YA Book Reviews for the Seasons: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

You may have heard that author Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. Ishiguro is best known for his 1989 novel, The Remains of the Day. More recently, in 2005, he published a haunting novel entitled Never Let Me Go. While Ishiguro likely intended Never Let Me Go to be read mainly by adult audiences, the plot of the novel focuses heavily on the main character’s recollections of adolescence. As such, it can be relateable and enjoyable for teens, especially older teens. This beautifully woven novel is the perfect, contemplative read for a snowy day, provided that you don’t mind a sad story. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: January 22 – 26, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
January 22 – 26, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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

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Kindie artist Alison Faith Levy shares some of her favorite songs with the theme of New Beginnings – songs about starting something new, dawning, awakening, renewal…. and shares fun facts about which came first – the chicken or the egg! She plays some of her own retro pop tunes for kids, some classic rock from the Kinks, the Byrds and The Beatles, some favorite modern psychedelia, and plenty of wonderful songs by her many musician friends. — www.alisonfaithlevy.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 20 & 21, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

 

Featured Video: The title track from Alison Faith Levy’s debut album for children, “World of Wonder.”


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The Kinks – Here Comes Yet Another Day [Everybody’s In Show-Biz]
Alexandre Desplat – Third Class Carriage [Grand Budapest Hotel]
Alison Faith Levy – The Start of Things [The Start of Things]
Teenage Fanclub – Start Again [Songs from Northern Britain]
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! [Turn! Turn! Turn!]
The Radars – Finger Licking Chicken [The Get-It]
Kelley Stoltz – Everything Begins [Circular Sounds]
The Orange Peels – 9 [Begin the Begone]
The Corner Laughers – Queen of the Meadow [Matilda Effect]
The Sippy Cups – One Day Soon [The Time Machine]
Thomas Newman – Horizon 12.2 [Wall-E OST]
Max Richter – Horizon Variations [The Blue Notebook]
Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks [Truelove’s Gutter]
Alison Faith Levy – Three Tulips [World of Wonder]
Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken [Teaser and the Firecat]
Fruit Bats – Beautiful Morning Light [The Ruminant Band]
Africa Show – Inspiracao De Nito [Angola Soundtracks]
Charity and the JAMband – Earth Day [single]
The Orange Peels – New Moon [Begin the Begone]
The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows [Revolver]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 20th & 21st, 2018

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Weekly Suggested Events for January 20th – 26th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post from Learning Ahead about ice harvesting.

Hilltown Families’ Event

Feb 10

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap!

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!


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January 20th – 26th, 2018

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Suggested Events for January 20th – 26th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity 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.
Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families’ Events

Feb 10

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved Saturday Morning Music Party series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall! As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Click HERE for more info.

Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap!

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!

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Open House Jan 28

Join the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill for an Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 3-4:30pm. Tour the school and meet classroom teachers and the music and visual arts studio teachers. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the program emphasizes a strong sense of community, learning through in-depth projects, and the arts. Now offering three-, four-, and five-day schedules in all age groups. Currently accepting applications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for summer and fall 2018. Tours are available Monday through Friday, and the school is located at 28 Lyman Road in Northampton, MA. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact cece@smith.edu or 413-585-3290.

A preschool experience that savors childhood. Nature walks by woods and stream, days of music and song, stomping in puddles, nourishing, shared meals: these are parts of the young child’s daily rhythm at The Hartsbrook School. Led by experienced, nurturing teachers, the early childhood program supports imagination and joyful play. Give your child the foundation for future learning and enjoy a vibrant parent community. The Hartsbrook School has limited openings for children 2.9 to 5 years old for the 2018-19 school year. Come take a tour of the school and experience our early childhood program for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org

Perform in a musical, delve into a marine biology intensive, deliver a Lyceum Lecture, participate in the Harvard Model UN, create a unique stone carving, travel on a foreign exchange, explore environmental sustainability. The Hartsbrook High School offers a well-rounded curriculum including Literature, Math, History, Science, the Arts, Land Stewardship, Service Learning and Athletics. Academic, practical, and artistic aspects weave through all lessons, taught by experienced, engaging teachers. Immerse deeply into learning, and join a supportive and creative student community. Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Take a private tour and see for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more info: www.hartsbrook.org

