Passport to Chemistry Adventure for Kids at Mt. Holyoke College, 2013

Passport to Chemistry Adventure at Mt. Holyoke College

[Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield]

Experiment with science at home, and work towards a chance to participate in a special chemistry adventure day at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

Families can sign out chemistry kits from their local library and do experiments at home. Participating libraries include: South Hadley Public Library; Wilbraham Public LibraryEmily Williston Memorial Library (Easthampton);  Edwards Library (Southampton); and Mount Holyoke College Library (South Hadley).

There are kits available for K-2nd & 3rd-6th grades. Participating library patrons get a stamp on their “chemistry passport” for each kit they complete, and after accumulating five, they can apply to be part of a special chemistry event!

On Saturday, June 1st from 2-4pm, the college is hosting 2013 Passport to Chemistry Adventure – and the theme is energy! To apply, kids must submit a Chemistry Visa application by May 15th, using their chemistry passport stamps as proof that they are armed with enough chemistry knowledge to participate!

After applying, families will find out what time their activity will take place. Kids participating will get to take part in a fun, investigative activity that allows them to learn basic principles of chemistry. To sign up, visit www.mtholyoke.edu.

Passport to Chemistry Adventure for Kids at Mt. Holyoke College, 2012

Passport to Chemistry Adventure

Recipe for Homemade Baking Powder

Recipe for Homemade Baking Powder

Experiment with science at home, and work towards a chance to participate in a special chemistry adventure day at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

Families can sign out chemistry kits from their local library and do experiments at home. Participating libraries include: South Hadley Public Library, M. N. Spear Memorial Library (Shutesbury), Wilbraham Public Library and Emily Williston Memorial Library (Easthampton). There are kits available for K-2nd & 3rd-6th grades. Participating library patrons get a stamp on their “chemistry passport” for each kit they complete, and after accumulating five, they can apply to be part of a special chemistry event!

On Saturday, June 9th, the college is hosting 2012 Passport to Chemistry Adventure – and the theme is food and chemistry! To apply, kids must submit a Chemistry Visa application by May 15th, using their chemistry passport stamps as proof that they are armed with enough chemistry knowledge to participate!

After applying, families will find out what time their activity will take place. Kids participating will get to take part in a fun, investigative activity that allows them to learn basic principles of chemistry while using something they’re familiar with (local food!) as learning materials. To sign up, visit www.mtholyoke.edu.

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Buttery Brook Park in South Hadley

Buttery Brook Park: South Hadley’s Park for Families!

Buttery Brook Park is located at 123 Willimansett St (Route 33) in South Hadley, MA. This summer families are invited to come enjoy a Picnic at the Park on Memorial Day, Friday Family Cruise Nights and Cookout, Children'sWednesday Concert Series, Big Rig Day, and much more.

Buttery Brook Park welcomes families to an exciting summer of events at the Park this summer. Meet friends, make friends, enjoy the park and all its new features!

The season of family fun begins around noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a Picnic at the Park (following the parade in South Hadley). The South Hadley Community Band will perform a patriotic selection of tunes at 2pm and free cake will be served. The picnic is a chance for families to greet the farm animals and play with the recently improved playscape, including structures for large and small children, a giant sandbox with ride-on diggers, an outdoor drum set, and a ride-on two-seater airplane. A grassy picnic space with swings overlooking the play area is under construction, trees will be added around the play area for eventual shade, and several benches will be added for parents and grandparents to rest while kids play.

The summer events calendar at Buttery Brook Park also includes the regular weekly Friday Cruise Night car show and family cookout. Cruise nights are free and open to the public. Stroll through the park and enjoy classic cars, DJ music (enjoy those oldies!), refreshments and the company of neighbors and friends. Plan to join them for supper—the menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a variety of beverages (including beer). Proceeds from food sales help to support park improvements such as the playground at the center of the park. Kids will also enjoy the coloring corner and animal feeding area … make it a regular Friday family night!

Families and local day care providers will enjoy the Summer Children’s Concert Series on Wednesday mornings in July. This free series is geared toward children ages 10 and under, and is presented by the Friends and the South Hadley Family Center. Jay Mankita will perform on July 13, Miss Leticia will join us on July 20, and Roger Tinknell will round out the series on July 27. All performances will go from 10-11 AM.

On August 4th (11 AM-1 PM), don’t miss Big Rig Day. Come see Big Rigs of all types (fire trucks, police cars, utility trucks, ambulances, and more)… climb into the cabs, ride the aerial ladder, and meet the people who operate these fascinating vehicles.

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Buttery Brook Park: South Hadley’s Park for Families

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Butter Brook Park Summer Events Calendar is Full of Family Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Summer 2010 Calendar of Friends’ Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT THE PARK

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

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine at MHC

Mount Holyoke College to Host the Exhibit:
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine
January 28 – February 26, 2010

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine is a traveling exhibit which focuses on Harry Potter’s magical world and its connections to Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices. Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA will explore this history by looking at primary sources from the Renaissance, performing Renaissance music, lectures and book discussions.

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.


