Suggested Events for December 15th – 21st, 2018

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program, or service-learning opportunity happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our Suggest An Event bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness, and costs before attending.

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Each week, Hilltown Families taps into your interests and values and gives you the chance to connect with others who want to explore them. By highlighting the learning opportunities that are embedded in the everyday events, activities, and spaces that make up our communities, sharing this information with families via our extensive online network, and supporting your participation in engaging and meaningful ways – together – we are building connections that shape and change lives and communities. Hilltown Families is where families come to connect to the place where they live and the people who call it home.

The beautiful fact is, we can’t do any of this without you. It all comes back to you and your engagement. During this season of gratitude and giving, we are inviting you not only to get out and have some fun while you learn, we’re inviting you to invest in the organization that helps make that possible. Hilltown Families is in the process of redesigning our website and planning new in-person programming for the Spring. We will bring you seasonally-based mindfulness events and workshops for learners of all ages and backgrounds at our founder, Sienna Wildfield’s, new space, Curly Willow on the Westfield River. But we need your help. Please support what you love by donating what you can to Hilltown Families. Consider becoming a Hilltown Families Sustainer and make yours a monthly contribution. For less than what you spend on a cup of coffee, you can make a big difference in the lives of families – just like yours – throughout Western MA! We thank you!

Special Event: We Are Human: Family Storytime & Read-In with Megan Dowd Lambert

Join us for a Family Storytime and Read-In with Megan Dowd Lambert, Sunday, December 16, 11am – 12pm. Especially for families with kids 0-8, and all ages welcome! The first 25 attendees receive free entry to the Eric Carle Museum. All families will receive a FREE copy of “I Am Human” by Susan Verde, illustrations by Peter Reynolds.

This FREE family program is part of the month-long We Stand Together Hanukkah Ally Action (www.we-stand-together.org/ally-action-against-anti-semitism) aimed at creating solidarity through pride and compassion,through story-time and a FAMILY READ-IN featuring a curated selection of picture books to spark conversations about empathy, solidarity, and learning about Jewish identity and who we all are. All are welcome!

In light of the anti-Semitic and racist violence we are witnessing in our world, please join us for a reading of the newly released book, “I AM HUMAN: A BOOK OF EMPATHY” by Susan Verde and illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, read by Megan Dowd Lambert. This is an opportunity for families to come together and remember that we are all deeply connected. This beautifully illustrated book “lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.”

Through this delightful reading and age-appropriate activities, families will have an opportunity to show how much we care about all people and have an action to do with our children to bring the message right into our homes. Children want to make the world right. Each child will receive a coloring sheet of a Hanukkah Menorah (Jewish holiday candelabra). Families are invited to hang the menorah in their home to show support and compassion to all people who are targeted by hate and as a stand for empathy.

We Stand Together helps people of all ages learn how to be brave and is happy to provide this family event that helps us all remember the power of standing together and being our truly compassionate selves through age-appropriate Ally Actions. Join us!

Our Saturday Morning Music Party Series is BACK!

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

Plus, this year, we’ll be collecting donations of new toys and toiletries to donate to the YWCA of Western MA. This activity came out of one Hilltown Families grandma who wants to get her grandson into the habit of joyful giving at a young age. We think that more really is merrier and decided to open it up to the whole Hilltown Families community! Please join our family in expressing the value of generosity by developing a practice of giving as individuals, with our neighbors, to our communities. You bring the toys and toiletries and we’ll sort, package, and deliver them to the YWCA of Western MA, which, for over 150 years, has provided shelter, support services, and tools for self-sufficiency for women and girls in our community.

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Central Rock Gym in Hadley is offering Climbing Vacation Programs during school breaks! Great for ages 7-13, our program focuses on climbing for all skill levels, and includes an emphasis on problem solving and team building initiatives. Throughout their week, children will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of climbing, and engage in exciting games and group activities. Email youth.crghadley@gmail.com for info or visit www.centralrockgym.com.

Add Your Venue!

Hilltown Families is now partnering with local businesses and organizations throughout Western MA to help parents connect with the right venue for their kid’s birthday party. The Best Birthday Party Venue Directory will debut on January 1st, 2019. We would like to invite your venue to join our stellar team of spaces that are partnering with us to reach new customers and make birthdays throughout Western MA more fun for everyone! A 1-Year membership in the Best Birthday Party Venue Directory is $150. We have a special discount advertising package for folks who would like to take the promotion of their space to the next level, too! To add your venue, email Hilltown Families’ Director, Courtney Supple-Benoit, at csupple@hilltownfamilies.org to get set up quickly and easily!