Jan 20

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, January 20th from 10am-12pm. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in South Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-lead Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Open House Jan 20

Open House at the Montessori School of Northampton: On Saturday, January 20, from 10:30am-12noon, the Montessori School of Northampton will host an open house at their Bates Street campus. Families of students seeking admission for September 2018 are invited to attend and find out more about Montessori education and the programs offered. The school enrolls students from 18 months (Toddler) through 14 years (Middle School) and is celebrating its 41st year. Come visit and learn why “Montessori makes the difference!” in a child’s life. For more information, please call 413-586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

Jan 21

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont) hosts a 6th Grade Information Session on Sunday, January 21 (1-3pm). Learn about the school’s 6th grade program, with openings available for Fall, 2018. Get a feel for the Academy’s creative and rigorous learning environment and warm community. The 6th grade program will include a range of intellectual, artistic and civic engagement offerings, including Studio Block arts electives, a full academic program to include Life Science, Pre Algebra, English, History, and foreign languages. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Jan 27

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 27, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish at 11:45am. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Jan 27

Parenting is hard work! Guadalupe Healing Arts is here to help with weekly Saturday classes in Amherst starting January 27 for children ages 2-6. Spend a sweet moment with your child and other parents in a safe and nurturing space. Learn fun and simple tools such as breathing, inspiring yoga stories, games and yoga movements that can help you and your child manage stress, improve the immune system and help with body awareness. These classes will help you set up a daily practice that you and your child can do together at home. Registration is required as space is limited. Location: 20 Dickinson Street in Amherst, MA. Email info@guadalupehealingarts.com for a coupon to a trial class. For more info visit guadalupehealingarts.com.

Accepting applications for fall 2018. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 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. www.bement.org.

Feb 4

Sunday, Feb. 4th: The Center School Admissions Open House, 2-4pm. The Center School is a preschool – 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Come explore the school for a birds-of-prey themed Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open & teachers will be on hand with bird-related activities planned for kids of all ages. Come early to enjoy a live presentation with raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi from 1-2pm. Meet Center School staff, parents, & students and learn what a Center School education is all about. Light refreshments available. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers & creative spirits for more than 35 years and is accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2018.

Feb 19-23

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 one-week camp runs Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 from 9am-3pm and will feature theater games, singing, drumming, movement, and fun times with creative friends for ages 7-11. Valley Performance Playground’s February Vacation Camp takes place at the Lander Grinspoon Academy at 257 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. The cost for the week is $250. For more information, email sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.com and check out their other classes and camps online: www.valleyperformanceplayground.com.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


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January 20th – 26th, 2018

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Ice Harvesting: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.

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Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, Feb. 10th!

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Beginning the series with a New Year’s Day Music Party that was our best party to date, we will be continuing on Saturday, February 10, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall!

As always, we’ll have a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice, and fruit. After the breakfast, the kids (and parents!) can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party!

These Morning Music Parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

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Let Them Grow: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman, but its too dang cold for your little one to be out more then two minutes without getting frostbite? Winter is always a fun time to use snow and ice as a medium for art. As you know, toddlers can make art out of just about anything. Playing with snow in New England is a time-honored tradition. Real snow is the best – you can bring it indoors in bowls or pans and let your little one explore the cold without gloves in the warmth of your house. However, it melts. This led me to experiment with several fake snow recipes. I tried a bunch, but this one is the most realistic.

What is in it? 50/50 white hair conditioner and baking soda. It is that simple. It feels like real snow – cool to the touch and malleable.

