LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Pancake Breakfasts to Winter Fare. Leap Year to Sugar Season. Citizen Science to Civic Engagement.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

STEMChemistryAstronomyAppsChessCardboard RaceEcologyHerpetologyEntomologyGuided HikeNature-Based PlayFencingIce SkatingSign LanguageArt StudiesArt WalkAfrican ArtPastelsPhotographyMobilesWatercolorOil PastelsCyanotypeLeonardo Da VinciMusic StudiesMusic HistoryQuartetBluegrassDance StudiesSwingBelly DanceTheater StudiesTony AwardPuppet TheaterCollege TheaterHigh School MusicalImprovLiterature in TranslationTheater HistoryFrench FilmLocal HistoryLiving HistoryWinter Food FareSugar SeasonMaple SugaringCommunity MealHistory of BreakfastPancake BreakfastMaple CreamGheeFire CiderFolk TraditionsWoodcarvingAcupunctureLoving-KindnessCivic EngagementCitizen Science

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 29-March 6, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥


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100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 29 – March 13, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Mar 1

Join the Center School for their K-8th grade AMALGAM Open House on Sunday, March 1st. Teachers will be offering exciting activities like wire sculpture, painting, juggling, bonfire, hula hoop making, LEGOs, s’mores, friendship bracelets, roasting apples, forest play, read aloud, Magic the Gathering Tournament (email to register!), and more. Meet Center School teachers and families at AMALGAM Open House and learn what a Center School education is all about. This event takes place on Sunday, March 1st, from 1-3pm. All kids and families, kindergarten through 8th grade, welcome! Center School. admissions@centerschool.net. 71 Montague City Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Mar 14

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs. Multiple Locations, MA. Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and offers full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. Call 413-387-1250 or visit www.communityaction.us to apply.

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

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jun 21 – Aug 15

Friends Camp. South China, ME. Friends Camp is a Quaker overnight camp in Maine. They welcome a diverse group of campers who work together to create a loving camp community. At Friends Camp, participants can unplug, make new friends, make art, swim & boat on the lake, and make music. They offer affordable sessions with the primary focus of building community, including offer specialized two-week sessions just for teenagers. Teen programming includes conversations about social justice, climate change, and more. They center themselves in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Camp counselors are college students and graduates, eager to share their interests and act as inspiring role models. Follow on Instagram, @friendscamp. Dates: Jun 21-Aug 15; Age Range of Campers: 7-17yo. Contact: 207-877-4302. director@friendscamp.org. www.friendscamp.org

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. Chicopee, MA. Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, “Be the change” week with activities that focus on empathy, love, kindness & philanthropy, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996. ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com. www.ohanaperformingarts.com

Jul 1 – Aug 26

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA. Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 26; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com.

Aug 3 – 14

Summer Program For Children at Eaglebrook School. Deerfield, MA. Holistic learning and play with Bill Stewart. Craft an original show in 2 weeks and perform it on the Percival Theater stage. Students of theater will work on their stage craft through theater games, improvisation, character work, stage combat, and voice. In past summers, this program has worked on plays from ancient myth and classic works with an original twist, such The Odyssey, The Miser, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as new works blending well-known characters and story elements with creative, original arcs. Lunch is included, as is time to relax and splash in the pool. Cost: $590. Limit of 15 children. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield off Routes 5 & 10. Dates: Aug 3-14; Age Range of Participants: 9-14yo. Contact: 413-522-1445. lmciner@gmail.com. eggtooth.org.

Early Bird Discount

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp allows children to slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts, and enjoying carefree days with other young “farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors guide campers as they enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children become more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. For ages 4-12. Early bird discount available before March 1st. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 29 – March 13, 2020

Saturday, Feb 29Sunday, March 1
Monday, March 2Tuesday, March 3Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7Sunday, March 8
Monday, March 9Tuesday, March 10Wednesday, March 11
Thursday, March 12 Friday, March 13

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Feb 22-March 6, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Four Seasons Episode with Guest DJs, Steve & Jenn from The Dilly Dallies

Winter, Spring Summer and Fall! Steve Slater and Jenn Ekman from The Dilly Dallies are excited to share some of their favorite songs about all four of the seasons that we all share. Tune is to hear what their favorite seasons are and see how each song is related to your favorite season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 22 & 23, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: The Dilly Dallies, “Superhero”


