Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for December 3-4, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of suggested events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 28 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Holiday Lights to Wreath Making. Theater to Singing, and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

December 3-9, 2016

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Literary Adaptation ♦  Singing ♦  Gingerbread Houses ♦  Breakfast with SantaPlacemaking ♦  ConsumerismRadio TheaterPastry Arts  ♦ Gift SwapHoliday StrollsLiving HistoryTransportationCarolingLocomotionWreathsCommunity MealCraftsTree Lighting

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Suggested Events for December 3rd – 9th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

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“Hilltown Families has been our family go-to place to know what’s going on in the community and find the fun… Most recently we had a chance to start listening to the radio show for children. We played the Hanukah show over and over and [they] BOTH loved it. As did I. Thank you so much!” – Liz Friedman (Northampton, MA)

“Hilltown Families has been our family go-to place to know what’s going on in the community and find the fun… Most recently we had a chance to start listening to the radio show for children. We played the Hanukah show over and over and [they] BOTH loved it. As did I. Thank you so much!” – Liz Friedman (Northampton, MA)

If you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

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Dec 4 & 17

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, and Saturday, December 17th at 7pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $8-$18. Information can be found at www.ACelticNutcracker.com

Open House: Dec 7

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, December 7 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

 Local Organic Christmas Trees! Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, MA, has cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees available Friday, Saturday, & Sunday after Thanksgiving, and weekends in December. Come by the farm between the hours of 9am-4pm to select your very own locally grown Christmas Tree. Their gift shop, in the post and beam barn, will feature their very own artisanal maple products for sale. Also, handcrafted wreaths and swags made on the farm are available. Experience a wonderful destination and a beautiful drive into the Hilltowns, creating a new tradition with your family. Visit them at www.justameretreefarm.com/trees for more information & directions or email them at welch@justameretreefarm.com.

Dec 9-11

Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Friday & Saturday Dec. 9 and 10, 7:30pm & Sunday Dec. 11, 2pm. Shea Theater, Turners Falls. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and children 5-16 years. Tickets at Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, online, or at the door. For more information and reservations, visit welcomeyule.org.

Dec 11

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, December 11, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Dec 2

PJ Library and Shabbat Shabloom invite you to Shababa in Northampton, a musical celebration of Jewish life with puppets, play, and love! This joyful event will feature Karina Zilberman from the 92St Y in New York and is for children ages 0-5 and their grownups. Shababa in Northampton is free and open to everyone and will take place on Friday, December 2 from 9-10am in the auditorium at Lander Grinspoon Academy at 257 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. Questions? Contact Amy Meltzer, Director of Family Engagement at 413-584-6622 or ameltzer@landergrinspoon.org.

Open House: Dec 3

Saturday, Dec. 3rd: The Center School Admissions Open House, 10am-2pm. The Center School is a preschool through 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Please come explore the school on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for an Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open and staff will be on hand with innovative projects planned for kids of all ages. Current parents and students will be in attendance to answer questions and share about the school. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits for 35 years and is currently accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2017. centerschool.net

Dec 3

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity hosts the fifth annual Gingerbread Build on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4pm at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton. Join them for a family-friendly afternoon filled with frosting and fun! Gingerbread and icing will be provided — bring any decorations you want to build your inspired creation to be entered into one of their whimsical prize categories! Fundraise online and register your team of up to four by making a minimum donation of $100. For more information or questions about registration, call 413-586-5430 or email mariah@pvhabitat.org. Thank you for helping to provide decent, affordable homes for qualified families in the Pioneer Valley.

Dec 3

Winter Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a fair on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-3pm at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a variety of crafts including fairy houses, wreaths, gingerbread people, tote bags and more. Concurrently with craft-making will be the annual Scholastic Book Fair, special performances by the Student Chorus, a bake sale and a raffle. All proceeds from the event support the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School library and educational programs. For more information, contact Deirdre Arthen at 413-529–7178 or visit www.hilltowncharter.org.

Dec 5

Looking for a warm and welcoming school? Consider Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) in Northampton. Join the entire LGA community on Monday, December 5 at 8:20am to sing, celebrating the end of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, and see students perform. Can’t make the 8:20am start time? Feel free to show up at 8:45am for a school tour. LGA is committed to the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of its students. Its emphasis on community, culture, social justice, encourages students of all ages to become independent thinkers, as well as caring and responsible citizens of the world. LGA is now accepting applications for grades K-6. For more information contact GLansky@LanderGrinspoon.org.

Dec 9-11

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, and then travel to the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring guest artists from Carolina Ballet, Festival Ballet, Mari Meade Dance Collective. Live on stage December 9 – 11 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.ticketlfy.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

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 info@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.


