Suggested Events 01/08/11-01/14/11

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

BEST BETS

On Saturday, January 8th at 10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G kicks off the Nonotuck Community School Winter Concert Series with a family concert at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main St.) More info here. 586-5996 Northampton, MA (>$)

On Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30pm, Hilltown Families presents ... Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families , a FREE interactive and fun presentation for adults with author Susan Tordella at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.) in Florence, MA. Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families. More information HERE. Florence, MA (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

CONCERT & DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS: Chris Smither in concert on Sat, Jan 15 at 8pm, Ashfield’s Town Hall. Chris is an acclaimed acoustic roots singer-songwriter whose career spans 40 years, 12 albums & 3 DVDs. He tours world-wide and his songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. Tickets are $18adv/$20door. Elmer’s will serve a pre-concert dinner (5 – 7:15pm) with BBQ Pulled Pork Po’ Boys from Skippy & Wanda Walker of New Orleans.  This po-boy was named one of America’s top sandwiches in 2008 by Esquire Magazine, and their daughter, Shayne Walker, will be our chef of the evening.  (Vegetarian option will be offered as well.) Dinner is $14 and includes dessert and coffee. Dinner reservations and concert info:  628-4003. www.Elmersstore.com/events

BULLETIN BOARD

INFORMATIONAL MEETING: The Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School (HCCPS) invites prospective parents to attend an Informational Meeting on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 6:30pm. HCCPS is an arts-integrated, parent-involved public K-8 school located in the Brassworks Building on Rte. 9 in Haydenville, MA. There is no tuition or application fee. The Admissions Lottery will be held February 8th, 2011.Applications received after Feb 7th will be entered in subsequent lotteries. Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School does not discriminate on any basis. For an application, information, or to schedule a visit, call (413) 268-3421 or email info@hilltowncharter.org. Visit the HCCPS online at www.hilltowncharter.org

Pioneer Valley Local First - buy localPioneer Valley Local First writes: In the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protect and strengthen. Our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy Local First.  We also encourage and support companies to be socially, locally and environmentally responsible. In addition we educate Pioneer Valley citizens, community organizations, businesses and local governments about the benefits of doing business with locally owned, independent businesses. Help the Pioneer Valley to continue to be its unique, wonderful self; so that our place, doesn’t look like every place, by using your Pioneer Valley Local Business Guide.

PRESCHOOL FAIR: The Northampton Parents Center is having its annual Preschool Fair on Thursday, January 13th, at the Parents Center from 9:30 to 11:00 am.  Snow date is January 20th.  Representatives from local preschools will be on hand to answer questions.  This event is free of charge.  Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of Main and State Streets in Northampton — entrance on State Street.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information go to the Parents Center website: www.northamptonparentscenter.org.

POLKA DANCE LESSONS: February 5th is Sweetheart Family Polka Night at the Sunderland Elementary School from , 6:30-1opm. Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate Valentine’s Day at Cafe Sun. Local favorite The Eddie Forman Orchestra will have you carousing, and secret local entertainers will kick things off. Yummy desserts will be served. Proceeds to benefit the Sunderland Elementary School PTO. Free babysitting!Also FREE Polka lessons for kids and adults, Thursday evenings Jan 13 – Feb 3, 7- 8pm. For more info: 665-1151 or 768-9857 or go to www.cafesun.org.

Hilltown Families has been serving & supporting our local community for 5 years! Help HF continue to serve our community by supporting the work we do! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and/or enhanced publicity. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

The Forbes Library of Northampton, MA writes: Food for Fines, Jan. 3rd through Jan. 15th. Support your local community, clear your library account and return our books and media to circulate to others!  During this time, patrons may pay overdue fines with canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in our community.

Lilly Lombard of Grow Food Northampton writes: Spread the word that Whole Foods in Hadley will have a “5% day” for us on WED. JANUARY 12. 5% of all proceeds that day will go to Grow Food Northampton. Mark your calendar to shop at Whole Foods that day. They have become proactive in sourcing food locally!