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PLAYLIST

  • Holly Throsby – “The Seasons” [See!]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Rainy Day” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • Caspar Babypants – “When a Penguin Moves to California” [Keep It Real!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Snowpeople” [Winterland]
  • Real Estate – “Snow Days” [Real Estate]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]
  • Frances England – “Spring Has Sprung” [Family Tree]
  • U2 – “Beautiful Day” [All That You Can’t Leave Behind]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [I Can See Clearly Now]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Share The Sun” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • Alice Cooper – “School’s Out” [School’s Out]
  • Beach Boys – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” [Endless Summer]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “School Day” [Walking Around With Giants]
  • The White Stripes – “We’re Going to Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [Greatest Hits]
  • Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats – “La Cosecha” [All The Sounds]
  • The Dilly Dallies – “Weekend” [The Dilly Dallies]

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Woodcarving to Sewing. Food Science to Music History. Terrariums to Orchids.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Summer CampsSeasonsBotanyOrchidsTerrariumsNature StudiesNature Scavenger HuntAdaptationsCoyotesWildlife Story HourLocal History PlaygroupFood HistoryBeehive OvenFood ScienceIce CreamBrewingCheeseSTEMScience CafeChemistryComputer CodingChessCritical Thinking SkillsReligion StudiesBuddhismArt StudiesBlack Art MattersWomen’s Art & HistoryGirls in SportsOutdoor AdventuresWinter HikingFolk TraditionsCarpentryWoodcarvingSewingRepair CafeUpcyclingArts & CraftsTie-DyeBird HousesTerrariumsDate NightParents’ Night OutFilm StudiesFrench FilmCinematic SoundMusic HistoryAmerican Folk MusicMusic StudiesShape Note SingingChoral FestivalJazzSocial Justice SongsSocial ChangeMulticulturalImmigrationMartin Luther King, Jr.MindfulnessTheater StudiesCollege TheaterMusicalDance StudiesLindy HopTangoContra Dance

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 22-28, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥


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Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Share the love! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-29. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school; or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-29, 2020, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Feb 25

Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. More at fineartscenter.com/neverland or call 800-999-UMAS.

Mar 1

Join the Center School for their K-8th grade AMALGAM Open House on Sunday, March 1st. Teachers will be offering exciting activities like wire sculpture, painting, juggling, bonfire, hula hoop making, LEGOs, s’mores, friendship bracelets, roasting apples, forest play, read aloud, Magic the Gathering Tournament (email to register!), and more. Meet Center School teachers and families at AMALGAM Open House and learn what a Center School education is all about. This event takes place on Sunday, March 1st, from 1-3pm. All kids and families, kindergarten through 8th grade, welcome! Center School. admissions@centerschool.net. 71 Montague City Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Mar 14

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

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

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Jun 21 – Aug 15

Friends Camp. South China, ME. Friends Camp is a Quaker overnight camp in Maine. They welcome a diverse group of campers who work together to create a loving camp community. At Friends Camp, participants can unplug, make new friends, make art, swim & boat on the lake, and make music. They offer affordable sessions with the primary focus of building community, including offer specialized two-week sessions just for teenagers. Teen programming includes conversations about social justice, climate change, and more. They center themselves in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Camp counselors are college students and graduates, eager to share their interests and act as inspiring role models. Follow on Instagram, @friendscamp. Dates: Jun 21-Aug 15; Age Range of Campers: 7-17yo. Contact: 207-877-4302. director@friendscamp.org. www.friendscamp.org

Jun 24 – Aug 1

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. For a summer they will talk about forever — clowning is encouraged, flying is the norm, and climbing on your friends is a success! Aspire, express, and be strong at NECCA’s new facility with world-class coaches, a foam pit for flipping, indoor flying trapeze, and a trampoline wall. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 1; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo. Contact: 802-254-9780. ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org. www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Jun 29 – Aug 21

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. Chicopee, MA. Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, “Be the change” week with activities that focus on empathy, love, kindness & philanthropy, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996. ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com. www.ohanaperformingarts.com

Jul 1 – Aug 26

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA. Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 26; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com.