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Learning Landscape for January: Tracking to Learn Winter Habits

Learning Landscape for January: Tracking to Learn Winter Habits

Every month, Hilltown Families features a new Learning Landscape, which aims to inspire learning along with a common theme easily spotted in our surroundings that month. The hope is to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside for inspection, dissection, identification, creative play, art projects, and lots of other educational activities. Download this month’s Learning Landscape to help open up children’s eyes to the unique attributes of each season, and to help them learn how to see these things in nature for themselves.

The January Landscape

January in New England is bleak. Deep snow covers the ground, and temperatures hover – unwavering – right around zero. Modern humans instinctively shy away from what we see as a harsh landscape, but all around us, creatures are going about their lives. If we project our human interpretation of winter upon the landscape, it appears dormant, bleak, perhaps even depressing – how could anything be alive within it? Yet all around us, the natural world is indeed very much alive, simply experiencing winter as another moment in its existence. Creatures roam about, insects are literally snug as bugs underground, and trees stand tall and unfrozen, filled with natural antifreeze.

This is not to say, however, that winter does not have an impact on nature. Each species changes its patterns in order to live in alignment with its surroundings, and just as January elicits certain behaviors and attitudes from humans, it does in animals as well.

You can prove this to be true yourself by exploring the natural world during this frosty month. Look for signs of life, and compare the winter habits of familiar creatures to their habits in other seasons. Notice how well they align with the conditions afforded by the season; their survival depends upon it. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: January 15 – 19, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
January 15 – 19, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS with Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS with Guest DJ, Gina Ferragame

Gina Ferragame (Music with Gina) is a singer, songwriter, teacher, and performer, who runs classes for children and their grown-ups.  She regularly performs for her community of families and offers shows that are full of fun and full of interaction.  Gina strives to use her music as a means to express the heart, become present, and feel connected to each other. —  www.musicwithgina.blogspot.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 13th & 14th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music with Gina – “The Moon Song” (Cardinal Cardinal)


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  • John Williams – “Star Wars main theme” (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Beatles – “Love Me Do” (The Red Album)
  • Las Cafeteras – “El Chuchumbre” (Its Time)
  • Glee Cast – “Safety Dance” (glee: The Music, Vol. 3- Showstoppers Deluxe edition)
  • Anna Kendrick Trolls – “Get Back Up Again” (Trolls Original Motion Picture Soundrack)
  • Sinews O’Conor – “The Singing Bird” (Sean-Nos Nua)
  • Music with Gina – “The Moon Song” (Cardinal Cardinal)
  • Mos Def – “Quiet Dog” (the ecstatic)
  • Leslie Odom, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daverd Diggs, Okieriete Onaidowab & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton – “The Room Where it Happens” (Hamilton- Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Cee-Lo – “Kung Fu Fighting” (Kung Fu Panda Dreamworks)
  • Music with Gina – “Friendship” (Cardinal Cardinal)
  • Beatles – “Yellow Submarine” (Beatles 1962-1966 The Red Album)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Three Little Birds” (Legend)
  • Starship – “We Built this City” (The Muppets- Original Soundtrack)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ensemble & Michael Ball – “Me ‘Ol Bamboo” (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Original London Cast Recording)

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 13th – 14th

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 13th – 19th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.


January 13th – 19th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
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Suggested Events for January 13th – 19th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap Turns 10!

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!

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Jan 13

The New England Air Museum will hold its first Open Cockpit Day for 2018 on Saturday, January 13 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. All activities are free with museum admission. For more info and directions, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Jan 20

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, January 20th from 10am-12pm. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in South Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-lead Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Open House Jan 20

Open House at the Montessori School of Northampton: On Saturday, January 20, from 10:30am-12noon, the Montessori School of Northampton will host an open house at their Bates Street campus. Families of students seeking admission for September 2018 are invited to attend and find out more about Montessori education and the programs offered. The school enrolls students from 18 months (Toddler) through 14 years (Middle School) and is celebrating its 41st year. Come visit and learn why “Montessori makes the difference!” in a child’s life. For more information, please call 413-586-4538 x103 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.

