TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Food Bank of Western MA Brunch & Brews Fundraiser

 

Ticket Giveaway!

Hilltown Families and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts have partnered up to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to their fundraiser, Brunch & Brews, for an afternoon out that supports a good cause! You pay for the sitter (or take the kids!), we’ll pay for the tickets!

BRUNCH & BREWS

Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts on June 15th for a special Brunch & Brews fundraising event! Guests will enjoy a delicious brunch menu prepared by award-winning chefs from Westfield State Dining, along with a selection of craft beers from Westfield River Brewing Company. Take in the picturesque views of Westfield River’s 73 acres of meadow and forest, while playing lawn games and listening to live music. Every $1 raised at the event will provide the equivalent of three meals to neighbors in need. Visit www.foodbankwma.org/events/brews-brunch for tickets and more info.

HOW TO ENTER

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner,good friend, or family for. To find out how to enter to win, check our weekly eNewsletter which goes out every Thursday morning.

Deadline to enter to win: 6/9/19 @ 11:59pm (EST).

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If you don’t win, you should still go! It’s the price of a date night, only for a good cause and while the sun still shines! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The Food Bank of Western MA Spring Fundraiser

Parents’ Night Out Ticket Giveaway!

Hilltown Families and The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts have partnered up to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to their spring fundraiser, Farm to Cocktail, for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT that supports a good cause! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

FARM TO COCKTAIL

Farm to Cocktail takes place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 5:30-9:30pm at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA. This fundraising event is a friendly competition where the area’s top bartenders will shake, stir, and dash their way to the most creative cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Try them all & vote for your favorite cocktail to be awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ winner. Top vote-getters from the ‘People’s Choice’ round will compete in a live round featuring a secret ingredient. An all-star panel of judges determines the finest mixologist! Enjoy live music, hearty farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres & desserts, silent auction, and more!

HOW TO ENTER

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or a good friend for a night out. To find out how to enter to win, check our weekly eNewsletter which goes out every Thursday morning.

Deadline to enter to win: 4/28/19 @ 11:59pm (EST).

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If you don’t win, you should still go! It’s the price of a fun night out, only for a good cause! Visit www.farmtococktail.org for tickets. Use code ‘FOOD’ for $5 off.

Build a Gingerbread Home to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Build a House Out of Gingerbread for Habitat for Humanity

On December 8th, from 2-4:30, at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, teams of families, children, and professionals will build gingerbread homes to raise money for Habitat. River Valley Market Co-op is donating the gingerbread home pieces and the frosting “glue.” Every team is asked to raise at least $100 for their build. After the Build, teams have the option to donate their houses to Habitat, which auction them to raise additional funds. Register your team(s) by November 21st by emailing jean@pvhabitat.org. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity (PVHH) is hosting a gingerbread house competition on Dec. 8th in Easthampton, MA.  Teams of gingerbread architects are asked to raise $100 for PVHH from their community in order to participate in the event, and will be provided with gingerbread pieces and frosting donated by River Valley Market Co-op with which to create their gingerbread homes or historical building!

Each team should bring their own edible decorations (the more unique, the better!) with which to dress their gingerbread structure.  Youth teams can be formed too with at least one adult team member, practicing basic principles of architecture and explorations of spatial relations… all while being creative!  Teams can pick a theme in which to decorate their house, or pick a home or historic building to model their gingerbread structures after.

Pastry arts is a fun creative medium!  Families can compete together as a team, making the event part of their holiday celebrations – spend time discussing the role that Habitat for Humanity plays in the community, and discuss how the money raised in order to participate will benefit the organization.  Kids will enjoy participating even more once they understand the true value of the event!

The gingerbread build will take place at 2pm on December 8th at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton.  Community members not participating are invited to stop by at 4pm to view the creations and bid on a house to take home!  Teams can register before the event via phone (413-586-5430) or e-mail (jean@pvhabitat.org) – groups with members under the age of 12 must include at least one adult.