Jul 6 – 31

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA. Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 6-July 31. Themes this year are: July6-10 (Radio Hits); July 13-17 (1960’s-70’s); July 20-24 (1980’s-90’s); July 27-July 31 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $425 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 10 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Gruff Davies, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com. www.missleticia.com

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA. Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 22 – March 6, 2020

Saturday, Feb 22Sunday, Feb 23
Monday, Feb 24Tuesday, Feb 25Wednesday, Feb 26
Thursday, Feb 27 Friday, Feb 28

Saturday, Feb 29Sunday, March 1
Monday, March 2Tuesday, March 3Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5Friday, March 6

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Feb 15-28, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle (Podcast/Radio Show)

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HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

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Award-winning Peruvian-American Kindie Rocker, Twinkle Time, shares her favorite message…L-O-V-E…LOVE! This week, Twinkle’s spinning the best family music with songs teaching kids about spreading love, peace, and happiness, globally!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 15 & 16, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Place in your Heart” by Frances England featuring Mates of State. featuring kids talking about their favorite toys and treasures. Frances collected & photographed all of the toys and blankets featured in this video from friends in San Francisco and could honestly feel the love that’s been poured into these treasures over the years.


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PLAYLIST

  • Twinkle Time -“L-O-V-E” [Made In The U.S.A]
  • Tim Kubart feat.Genevieve Goings – “Block Party” [Building Blocks]
  • Dolly Parton -“A Friend Like You” [ I Believe In You]
  • Suzi Shelton -“Never Let You Go” [Hand in Hand]
  • Andy Z – “I Love You Because You’re You” [Welcome To Andyland]
  • Vered – “Good Morning My Love” [Good Morning My Love]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “L&A” [Made In LA]
  • Splash N Boots -“Don’t Forget (I Love You)” [Big Yellow Tunes]
  • Mista Cookie Jar &The Chocolate Chips – “UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution” [UltraMagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • The Not- Its – “I Love Food” [Tag, You’re It !]
  • Raffi – “Mama Loves It” [Love Bug]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Life Is Music” [Easy]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “I Love New York” [Bandwagon]
  • Hullabaloo- “I Love My Guitar” [20 Songs in 20 Days]
  • Frances England -“Place In Your Heart” [Mind Of My Own]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Laurie Berkner -“My Family” [Love]
  • Mista Cookie & the Chocolate Chips -“Gratitude” [Music is Everywhere]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]

Original Broadcast: February 16 & 17, 2019

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Aerodynamics to Colonial Children’s Games. S’mores to Chocolate Chip Cookies. French Films to Mandarin.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter FestivalLiving HistoryColonial LifeWomen’s HistoryFashion HistoryFiber HistoryDance HistoryHistory of MarriageFolk TraditionsSewingFood HistoryTavern FareCulinary ArtsButcheryMoroccan CuisineS’moresChocolate Chip CookiesPhysicsChemistryAviationAerodynamicsDronesPaper AirplanesLEGOsBubblesPuppetryMedia LiteracyPodcastingLanguage StudiesCartographyJewish FolktalesIrish LegendAnimationFrenchMandarinRacismVotingWinter BotanyZoologyNative SpeciesLive AnimalsAdaptationsCougarsRabbitsMusic StudiesInstrumentsJazzDuke EllingtonPauline OliverosCommunity SingArt StudiesFigure DrawingColor TheoryClay WorkshopInk PaintingArts & Craft SwapCreative Free-Play

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 15-21, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
Click here to subscribe!

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 15-28, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Sale Feb 14 – 29

Share the love! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-29. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school; or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-29, 2020, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Feb 17

The Academy of Music Theatre is bringing Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s most wildly popular story, The Rainbow Fish, to the Academy stage as part of the 19.20 Season Series on Monday, February 17 at 1pm in Northampton, MA. With innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, this experience is sure to be a family hit that will enchant even the youngest child with the magical glow-in-the-dark tale of the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Stay directly after the show for a Q&A session with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.aomtheatre.com or by calling the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105.

Feb 25

Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. More at fineartscenter.com/neverland or call 800-999-UMAS.