Evan Wilson of Health Resource in Action writes: Health Resources in Action and The 84 are looking for youth ages 15-17 to become trained to conduct tobacco compliance checks.  A tobacco compliance check is a way to make sure tobacco retailers are not selling tobacco products to underage youth. It involves youth under the age of 18 going into stores where tobacco is sold to attempt to purchase cigarettes or other tobacco products.   The next training will be in Northampton on Monday, January 10th from 4-7pm at the Western Regional Health Office. Once trained, youth’s name will be entered into a database of teens who are trained and willing to participate in checks. Youth will be paid $8-10/hour to conduct the checks in their community.   Contact Evan Wilson at ewilson@hria.org or (617) 279-2240 x332 to sign up for an upcoming training. Please provide your name, age, address, phone and an email address.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: TOP 10 OF 2010!

Hilltown Family Variety ShowTune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

This week on the HFVS is our Top 10 of 2010 Episode. We’re playing songs off of our top 10 albums selected for 2010. Tune in to hear who we’ve selected and get ready for some great music!

Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    Saturday – January 8th, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    9am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market in the basement of Thornes through April 30th. Food, live music and art. Northampton, MA (MARKET)

    10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G kicks off the Nonotuck Community School Winter Concert Series with a family concert at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main St.) More info here. 586-5996 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmers’ Market at Amherst Middle School (170 Chestnut St.) with live music by the hilltown’s very own, Radio Free Earth. Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-2pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: North Amherst Farmers’ Market happens a the Big Blue Barn at SwartzFamiy Farm (11 Meadow St.). www.northamherstmarket.com Amherst, MA (MARKET)

    10am-12Noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Berkshire Sanctuaries is sponsoring a Bird Banding Demo at  Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for families w/kids 3yo & older.  Use mist nets, band birds, record data, relase birds unharmed. (472 West Mountain Rd.) berkshires@massaudubon.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am-3pm – WINTER TRAILS DAY: Activities at Notchview Reservation for annual Winter Trails Day. Cross-country ski lessons for all levels, clinics, snowshoe hike. Bring skis or rent in advance from your local ski shop.  Snowshoes available on site. 684-0148 http://www.ttor.org Windsor, MA (FREE) Rescheduled for January 22nd due to lack of snow.

    10:30am-12Noon – STORY/MOVIE TIME: Reading and screening of The Snowman and The Snowy Day at the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium (1 Wendell Ave.). Snacks & crafts too. 499-9480 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    11am & 1pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Grateful Crane: A Japanese Tale, will be performed by the Hartsbrook School Early Childhood Faculty at the Eric Carle Museum. 584-3198 www.hartsbrook.org Amherst, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    11am-12Noon – STORY TIME: Stories from Natures Garden at the Lee Library (100 Main St.). Join Anne Gannon, horticulturist with The Trustees of Reservations, for a program of stories and activities sharing the wonders of nature in all seasons. Open to ages 2-7 with caregivers (older siblings welcome!). To sign-up or for more information email rborsody@cwmars.org or call the Lee Library at 243-0385 Lee, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-3pm – COMMUNITY MEALMontague Farm Zen House presents the weekly Montague Farm Cafe -a free, weekly family oriented meal and gathering, with healthy food, art activities, live music, and games. 367-5275 Montague, MA (FREE)

    12Noon-5pm – CHESS: Western MA Blitz Chess Challenge for kids ages 6yo+ happens at the Westfield Athenaeum (6 Elm St.). All levels welcomed. Presented by the Western Massachusetts Chess Association and the Westfield Chess Club. 568-7833 www.westath.orgWestfield, MA (FREE)

    1pm – SPANISH: Spanish Get-Together at the Meekins Library the second Saturday of each month.  Intermediate to advanced speakers. ¿Quieres Practicar tu español? Puedes Hacerlo en Las Tertulias en Espanol en la biblioteca Meekins en Williamsburg Los segundos sabados de cada mes a la una. 268-7472 www.meekins-library.org Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1-10pm – RED TENT: Red Tent Temple of the Berkshires for all women 13yo and older. 441-4186 Pittsfield, MA ($)

