The River’s Song Blends Art & Science While Supporting Community-Based Learning

The River’s Song Celebrates Connecticut River with
Wonderful Range of Events

What does drumming, spoken word, hands-on art making, environmentally-themed storytime, and a parade have to do with the Connecticut River? It’s all a part of The River’s Song, a community celebration that combines art, local history, and community-based learning opportunities to create an event that honors and celebrates the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley’s natural artery.

Held on Saturday, May 16th at locations throughout downtown Turners Falls, The River’s Song is a unique community celebration in that its offerings are quite diverse, yet are all still directly related to the Connecticut River and its role both in the local landscape and in our lives. With events beginning at 9am and running past 9pm, The River’s Song offers over 12 hours of river-themed play and learning.  Read the rest of this entry »

Suggested Events 11/20/10-11/26/10

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

Happy Thanksgiving! If you're enjoying turkey this holiday season, there are a few local farms that raise free-ranged turkeys. This handsome heritage breed turkey is from EarthFire Farm in Ashfield, MA. (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, November 20th from 10am-3pm – WINTER FAIR: Holiday Fair at the Hartsbrook School (193 Bay Rd.). King Winter, Gingerbread houses, craft activities, pony rides, Marionette Show, and the Pocket Person. Jump Rope Making, Candle Dipping, Games, Fabulous Gifts, and Marionette Shows. 584-3198 Hadley, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

Also on Saturday, November 20th at 10am – FAMILY FILM: Kids Flix Mix will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Kids Flix Mix is a collection of international animated shorts assembled by the New York International Children’s Film Festival, targeted at ages 3-8, but fun for all ages. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

Then on Sunday, November 21st from 3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse). There will be live music and dances will be taught to families. All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Friday, November 26th at 11am – THANKSGIVING PARADE: Springfield’s Big Balloon Parade is a Pioneer Valley tradition for the day after Thanksgiving. Bring the family to see larger than life balloons parade down Main Street. After the parade, enjoy refreshments and a marionette show at Tower Square. 733-3800 (FREE)

In the evening on Friday, November 26th from 4:30-10pm  – MOONLIGHT MAGIC: An annual village tradition to kick-off the holiday season.  Stores, galleries and restaurants are open.  Luminaries line the streets.  Parade at 5pm.  This year look for Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns and a Snow Princess.  Music inside and out.  Trolley rides with the SF Trolley Museum.  And more! Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

On Saturday, November 27th at 1pm & 4pm – MOVIE SCREENING: The Wizard of Oz (1946) starring Judy Garland will be shown at he Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 528-0100 www.mahaiwe.org Great Barrington, MA (>$)

On Sunday, November 28th from 9am & 10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:  7th Annual Gorge aprés Gorge at the Chesterfield Gorge.  5K ($10) at 9am.  Free family/community walk/run at 10am.  A lovely community post-Thanksgiving outing.  Read more here. West Chesterfield, MA ($, FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE: For income eligible families with children ages 0-5 residing in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington. Adult(s) must be working, or in a vocational or educational program during childcare hours to qualify for assistance. If your gross household annual income is below the limits listed, you may be eligible: Household of 2 ($50,050), Household of 3 ($56,300), Household of 4 ($62,550), Household of 5 ($67,600), Household of 6 ($72,600). Contact Jennifer Reagan for application: 230-8552 conreag@comcast.net. This Program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant from the MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Towns of Chesterfield & Cummington.

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!