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December 3rd – December 9th, 2016

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Berkshire Family Fun: December 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
December 2016

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Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of November. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 26th & 27th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 26th – December 2nd, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our seasonal post, Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2016 and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

November 26th – December 2nd, 2016

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Tree LightingSantaHoliday StrollsMYO GiftsCaroling/Choral MusicHanukkahChristmasKwanzaaWinter Solstice

Family Volunteer Days

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  3. Engage in Community-Based Learning & Service: Become a Pet Foster Family
  4. Let Them Grow: Giving Back This Holiday Season
  5. Open Sesame: 10 New Picture Books to Ring in Holiday Cheer

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Suggested Events for November 26th – December 2nd, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“As a creative mama, Hilltown Families has opened up a whole world of wondrous adventures for our family. Keep up the great work…it is so very appreciated.” – Abbe Laine Schiowitz (Shutesbury, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Bulletin Board

Nov 25

CT Trolley Museum presents Winterfest 2016 and “The Tunnel of Lights” beginning Friday, November 25. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” they promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights.” When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa and he will also have a gift for each child.

Nov 25

The New England Air Museum will hold its annual Santa Claus Visit & Behind the Scenes Tours special event on Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. Santa Claus will meet with kids in a Sikorsky helicopter between 11am-3pm. Photos are encouraged and Santa will distribute a special gift to each child. Families will also have the opportunity to create holiday cards for members of the U.S. military. Additional family fun activities include hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, Aircraft Quest Scavenger Hunts, and computerized Flight Simulators. The museum will also offer special “Behind the Scenes” tours of the Restoration Facility that day, giving visitors a rare opportunity to take a close-up look at current aircraft restoration projects.

Open House: Dec 7

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, December 7 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

Dec 2

PJ Library and Shabbat Shabloom invite you to Shababa in Northampton, a musical celebration of Jewish life with puppets, play, and love! This joyful event will feature Karina Zilberman from the 92St Y in New York and is for children ages 0-5 and their grownups. Shababa in Northampton is free and open to everyone and will take place on Friday, December 2 from 9-10am in the auditorium at Lander Grinspoon Academy at 257 Prospect Street in Northampton, MA. Questions? Contact Amy Meltzer, Director of Family Engagement at 413-584-6622 or ameltzer@landergrinspoon.org.

Open House: Dec 3

Saturday, Dec. 3rd: The Center School Admissions Open House, 10am-2pm. The Center School is a preschool through 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Please come explore the school on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for an Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open and staff will be on hand with innovative projects planned for kids of all ages. Current parents and students will be in attendance to answer questions and share about the school. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits for 35 years and is currently accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2017. centerschool.net

Dec 3

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity hosts the fifth annual Gingerbread Build on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4pm at the Eastworks Building in Easthampton. Join them for a family-friendly afternoon filled with frosting and fun! Gingerbread and icing will be provided — bring any decorations you want to build your inspired creation to be entered into one of their whimsical prize categories! Fundraise online and register your team of up to four by making a minimum donation of $100. For more information or questions about registration, call 413-586-5430 or email mariah@pvhabitat.org. Thank you for helping to provide decent, affordable homes for qualified families in the Pioneer Valley.

Dec 3

Winter Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a fair on Saturday, December 3 from 10am-3pm at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a variety of crafts including fairy houses, wreaths, gingerbread people, tote bags and more. Concurrently with craft-making will be the annual Scholastic Book Fair, special performances by the Student Chorus, a bake sale and a raffle. All proceeds from the event support the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School library and educational programs. For more information, contact Deirdre Arthen at 413-529–7178 or visit www.hilltowncharter.org.

Dec 5

Looking for a warm and welcoming school? Consider Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) in Northampton. Join the entire LGA community on Monday, December 5 at 8:20am to sing, celebrating the end of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, and see students perform. Can’t make the 8:20am start time? Feel free to show up at 8:45am for a school tour. LGA is committed to the intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of its students. Its emphasis on community, culture, social justice, encourages students of all ages to become independent thinkers, as well as caring and responsible citizens of the world. LGA is now accepting applications for grades K-6. For more information contact GLansky@LanderGrinspoon.org.