Jan 21

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont) hosts a 6th Grade Information Session on Sunday, January 21 (1-3pm). Learn about the school’s 6th grade program, with openings available for Fall, 2018. Get a feel for the Academy’s creative and rigorous learning environment and warm community. The 6th grade program will include a range of intellectual, artistic and civic engagement offerings, including Studio Block arts electives, a full academic program to include Life Science, Pre Algebra, English, History, and foreign languages. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Jan 27

The Common School: Community, collaboration, creativity, social justice, inclusivity, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their Open House, Saturday, January 27, from 10am-12noon. Featuring: Their own Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish at 11:45am. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, and chat with current parents. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Jan 27

Parenting is hard work! Guadalupe Healing Arts is here to help with weekly Saturday classes in Amherst starting January 27 for children ages 2-6. Spend a sweet moment with your child and other parents in a safe and nurturing space. Learn fun and simple tools such as breathing, inspiring yoga stories, games and yoga movements that can help you and your child manage stress, improve the immune system and help with body awareness. These classes will help you set up a daily practice that you and your child can do together at home. Registration is required as space is limited. Location: 20 Dickinson Street in Amherst, MA. Email info@guadalupehealingarts.com for a coupon to a trial class. For more info visit guadalupehealingarts.com.

A preschool experience that savors childhood. Nature walks by woods and stream, days of music and song, stomping in puddles, nourishing, shared meals: these are parts of the young child’s daily rhythm at The Hartsbrook School. Led by experienced, nurturing teachers, the early childhood program supports imagination and joyful play. Give your child the foundation for future learning and enjoy a vibrant parent community. The Hartsbrook School has limited openings for children 2.9 to 5 years old for the 2018-19 school year. Come take a tour of the school and experience our early childhood program for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org

Perform in a musical, delve into a marine biology intensive, deliver a Lyceum Lecture, participate in the Harvard Model UN, create a unique stone carving, travel on a foreign exchange, explore environmental sustainability. The Hartsbrook High School offers a well-rounded curriculum including Literature, Math, History, Science, the Arts, Land Stewardship, Service Learning and Athletics. Academic, practical, and artistic aspects weave through all lessons, taught by experienced, engaging teachers. Immerse deeply into learning, and join a supportive and creative student community. Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Take a private tour and see for yourself. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908. For more info: www.hartsbrook.org

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 13th – 19th, 2018

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Winter Brings Opportunities for Inclusive Recreation

Winter Brings Opportunities for Inclusive Recreation

Making winter recreation accessible to all, local organizations are offering a wide array of opportunities for community members of all abilities to participate in inclusive recreational opportunities. From sled hockey and skiing to basketball and bowling, children and adults of all abilities can find activities to match their interests!

‘Tis the season for winter sports here in western Massachusetts – and thanks to a wide array of local resources, opportunities for recreation are available to all. Taking advantage of community resources and the local landscape, organizations from all across the state have worked to create a large network of recreational opportunities that are truly accessible to all – both indoors and out.

Western MA families can take advantage of opportunities to participate in active recreational activities within groups with diverse abilities, and can learn about and/or utilize adaptive technology through special events held by local organizations and athletic leagues.

Participation in recreational opportunities that are truly inclusive to all is a great way for families to experience diversity and to learn from the skills and life experiences of others; additionally, inclusive recreational environments help to provide opportunities for folks of varying abilities to enjoy recreational activities together.

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.

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Weekdays in Western MA: January 8 – 12, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
January 8 – 12, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS New Year Dance Party with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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New Year Dance Party with Guest DJ, Twinkle

“New Year Dance Party” with Award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle. Twinkle brings all genres of dance music  -pop, electronic dance, rock, and hip-hop as she spins the hottest dance tracks for the kindie generation. – www.twinkleandfriends.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 6th & 7th, 2018
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Twinkle “Just Dance”