Youth Group in Hatfield Raising Money for Endangered Animals

Hatfield Youth Take Action!
Raising Funds to Save Panda and Polar Bears

Get your own kids involved too! Do some spring cleaning and donate toys and clothes (still in usable condition!) to the Youth Action Committee's fundraising tag sale on May 12th. Deadline to donate to the sale is April 28th. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Did you know that there are more people in Hatfield than there are pandas in the world?

The Youth Action Committee at the Hatfield Library is doing a group project to help save polar and panda bears from extinction, and they will be holding a yard sale to raise money to donate to the cause.  The sale will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 10am-2pm at the Hatfield Library, and donations are being received before the event through April 28th.  Get your own kids involved by inviting them to clean out their closets and gather toys and clothes (still in usable condition!) to donate for supporting endangered animals.

The Youth Action Committee is a kid-run group designed to empower young community members and help them develop both a sense of connection to their community as well as the skills necessary to voice their opinions and work to create change.  Help out the group’s project!  Money raised will be donated to organizations that work to support polar and panda bears, including Pandas International.  For more information, call the library at 413-247-9097.

This Sunday is the Hilltown Families Birthday Bash Benefit from 4-7pm!

Dinner, Dessert, and Family Entertainment
to Support Hilltown Families
Sunday, April 10th ♦ 4-7pm

Join us on Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm! Suggested donation: $10-$25 per person. (Poster design: Tina Cornell)

Join us this Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm to celebrate Hilltown Families 5th anniversary as we enter our sixth year!

This community building event is a benefit for Hilltown Families, hosted by Bread Euphoria in Haydenville, MA.

There will be live music with family musician Mister G!

Bread Euphoria will be serving up pizza and cake, along with a cash bar!

Seth Gregory will be on the mic as our special MC! 

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit will be on display. 

Door prizes will be given out at the end of the evening, including: Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry and The Nields in Shelburne Falls on April 17th; movie passes to the baby-friendly movie screenings at both the Amherst Cinema and Pleasant Street Theater; and fabulous family CD’s & DVD’s!

A suggested donation of $10-$25 per person will graciously be received at the door.

Donation of $25 or more will receive one of our collectible t-shirts from our very first community building event, the Hilltown Family Variety Show’s 1st Annual T-Shirt Review Mini-Fest and Ice Cream Social, held back in 2007 (designed by our very own, Seth Gregory!) – while supplies last!

Bread Euphoria is located at 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. www.BreadEuphoria.comSee ya there!

Join Us! Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash!

Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash
Dinner, Dessert, and Family Entertainment
Sunday, April 10th ♦ 4-7pm

Come celebrate Hilltown Families 5th Anniversary at a fundraising benefit at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville on Sunday, April 10th from 4-7pm!  Spend a celebratory evening with your family and your community, enjoying dinner, dessert, and a family concert with Mister G, all while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Bread Euphoria will be serving up slices of their gourmet pizza made fresh on their delicious sourdough crust, and birthday cake for dessert, while supplies last, along with a cash bar (beer/wine). Suggested donation: $10 – $25 per person.

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit will be on display in the Andrew Quient Corridor Gallery at Bread Euphoria during the celebration.  All images are for sale and net proceeds also go to benefit Hilltown Families!

PIZZA ♦ CAKE ♦ CONCERT ♦ ART

Pizza & Cake

Bread Euphoria Cafe & Bakery in Haydenville, MABread Euphoria owners, Mark and Geri Pollard, like to keep things simple. They never compromise the quality or purity of their ingredients. Most of their breads do not use commercial yeast, preferring the flavor provided by natural starters and a long fermentation. They use organic and locally grown ingredients whenever possible, and all of their meats are natural and roasted in-house. Soups, sauces, dressings and accompaniments are made fresh daily from scratch. They pride themselves on the variety of their products, from beautifully prepared standards like baguettes or croissants to dynamic new combinations in their cakes, pizzas, sandwiches and scones.