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 info@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
November 26th – December 2nd, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 19 – 20, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of suggested events for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 20 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Photography to Food Studies. Non-Commercial to Collaborative Consumption, and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

November 19 – 25, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Black Friday  ♦ Community Meals  ♦ Computer ProgrammingNative American StudiesCollaborative ConsumptionGardeningBiologyActivismSustainabilityMYO GiftsSTEM  ♦ Culinary ArtsSeed SavingThanksgiving DinnerPhysics Art StudiesLanguage StudiesGuided WalksMusic StudiesPhotographyImmigrationFood Studies

Family Volunteer Days

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Suggested Events for November 19th-25th, 2016

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“Every Thursday night after my son goes to sleep I take some time to read the Hilltown Families weekly email – there is always at least 2 events I want to go to and reading what other community members write and share is always fascinating. I appreciate this resource so much!” -Jackie MacNeish (Ashfield, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families Event

The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

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Nov 18

Montessori Comes to Forbes Library: On Friday, November 18, at 11am, bring your child to a visit with Montessori School of Northampton educator Laura Frogameni. The hour will include circle time with song, movement and story; activity time with Montessori materials; and time for questions, more music and play. The Forbes Library is located at 20 West Street in Northampton. Free; all families of children 0-6 are invited to attend. For more information, call Laura at 413-586-4538 x103 or visit www.northamptonmontessori.org.

Nov 19

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 19 in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the marionette performance by their Early Childhood teachers. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 19. 10am-3pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Nov 19

Art Supporting Music – The annual Little Drummer Craft Fair returns to the Franklin County Technical School (82 Industrial Blvd) in Turners Falls on Saturday, November 19th from 9am-3:30pm. This juried craft fair features over 65 artists & craftspeople from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond, presenting their unique handcrafted products. All proceeds benefit the FCTS Music Department and award-winning FCTS Renegades Drumline. Support the annual FCTS food drive with 2 canned goods to donate to the drive, and receive a ticket to a special raffle drawing. Help make this the most successful food drive ever! Admission is free, free parking and completely ADA accessible. Lunch and baked goods available, prepared by FCTS culinary students.

Nov 20

Everyone Has a Voice concert, Northampton – Enjoy an afternoon of song as Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus teams up with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion to perform songs by Sarah Lee’s grandfather, Woody Guthrie, and other folk legends! The Everyone Has a Voice concert takes place on Sunday, November 20, 3pm, at First Churches of Northampton. The concert unites singers with and without disabilities to work toward the common goal of performing in concert. Whole Children is a Pathlight program and provides social and recreation programs for kids and teens of all abilities, particularly those with special needs. The concert is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.wholechildren.org for tickets.

Nov 25

Holiday Happenings: Friday, November 25 from 10-5pm at the Springfield Museums. The Springfield Museums’ annual GingerbreadExhibit is one of the region’s best-loved traditions! This year’s theme is “HolidayMagic,” with gingerbread creations inspired by everyone’s favorite boy wizard. The exhibit’s will open on Friday, November 25th with a special “Holiday Happenings,” featuring a full day of family activities, performances, appearances by The Grinch, and the Lighting of the Quadrangle at 5pm. For information, visit springfieldmuseums.org.

Nov 25

CT Trolley Museum presents Winterfest 2016 and “The Tunnel of Lights” beginning Friday, November 25. Whether you ride a closed car or brave the cold to ride the open “electric sleigh,” they promise you a good time and one that you’ll remember for years. Join your motormen in singing traditional Christmas carols as the trolley makes its way through the “Tunnel of Lights.” When you return, head inside the Visitors Center which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with model trains, decorations galore and you can even buy a delicious cup of hot cocoa to sip as you enjoy the entertainment. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa and he will also have a gift for each child.

Open House: Dec 3

Saturday, Dec. 3rd: The Center School Admissions Open House, 10am-2pm. The Center School is a preschool through 8th grade progressive school, serving Hampshire & Franklin counties. Please come explore the school on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for an Admissions Open House. Classrooms will be open and staff will be on hand with innovative projects planned for kids of all ages. Current parents and students will be in attendance to answer questions and share about the school. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Center School has been offering rigorous education for deep thinkers and creative spirits for 35 years and is currently accepting applications for all ages, for fall of 2017. centerschool.net

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 Eventsand 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 info@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.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 19th – 25th, 2016

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary And Family Guide for November 12-13, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 12 – 18, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column, Learn Local. Play Local. for 32 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Mindfulness to Natural History. Día de los Muertos to Jake Shimabukuro, and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

Give a listen to find out what’s happening next weekend… it involves great music, dancing and free pancakes!