HILLTOWN CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Ashfield Needles & Threads is working in collaboration with Share the Warmth to host a Free Clothing Exchange – a community hand-me-around to facilitate Recycling, Reusing, Sharing and Happiness! It starts with collecting: please drop off clean clothes and shoes in excellent condition – all seasons and sizes – in the foyer of St. John’s Church (corner of Main & South Streets in Ashfield) anytime between the afternoon of Sunday, 11/14 & Friday, 11/19. Then, come see what we have for you on Saturday, November 20th from 9am–2pm in the Ashfield Community Hall (Grange) on Main Street. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends and their own reusable shopping bags. Leftover items will be distributed through Share the Warmth. 628-4527

SURVEY FOR FAMILY SERVICES IN THE HILLTOWNS: A staff representative from the Hilltown Community Health Center’s Families Together program will be at the Cummington Family Center, 33 Main St. in Cummington, on Wednesday, December 1st from 10-11am. Hilltown residents wishing to give comments, suggestions, or ideas for improvement to the program are invited to drop by and complete a survey. Anyone wishing to give input but unable to make the session may obtain a survey at the Worthington Health Center or call the health center at 238-5511 x155 to find out how to complete a survey. Families Together is funded by the Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant Program. To remain eligible for these funds, the program must annually gather this information.

LETTER TO SANTA: The Huntington Library will have materials available from now until 12/18 to write and send a letter to Santa. The earlier these are sent, the better the chance to receive a reply from Santa before the holiday. 667-3506

TEEN SUPPORT: Donate to “Gifts for Teens.” This program provides area gift certificates and gifts to teens ages 13 to 18 who do not traditionally qualify for local programs providing gifts for low-income families. Names of youths who qualify are acquired from several local non-profit agencies, schools, and churches. This year a much larger number of names is anticipated due to the weak economy. Please donate money or local gift certificates, so that no one has to be turned away. Checks can be made out to CHP-SBCC, with “Gifts for Teens” in the memo line. Checks and gift certificates can be mailed to 343 Main Street, P.O. Box 30 Great Barrington, MA 01230. Contact Shelley Brooks for more info or to volunteer 528-1919 x14

NEW EXHIBIT: Nov 20 – Feb 13, Robots: The Interactive Exhibition, Springfield Museums. The wit, excitement and imagination of 20th Century Fox’s animated film Robots combine for a fun, educational experience that the whole family will enjoy. The exhibition features more than 15 interactive areas on the world of robotics. In Robot Explorers, visitors can use a robotic probe to explore underwater, deep space or the surface of Mars. Families can take a spin on the Crosstown Express, exploring robotic vehicles both real and fictional. Industrial Robots allows visitors to program an actual Ford robotic arm, and Robot Round Up explores robots in daily life. Visit www.springfieldmuseums.org for more info.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: THANKSGIVING EPISODE

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 Thanksgiving Episode, featuring music by Keller Williams, Cab Calloway, Caspar Babypants, The Missoula Coyote Choir, Fats Waller, Patty Griffin, The Verve Pipe, Forest Sun, Sweet Honey in the Rock and many many others.

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.

HFVS Podcast

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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Suggested Events 11/13/10-11/19/10

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

The Fall Chrysanthemum Show at the Lyman Conservatory of the Smith College Botanic Garden happens all weekend from 10am-4pm. Take the kids and enjoy the greenhouses with the family. (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, November 13th at 1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: No Nap Happy Hour continues with The Flannery Brothers and R.O.C.K, performing a family concert at Flywheel (43 Main St.). www.flywheelarts.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

On Sunday, November 14th from 1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Family Festival at the Norman Rockwell Museum with Caldecott-winning illustrator, Jerry Pinkney. Family events all day, including art, readings and tours. 298-4100 www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA (KIDS FREE, ADULTS $)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

On Friday, November 19th from 6-9pm –  MOMS NIGHT OUT: Yoga and Women’s Gifting Circle at the Shelburne Falls Yoga Studio. A lovely mom’s night out to relax and consider gifts from the Women’s Peace Collection. shelburnefallsyoga.blogspot.com (FREE, SALE)

On Saturday, November 20st at 10am – FAMILY FILM: Kids Flix Mix will be at the International Family Film series at Images Cinema (50 Spring St.). Kids Flix Mix is a collection of international animated shorts assembled by the New York International Children’s Film Festival, targeted at ages 3-8, but fun for all ages. www.imagescinema.org Williamstown, MA (>$)