The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

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

Start- ing Feb 15

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

Jun 24 – Aug 1

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. For a summer they will talk about forever — clowning is encouraged, flying is the norm, and climbing on your friends is a success! Aspire, express, and be strong at NECCA’s new facility with world-class coaches, a foam pit for flipping, indoor flying trapeze, and a trampoline wall. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 1; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo. Contact: 802-254-9780. ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org. www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Jul 6 – 31

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA. Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 6-July 31. Themes this year are: July6-10 (Radio Hits); July 13-17 (1960’s-70’s); July 20-24 (1980’s-90’s); July 27-July 31 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $425 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 10 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Gruff Davies, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com. www.missleticia.com

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 15-28, 2020

Saturday, Feb 15Sunday, Feb 16
Monday, Feb 17Tuesday, Feb 18Wednesday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 20Friday, Feb 21

Saturday, Feb 22Sunday, Feb 23
Monday, Feb 24Tuesday, Feb 25Wednesday, Feb 26
Thursday, Feb 27 Friday, Feb 28

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Feb 8-21, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Office Hours Episode w/ Guest DJ, Jack Forman of Recess Monkey (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

 Office Hours Episode with Guest DJ,
Jack Forman of Recess Monkey

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Jack Forman hosts this week’s Hilltown Family Variety Show, but forgot to ask Sienna Wildfield if it was okay to remodel the studio with 1970s wood paneling and inspirational posters. In celebration of his second album Office Hours, Jack takes us on a high-energy musical romp through the workday. Though he really won’t be very useful with questions about your homework or last night’s reading, he can certainly fill the hour with fun!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 8th & 9th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Yodeling Yoda” by Jack Forman


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PLAYLIST

  • Jack Forman – “This Cat (Will Eat Anything)” [Office Hours]
  • Recess Monkey – “Take Your Kid to Work Day” [Wired]
  • Justin Roberts – “Otis” [Recess]
  • Andrew & Polly – “Mail” [Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast]
  • Jack Forman – “My Car” [Office Hours]
  • Keith Munslow – “Coffee Breath” [Tiny Destroyer]
  • Recess Monkey – “Time to Make the Donuts” [Novelties]
  • The Not-Its! – “Busy” [Kidquake!]
  • Jack Forman – “#GOALS” [Office Hours]
  • The Pop Ups – “Getting the Job Done” [Appetite for Construction]
  • Amy Adams – “Happy Working Song” [Disney’s Enchanted Soundtrack]
  • They Might be Giants – “Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Jack Forman – “When I Was Young” [Office Hours]
  • Todd Rundgren – “Bang The Drum All Day” [The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect]

Original broadcast: March 2019

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Candy Chemistry to Valentine’s Day. Moonlight Hike to Ice Sculpting.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter FestivalWinter Trails DayOutdoor AdventuresIce SculptingWinter HikingNaturalist SkillsIce FishingIce SkatingEcosystemFire EcologyTrackingPorcupinesNature PhotographyMoonlight HikeSpruce-Fir ForestClimate ChangeArt Night OutArt StudiesFolk ArtFiber ArtsCraftingHandmade ValentinesWet FeltingPisankiFigure DrawingIce SculptingArt InstallationMuseum AdventuresValentines DayDate NightSTEMChemistryChessLEGOsMedia LiteracyNutritional AnthropologyMardi Gras King CakeTavern FareHomebrewingOenologyMusic StudiesOrchestraQuartetSpanish GuitarPercussionFather-Daughter DanceFunding CollegeCurrent AffairsCivicsAmerican FactoriesStorytellingLiving HistoryWomen’s HistoryAfrican American HistoryVotingFilm StudiesTheater StudiesAcademy AwardsShakespeare

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 8-14, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 8-21, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Feb 8

This Saturday, February 8 from 10am-4pm head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary, a FREE family day! A free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, enjoy art making, films, and special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker (11:30am) and Happier Valley Comedy (1:30pm). Visit carlemuseum.org for more information.

Start- ing Feb 15

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

Party Venue

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

Mar 14

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 8-21, 2020

Saturday, Feb 8Sunday, Feb 9
Monday, Feb 10Tuesday, Feb 11Wednesday, Feb 12
Thursday, Feb 13 Friday, Feb 14

Saturday, Feb 15Sunday, Feb 16
Monday, Feb 17Tuesday, Feb 18Wednesday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 20Friday, Feb 21

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Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
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Saturday Morning Music Party with Hilltown Families & Flywheel Arts Collective, March 14

Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will conclude the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids! Following the breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning the best family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon.”

