences that nurture joy, curiosity, deep thinking, and imagination. Consider joining the Fort Hill family! Actively accepting applications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for 2017-2018. Contact forthill@smith.edu for information.

Open House: Feb 4

The Campus School at Smith College. Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their parents are invited to an open house on Saturday, February 4, from 9:30am-11:30 am at the school on Prospect Street. Tour the school. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information, contact the admission office at 413-585-3270 or visit their website, www.smith.edu/sccs.

Open House: Feb 5

Sunday, Feb. 5th: The Center School Admissions Open House, 2pm-4pm. The Center School is a preschool through 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire and Franklin counties. Prospective families are invited to explore the school on Sunday, Feb. 5th for a Birds-of-Prey themed Admissions Open House. Come early to enjoy a live Birds of Prey presentation with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi from 1pm-2pm. Then, classrooms will be open and teachers will be offer bird-related activities for kids of all ages. Light refreshments will be available. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits for 35 years and is currently accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2017. centerschool.net

Feb 20-24

Looking for something fun and creative for your kids during the February break? Check out Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp with Sarah Marcus and Felicia Sloin! This 1-week camp runs Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24 from 9am-3pm and will feature theater games, singing, drumming, movement, and fun times with creative friends for students ages 7-11. Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp takes place at the Northampton Karate Studio, 320 Riverside Drive, in Florence. Cost: $250. Registration Deadline Feb 1. For more information, email sarahlaurenmarcus@gmail.com or visit online at www.facebook.com/valleyperformanceplayground.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 28 – February 3, 2017

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Winter Fare: A Week of Winter Farmers’ Markets

CISA’s Week of Winter Fare
January 26 & February 2, 2013

In addition to perusing the array of local foods, shoppers can attend educational workshops scheduled during each market. Workshops range in topic from simple cheese-making and canning to growing grains and herbal medicine. All the workshop leaders are local people who practice these skills at home. The workshops are free and do not require pre-registration. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

It is possible to eat locally year-round and there is a lot of amazing local food to be had even in the depths of winter. On January 26th and February 2nd, CISA will kick off its 20th anniversary year with Winter Fare, a celebration of the winter bounty. In collaboration with regular Winter Farmers’ Markets in Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Springfield, Winter Fare will highlight the array of local food available in the deep of winter with workshops, bartering, music, and more! Bring your shopping bags and stock up on fresh salad greens, root vegetables, local grains and bread, eggs, meat, cheese, maple syrup, honey, jam, pickles, and more, all grown by local farmers.

Amherst, Greenfield, and Northampton will all host Barter Markets, a fun, lively food-swapping event. Bring your own home-preserved foods and trade with your neighbors to diversify your pantry and get to know other people that can, dry, and freeze the local harvest.

This special event is designed to showcase the amazing local food that is available year-round in the Pioneer Valley of Western MA, and to introduce new people to the incredible farmers’ markets that run all winter long. For a complete list of winter farmers’ markets, including regular markets in Athol, Easthampton, and Hampden, visit www.buylocalfood.org.

More details about Winter Fare, including complete lists of workshops, are available at www.buylocalfood.org. Volunteers are still needed to make this event possible! Please contact CISA at 413-665-7100 or volunteer@buylocalfood.org to sign up or for more information.

Winter Fare is sponsored by River Valley Market, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, and Whole Foods Market.  All four markets accept SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), and in honor of Winter Fare, CISA will be matching the first $10 of all SNAP purchases.

– Submitted by Claire Morenon

Pioneer Valley History Network Welcome Stories from Pioneer Valley History

Pioneer Valley History Network
“Disasters in the Pioneer Valley” Project

Pioneer Valley History Network: Celebrating Local History in Western MA

Last year, the Pioneer Valley History Network’s website featured the history of remarkable women throughout the Pioneer Valley.  The topic was incredibly popular, and even lead to museum exhibits, talks, and other events featuring information from the site!