November 12th-18th, 2016

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Mindfulness ♦  YogaNatural History MuseumsCultural StudiesDay of the Dead  SportsIce SkatingTheaterMusic Studies ♦  UkuleleOrnithologyLocal HistoryNatural HistoryComputer ScienceInternetPsychologyArchitectureFood StudiesNutritionDairy Farming ♦  Animal StudiesLiteracyBook Clubs

Family Volunteer Days

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Suggested Events for November 12th-18th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“As a creative mama, Hilltown Families has opened up a whole world of wondrous adventures for our family. Keep up the great work…it is so very appreciated.” – Abbe Laine Schiowitz (Shutesbury, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families Event

The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bulletin Board

Nov 12

On Saturday, November 12, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, will hold its annual Veterans Day Tribute to Veterans and Active Military from 10am-4pm. Families will have the opportunity to talk with military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. Reps from local veteran organizations will be present, and a collection of personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., will be received to donate to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission. www.neam.org

Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes at the Springfield Museums through May 14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, meet your samurai ancestors! A unique and imaginative exhibit that brings together original TMNT graphic novel art and the Museums’ own world-famous collection of Japanese artwork, arms and armor. There’s a Saturday morning cartoon area and samurai-inspired activities on assorted weekends, too! While you’re here, see the new Cats in Hats exhibit, with wonderfully whimsical illustrations by our region’s finest illustrators. For information, visit springfieldmuseums.org.

Nov 11, 21 & 22

Kids have no school on Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving? Send them to the CyclePottery studio in Florence where they can create beautiful handmade functional or decorative pottery just in time for the holidays too! For ages 9+. Veterans Day Workshop on Nov. 11 from 9am-3pm: Fee $120. Thanksgiving Vacation Week, Nov. 21st & 22nd, 9am-2pm: Fee $240. In addition to day-of instruction, the workshop fee includes the cost of post-workshop tasks, such as trimming, bisque-firing, glazing, and the final firing of student pieces. Private workshops and lessons available too! For more info or to register contact: kathryn@cyclepottery.com; 413-219-9594; CyclePottery, 225 Nonotuck St. Unit A, Florence, MA 01062

Nov 19

Visit the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 19 in Hadley, MA! Enjoy King Winter, roving musicians, unique crafts to make and buy, candle dipping, jump rope making, games, food, and pony rides. See the marionette performance by their Early Childhood teachers. Come experience the wonder that abounds at the Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair! There is nothing else like it! Saturday, November 19. 10am-3pm, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

Nov 20

Everyone Has a Voice concert, Northampton – Enjoy an afternoon of song as Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus teams up with Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion to perform songs by Sarah Lee’s grandfather, Woody Guthrie, and other folk legends! The Everyone Has a Voice concert takes place on Sunday, November 20, 3pm, at First Churches of Northampton. The concert unites singers with and without disabilities to work toward the common goal of performing in concert. Whole Children is a Pathlight program and provides social and recreation programs for kids and teens of all abilities, particularly those with special needs. The concert is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.wholechildren.org for tickets.

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 info@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.

Join our team… Hilltown Families is hiring!

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 12 – 18, 2016

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for November 5th & 6th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for November 5th-11th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for Community-Based Educational Highlights: Chrysanthemums to Arrowheads. Evolutionary Biology to Rome., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

November 5-11, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

SustainabilityCollege ResourcesFiber ArtsTechonologyHorticulturePoliticsSeed SavingBotanyNative American HistoryArchitectureMusic StudiesGilded AgeWomen’s SuffrageSTEMLiteracyBiologyNature StudiesCivil WarWorld History

Family Volunteer Days

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Suggested Events for November 5th-11th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I recently discovered Hilltown Families… The website is so eclectic in the activities offered in the surrounding area there is definitely an activity we can all participate in including my husband who is a disabled vet and my children who range from 1, 3 and 14. I’m so excited about Hilltown Families!” – Stacey Martin (South Deerfield, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families Event

The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bulletin Board

Open House: Nov 5

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House for prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their parents on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30-11am. Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA.

Open House: Nov 9

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, November 9 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

Nov 12

On Saturday, November 12, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, will hold its annual Veterans Day Tribute to Veterans and Active Military from 10am-4pm. Families will have the opportunity to talk with military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. Reps from local veteran organizations will be present, and a collection of personal care items such as disposable razors, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, eye drops, etc., will be received to donate to active military serving overseas. Veterans and active duty military are free and military families will receive 50% off admission. www.neam.org

Nov 11, 21 & 22

Kids have no school on Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving? Send them to the CyclePottery studio in Florence where they can create beautiful handmade functional or decorative pottery just in time for the holidays too! For ages 9+. Veterans Day Workshop on Nov. 11 from 9am-3pm: Fee $120. Thanksgiving Vacation Week, Nov. 21st & 22nd, 9am-2pm: Fee $240. In addition to day-of instruction, the workshop fee includes the cost of post-workshop tasks, such as trimming, bisque-firing, glazing, and the final firing of student pieces. Private workshops and lessons available too! For more info or to register contact: kathryn@cyclepottery.com; 413-219-9594; CyclePottery, 225 Nonotuck St. Unit A, Florence, MA 01062