“Hilltown Families and Flywheel strive to build community through collaboration and community engagement,” says Hilltown Families Founder, Sienna Wildfield. “Getting families with children of all ages out during the winter has its challenges. Through collaboration, we hope to build and maintain a sense of community for children and their parents by sharing food, enjoying and creating art, and dancing.” Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! It’s cheaper than a night out and just as much fun!

This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit Flywheel, which, throughout 2019, celebrated its 20th year as a volunteer-run, non-profit community arts space.

This event is the final in a series of three for Winter 2020. Be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter to keep up with other events and activities for families across western MA!

Flywheel Arts Collective is located in Old Town Hall (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA.

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Feb 1-14, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS 100 Years of Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS 100 Years of Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano from Michael & the Rockness Monsters brings you and exploration of 100 years of music. Listen to songs from 1920-2020 while Michael and his daughters take you for a little ride through musical history. Michael also takes the opportunity to play songs for his daughters that his mother played for him in the 70’s and 80’s.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 1st & 2nd, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Seeing Life In 2020”


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PLAYLIST

  • The Hofgarten Ballroom Orchestra – “Donkey Serenade” [Wiener Bonbons, Folge 1]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “You Are My Sunshine” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • The Merry Macs – “Mairzy Doats” [Classic Years of the Merry Macs
  • Little Walter – “Mellow Down Easy” [The Essential Little Walter]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “All Together Now” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • Harry Nilson – “The Puppy Song” [Harry]
  • The Pointer Sisters – “Yes We Can, Can” [The Pointer Sisters]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “Seeing Life In 2020” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • The Zombies – “This Will Be Our Year” [The Original Studio Recordings, Vol 1]
  • Paul Simon – “Loves Me Like A Rock” [The Essential Paul Simon]
  • Three Dog Night – “Joy to the World” [20th Century Masters]
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters – “A Life That’s Good” [Seeing Life In 2020]
  • Phish – “Waste” [Billy Breathes]
  • Manu Chao – “Bongo Bong” [Clandestino]
  • Monsters of Folk – “The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me” [Monsters of Folk]
  • Built To Spill – “You Were Right” [Keep It Like A Secret]

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Dance Party to Winter Festival. Pancakes to Puppets.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Dance PartyLion DanceNative American DanceFolk DanceWinter FestivalLuminariaCulinary ArtsPancake BreakfastHand PiesPuppet ShowShadow PuppetryMuseum AdventuresDinosaursSTEMChemistryAstronomy Chess ClubAlternative MedicineFirst AidADHDHomeopathyMedia LiteracyOrnithologyOwlsArt WalkArt StudiesMonotype PrintsPastelsFigure DrawingPaper MarblingFiber ArtPotterySewingWomen’s HistoryImbolcChinese New YearValentine MakingSwedish HeartsGratitudeKindnessCritical ThinkingSustainabilityTheater StudiesCostumesNaturalist SkillsTrackingNocturnal WildlifeHistory PlaygroupParents’ Book Club

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 1-7, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: February 1-14, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Feb 11

GuGu Drum Group From Shanghai. Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. This award-winning percussion group from Shanghai presents a theatrical drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions showcasing the various percussive instruments used in ancient drum music. Featuring drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales, this performance highlights the human evolution, awareness, social commitment, and communication that ancient drumming has as its history. This high-energy extravaganza will entertain audiences of all ages! $20-$38; Youth 17 & Under: $10. @1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/gugudrum or call 800-999-UMAS

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led 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. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1

Luminaria 2020Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on Sat, Feb 1 from 5-8pm on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. For updates and info: Fire & Ice Event.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

Jul 6 – Aug 21

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

Pre-school

Giving Tree preschool program in Gill, MA, is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting children ages 2.9 – 5. For more information: www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 1-14, 2020

Saturday, Feb 1Sunday, Feb 2
Monday, Feb 3Tuesday, Feb 4Wednesday, Feb 5
Thursday, Feb 6Friday, Feb 7

Saturday, Feb 8Sunday, Feb 9
Monday, Feb 10Tuesday, Feb 11Wednesday, Feb 12
Thursday, Feb 13 Friday, Feb 14

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This Saturday! Best ever dance party before 12noon!!!

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 from 10am-12noonHilltown Families and Flywheel will again be continuing the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party’ series with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids!