This year, the group’s topic will be disasters in the Pioneer Valley.  Either natural  or man-made, disasters have a way of drawing communities together.  Disasters range in severity from a massive flood affecting numerous towns (such as the Mill River flood in 1874, which received worldwide news coverage- quite uncommon at that point in history) to a house fire that displaces a family.  Disasters call for a cohesive and directed initial response, and can shape a community and its culture for years to come.

There have certainly been numerous disasters throughout Pioneer Valley history, and while they’re nothing to celebrate, they are significant events that shaped what the community is today.  If your family has a story about a local disaster, create a write-up and submit it to the website!  This could also be turned into a learning activity- visit your local library or historical society and do some research!  If there’s a notable event, find out all you can.  Then, have your kids piece together the story- maybe even scan some old pictures! Students will learn about local history and will learn how to do advanced research.  To submit an event, e-mail a description to camcca@charter.net.  To visit the group’s website and learn more about the project, visit pvhn3.wordpress.com.

Remarkable Women of the Pioneer Valley: Local History Resource

Remarkable Women of the Pioneer Valley
A Pioneer Valley History Network Resource

Pioneer Valley History Network: Remarkable WomenMost Western MA kids probably know that Theodore Seuss Geisel is from Springfield and that Norman Rockwell lived in Stockbridge.  But do they know about Catherine Howard Mary Dole?  Probably not.  The Pioneer Valley History Network has established “Remarkable Women of the Pioneer Valley,” a website that offers biographical information on local important women.  This page is a great resource for students learning about local history, as it describes the establishment of many places that continue to be important today (Smith and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, for example) and teaches children about the important role that women have played within the development of local industry and culture.  The page is located at pvhn2.wordpress.com.  Check it out!

Bike to School in the Valley for Bike Commute Week

Bike Commute Week in the Valley
May 15th-23rd, 2010

Families in the Valley are invited to park the family car and bike to school, the library, the park or other short trips in the community during the Pioneer Valley’s Eleventh Annual Bike Commute Week, May 15th-23rd, 2010. This collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley, MassDOT, PVTA, WRSI, community volunteers, and business and civic organizations encourages Pioneer Valley families to put away the car keys and ride their bikes when they can.

Sixteen communities will host events this year, including Baystate Village Bike Bonanza this Saturday (May 15th) at Maines Field (570 Riverside Drive) in Northampton.  Bring the kids and your bicycles and come get a tune ups, decorate your bikes, participate in a safety clinics and games, and win prizes. Other activities and events during the week include free breakfast for bicycle commuters, bike tours of the region’s landscape, community bike rides, music, lectures, a bicycle rodeo, prizes, bike-themed film festivals.

To find out what’s happeing and for information about bike commuting, visit the Pioneer Valley Bike Week website at www.pvBikeWeek.com, www.BayStateBikeWeek.com, or contact Brian Markey, Bike Commute Week Regional Coordinator, at (413) 781-6045 or by e-mail at bmarkey@pvpc.org

Sweeten Up Your Summer With Local Fruit

Sweeten Up Your Summer
By CISA

Fresh Picked Blackberries at the Amherst Farmers Market - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Fresh Picked Blackberries at the Amherst Farmers' Market - (c) Sienna Wildfield

At the height of summer, nothing is more refreshing than biting into a piece of fresh, juicy fruit. If you’ve never tried farm-fresh fruits, you owe it to yourself to go find some. Nothing compares to the taste and texture of fully ripened locally grown fruits- particularly not under-ripe fruit shipped from far off places. Thankfully, here in the Valley, there are lots of ways to fill your fruit bowl with local fruit:

As local berries and fruits ripen, finding new ways to use the abundance can be exciting. Pies, cobblers, and tarts are delicious ideas, but fresh fruit shouldn’t be limited to desserts- add them to salads, breakfasts, or get creative with savory dishes. Want to enjoy these treats year-round? Read up on preserving your fruit for the rest of the year by freezing, drying, and jam making.

You may not always notice it at the grocery store, but summer fruits have their own micro-seasons of availability, so you’ve got to scoop them up when you get the chance. Keep in mind that harvest times vary from year to year, so it is always a good idea to call ahead to be sure that the products you want are available. For a list of local fruit producers, visit our online Farm Products Guide.