Belonging to a community of small farms and locally-owned food producers, Mark and Geri are proud to be part of their local food culture, providing  families with delicious sandwiches, pizza, breads, baked goods, and seasonal specials that are both great-tasting and nutritious. 206 Main St. (Route 9). Just over/before the Northampton line. www.BreadEuphoria.com

Family Concert

Mister G will perform a fun family concert beginning at 5pm. Over the past year, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has performed with Dan Zanes in Northampton, and for kids in Europe and Latin America. He closed out 2010 with two shows at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Closer to home, Mister G played headlining sets at the Green River Festival, The River Meltdown and at the Hilltown Spring Festival this May. Winner of the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Ben spent 20 years touring internationally as a bandleader and solo artist before getting his Masters in Elementary Education at Smith College in 2008. As Mister G, he has led innovative songwriting workshops in settings as varied as Sunnyside Preschool, Dana Farber Cancer Clinic, the 92nd St. Y, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Smith College Campus School. www.MisterGSongs.com

In the Gallery

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit features images of life and landscapes in western Massachusetts and moves to the Andrew Quient Corridor Gallery at Bread Euphoria where images in the exhibit will be available for sale as a fundraiser for Hilltown Families during the Birthday Benefit Bash. Featuring work by photographer and Hilltown Families’ founder, Sienna Wildfield, all images in the exhibit have been featured on HilltownFamilies.org over the years and net proceeds from the sale of images benefit the organization.

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit is supported in part by grants from local Cultural Councils in Ashfield, Buckland, Chesterfield and Cummington — all local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


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Volunteers Wanted: Hilltown Families Benefit Bash

Volunteer Opportunity with Hilltown Families

Want to get involved with Hilltown Families? Have an hour or two of time to volunteer? A few helping hands during the Hilltown Families Birthday Benefit Bash are needed on Sunday, April 10th (and a few before then). Sign up below and we’ll be in touch!

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Photography Exhibit Celebrates Five Years of Western MA Grassroots Network for Families

Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit Featuring Life and Landscape in Western MA

In February, the show kicks off celebrations for the 5th anniversary of Hilltown Families with its debut at Cup and Top Café in Florence. An opening reception on Saturday, February 5th from 5-7pm offers the opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate while raising money for the network.

A traveling photography exhibit featuring images of life and landscapes in western Massachusetts will kick off celebrations for the fifth anniversary of the founding of Hilltown Families, an online grassroots communication network for families. Featuring work by photographer and Hilltown Families’ founder, Sienna Wildfield, the show will travel to five different towns in 2011, showcasing images relative to the season and the host town. All images have been featured on HilltownFamilies.org over the years and the exhibit is a fundraiser for Hilltown Families, a community communication network that has been helping to connect people in western Massachusetts for over five years. All net proceeds from the sale of images will benefit the organization.

Ellen Doyle of Williamsburg said, “Hilltown Families is the most amazing resource! It’s a great way to keep in touch with the rest of our unique corner of Massachusetts. I love the way Hilltown Families promotes local writers and artists, all while fostering a sense of community.”

The show begins February 1st, 2011 in Florence, MA for two months at Cup & Top Café, with an opening reception to be held on February 5th from 5-7 p.m. Reception is free.

“The community that benefits from and supports Hilltown Families is the same community that benefits from and supports our cafe,” writes Helen Kahn, owner of Cup & Top Café. “Hilltown Families is an incredible resource for connecting, informing and strengthening our community.  We are so pleased to be able to host the debut of Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit while assisting the fund raising efforts of Hilltown Families.”

From Florence, the exhibit travels to Haydenville in April, when Bread Euphoria will be the host; to the Bullit Reservation in Ashfield for May/June; the Northampton Center for the Arts will host the show in Northampton for July; to Williamsburg in September at Meekins Library; to Elmer’s in Ashfield for five weeks in October in time for the town’s Fall Festival; and finally, to Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls in November.

Wildfield, who founded Hilltown Families over five years ago as a way to connect families and strengthen community in western MA, said “Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit is an opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate our past five years while raising money for the network.  All of the photographs to be shown in this traveling exhibit will have been featured on HilltownFamilies.org and tell a visual story that is unique to our community.  These images give a glimpse into the life and culture of western MA to families visiting, moving to and living in the region.”