While enjoying a community breakfast of fresh pancakes, fruit, juice, and coffee, Scotty Swan will present his Totally Rad Magic Show! Scotty has wowed us before with his puppetry and magic, but this time he will offer a magic show with bigger illusions, more audience participation, and so much more.

Following the breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning the best family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon.”

“Hilltown Families and Flywheel strive to build community through collaboration and community engagement,” says Hilltown Families Founder, Sienna Wildfield. “Getting families with children of all ages out during the winter has its challenges. Through collaboration, we hope to build and maintain a sense of community for children and their parents by sharing food, enjoying and creating art, and dancing”. Save on the babysitter and shake off the winter blues with a Morning Music Dance Party! It’s cheaper than a night out and just as much fun!

This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit Flywheel, which, throughout 2019, celebrated its 20th year as a volunteer-run, non-profit community arts space.

This event is the second in a series of three for Winter 2020. The next Saturday Morning Music Party will be held on Saturday, March 14, 10am-12pm.

Flywheel Arts Collective is located in Old Town Hall (43 Main Street) in Easthampton, MA.

For more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/HilltownFamilies

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Hilltown Families’ 12th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again! Hilltown Families celebrates 15 years in 2020, and for the past 12 years, we have coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap that connects community via loving-kindness. Making handmade valentines is an excellent way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday while being creative with your family and friends.

Click here to sign up to participate.
Deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan 31, 2020!

Jan 25 – Feb 7, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg) (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Have an Awesome Day Episode with Guest DJ, Jesse Jukebox (aka Jesse Friedberg)

Join children’s singer Jesse Jukebox as he shares some of his favorite songs that have to do with going through your day, from when you wake up to when you go to bed! Get ready to rock out with Jesse while he plays an eclectic mix of awesome tunes!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 25 & 26, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

The official music video for Awesome! by Jesse Jukebox. From the album, Awesome!


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PLAYLIST

  • Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur” [Single]
  • Electric Light Orchestra –“Mr. Blue Sky” [Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of  Electric Light Orchestra]
  • Jesse Jukebox – “Listen To Your Gut” [Awesome!]
  • Steve Martin –“Late For School” [The Crow: New Songs For the Five String Banjo]
  • The White Stripes –“We’re Going To Be Friends” [White Blood Cells]
  • Jesse Jukebox –“I Wanna Learn!” [Awesome!]
  • Sam Cooke –“(What A) Wonderful World” [Tribute To A Lady]
  • Weird Al Yankovic –“Eat it” [“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D]
  • Newsies –“Seize The Day” [Newsies]
  • Stacey Peasley –“Lucky Day” [Lucky Day]
  • The Polyphonic Spree –“ Light and Day/Reach For the Sun” [The Beginning Stages of…]
  • Dog On Fleas –“Pardon My Pajamas” [Buy One Get One Flea]
  • Otis Redding –“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”  [The Dock of the Bay]
  • They Might Be Giants –“Nine Bowls Of Soup” [Here Come The 123’s]
  • Billy Joel –“Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” [River of Dreams]
  • Everly Brothers –“All I Have To Do Is Dream” [Greatest Hits]
  • Jesse Jukebox –“Awesome!” [Awesome!]
  • Mister Rogers –“Tomorrow” [It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers]

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Lunar New Year to Women’s Suffrage. Duke Ellington to Bela Tarr. Artisan Cheese to Needle Felting.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Chinese New YearOutdoor AdventuresHikingIce SkatingWinter AdventuresWinter CarnivalMuseum AdventuresCartoonsMangaFigure DrawingIntergenerationalSelf-Directed LearningParenting SkillsForest BathingNaturalist SkillsTrackingNative SpeciesBiodiversityGardeningFolk TraditionsArtisan CheeseSakeFiber ArtsNeedle FeltingWet FeltingSTEMChemistryFermentationCodingMedia LiteracyChess ClubMusic StudiesDrumsCommunity SingGospel MusicAfrican American Music TraditionsJazzSymphonyTheater StudiesLiterature In TranslationSign LanguageFilm StudiesFashion IndustryVotingBuddhismMindfulnessGrowth MindsetCritical Thinking SkillsPlaygroupBoard GamesNew England HistoryWomen’s HistoryIce Harvest

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 25-31, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 25 – February 7, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jan 28

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.

Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House Jan 25

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led 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. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1

Luminaria 2020Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on Sat, Feb 1 from 5-8pm on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. For updates and info: Fire & Ice Event.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 25 – February 7, 2020

Saturday, Jan 25Sunday, Jan 26
Monday, Jan 27Tuesday, Jan 28Wednesday, Jan 29
Thursday, Jan 30Friday, Jan 31

Saturday, Feb 1Sunday, Feb 2
Monday, Feb 3Tuesday, Feb 4Wednesday, Feb 5
Thursday, Feb 6Friday, Feb 7

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
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The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

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Jan 18-31, 2020: What do you want to learn? Where do you want to go?

HFVS Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Winter Wonderland Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

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Let’s add music and story to our winter fun! Join HFVS guest DJ, Flor Bromley, as she takes us on an adventure through her favorite winter songs. She will share music and stories about playing in the snow, learning about migration and hibernation, and dancing to keep ourselves warm.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 18th & 19th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Kitty” by Flor Bromley off of the album Chiqui Music Boom


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PLAYLIST

  • John Legend – “Refuge or When It’s Cold Outside” [Get Lifted]
  • Tim Kubart – “Winter Wonderland” [written for Sesame Studios]
  • Super Agent 23 Skidoo – “PJs All Day” [The Perfect Quirk]
  • Flor Bromley – “Las Aves Vuelan/Birds Fly” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “It’s Snowing” [It’s the Holidays!]
  • Justin Roberts – “Snow Day” [Jungle Gym]
  • Caspar Babypants – “I Want To Be a Snowman” [Sing Along!]
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Keep Me Warm” [Winterland]
  • Erin Lee – “Snowdance” [Snowdance]
  • The Pop Ups – “Winter Beard” [Winter Beard – Single]
  • The Not-Its – “Freeze Tag” [Tag, You’re It!]
  • Rose Coen – “Winter Solstice” [Musical Round-Up]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “The Penguin Song” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Flor Bromley – “Hibernation” [Chiqui Music Boom]
  • STORY: Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail? – Iroquis Folktale told by Flor Bromley
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait to Hibernate” [Silliest Songs]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun” [Abbey Road]

Original broadcast: 2/9/19

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LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Quantum Mechanics to Comics. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Women’s March.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsBasket MakingOrigamiHerbal MedicineNaturalist SkillsTrackingOwlsEcosystemsSkillsharingUpcyclingCommunity ServiceMindfulnessFloral DesignFigure DrawingWinter SportsSnowshoeingNordic SkiingIce SkatingSTEMAIQuantum MechanicsScience MuseumGeometryChessNew England HistoryTree HistorySpruce Fir-ForestNature-Based Arts & CraftsParents’ Night OutSocial StudiesWomen’s MarchMartin Luther King, Jr.Community MealFood TourPancake BreakfastTheater StudiesTheatersLiterature in TranslationMusicalFamily ConcertMusic StudiesPreKSoundLanguage ArtsSign LanguageMedia LiteracyPodcastingZinesComics

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 18-24, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
Click here to subscribe!

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: January 18-31, 2020

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Jan 16-19 & 23-26

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

Jan 18

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

Jan 28

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.


The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Feb 1

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Open House Jan 25

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Open House Feb 1

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led 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. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Feb 1-8

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 18-31, 2020

Saturday, Jan 18Sunday, Jan 19
Monday, Jan 20Tuesday, Jan 21Wednesday, Jan 22
Thursday, Jan 23Friday, Jan 24

Saturday, Jan 25Sunday, Jan 26
Monday, Jan 27Tuesday, Jan 28Wednesday, Jan 29
Thursday, Jan 30Friday, Jan 31

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
Class DirectoryPreschool DirectoryBirthday Party Venue Directory
Cultural ItinerariesMuseum PassesFarmers’ MarketsStoryhour & Playgroups
Suggest an Eventen Español


The events below are shared as a courtesy. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm date, time, place, age appropriateness, registration requirements, and costs before attending.

Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families’ 12th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap

It’s that time of the year again! Hilltown Families celebrates 15 years in 2020, and for the past 12 years, we have coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap that connects community via loving-kindness. Making handmade valentines is an excellent way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday while being creative with your family and friends. Sign up to participate by Jan 31, 2020!

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