On Sunday, November 21st from 3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: Community Family Dance at First Churches (enter across from the Iron Horse).  There will be live music and dances will be taught to families.  All ages 3yo & up. 230-7037 Northampton, MA (>$)

BULLETIN BOARD

CONCERT IN THE HILLTOWNS: On Saturday, November 13th at 8pm, Peter Tork (of the Monkees) and his band Shoe Suede Blues will be in concert to benefit the Institute for the Musical Arts’ (IMA) programs for women and girls in IMA’s Big Barn at 165 Cape St. (Hwy 112) in Goshen. Suggested donation: $15-$50 per person. Click here to get tickets on-line. Great cause, great music, great room to hear it in. For more information contact IMA at : (413) 268-3074

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!

Bill Harley writes: Free download of my song, “Enough is a Feast” to remind us that there are those with less. Wrote this song after I was hanging out with Nancy Schimmel, daughter of Malvina Reynolds, who said that line to her more than once.

NEIGHBORHOOD TOY STORE DAY: This Saturday is “Neighborhood Toy Store Day,” a national day that honors and encourages support of locally owned, independent toy stores. On Saturday, Hilltown Families sponsor, The Toy Stop of Northampton will be giving 10% off of any purchase to readers of Hilltown Families! Just mention “Hilltown Families” and get your discount. Visit The Toy Stop online at thetoystoplaughplaylearn.com

TAKE ACTION: Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has recently launched a campaign to encourage parents and teachers to ask Scholastic to stop the promotion of SunnyD in schools. Read more about their campaign here.

HILLTOWN CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Ashfield Needles & Threads is working in collaboration with Share the Warmth to host a Free Clothing Exchange – a community hand-me-around to facilitate Recycling, Reusing, Sharing and Happiness! It starts with collecting: please drop off clean clothes and shoes in excellent condition – all seasons and sizes – in the foyer of St. John’s Church (corner of Main & South Streets in Ashfield) anytime between the afternoon of Sunday, 11/14 & Friday, 11/19. Then, come see what we have for you on Saturday, November 20th from 9am–2pm in the Ashfield Community Hall (Grange) on Main Street. Everyone is encouraged to bring family and friends and their own reusable shopping bags. Leftover items will be distributed through Share the Warmth. 628-4527

Stacey Mackowiak of Cummington, MA writes: Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair at the Cummington Community House in Cummington, MA on November 13th 10-3pm. The Handmade for Kids Holiday fair features local crafters selling beautiful, handmade goods for kids of all ages; toys, clothing, diapers, art, ceramics, and much more. We will have holiday crafts for kids, a children’s play space, baked goods, and a raffle featuring baskets of handmade goods. Admission is free so bring the whole family! The event is a fundraiser for the Cummington Family Center, for more information go to www.cummingtonfamilycenter.org.

BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES: Looking for help with breastfeeding? Did you know that Cooley Dick offers breastfeeding services, supplies and equipment? Group support is offered every Monday from 12-1pm and individual breastfeeding consultations are available via referral. Their Breastfeeding Clinic has a variety of support items available too. Give them call at 582-2096. — Another great local resource is The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog. Based out of Western MA, lactation consultant Tanya Lieberman hosts the blog and does an excellent job sharing information and resources! – And be sure to check out List of Weekly Suggested Events for breastfeeding workshops & support groups.


HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

This week on the HFVS the Dream Jam Band is our Guest DJ, spinning tunes by The Tornados, Owl Jolson, Pete Seeger, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, The Turtles, Falther Goose and many others!