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Reach thousands of families in the region with our 2018-2019 directory! Reserve your space. Our community is rich in after-school learning opportunities to supplement the interests of our children, teens, and life-long learners. We are putting together a directory of after-school & weekend classes and enrichment programs happening across Western Massachusetts to be published on our web site later this month and featured throughout the school year. If you have a class or program you would like to have included in our directory, contact us at sales@hilltownfamilies.org to learn about our advertising options and sponsorship packages.

Add your school

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

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

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


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 15th – 21st, 2018

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Suggested Events 04/17/10-04/23/10

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This is the time of the year to take the family out to discover vernal pools. This weekend there are several opportunities to join in the adventure of studying the amphibians in these unique habitats and the importance of protecting them. (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

FEATURED EVENT

Saturday, April 17th in Easthampton, MA: 10am – Flywheel Arts and the Easthampton Family Center (EFC) present a FREE show for kids to celebrate the grand re opening of Flywheel Arts and the new home of the Easthampton Family Center!  On Saturday, April 17th R.O.C.K. (Royal Order of Chords and Keys) will perform at 11am at Easthampton’s old Town Hall.  Fun starts at 10 a.m., and best of all – it’s free!  Donations to help support Flywheel are welcomed.

Friday, April 23rd in Lenox, MA: 7pm – Lenox Town Hall Earth Day Celebration: The Lorax at 7pm and Taking Root at 8:15pm. Bring the family to enjoy the classic Dr. Seuss best environmental film ever: The Lorax. (“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.”) Perfect for kids! Cookie break. Screening of Taking Root. Powerful, inspiring film. Planting trees for fuel, food and timber is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act, Wangari Maathai of Kenya started down the path that helped to reclaim her country’s land from a century of deforestation while providing new sources of livelihood to rural communities. She gave previously impoverished and marginalized women the tools to participate for the first time in the political processes of their communities and the growing movement to end Kenya’s twenty-four-year dictatorship. Donations welcomed.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Saturday, April 17th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Seafood platter with fried haddock, whole belly clams, sea scallops, shrimp. Mediterranean Lasagna with cinnamon dill tomato sauce. BYOB 628-4003

Saturday, April 17th at Remington Lodge in Cummington :: Pickled spring turnips and carrots, beet tzatziki, flatbread with za’atar, chickpea and potato terrine, stuffed with onions, spinach, and tahini, tamarind braised short ribs, palace pilaf, black walnut baklava. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

Saturday, April 17th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757

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MotherWoman in Amherst, MA

Warm welcome to our newest sponsor, MotherWoman of Amherst, MA.

SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details

GOOD EXAMPLE: Amherst’s 3rd Annual Trash Free Lunch Day is on Friday (4/16) at various elementary schools. Follow their lead and pack yourself and your kids a trash-free lunch by using reusable drink & food containers instead of disposable ones!

FUNDRAISER: On Friday, April 23rd, Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA will serve a Special Dinner to Support Ashfield Baseball. Have dinner with Elmer’s that night and they will donate 10% of everything they take in to Ashfield Baseball program!

Hilltown Spring Festival

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SUPPORT: Grow Food Northampton (GFN) is developing a unique and innovative set of strategies to help communities feed themselves in a post-carbon world. Their local model of sustainable agriculture, community partnerships, and education is readily scalable to create resilient local food systems all across America. Read more about this projecting being spearheaded by HF listserv member Lilly Lombard at Changemakers.com and give it your support!

WASHINGTON FAMILY FUN DAY: The Town of Washington is seeking participants for the Washington Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 26th from 9am-3pm.  Anyone can join in.   Have your tag sale; sell your crafts, baked goods or flowers; advertize your business or organization… Food provided by Ozzie’s Steak & Eggs.  Entertainment with the Eagles Band and Ed the Wizard.  Many family activities. Anybody interested in participating, volunteering or with suggestions, call RJ Peltier at 623-5911.

Click on the banner to discover events that celebrate Earth Day and other recycling opportunities.

Charley Rose of WGBY writes: Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding: Recycle your old computers, televisions and other home electronics safely and shred documents securely on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 in Holyoke, MA. All proceeds to benefit WGBY, Public Television for western New England. Computers, televisions, home electronics, small appliances and boxes of documents accepted and recycled responsibly. Shredding will be done on site. Saturday, April 17 from 10am-3pm on the access road to the Holyoke Mall (next to Kaoud Oriental Rugs and across from Barnes & Noble). Fee schedule and information at www.wgby.org/earth.