And if you find that you’re competing with the fruit flies for all that local fruit on your counter, try this: squirt some dish soap into a mug, add a glug of vinegar (locally available from Apex Orchards in Shelburne), and fill with water. Flies are attracted to the vinegar, but get caught in the soapsuds, especially if you’ve eaten, or covered, any fruit in your kitchen.

Raise the Roof – Music for the Meetinghouse


A Fund Raising Concert for The First Churches in Northampton on April 6th from 2pm-4:30pm. This show will feature about a dozen musical acts that include Primate Fiasco, Leah Kunkel, Jim Henry, and School for the Dead, along with juggling and hula hoop acts. Bill Dwight and Johnny Memphis will emcee the event

Many of these artists have performed at First Churches at events such as First Night, and have volunteered their talent to help raise money for the historic building, which needs $2 million worth of ceiling and roof repairs.

First Churches, located at 129 Main Street, is more than just a venue for local artists. It serves as a gathering place for 35 groups, including community service groups, each week, with more than 1,200 people meeting under its roof on a weekly basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Ridesharing in the Pioneer Valley

The Future of Ridesharing in the Pioneer Valley

Hey PV families, come to the RideBuzz Organizational Meeting and Community Forum Thursday, April 3, 7:00 pm at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street in Amherst to learn about the RideBuzz Forum, co-sponsored by River Valley Market Co-Op.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about a community ridesharing pilot program and contribute to its vitality. There are roughly 1.4 million empty car seats jostling around the streets of the Pioneer Valley generating 17 million pounds of carbon emissions annually. We will discuss strategies to help our community share its empty seating to meet diverse community needs.

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All Dressed Up and Somewhere Royally Fun to Go!

Royally Rockin’ Good Time!

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

Princess Katie & Racer Steve were a blast on Saturday during their afternoon costume performance at Lyman Hall in Northampton, MA. We had a terrific turn-out despite the rain, and Princess Katie had the kids rockin’ out and doing the tango, with the parents laughing and joining in. Big thanks to everyone who came out (and for dressing-up!). Click here to see photos.

P. Katie is a royal card, playing up the roll as a princess in caricature! The few weeks leading up to their performance she wrote several entries for Hilltown Families. Click here to read her entries. Hopefully she’ll continue to send us her updates from her Kingdom in NY.

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

The most memorable moment of the performance for me (albeit embarrassing) was having her sing Happy Birthday to me (and Liam of Spare the Rock fame). I kept shouting to my daughter (dressed in character as a cheetah), “Look honey, Princess Katie is singing Mommy Happy Birthday!” I felt like a little kid! It was great. But Persephone was too busy crawling around on the floor picking up confetti and streamers to be bothered. — I turned the big four-zero on Sunday (Liam turned six a few days earlier) and having the witty Princess Katie sing Happy Birthday was a memorable present. Thanks Katie!

Below is a low-fi video I took during the performance of their funky song, “Hey Claire!” off of their new CD Fast & Feisty. Click here if you didn’t get a chance to pick up a copy at the concert or couldn’t make it out. And be sure to check out their fun and interactive website at www.princessracer.com. BTW, our next music promo for the Hilltown Family Variety Show will be to win their Songs for the Coolest Kids CD along with the t-shirts they submitted to the HFVS T-Shirt Review. So be sure to check back!