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.
  • HFVS Podcast

    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

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    Saturday – 11/13

    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 – OPEN HOUSE: The Berkshire County Day School will be hosting an open house and preschool play dated (Route 183). 637-0755 www.berkshirecountryday.org Stockbridge, MA (FREE)

    10:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Animal ABC’s: Busy Bold Beavers. Kids 6yo and younger can learn about this master builder and what the beavers tools are. Build a beaver home with mud and sticks. At the M.M. Spear Memorial Library. (978) 544-5157 www.mnspear.org Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

    10am-12Noon – ANIMAL STUDIES: Bird Banding Demonstration at Pleasant Valley (472 W. Mt. Rd.). Observe birds closeup and see a demonstration of mist next and the banding of captured birds. Learn how information is gathered in this fieldwork. www.massaudubon.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    10am-12Noon – BABY SHOWER: A community baby shower will be at the Berkshire Mall Center Court for expecting families to learn about labor, delivery, infant care, breastfeeding, nutrition, lead poisoning, child care, parenting strategies and more from local agencies. Lanesborough, MA (FREE)

    10am-3pm – CRAFT FAIR: Cummington Family Center craft fair at the Cummington Community House, featuring handmade item for kids of all ages made by local artisans and crafters. 634-8853 Cummington, MA (SALE)

    10am-3pm – HOLIDAY BAZAAR: JFK PTO will be hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar at JFK Middle School. Florence, MA (SALE)

    10am-4pm – SECONDS SALE: First weekend of three: Snow Farms Seconds Sale.  A great place to let the kids run around outside while perusing their sale.  Make your own glass ornament too! www.snowfarm.org Williamsburg, MA (SALE)

    10am-4pm – CHRYSANTHEMUM SHOW: The Botanic Garden Lyman Conservatory of Smith College (15 College Lane) will host a Fall Chrysanthemum Show. A sweet event to take the family to. 585-2740 Northampton, MA (FREE, DONATION)

    10am-5pm – VOCATIONAL STUDIES: Artists in the Arts and Industry Building (Pine St.) will open up their studios this weekend and invite all to come by. A great opportunity for vocational studies with the kids. The will be food and drinks from Hilltown Families Sponsors, Cup & Top and Bread Euphoria too. Florence, MA (FREE)

    10:30an-12noon – LOCAL HISTORY: Older students will enjoy a walking tour that will illustrate the history of railroads in Springfield from 1839 to 1930 on a tour lead by Jim Boone, past president of the Springfield Preservation Trust. He will point out the sites of four old Springfield railroad stations and talk about the building of the Hotel Massasoit and the railroad arch over Main Street. Meet at Welcome Center at the Springfield Museums. 747-1830 aqca@kimballtowers.com Springfield, MA(>$)

    11am-2pm – NATURE STUDIES: Mass Audubon Basin Pond Ecology Hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Environmental and Cultural Programs. A moderate three-mile hike to Basin Pond with  northern hardwood forests, glacial erratics, remnants of impoundment dams and old settlements. Learn how to identify native trees and plants in their late fall colors along the way.  Register by calling 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Berkshires, MA ($)

    12Noon – 4:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS: Holiday gift making at Historic Deerfield. With thread and a needle museum educators will help visitors embroider a small design or initials on a cloth napkin. Make a unique napkin ring to go along with the napkin, and tie it up with a ribbon. Then decorate a card, and put it a gift bag. 775-7127 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (MUSEUM ADMISSION)

    1-2:30pm – READING ADVENTURES: Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) will be offered at the Indian Orchard Branch Library (44 Oak St.) with professional storyteller John Porcino lerading families and children 6 and older in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Snacks will be provided. Register at 263-6846 www.springfieldlibrary.org Springfield, 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 ($)

    1:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: No Nap Happy Hour continues with The Flannery Brothers and R.O.C.K, performing a family concert at Flywheel (43 Main St.). www.flywheelarts.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

    2pm & 3pm – THEATER: Picture Book Theatre Presents Tico and The Golden Wings and Geraldine, The Music Mouse in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA ($)

    2-4pm – INFANT CPR: Infant CPR & basic first aid at Cradle. 341-5282 http://www.cradlefamily.com Northampton, MA ($$)

    2-5pm – DANCE CLASS: Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance will host free Irish dance classes in their studio (267 Main St.). 4-6yo @ 2pm. 6-8yo @ 3pm. 8yo+ @ 4pm. Adults @ 5pm. www.celticheelsdance.com 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 ($$)