The network now hosts a dynamic web site, online bulletin boards, social network, listserv, a weekly radio show and podcast, and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, including the Hilltown CDC, Flywheel Arts Collective, Hilltown Home Gardeners Exchange, the Old Creamery Co-Op, among others.

Seth Isman, Economic Developer of the Hilltown CDC says, “Hilltown Families is a model resource for the community. When we want to know what’s happening in the hilltowns, we turn to Hilltown Families first.”


Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit” is supported in part by grants from local Cultural Councils in Ashfield, Buckland, Chesterfield and Cummington — all local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Northampton Parents Center Turns 25!

Northampton Parents Center
25th Anniversary Fundraising Concert
Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Jay Mankita is a touring songwriter, an internationally recognized recording artists and a local dad. Join him on Saturday, October 16th at a fundraising concert for the Northampton Parents Center. Click on flyer to see larger image.

Northampton Parents Center is having a 25th Anniversary Fundraising Concert with Putumayo recording artist, Jay Mankita, Saturday, October 16th, at 4 pm in the upstairs of Edwards Church.  Everyone is welcome – the whole community is invited! A sliding scale donation is suggested, but  not required.  Please come celebrate music for the whole family with the Northampton Parents Center!

ABOUT THE NORTHAMPTON PARENTS CENTER

Northampton Parents Center is a nonprofit cooperative drop-in site for children (birth to kindergarten) and their caregivers. Since 1985, Northampton Parents Center (NPC) has provided a safe, nurturing environment for families with young children to socialize. Open Monday through Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 am, mid September to late May. Located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of Main and State Streets in Northampton — entrance on State Street. Generously supported by Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Edwards Church, and partially funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care administered by Collaborative for Educational Services and Northampton Public Schools. www.northamptonparentscenter.org

It Takes a Village is Serving Up Soup to Raise Funds

Maureen Shea of Cummington, MA writes:

Family-friendly fundraiser in Cummington to support It Takes a Village. Click to see larger image.

I’m wearing my ‘It Takes a Village‘ hat here to let you know about our fundraiser on Saturday, September 25th. ‘It Takes a Village’ matches a volunteer with a family for weekly home visits for the first three months after a baby is born. In the ten months since we began, we have served fourteen families with a roster of over twenty volunteers. Our fundraiser, called Soup, will take place at the Cummington Community House from 5-8pm, and we hope to raise $500 to reimburse our volunteers for travel and childcare costs while visiting their Village families. At Soup, several Village volunteers will be serving delicious soups made from the bounty of their gardens. Bring your own bowl! Buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful bowl made by a local potter! There will also be an activity table for kids to make pinch pots that we will glaze, fire and return to the kids before Christmas.

Please come for a quick bowl of soup after the Hilltown Olympics in Goshen, or before the Ashfield Film Festival! We would love to see you. If you would like to hang out all evening, we would love that, too!

For more info contact Maureen Shea at (413) 634-5431 or email her at info@itavillage.info

Movie Ticket Giveaway: Ramona and Beezus

Ramona and Beezus at Greenfield Garden Cinemas
A Red Carpet Fundraiser
Greenfield, MA
Saturday, July 24th @ 6pm

Hilltown Families and the Community Coalition for Teens (CCT) have partnered up to offer one lucky family 4 tickets to see a special red carpet fundraising screening of the new movie Ramona and Beezus at Greenfield Garden Cinemas on Saturday, July 24th at 6pm. Through a generous donation from the movie’s director, 100% of ticket sales will go directly to the CCT. Deadline to enter to win is 07/22/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE SCREENING

The movie, a lovely G-rated film about growing up, based on the popular books by Beverly Cleary. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress for the red carpet or as their favorite character from the Ramona books. The evening will also feature a silent auction with signed books, movie posters, etc, and a special pre-screening video specific to Franklin County.

Ramona and Beezus is directed by Elizabeth Allen, the sister of CCT Co-Coordinator Kat Allen, and the niece of Montague Select Board member Pat Allen and retired Valley Medical Group’s Dr. Mark Allen.  Through a generous donation from the movie’s director, 100% of ticket sales will go directly to the Community Coalition for Teens (CCT).

