Obama’s New Chef Skewers School Lunches

Obama’s New Chef Skewers School Lunches

Before he agreed to cook for the Obama family in the White House, Chicago chef Sam Kass was already talking about changing the way American children eat.

During weekly Tuesday gatherings at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, Mr. Kass hosted “Rethinking Soup,” which he described as “a communal event where we will eat delicious, healthy soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic and environmental food issues that we should be addressing.”

In May, over a meal of locally-produced beef and barley soup, Mr. Kass lamented the sorry state of the National School Lunch Program, which provides low-cost or free lunches to schoolchildren. He noted that what gets served up to kids is influenced by government agricultural subsidies. As a result, he says, meals served to students are low in vegetables and disproportionately high in fat, additives, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. (He also links the high consumption of sugary foods and food additives to learning difficulties and attention deficit disorder, although the medical community remains divided on that issue.) …

Read more at NYTimes.com.

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Inaugural Address Viewing at Elmer's in Ashfield, MA

Community members packed the house at Elmer's in Ashfield, MA as they gather together to share and watch Obama's inaugural address on a big screen TV. - (c) Tony(a) Lemos of Ashfield, MA


If 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.


There are so many great events happening this weekend, with many great reasons to visit our local museums.

On Saturday, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is hosting a free day with opening day festivities for the exhibit, Race to the Top.  Events include ice carving, dog sledding, lecture on Inuit wisdom and an early evening party. Click here to read more.

Then on Sunday, the Stone Hill Center’s winter wonderland setting at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will provide the perfect backdrop for free fantastic family fun from 12:30 to 3:30 pm with more dog sledding, snowshoe excursions, snow sculpting and painting, sledding and a campfire complete with hot chocolate.  Click here to read more.

In case you missed it this week, check out the post The Wonderment of Museum to find out how to get the most of your visit to museums.


Keeth from The Harmonica Pocket co-hosts this week’s episode of HFVS. On Saturday, tune in from 9-10am to 103.3FM (Northampton, MA) or listen on-line at www.valleyfreeradio.org. Then after lunch time, head over to Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA to see them perform live at 1pm in Club B-10 . You’ll be happy you did!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 01/24/09

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What Happens on Inauguration Day? A Historical Perspective.

Inaugural History

For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 56th quadrennial Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremony represents both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past.

To watch a historical perspective on the Inaugural Ceremonies click here: inaugural.senate.gov/history.

Click here to see 25 videos of inaugural addresses.

Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday

Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday

Communities and nonprofits across the country are gearing up for a record number of volunteers on the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday, fueled by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year.

Organizers of the annual service day say momentum is building in the wake of the President-elect’s call and the timing of the holiday coming one day before the Inauguration. In addition to asking Americans to serve, President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden, and their families will participate in service on the January 19 holiday in the Washington D.C. area.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee will launch a new website next week that makes it easy for Americans to find or organize volunteer opportunities. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that has led the national effort to transform the King Holiday into a national day of service since 1994, is working with the Presidential Inaugural Committee on the website and the larger effort.

READ MORE: Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday.

Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls – NYTimes.com

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