YOUTH SPRING FAIR: Community Action Youth Programs will have a Spring Fair on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm in Northampton. Come learn about their free programs offered from the youth community. There will be fun games and activities for your ages 9 and older, including: youth group led presentations; youth film showing; tasty food; dance performance by Alpha Squad (Hampshire Heights’ youth dance group). CAYP is located at 2 Conz Street, #34 Maplewood Shops. For more information and to RSVP, call Loren at 475-1571 www.communityaction.us/youth

Click on the banner to find out more about the Great TV Rebellion of 2010!

LGBT Travel: The Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism (MOTT), the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a leisure travel destination, announced this week the launch of its “LGBT Massachusetts iPhone Application,” the first LGBT travel application launched for a U.S. domestic destination by a state tourism organization. More info here.

TEXTILE DRIVE: CET’s 15th Annual Earth Day Textile Drive. Unwanted clothing and textiles can be packed in strong plastic bags and dropped into the storage bin at the back of the parking lot at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington, from April 10 until April 25. Clothing will also be collected in the red metal barn at Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays from April 12 to April 16 and from April 20 to April 23. These collections are part of CET’s Earth Day Textile Drive, which is slated for Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and which is held at CET’s office at 112 Elm Street in Pittsfield. For more information: jamiec@cetonline.org or 413-445-4556 ext. 14.

MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Jessica Morris on winning Mister G’s CD, “Pizza for Breakfast” over on the Hilltown Families Facebook page.

Hilltown Family Variety Show

HFVS airs every Saturday from 9-10am and on Sundays from 7-8am on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This week’s episode is 3R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, with music by Ani DiFranco, The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends, Pete Seeger, Jack Johnson – and new music by Forest Sun, Opus Ditty & the Hoedown Gang, and Charity & the JamBand. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.
  • HFVS Podcast

    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episode 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

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4) | Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 04/17/10

    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.

    7:30am – NATURE STUDIES: The Hoffmann Bird Club is sponsoring “Birding Beyond Your Backyard,” a two-hour bird walk at Gulf Road. Pre-registration encouraged. 655-8594 Dalton, MA (FREE)

    9-11:30am – CPR: CPR class at the Worthington Health Center. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center (238-5511 X155) to register. Enrollment is limited. Worthington, MA (FREE)

    10am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Sheep Shearing Weekend at the Hancock Shaker Village. Spinning, weaving and shearing. Music and crafts. 443-0188 x213 www.hancockshakervillage.org Pittsfield, MA ($, children 12 and under are FREE)

    10am – EASTHAMPTON FAMILY CENTER: Celebrate the re-opening of Flywheel Arts & the Easthampton Family Center with a free show for kids with R.O.C.K. at the Old Town Hall. www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10-11:30am – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Family event, suitable for children ages 4 – 16 yrs. Registration requested. 584-3009 Hampden, MA ($)

    10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Discover Life in a Vernal Pool at Bartholomew’s Cobble. lease pre-register. 229-8600 Sheffield, MA ($)

    10am-7pm – GREEN FAIR: Home Show & Green Fair at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. Workshops, kids’ activities and fresh local food. Discover crafts & recycled products, locavore living, green thinking, home resources, and much more. (413) 774-2791 www.franklincountyhomeshow.com Greenfield, MA ($)

    11am & 12:30pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Hancock Shaker Village will present David Grover & The Big Bear Band. www.hancockshakervillage.org 800.817.1137 Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    10am-12Noon – RESKILLING: Laughing Dog Farm will offer a workshop, “Backyard Goat Husbandry.” 863-8696 Gill, MA ($)

    1pm – THEATER: Grab the kids and become a Shakespearean actor for an afternoon with Shakespeare & Company. 637-1199 www.shakespeare.org Lenox, MA (>$)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art welcomes Raspberries, an exuberant and hilarious hour of storytelling by renowned storyteller Jay O’Callahan, and artist Will Moses. 658-1105 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/ADMISSION)

    1-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Vernal Pools, Salamanders and Frogs with Dr. Steve Tilley of Smith College at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area (North Farms Road entrance). 584-4176 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    1-3pm – HEALTH & WELLNESS: YMCA Healthy Kids Day at the Hampshire Regional YMCA (268 Prospect Street). 584-7086. Northampton, MA

    1-3pm – ASTRONOMY: Astronomy for Kids at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Join Chris Lyons from the Springfield Science Museum for a fun-filled look at the beauty and grandeur of the night sky. Talk about stars and constellations from a kid’s perspective and look at some of the many stories our ancestors applied to the “dots in the sky.” This is a fun program that will be educational for both kids and parents! 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)