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  • Twinkle -“Just Dance” [Just Dance]
  • Andrew and Polly ft. Mista Cookie Jar- “Dancing Pants”  [Ear Snacks]
  • Genevieve Goings – “If Your Happy and You Know It”  [Disney Junior Music Nursery Rhymes]
  • Laurie Berkner Band -“I Really Love To  Dance – Dance Remix ” [Laurie Berkner The Dance Remixes]
  • Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band -“A Bailar ” [Fantastico!]
  • Tim Kubart -“Dancing in the Kitchen” [Home]
  • Twinkle -“Twinklematics” [Just Dance]
  • Alphabet Rockers -“The Nitro” [Rise Shine #Woke]
  • Rhymezwell -“Robots on the Dance Floor” [Robots on the Dance Floor]
  • Twinkle -“Music” [Just Dance]
  • Lisa Loeb -“Monster Stomp” [Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’]
  • Rhythm Child-“Everybody is the One” [Eat a Bowl of Cherries]
  • The Pop Ups -“Costume Party” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Laurie Berkner Band- “Drive My Car” [Laurie Berkner The Dance Remixes]
  • The Not- Its! – “Dance with Me” [Are You Listening ]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo -“Mozartistic -feat. Orion Weiss and Marley Carroll” [Mozartistic]
  • Rhymezwell -“Hip Hop” [Nursery Rhymez]
  • Twinkle -“Kidz Rock(Remix){Feat.Mista Cookie Jar}” [Just Dance]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for January 6th – 7th, 2018

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

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Peruse our list of Suggested Events for January 6th – 12th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families. And back again is one of most beloved traditions: 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!


January 6th – 12th, 2018

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Suggested Events for January 6th – 12th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

Join us for our 10th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap! Here’s what one of our participants had to say last year about the swap: “I participated in this swap last year for the first time. I LOVED making the Valentine’s for my list of folks. I am not usually very excited about the mail but this event made me excited for the mail to come. This is such an uplifting way to celebrate a day that can be lonely sometimes. Thank you for this activity. Count me in again!” – Carla D. (Chicopee)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families’ Annual Handmade Valentine Swap Turns 10!

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!

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Jan & Feb

Start the weekend off right with Amherst Cinema’s Family Films Series on Saturdays in January and February! From live action to animation and from classics to new releases, this diverse film lineup is sure to delight kids big and small. Witness the power of friendship in On Wheels on Jan 6, journey to the Arctic in Long Way North on Jan 13, enter a dream world in Napping Princess on Jan 20, and ease on down the yellow brick road in The Wiz on Jan 27. For tickets, more info, and February film titles visit: www.amherstcinema.org.

Jan 13

The New England Air Museum will hold its first Open Cockpit Day for 2018 on Saturday, January 13 from 10am-4pm. Special activities include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators; hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more! A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII era Republic P-47D, the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B “Huey” helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter and the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. All activities are free with museum admission. For more info and directions, please visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Jan 20

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, January 20th from 10am-12pm. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in South Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-lead Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers unique summer experiences for girls in riding, debate, dance, art and animation. Signature summer programs, hosted by expert faculty on a full-service campus, blend intensive skill development with summer camp fun and adventure. Camps emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents and abilities, and adhere to the same high standards set at Stoneleigh-Burnham during the academic year. Programs make use of the school’s outstanding facilities, and campers live in the dormitories with supervision from resident faculty and dorm parents. Registration is now open. Visit sbschool.org, email summerprograms@sbschool.org, or call 413-774-2711 x256.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year. Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 6th – 12th, 2018

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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10th Annual Handmade Valentine Swap for Western MA Families

Hilltown Families’ 10th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again! For the past ten 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. Sign up below!  It’s FREE to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts!

A handmade valentine swap gives local families an opportunity to be creative together while connecting with other families in Western Massachusetts.  Through the swap, participating families mail out handmade valentines to ten assigned addresses, and in return, they receive handmade valentines from ten other participating families.  The cards can be handmade by any combination of child and adult, so if your kids aren’t completely up to the task, or if an adult would like to make their own design, there’s flexibility. All are welcomed!