ABOUT COMMUNITY COALITION FOR TEENS

The mission of the Community Coalition for Teens is to promote the health and well-being of teens in the Franklin County and North Quabbin region. CCT collaborates with school and community partners to:

  • establish and support effective youth development and health-promotion programs;
  • provide training and technical assistance with emphasis on evidence-based practices; and
  • involve and empower youth.

Find out more about the Community Coalition for Teens at www.frcog.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win 4 tickets to see a special fundraising screening of the new movie Ramona and Beezus at Greenfield Garden Cinemas on Saturday, July 24th at 6pm, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE THE TITLE OF YOUR FAVORITE BEVERLY CLEARY BOOK BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 07/22/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! It’s a great fundraising event. Tickets ($12 adult, $8 child/senior, $30 max per family) are available in advance by calling 774-3167 x 101, (978) 544-6912, or 774-1194 x 115, 116, 118 or by visiting the CCT office at 278 Main Street, Suite 411, in Greenfield, MA. If not sold out in advance, tickets will also be available at the door.  100% of ticket sales will go directly to the Community Coalition for Teens (CCT).

Cartoon-a-Palooza: Fundraiser of the Forbes Library Children’s Department

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Cartoon-a-Palooza: May 23rd in Northampton

Mark your calendars for Mo Willems’ Cartoon-a-Palooza on May 23rd, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA.  An afternoon of award winning animation to benefit the Forbes Library children’s department.

The Forbes Library Children’s Department was last spruced up 18 years ago and the space is showing wear. The paint is peeling, the carpets are fraying, even the bookshelves are collapsing. The homework center is sorely lacking adequate study space and the technology available to help the library’s young adult patrons stay academically competitive is sorely lacking and out of date.

As part of the fundraising effort, the library will be having an afternoon of award winning animation by Mo Willems on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 2pm at the Academy of Music called “Cartoon-a-Palooza”. This family show will present a screening of a collection of his animated cartoons ranging from early Sesame Street and Nickelodeon shorts to the Carnegie Award winning animated adaptations of his beloved picture books, including the world premier of The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog!

All proceeds from this one-time only, special event will go directly to improvements and renovations to the Forbes Library’s Children’s Department. Mo will be on hand to answer questions and sign limited edition Forbes Library posters featuring the New York Bestselling duo Elephant and Piggie.

Tickets are available at the Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton or online http://www.forbeslibrary.org or at the Academy of Music. For more information contact Jude McGowan, Children’s Librarian, 413-587-1010 or jmcgowan@forbeslibrary.org.

School Fundraiser and Fall Festival in Ashfield

Notes from Nan: Locally Made Fundraiser & Ashfield Fall Festival
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

Hey! You know what is one of the coolest ideas ever invented? Sanderson Academy coming up with their own catalogue of locally-made products to sell instead of Chinese-made stuff like most other schools sell to raise school money! Claire Mockler and Nancy Hoff came up with the idea, pitched it to local artists and businesses, Linda Taylor laid the catalogue out, the Mary Lyon Foundation printed it, and now Sanderson kids have a 24 page catalogue of things to sell that support local creators and vendors as well as Sanderson! Isn’t that brilliant?? If you don’t have a Sanderson kid near you, some of the local businesses have store copies that you can order from. (We do, Ashfield Hardware does, as does Mo’s Fudge Factor in Shelburne Falls. There may be more, but those are the places I know have them.) It has everything from soap to jewelry to Christmas trees, to yogurt, to holiday gift boxes to CDs to pizzas to syrup, to clothing and lots more—ALL of it produced right here in the Hilltowns! The deadline for ordering is October 18th. (The products still exist after that date, but if you’d like a part of the proceeds of your shopping to go to Sanderson you must order by that date.) Just a fabulous idea! I am very excited about it!

And now I’m excited about dinner this week and even more excited about Fall Festival! Read the rest of this entry »

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