    2pm & 7pm – THEATER: The Great Barrington Waldorf High School presents a production of Geroge Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” at the Berkshire South Community Center. www.waldorfhigh.org 528-8833 Great Barrington, MA ($$)

    8pm – CONCERT: Smith College Music Department Presents Bach on the Wrong Instruments! A Recital by Violist Ron Gorevic and Special Guests. www.smith.edu Northampton, MA (FREE)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)

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    Suggested Events 03/20/10-03/26/10

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    Ashfield Hardware Store has your supplies for March winds and April Showers! (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

    FEATURED EVENTS

    Sunday, March 21st from 3-5pm – TRANSITION TOWN: Transition Town Information Meeting in Williamsburg at The Williamsburg Grange (Route 9 in the center of Williamsburg) from 3-5pm with a community potluck from 5-7pm. Please come learn about this grassroots movement which originated in the UK and is rapidly spreading in the US snd around the world. This movement is about building resiliency in communities in these times of economic turmoil, global environmental changes and the peak oil crisis! For questions, information or to RSVP about childcare for this event, please email Marie Westburg at amwestburg@verizon.net. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

    Monday, March 22nd from 6-8pm – FUNDRAISER: Pure Euphoria: Soups, Songs, Stories & Pottery A Post-Fire Benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church.  This is a one time, wild time benefit at the Bread Euphoria Cafe for the church in West Cummington whose building burned to the ground on January 17. Everyone, living anywhere, is cordially invited to the party. Kids included! More info here. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS:

    Friday, March 19th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Soup, Salad, and Song. A special Friday-evening concert with Josh Wachtel from Radio Free Earth! Soup, salad, bread, and cookies at 7pm, followed by music at 8pm. BYOB RSVP 634-5493Friday, March 19th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Cornmeal Encrusted Cajun Catfish with Creole Mustard Sauce served over Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya with Homemade Baguettes, or vegetarian jambalaya. BYOB 628-4003

    Saturday, March 20th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Lasagna Sampler. Italian giardiniera pickles, pesto bruschetta, Caesar salad with homemade dressing, white lasagna with parmesan bechamel, three-cheese lasagna with Italian sausage, and spinach-mushroom lasagna and cookie platter. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

    Saturday, March 20th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Jumbo Shrimp Scampi (lemon, garlic, tomatoes and butter sauce) served over Linguini with homemade bread, or Pasta Primavera served over Linguini. BYOB 628-4003

    Earthwork Programs in Ashfield, MA

    Warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Earthwork Programs of Ashfield, MA!

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    SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

    Marissa Potter of Shelburne Falls, MA writes: We are looking for a caregiver for our two young children, ages 2.5yrs and 7mo, either in our Shelburne Falls home or in a small home-based daycare. 8 hour days, either Tuesday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Excellent references required. Must be warm, nurturing, patient, fun, reliable, and mature. We would also consider the right licensed daycare for both children, in the Hilltowns, Greenfield, Deerfield, Turners, etc. To begin immediately. Call Marissa at 413.522.3949 or email marissa.potter@gmail.com.

    Kim Neher of Community Action Youth Programs writes:  Do you know youth ages 13+ looking for a place to make music, art, and see what other young people are doing in Franklin County?  Come to the Open Mic Night & Teen Zine Release Party for free food, music, arts and crafts this Friday (3/19), from 6-9pm at the Brick House Community Resource Center, in Turners Falls .  The Brick House Community Resource Center, with DIAL/SELF TeenLine and Community Action Youth Programs, will host this event to recognize and showcase the talents of local youth who have submitted to our zine, ‘Copyright Infringement’. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, please contact Loren at lhalman@communityaction.us or call 475-1571.

    David Kulp of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Preschool is collecting information about our community needs for preschoolers through an online survey and we hope you can participate.  More info here.

    Deadline to win: 03/28

    Enter to win new music. Click on image to learn how.

    WIN NEW MUSIC FROM HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Hilltown Families and Putumayo Kids have partnered up to offer a chance to win Putumayo Kids’ recently released Jazz Playground, a new CD collection of international jazz songs for children. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz and will get the whole family grooving!  Jazz Playground demonstrates how artists in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania have adopted jazz and made it their own.  Click here to enter to win.