Deadline to sign up (below) is Thursday, February 1st. On Friday (2/2/18), you will be emailed your assigned names/address of participants to mail your handmade valentines to.  Everyone is kindly requested to mail your valentines off by Wednesday, February 7th.

If interested in participating this year, the information below must be filled out and submitted by Thursday, February 1st, 2018.  Participation is free and open to all residents living in the four counties of Western MA, including Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties.
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Winter Landscape: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.

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Berkshire Family Fun: January 2018

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
January 2018

38017231952_9092d1ae47_oFind out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of January. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Sandisfield, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Off the Mat: Resolutions to Connect, Play & Practice

Resolve. Re Solve. To solve again.

Recently, a friend lent me CDs by poet David Whyte. I’ve been listening in the car as Whyte reads and reflects on poets from William Shakespeare to Mary Oliver. People who choose words so carefully make me look differently and think differently about how a word sounds and what those sounds mean.

This fall, my kiddo began bringing home Words of the Week from kindergarten. His teacher posts words like WITH and THE as passwords to enter the classroom, to help kids learn by looking. Participating in his early reading, I find myself taking apart words. Paying attention to how the words I use fit together for sounds. For meaning.

Like that blessed and cursed word: RESOLVE.

Resolve. Re Solve. To solve again.

Something you just solve once, just figure out like 2 + 2, doesn’t need to be re-solved. We re-solve those things that aren’t easily fixed. That we’ve tried a few different solutions for, yet haven’t yet found one that sticks.

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Weekdays in Western MA: January 1 – January 5, 2018

Weekdays in Western MA:
January 1 – January 5, 2018

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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HFVS New Year Peace Episode (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Post-holidays, pre-New Year’s Day show with HFVS producer, Sienna Wildfield. This perennial favorite episode shares music which reflects the season and songs of peace by great musicians, including Lui Collins, Timmy Abell, The Hullabaloos, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, and many others. Plus, Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story,” from Peace in the World Smiling.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 30 & 31, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • Timmy Abell – “Peace will Dawn” off of Little Red Wagon 
  • Robbi K & Friends –  “The Peace Song” off of Music Makes Me Happy
  • Lui Collins – “Peace on Earth” off of North of Mars
  • Shirley Temple – “On the Good Ship Lollipop”
  • The Hullabaloos – “Hey Lolly, Lolly” off of Tall as a Tree
  • Tex Ritter – “Big Rock Candy Mountain”
  • STORYTIME: Fawnie Byer reads “Peace Feather Story” off of Peace in the World Smiling
  • Michelle Shocked – “Go in Peace” off of Deep Natural
  • Rosemary Clooney – “Suzy Snowflake” off of The Christmas Selection
  • Johnny Mathis – “Winter Wonderland” off of Merry Christmas
  • Uncle Rock –  “Season of Light” off of Uncle Rock U
  • Elizabeth Mitchell –  “This Little Light of Mine” off of You Are My Flower
  • Pat Humphries  – “Swimming to the Other Side” off of Hope
  • Twink – “Three Wishes” off of The Broken Record

[Originally aired: Dec. 27th, 2008]

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 30th & 31st, 2017

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of list of Suggested Events for December 30th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also, check our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post from this season’s Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts about New England New Year Traditions: First Night & First Hikes.


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December 30, 2017 – January 5, 2018

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Suggested Events for December 30th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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To find out about more event, be sure to visit our Suggest an Event Bulletin Board to see what our readers have recently shared! Have an event to share? Feel encouraged to self-post community events here at any time!

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools, and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

In the Spirit of Giving & Gratitude

We here at Hilltown Families would like to extend to you, our community, another opportunity to engage with your interests and honor your values this season. For over a decade, Hilltown Families has been working towards creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community-based education and engagement. As our Founder, Sienna Wildfield, explains in her TEDx Talk, feeling connected to where you live matters. We hope that you’ve come to see community-based education and the community-service learning opportunities that Hilltown Families curates for you each week as vital parts of helping grow active citizens who care about where they live. If you value the work that Hilltown Families does to support you in this effort and have the means to make a financial contribution this year, we would greatly appreciate your support. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization, which means your donation is tax-deductible. You can donate via this link or send a check to: Hilltown Families, PO Box 332, Williamsburg, MA 01096-0332. As always, thank you for being part of our community and participating in the strengthening of our people and places.