    1:30pm – KNITTING GROUP: Get-Together Knitting Bees at Norton Inn (across street from Elmer’s). Get cozy with other knitters next to a warm fire and enjoy the company and help of other knitters (all skill levels). Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    1:30-3:20pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Collins/Moylan Arena (41 Barr Ave.). Skate rentals available. 772-6891 Greenfield, MA ($)

    ♦ 2-3:50pm – ICE SKATING: Public ice skating at Fitzpatrick Arena (575 Maple St.) Skate rentals available. 532-2929 Holyoke, MA ($)

    2pm – MOVIE: The Westfield Athenaeum (6 Elm St.) will host a screening of “Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole” (PG). http://www.westath.org Westfield, MA (FREE)

    2pm – HERBAL REMEDIES: Dr. Rebecca Shwartz will offer a workshop on making simple herbal remedies for common wintertime complaints in the community room at the Forbes Library. www.forbeslibrary.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    2-4pm – SUSTAINABILITY: Worm composting workshop at Green Fields market. 586-3699 Greenfield, MA (FREE)

    2-5pm – GIRLS CIRCLE: The Girl Circle, an ongoing group for girls between 9-12 yrs to explore their holistic relationship with the seasons, the moon cycles, sense of self and esteem, body image and awareness, verbal vocal clarity, holistic empowerment, fullness of expression, and gain skills for managing and balancing emotional and physical health and wholeness. Led by Alisa Wright Tanny. 695-6950 Conway/Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    5pm – 12th NIGHT: St John’s Church is hosting a Twelfth Night celebration. There will be a festive gathering and a lively reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  Musical instruments are encouraged.  Potluck supper between acts featuring Three Kings Cake and wassail.  Bring a potluck dish to share and copy of the play (if you have one). Open to all. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

    7:30pm – CABARET: Amherst Regional High School will host a cabaret, showcasing the perfoming arts of ARHS.  Amherst, MA ($)

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    Suggested Events 01/01/11-01/07/11

    Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Start the year off right and get the family outside! Take the kids sledding or on a New Year's Day hike! Several free First Day Hikes are featured for Saturday. Pick one in the Pioneer Valley, Hilltowns or Berkshires and set tracks for a great new year! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

    BEST BETS

    Sunday, January 2nd at 4pm – MARIONETTE SHOW: The Cummington Family Center and the Tanglewood Marionettes present Cinderella at the Community House (33 Main St.) Cummington, MA (FREE)

    Friday, January 7th at 6:30pm – MOVIE: Northampton Community Music Center hosts a movie/sing-along for kids of all ages to “The Wizard of Oz.” Bring blankets and get cozy.www.ncmc.net Northampton, MA (FREE)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Hilltown Families presents: "Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families" on Jan. 12th @ 6:30pm. Free & open to the public.

    On Saturday, January 8th at 10am – FAMILY CONCERT: Mister G kicks off the Nonotuck Community School Winter Concert Series with a family concert at First Churches of Northampton (129 Main St.) More info here. 586-5996 Northampton, MA (>$)

    On Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30pm, Hilltown Families presents ..Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, an interactive and fun presentation for adults with author Susan Tordella at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 12th at Cup & Top Cafe (1 North Main St.). Learn how cleaning toilets, washing dishes and raking leaves empower families. Florence, MA (FREE)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    Pioneer Valley Local First - buy localPioneer Valley Local First writes: In the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protect and strengthen. Our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy Local First.  We also encourage and support companies to be socially, locally and environmentally responsible. In addition we educate Pioneer Valley citizens, community organizations, businesses and local governments about the benefits of doing business with locally owned, independent businesses. Help the Pioneer Valley to continue to be its unique, wonderful self; so that our place, doesn’t look like every place, by using your Pioneer Valley Local Business Guide.

    Deadline to enter to win: Jan. 4th

    CIRCUS ARTS CLASSES: A new session of week day kid’s circus classes will begin on January 10th at SHOW Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA. We will work on trapeze, fabric, juggling, tumbling and acrobatics, human pyramids, balancing, strength and flexibility. Circus is a great way to increase self esteem, have fun, get in shape, improve focus and learn new skills. Classes for students new to circus will be held on Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 5-7 will run from 3:30-4:30pm and ages 8+ will be from 4:30-5:30pm. Continuing circus students are able to choose from Level 2 classes on Monday (ages 5-7 from 3:30-4:30pm and ages 8+  from 4:30-5:30pm) or the SHOW Stars Performance Troupe on Wednesdays (All ages, 4-5:15). Registration is available online.