    EXPECTING FAMILIES: Green River Doula Network, a group of doulas, midwives and related care providers located in Western Massachusetts, will be sponsoring a free “Meet the Doulas Day” at Cradle in Thornes Market in Northampton on Sunday, March 21st from 2-4pm. Here’s a great opportunity for expecting families to meet a variety of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and other professionals who serve families in the childbearing year. Demonstrations will be held between 2-4pm.  Drop in at any time. There will be information on babywearing and cloth diapering too.  A free 15-minute massage will be available for all pregnant women too, along with refreshments!  For more information, contact Anne Campbell at (413) 624-MAMA or email greenriverdoulas@gmail.com

    FIELD TRIP | WOMEN WARRIORS: Women’s rights didn’t exist in medieval Europe but women were hardly the “weaker sex.” During March, Women’s History Month, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA celebrates women warriors, including formidable Celtic Queen Boudica, famed for her campaigns against the tyrannical Roman Empire, and Catalina de Erauso, a 17th-century Spanish woman who led the rough-and-ready life of a soldier. Also featured during March is a “Take It to the Curator” program as well as lessons on swordplay. For more information on all museum programs, visit www.higgins.org.

    GATOR GRINS: The Gator Grins school-based dental services program will return to Littleville Elementary School this month. They will continue to treat students enrolled in the program, and complete their bi-annual cleanings and exams. If your child is not currently served by Gator Grins and you want to enroll, please get a packet in the school office. Contact Kiirsten Cooper at 667-3009 ext. 239 or email her at kcooper@hchcweb.org if you have questions.

    GEOLOGY STUDIES: The CT Valley Mineral Club welcomes new members, open to all families and students interested in geology. Through organized field trips, club members visit local elementary schools with a visual presentation about the local minerals and mineral history of the Pioneer Valley. Monthly club meetings and presentations are at the Springfield Science Museum from 7-9pm. Come learn more about the CVMC at their Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show the weekend of March 27th-28th at the Holiday Inn at Ingleside in Holyoke, MA. The show will feature minerals, gemstones, fossils, mineral art, and live demos. It’s a great show for the whole family, from beginner to experienced collectors. www.cvmineralclub.org (413) 320-9741.

    OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR MOTHERS: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer an opportunity to learn about the making of maple products and the challenges facing Massachusetts’ maple industry this Saturday.  Click here for more info.

    HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOWHilltown Family Variety Show

    This week is our Spring Episode. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcast HERE. Playlist is here. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

    HFVS Podcast

  • HFVS Podcast: Listen to our most recent episodes anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!
  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.

  • WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forcast | School Closings and Delays | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4)
    Movies in the Valley | Movies in the Berkshires

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 3/20/10 – SPRING EQUINOX!

    Snow drops in bloom. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    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-3pm – MAPLE: Chester Hill Association Maplefest. Visit the High Meadow Farm Sugar Shack to see how maple syrup is made! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, craft fair and petting zoo at the Chester Hill Congregational Church and School House. 354-9609 Chester, MA

    10am – STORY HOUR: At the Montgomery Library. Montgomery, MA (FREE)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: “Color Play,” a program for families parenting children of color, will take place at the Forbes Library Community Room. Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. Come celebrate spring and make a Wild Flower Seed Ball. 658-5096 mocai.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10-11am – MUSIC ADVENTURES: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will have a Musical Petting Zoo at the Go, Kids Art, Go event at the Leverett Crafts and Arts Center. 548-9070 Leverett, MA

    10am-4pm – BULB SHOW: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. www.smith.edu 585-2781 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free day at the Eric Carle Museum, celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s birthday!  658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kidspace at MASS MoCA turns 10!  www.massmoca.org North Adams, MA

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Nationally acclaimed family music artists Debbie & Friends will perform at the Eric Carle Museum Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs. This interactive “variety show” includes rock, pop, country, reggae and Broadway-esque tunes. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund. 658-1100 http://www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (>$, FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUM)

    2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Join Red Gate Farm for a walk through the sugarbush.  Come tracking, bird observation, taste fresh maple syrup.  RSVP 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA ($)

    2-4pm – PARENTING CLASS: Dogs and New Babies: Techniques for a Smooth Transition at Cradle in Thornes Marketplace. Register at 341-5282 www.cradlefamily.com Northampton, MA ($)

    2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Peter Pan will be performed by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School at the Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst Campus. 545-2511 Amherst, MA ($)

    3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Young Farmers Program at Red Gate Farm.  Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (FREE)

    5:30-ppm – HORSES: 4-H Cowboy Night fundraiser, hosted by Steerage Rock Riders 4-H Horse Club.  Dress as a cowboy/girl, ride a mechanical bull, music and dancing. At the Hopkins Academy. 563-2363 Hadley, MA (Fundraiser)

    6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. www.breadeuphoria.org Haydenville, MA (FREE)

    8pm – CIRQUE: Le Grand Cirque will be at Symphony Hall. 788-7033 Springfield, MA ($$)

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