Mount Holyoke College Williston Library is one of only 12 libraries selected to host Harry Potter’s World by the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The National Library of Medicine partnered with the American Library Association to create a traveling version of the Harry Potter’s World exhibition. – The Williston Library is located at 50 College Street (directions).  Click HERE for hours. For more info, email harrypotter-exhibit@mtholyoke.edu.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

More information about the exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, including educational resources, is available at the National Library of Medicine web site.  There you will find lessons and educational activities to supplement this exhibit, including:

  • Desire for Knowledge and Different Perspectives are guided online activities that navigate parts of Harry Potter’s World with a specific interpretive plan.
  • Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter, a language lesson plan, and Genetic Traits in Harry Potter, a science lesson plan, are two lesson plans prepared for middle- and high-school teachers. Each lesson plan contains background information and resources related to Harry Potter or academic topics, national standards, learning outcomes, step-by-step procedures, and all classroom materials.

Harry Potter: The Exhibit

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, created by Warner Brothers and Exhibit group/Giltspur is entirely separate and unrelated to this library exhibition. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is currently on display at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA until February 21, 2010.

Western Mass Families & Neighbors Gather for World Wide Grassroots Demonstration

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Mass

This past Saturday, families and neighbors from all over Western Massachusetts gathered to take action in a world wide grassroots demonstration on climate change. Several of these events in Western Mass were posted here.

On this day, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. Over 15,000 photos have been submitted so far!  See them all on Flickr.  Discover more about 350.org here.

Many images of actions taking place right here in our home state of Massachusetts where submitted. As I looked through the photos I was so happy to see many familiar faces in several of the images.  The commitment of our local families, especially on such a terribly rainy day we had this past Saturday, is fantastic! I put together this collage of wonderful images of local Western Massachusetts families and neighbors taking action and being part of a global message to address climate change:

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Massachusetts

Images pictured from left to right, top to bottom are labeled below.  Click on the label and it will take you to the image on the 350.org Flickr site and will include any descriptions of their events submitted with the photo.

  1. Montague, MA – Montague Neighbors
  2. Lenox, MA – Evergreen Environmental Club
  3. Monterey, MA
  4. Greenfield, MA – Climate Carnival at Greenfield HS. (photo credit: Daniel A. Brown)
  5. Old Deerfield, MA – Sarah Pirtle Concert
  6. Deerfield, MA – Eaglebrook School
  7. Northfield, MA – (photo credit: Maribeth Dawkins)
  8. Ashfield, MA
  9. South Hadley, MA – Mosier Science Buddies Program
  10. Northampton, MA – Laural Park
  11. Amherst, MA – Amherst College (photo credit: Jessica Mestre)
  12. Northampton, MA – N’hampton Climate Action (photo credit: David Solfiell)
  13. Sunderland, MA – Sunderland Kindergarten (photo credit: Susan Breines)
  14. Amherst, MA – Amherst 350 Committee
  15. Williamstown, MA – Williamstown Elementary School (photo credit: Cheryl Sacks)
  16. Cummington, MA – 350 Neighbors (photo credit: Richard Shephard)
  17. Great Barrington, MA – (photo credit: Jamie Goldenberg)
  18. Cummington, MA – 350 Neighbors (photo credit: Richard Shephard)

Featured Title: This Little Mommy Stayed Home

Samatha Wilde will be at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on June 25th @ 7pm. Call to reserve a seat or signed copy of her novel, "This Little Mommy Stayed Home." 413-534-7307.

Emily Russo of the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA writes:

This Little Mommy Stayed Home by Samantha Wilde. The Mother of all Motherhood novels. In this riotously funny, ruefully honest, and irresistibly warmhearted debut, Samantha Wilde writes about one new mother who discovers the wonders and terrors of motherhood–one hilarious crisis at a time. For new moms, potential moms-to-be, and anyone who just wants to (wisely) live the experience vicariously…

Here’s a talent test: when a narrator’s doldrums make a reader laugh out loud. Samantha Wilde’s inkwell must be filled with truth serum because this brave and funny book gets the postpartum peaks and valleys so very, winningly, right.” – Elinor Lipman, author of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

Mount Holyoke College: Early Valentines Exhibit

Will You Be Mine? An Exhibition of Early Valentines
An Exhibit, Ground Floor of Dwight Hall
at Mount Holyoke College
February 3 – February 22, 2009

Each year, the Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, display valentines from the collection in honor of Esther Howland, a Mount Holyoke alumna credited with having established the commercial valentine industry in the United States. Howland graduated from the Seminary in 1847 and, inspired by an ornate English valentine, began creating her own elaborate renditions of the greeting card. The exhibit contains a selection of original valentines made by her New England Valentine Co., as well as some by George TC. Whitney, the designer who bought Howland’s increasingly popular company in the early 1880’s. Other valentines were gven to the collection in the personal papers of former faculty members Mildred Allen and Ruth Lawson. They show stylistic shifts within the valentine industry as it endured paper shortages, postcard crazes and a growing nostalgia for the Victorian-style cards that characterized the golden age of valentine production in both Western Europe and the United States.

This exhibit runs from 02/03/09-02/22/09.  Dwight Hall is open Mon-Thurs from 8am-Midnight, Fri-Sun from 10am-10pm. Click here to see images of Valentines from this exhibit.

SEND A VINTAGE GREETING

Another Vintage Valentines Exhibit is at the West Virginia University Libraries which can be viewed on-line here. View a collection of over 40 valentines, including greeting cards, 3-D cards, and postcards. “While browsing click on the thumbnail images to view the larger, full resolution, images of the Vintage Valentines day cards. From the full size image you may send a greeting and message via email.

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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