    Hilltown Families has been serving & supporting our local community for 5 years! Help HF continue to serve our community by supporting the work we do! Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to support Hilltown Families through sponsorship and/or enhanced publicity. Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

    NATURE GAMES: Check out Mass Audubon’s Winter Walk Bingo cards.  Print out these cards and head out into the snow with your kids.  Try to find five in a row!

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING: Reach thousands of families in Western MA while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Let us help get the word out about your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement. Emailhilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

    ENERGY ASSISTANCE: The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to any Massachusetts resident who, because of temporary financial difficulty, cannot meet a month’s energy expense and is not eligible for state or federal energy assistance.  Income eligibility guidelines for 2010-2011 can be found HERE.  Emergency Grant Applications are already being accepted with all other grant applications being accepted starting on Monday, January 3rd, 2011.  For more info visit www.magoodneighbor.org or call 1-800-262-1320

    Deadline to enter to win 5 annual family memberships is Jan. 3rd.

    DONATIONS OF ITEMS WANTED: The Franklin County 4-H Community Service Project for 2011 is providing “comfort care bags” to the Department of Children and Families in Greenfield. Items needed: Stuffed animals (new or gently used) for ages newborn to 8 years old; Toothbrushes and tooth paste for children – teens; Baby bottles, baby lotion, wet wipes, diapers and onesies; Pajamas for 1 – 8 year olds; Underwear for 3 – 8 year olds; Socks for 3 year olds – teens; Books (new or gently used) for 1 – 8 year olds; Crayons, pens, pencils, drawing books; Playing cards.  If you have any questions, please contact the Franklin County 4-H Community Service Coordinator, Ellen White at white246@verizon.net

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

    Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ (Northampton) every Sat. from 9-10am & Sun. from 7-8am - or anytime to our podcast.

    Tune in every Saturday from 9-10am. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am.

    This week on the HFVS is our New Year’s Day Peace Episode. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
  • Podcast: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!

  • WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Playgroups & Family Centers | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires | Listen Here

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns | ♦ On-going Events

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 1st, 2011

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    10am-5pm – MASS MOCA: Explore MASS MoCA as they open their doors on New Year’s Day.  Kidspace open 11am-4pm. New Katharine Grosse installation on view. 662-2111 www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    All Day – ICE SKATING: New Year’s Day activities all day at Amelia Park Ice Arena (21 South Broad St.). Big Screen broadcast of NHL’s Winter Classic, BBQ & of course, ice skating! 562-2277 Westfield, MA

    10am – HIKE: First Day Hike at D.A.R. State Forest.  Meet in the Day Use Area off Route 112, main parking lot. Goshen, MA (FREE)

    10am – HIKE: First Day 2011 Hike with Williamsburg Woodland Trails at Bradley Sanctuary.  Directions here. 268-7523 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    1pm – HIKE: First Day Hike at Mount Greylock State Reservation.  For families with kids 7yo+. An easy 1.8 mile hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, followed by hot cocoa by the fireplace.  Bring shoshoes & poles. Leashed dogs welcomed. Meet at the visitors center (30 Rockwell Rd.) 499-4262 Lanesborough, MA (FREE)

    1pm – HIKE: First Day Hike at the Chesterfield Gorge for families.  Casual community meet-up. Walk along the Westfield River. West Chesterfield, MA (FREE)

    1-2:30pm – HIKE:  First Day Hike through the Holyoke Heritage State Park and along the canalwalk in the historic district of Holyoke.  Learn about the city’s past and future possibilities. Hot cocoa. 534-1723 Holyoke, MA (FREE)

    6:30-8:30pm – ICE SKATING: 2nd Annual Snowflake Skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink to benefit the Sunderland 6th Grade Class. Amherst, MA ($)

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