Suggested Events 01/26/08 – 02/01/08

DISCOVERING WORLD CULTURES AT CAM

Families wanting to broaden their children’s global awareness through fun activities like traditional folks arts, folktales and ceremonies, should check out the following series of three Art & World Culture Playshops happening at the Children’s Art Museum (CAM) in Shelburne Falls, MA (next to the Trolley Museum):

    TIBET: SAND MANDALAS & PRAYER FLAGS

    This series will begin this Friday (February 1st) with Sand Mandalas & Prayer Flags of Tibet from 4pm-6:30pm. Sand Mandalas are an ancient Tibetan art form that were used to teach compassion, environmental relations and impermanency. With Tibet being one of the last ancient civilizations, teaching kids the history behind this ancient art form can supplement their global awareness of world civilizations and cultures. Making a sand mandala and prayer flags joins the art and history together into a creative and tactile experience. Click here to see a video of Tibetan Monks making a traditional sand mandala. All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here to reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.  (Postponed to Sunday 02/03 @ 10am)

    RUSSIA: MATRYOSHKA MADNESS

    On Sunday, February 10th at 10am, Russian traditional folk art will be discovered with Matryoshka Madness. Not only can this traditional Russian icon be used to educate your kids about fertility and motherhood, it can also be used to teach them about world culture and customs too. In this playshop, families can discover Russian culture through the traditional Russian Folk Art by painting their own heirloom Matryoshka Dolls. (Please pre-register now for this class to reserve your Matryoshka Doll). All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here to reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.

    JAPAN: CELEBRATING GIRLS DAY

    Then, on Friday, February 29th at 4pm, just prior to Japan’s National Girls Day, CAM and Hilltown Families will be sponsoring a Mother/Daughter Tea, serving Peach Blossom tea and symbolic snacks. National Girls Day is also know as the Japanese Doll Festival, or Hinamatsuri. Our craft will be Kokeshi Dolls. All ages are welcomed. Pre-registration is required ($). Click here reserve your spot, or call 413.625.2030. Co-sponsored by Hilltown Families.

    SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CONCERTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!

    • This Saturday (01/26) check out the Deedle Deedle Dees at Lyman Hall in Northampton at 10am.
    • Next Saturday (02/02) join us for a kids rockin’ concert with Uncle Rock at the Florence Civic Center at 10:30am.

    THIS WEEK’S LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS IS SPONSORED BY:

    GRENDEL BOOKS (www.GrendelBooks.com)

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    If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at swildfield@juno.com, or post your event on our community bulletin board. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns
    The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:
    (>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

    Saturday – 01/26

    8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with the Deedle Deedle Dees! [All ages] (Free)

    8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Throughout the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

    9am – TRAINS! – (West Springfield) The Amherst Railway Society will be holding a weekend Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition on Saturday & Sunday. Bring your young train enthusiasts to see over 35 operating layouts, visit with historical societies, clinics and more. www.AmherstRail.org [Families] ($)

    10am – FAMILY BOOK CLUB – (Williamsburg) Family Book Club will be at the Meekins Library.Click here for more info. [Ages 9-12] (Free)

    10am – KIDS CONCERT – (Northampton) The Deedle Deedle Dees will be performing at Lyman Hall at the First Churches in Northampton, MA. There will be pancakes, carnival games, live music and dancing! Click here for more information. [Families] ($)

    11am & 1pm – THEATER – (Amherst) In the auditorium at the Eric Carle Musem, Castle Hill Theatre Presents an original adaptation of the Norse myth, Tatterhood. 413.658.1126 [Families] ($, ticket price does not include museum admission. Borrow a museum pass from your local library)

    1pm-3pm – NATURE EXPLORATIONS – (Williamsburg) Mass Audubon will be hosting Nature in Winter at the Meekins Library (indoors/outdoors). 413.268.7472 [Ages 4-8] (Free)

    1:30pm – 3:20pm – ICE SKATING – (Greenfield) The Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Rink will have a public skate. Skate rentals available. 413.772.6891 [Families] ($)

    2:30pm-4pm – FAMILY ART WORKSHOP – (Haydenville) Art Star invites families to come make art together with art projects that celebrate the family. Materials included. 413.896.3709 [Families] ($)

    4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

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    New Midwifery Medical Director at Cooley Dick

    Tucker Kueny, MD Accepts Offer of Midwifery Medical Director Post

    Cooley’s midwifery practice to progress at quicker pace; certified nurse midwife recruitment continues with a practice opening planned for June 2008.