    3pm – FOLK CONCERT: Sea Chanteys at the Ashfield Community Hall with some of the best singers in Maritime Music. http://www.maudesmusic.com Ashfield, MA ($)

    5-8pm – ART WALK: Easthampton Art Walk.  Follow the yellow banners. www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    8pm – CONCERT: Peter Tork (of the Monkees) and his band Shoe Suede Blues will be performing in concert to benefit the Institute for the Musical Arts in IMA’s Big Barn at 165 Cape St. (Hwy 112). www.ima.org Goshen, MA ($,SLIDING SCALE)

    8-11pm – SQUARE DANCE: All are welcomed to a square dance with the Fall Town String Band and caller, Bill Wiles. 773-8936 Goshen, MA (>$)

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    Suggested Events 11/6/10-11/12/10

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

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Field of glowing jack-o-lanterns at Old Sturbridge Village's Halloween event, Things That Go Bump in the Night. (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.

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    Suggested Events 10/09/10-10/15/10

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

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    Click on image to learn how to make a Halloween Paper-Maché Piñata

    DIY: Halloween Paper-Maché Piñatas—The history of piñatas is rich, with historical traditions found in China, Europe, and Mexico, and are made out of a variety of materials, including clay pots, tissue paper, ribbons and paper-maché. In Mexico, piñatas were originally clay pots filled with sweets and treasures, later transformed into a seven-point star with religious symbolism. In today’s modern world, piñatas come in a menagerie of traditional and commercial characters and icons. Click on the image above to learn how to make your very own Halloween Paper-Maché Piñata with Hilltown Families Guest Artist, Kara Kitchen. (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 & Sunday, October 9th & 10th from 10am-5pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Ashfield Fall Festival takes place on Main Street (rain or shine). A fabulous family event. Arts & Craft exhibits, local food, live music and dance, many kid activities, book & tag sales, seasonal foods. A showcase of Ashfield artisans and businesses. No dogs. www.ashfieldfallfestival.org Ashfield, MA (FREE ENTRANCE)

    On Saturday night, October 9th from 6-9:30pm – HALLOWEEN EVENT: Skeleton Crew Theater (SCT) at Camp Kee-Wanee. SCT is a theatrical attraction with a Halloween twist. Think of it as a treasure/scavenger hunt you’ll solve in one evening. Shows are 45/65 minutes long. Dress for the outdoors and bring a flashlight. Not scary or gory, just spooky in a tasteful way. Bad weather cancels. www.skeletoncrewtheater.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    On Sunday night, October 10th at 7:30pm – CONCERT: Sonya Kitchell will be in concert at Memorial Hall. Joining her for this special evening is the Brooklyn String Quartet with opening act, Rusty Belle. 665-4036 Shelburne Falls, MA ($$)

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    On Saturday, October 16th from 10am-3pm – DISCOVERY DAY: Arcadia Discovery Day invites you to come explore the sanctuary and its many habitats, take a net and investigate the small invertebrates in the pond and field, build a bluebird or American kestrel box, and see live birds up close with local wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    On Sunday, October 17th at 12:30pm – FALL FESTIVAL: Westhampton’s 5th Annual Fall Festival with the famous Great Pumpkin Roll (4:15pm). Demos, crafts, 5k, cookout, campfire sing-along. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

    BULLETIN BOARD

    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!