Hilltown Families’ Events

Jan 1

On New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective are continuing the beloved ‘Morning Music Party’ series for another year with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for kids! This year, we are starting off this family series on New Year’s Day, January 1, with a First Day Morning Music Party from 10am-12noon in Easthampton, MA. Come enjoy a breakfast bash featuring free pancakes and an awesome dance party for all ages! It takes place at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton’s old Town Hall. This event is a fundraiser for both Flywheel & Hilltown Families, with a “pay what you can” admission to attend with your family. So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun!

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Dec 29

Spend your holiday vacation at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. CactusHead Puppets brings the story of The Pied Piper to life on Friday, Dec 29th at 11am & 1pm in a comedic, updated adaptation of the traditional folktale. Not only does the town find a musical solution to pest control, but the kids of Hamelin teach the grown-ups a lesson about generosity. In the end, the townspeople all come together in celebration. Join puppeteers John & Megan Regan as they present this classic tale, told with multiple puppetry styles, and plenty of dancing rats. Tickets are $6 (Members $5.50) and may be purchased in advance at Museum Admissions Desk or call 413-559-6336.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers unique summer experiences for girls in riding, debate, dance, art and animation. Signature summer programs, hosted by expert faculty on a full-service campus, blend intensive skill development with summer camp fun and adventure. Camps emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents and abilities, and adhere to the same high standards set at Stoneleigh-Burnham during the academic year. Programs make use of the school’s outstanding facilities, and campers live in the dormitories with supervision from resident faculty and dorm parents. Registration is now open. Visit sbschool.org, email summerprograms@sbschool.org, or call 413-774-2711 x256.

Add your class

Hilltown Families has put together an After-School Classes & Enrichment Programs Directory of classes and programs happening across Western Massachusetts throughout the school year.  Our community is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and life-long learners and our directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education. — Have a class or program you’d like to include in our directory? Click here to find out how to have it added. New and updated opportunities are added throughout the year.

Add your school

Hilltown Families Preschool Directory: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values? Check out our growing Preschool Directory, covering all four counties in Western Massachusetts, and find the perfect place for your young one! — Have a school you’d like to include in this list? Click here to find out how to have it added.

ADVERTISE HERE: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! See your summer camp, class, community event, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, after-school class, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter, reaching thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Find out more about our advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by emailing us at at sales@hilltownfamilies.org.

Become a Contributing WriterJOIN OUR TEAM OF CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? We welcome writings that reflect the community-building and educational efforts parents, teens, teachers, artists, activists and community leaders work towards and accomplish, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including local reviews, DIY posts, seasonal cooking/local food, and community-based educational & community service learning opportunities/resources. Send your query to info@hilltownfamilies.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 30, 2017 – January 5, 2018

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New Year: Learning through the Lens of the Season

 

 

 


Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons.

Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts is a new bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts.

With these downloadable seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening a sense of place.

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YA Book Review: Novels for Teen Gamers, Ready Player One vs. Erebos

Novels for Teen Gamers: Ready Player One vs. Erebos

What is a video game-themed book review without a little friendly competition? In the colder months of the year it’s tempting to spend lots of time indoors and possibly, online. These books offer teen gamers a way of taking a screen break while experiencing some of the same excitement through books. Authors Ernest Cline and Ursula Poznanski have both written young adult novels which capture the all-encompassing and sometimes addictive world of video games, leading to inevitable comparisons between the two titles. Each book has its strengths and weaknesses, but the eager reader and gamer may love both equally. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekdays in Western MA: December 25th – 29th, 2017

Weekdays in Western MA: December 25th – 29th, 2017

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners.

Select the day of the week and find events that support your interests through community engagement!

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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