    Following a nationwide search to locate the medical director of Cooley Dickinson’s new midwifery program, the physician who accepted the post resides in Northampton, MA and was recommended by area women at one of the hospital’s community focus groups.  Read the rest of this entry »

    February Family Concert with UNCLE ROCK!

    UNCLE ROCK TO PERFORM
    A MID-WINTER FAMILY CONCERT
    ON FEBRUARY 2ND @ 10:30AM
    AT THE FLORENCE CIVIC CENTER

    • Click here to print out a poster to post, and help us spread the word!

    (c) Hilltown Families - Uncle RockReturning to the Pioneer Valley for a February Family Concert, Hilltown Families (that’s us!) is pleased to present NY based indie kids musician Uncle Rock, performing new music from his most recent release Uncle Rock U. A good time for all ages, this family concert will be held at the Florence Civic Center (next to the Lilly Library who have posted good directions on their web site) on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person, infants free. All proceeds go to the artist.

    • Family Concert (all ages)
    • Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA (next to the Lilly Library off Route 9)
    • $6.00 per person. Infants free.
    • General admission.
    • Email with any questions

    NEW MUSIC: UNCLE ROCK U

    Uncle Rock U, a collection of 17 songs, explores the joy, excitement and imagination of childhood. The album also reflects Uncle Rock’s indie-rock background (former bassist with The Fleshtones), his theatrical gifts (the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and his knack for connecting with children (being a dad himself, as well as a preschool teacher). Read the rest of this entry »

    Local Midwifery Program Plans Go Forward

    HOSPITAL RESPONDS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY CONCERNS

    In response to questions from the community, Acting CEO Carol Smith says “fit with this community is essential!”

    Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton, MA) has a longstanding commitment to providing a range of childbirth/women’s health services to Hampshire and Franklin residents, but since June, certified nurse midwife-assisted deliveries here have not been an option.

    Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Acting CEO Carol Smith, RN expects that to change shortly.

    While Smith does not have an exact date of when the new midwifery program will be available to area women, she respectfully requests that community members continue to be patient.

    “Many women are extremely frustrated, and rightfully so,” states Smith, citing feedback she has both heard from patients and read online. “We understand their frustration, but there are many aspects to developing a new health program that the public does not see, and that take a lot of time.”

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    Hampshire OB/GYN Announces Discontinuation to Nurse Midwifery at Births [UPDATE]


    05/18/07 UPDATE – CLICK HERE

    April 5th, 2007

    Dear Parent Support Community,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital to inform you of a recent development and to request your support. Hampshire OB/GYN sent a letter to its families on Tuesday, April 3 that outlined their decision to discontinue nurse midwifery (CNM) services at births as of June 15. They will continue to offer nurse midwifery care during prenatal and postnatal office visits and for gynecological visits. Hampshire OB/GYN is the only obstetrical practice affiliated with the hospital that currently provides CNM assisted births. We are working to further understand the decision made by Hampshire OB/GYN and to create a response plan to their decision. Read the rest of this entry »

    Cinderella Ballet in Northampton

    Cinderella Ballet

    (c) Hilltown Families- Cinderella Ballet

    The Pioneer Valley Ballet performed Cinderella at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA, this past weekend. Families attended with young girls dressed in fancy gowns, tiaras and ribbon wands. A lovely performance for the entire family, on both Saturday and Sunday.

    Visit the Pioneer Valley Ballet on-line for future productions at www.pioneervalleyballet.org.

    Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival ’07

    Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
    March 10th – March 31st, 2007

    Through collaborative community effort, the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival will be offering a spectacular array of award-winning, entertaining films from around the world this month. Hilltown families and filmgoers of all ages can enjoy compelling drama, comedy, documentary, and shorts from the best film festivals.

    The PVJFF runs for three weeks and includes discussions with filmmakers and other speakers, social receptions, art exhibits, and concerts. Film venues range from the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Showcase Cinema, to the Smith College Museum of Art and the Pleasant Street Theatre. Click here for a complete list of venues and film schedules.

    Amy Dryansky from the festivals steering committee, has suggested two film programs that may be of interest to hilltown parents:

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