    KID’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: On Saturday, October 9th, come shop The Green Turtle’s Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Sale at Richmond Town Hall (1529 State Rd.) in Richmond, MA from 10am–5pm. The Green Turtle is an upscale Children’s Eco Boutique showcasing high-end gently loved items ranging from clothing (newborn to preteen); including boutique apparel, shoes, books, toys, CD’s and DVD’s, baby and kids gear, furniture, décor, hand crafted items and more. Get deals on boutique brands and name brands such as: Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, American Girl, GAP, Gymboree, Naartjie, Polo, LL Bean, Talbots as well as Carters, Old Navy, Children’s Place and more! Shop the Green Turtle Dollar Rack! greenturtlekid@gmail.com

    PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS: Scott Halligan of Ashfield is currently offering in-home private music lessons for students of all ages in the Hilltowns. Lessons are available by the half-hour or hour in piano, guitar, string instruments, and brass instruments. Discounts are available for group lessons and households wishing to host lessons for multiple students. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned player, Scott can help you reach your goals in music! For rates, schedule, and other information please write to scotth@doubleedgetheatre.org. Scott holds a MM from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is Director of Instrumental Music at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA

    Deadline to enter to win: 10/13

    JOB VACANCY: Executive Director, Hilltown Community Development Corporation (CDC). The Hilltown CDC has been working to address the economic, housing, educational, social and community needs of a ten-town rural region since 1981. The ED will supervise Hilltown CDC’s professional team and the management of all programs. Preferred candidates will have strong leadership and organizational skills and will have experience in financial analysis, budgeting, resource development and grant writing. Candidates with at least 3 years experience in non-profit management strongly preferred. Position requires an ability to understand and manage compliance with federal and state regulations. Full job description is posted at www.hilltowncdc.org.

    Jenn Drumm of Williamsburg, MA writes: Please join us at the 1st Annual Williamsburg Arts & Crafts Fall Festival on Sunday, October 24th from 10am – 4pm at the Williamsburg Grange. Williamsburg will be a hub of activity with a fundraiser for the Meekins Library and other events scheduled, including Hot Air Balloon tethering rides from 3-4:30pm. If you’re a local artist/craftsperson looking for a new opportunity, give us a call. Tables are only $20. If interested, please contact: Jenn Drumm Schmitt @ 268-0131 jenndrumm3@gmail.com or Lori Burns @ 268-0074 villagehillroad@msn.com Hope to see you there!

    Deadline to enter to win: 10/13

    FIELD TRIP: This weekend is the Cranberry Harvest Celebration. Pack up the car and take a road trip to Wareham, MA, for cranberry bog tours, helicopter rides, pony rides, cooking demonstrations, juried crafters and artisans, musical performances, games for children and much more. The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest, while enjoying some old-fashioned family fun. www.cranberryharvest.org

    NEW EXHIBIT: October 2nd through February 27th: Color Forms I: Pink and Blue Projects at KidSpace at MASS MoCA in North Adams. First of a two-part series of exhibitions that explore how color can become form and how it can be connected to social constructions of meaning such as gender. Artist Portia Munson will use paintings, photographs, and everyday objects to discuss the mixed messages sent to children about gender and about mass consumption. The sheer mass of collected pink and blue material goods displayed will make plain how children are indoctrinated into the world of materialism and are taught social rules for gender identity from an early age. kidspace.massmoca.org

    Deadline to enter to win: 10/20

    PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: Parents Together Support Groups are happening in both Northampton and Amherst, a FREE alternative support group for parents who learn best in non-traditional ways and have kids 5yo or under. Come play games, learn parenting skills, create art, go on field trips/picnics and discuss ways to keep your family happy and healthy. Transportation, childcare, games, prizes, food and coffee will be provided. Groups meet at the Amherst Family Center (Tuesdays from 9:30-11am) and the Northampton Parent Child Development Center (Time TBD). To learn more about this program and register, call Kris Larson at 834-3344 or email krislarson@unitedarc.org

    COAT COLLECTION: The Girls Scouts in Hadley, MA are collecting gently-used coats to donate to local shelters this winter. Coats can be dropped off at the Hadley Park & Rec and the Hadley Elementary School through October 8th. More info call Kate at 531-5415

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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

    This week on the HFVS we’re continuing with our fundraising efforts.  Donate now to Valley Free Radio, YOUR community radio station!

    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.
  • HFVS Podcast

    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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    Bike to School in the Valley for Bike Commute Week

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

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

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

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

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