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 info@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.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
November 5-11, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 29th & 30th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 29th – November 4th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 21 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Chrysanthemums to Dracula. Dia de los Muertos to Halloween., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

October 29th – November 4th, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

PsychologyHauntingsMusic StudiesZoologyLiterary AdaptationFood CultureCemetery StudiesEtymologyService-Based LearningFood SecurityFilm StudiesScience FictionCulture StudiesDay of the Dead10aLocal HistoryHorticulture

Family Volunteer Days


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Suggested Events for October 29th – November 4th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Thanks Hilltown for the tip about Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum. We’re studying ancient civilizations in homeschool. We planned a trip for Western Mass. Homeschoolers and about 20 kids will be going, not counting adults. We can’t wait to see their exhibit.” -Christa Figueroa, (Holyoke, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Hilltown Families Event

The Nields, Pioneer Valley folk and rock favorites, will perform a special show for all ages at a Saturday Morning Music Party fundraiser for Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, November 19, from 10am-12noon at Flywheel (43 Main St.) in Easthampton, MA. Doors open at 10am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by a family performance by The Nields from 11am-12noon. Admission is $12/Adult; $6/Kids ages 3-6; $35/Families of 4 or more. Infants-2: Free.) All proceeds benefit Hilltown Families and Flywheel, two Western Massachusetts nonprofits.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Bulletin Board

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Open House: Nov 5

Smith College Campus School, a coeducational day school enrolling children kindergarten through sixth grade, will be hosting an Open House for prospective kindergarten through second grade students and their parents on Saturday, November 5, from 9:30-11am. Come explore classrooms, see what their students are learning, and meet teachers, administrators and current parents. For more information about Smith College Campus School or to preregister for the Open House visit www.smith.edu/sccs or call the admission office at 413-585-3270. Smith College Campus School is located at 33 Prospect St. in Northampton, MA.

Open House: Nov 9

Montessori Middle School Information Session. What’s different about a Montessori middle school? Would it be a good fit for my adolescent? Come learn the answers to these and other questions on Wednesday, November 9 from 4-5pm at the Montessori School of Northampton, 51 Bates Street, Northampton. Corey Hadden, Middle School Teacher, and Laura Frogameni, Director of Admissions, will discuss adolescent development and how the Montessori middle school curriculum supports the student aged 12-14 at this critical point in their development through challenging academics, a focus on exploring identity and purpose, and opportunities to contribute to the larger community. For more information: northamptonmontessori.org or 413-586-4538.

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100& grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. We raise all of our own animals on our family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork and chicken fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in South Deerfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!

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 Eventsand 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 info@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.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 29th – November 4th, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Berkshire Family Fun: November 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
November 2016

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of November. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 22nd & 23rd, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 22nd-28th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 34 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Music to Medicine. Civic Engagement to Meditation., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families

October 22-28, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Carnivorous PlantsBogsService AnimalsPet FosteringHikes & WalksArt StudiesPolitical CartoonsLocal HistoryCemetery StudiesOrnithology  ♦ Culinary ArtsFashion HistoryJewish CultureMusic StudiesService-Based LearningNative American StudiesMeditation/MindfulnessYogaSTEMRoboticsMakerspacePhysicsBotanyCivic EngagementMedicine

Family Volunteer Days

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  1. Halloween Season Inspires Hands-On Science
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  3. HFVS Falling into Fall Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton & Emma
  4. 10 Picture Books for Halloween
  5. 8 Halloween Costume Safety Tips

 

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Suggested Events for October 22nd-28th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families is required reading for all parents in Western MA. We have come to rely on this incredible resource to plan our weekends, find ideas for rainy days, and seek adventure at local kid-friendly locations and events.” – Freja Joslin (Northampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Bulletin Board

Oct 22 Oct 23

Rescheduled to Sunday, October 23rd due to weather.

Children’s Fair & Open House: Come to the Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House on Saturday, October 22 Sunday, October 23 from 11am-3pm. The fun includes arts and crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, obstacle course, and much more. Entertainment will be provided by Tony Vacca, Tom Knight & Burchie Green, Chris Scanlon, and DJ Quin. Admission is free; participation in some activities requires purchase of activity tickets at a minimal change. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Families can also tour the school and meet the staff. Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years and is located at 51 Bates St., Northampton. Information at 413-586-4538 or northamptonmontessori.org.

Oct 23

Sukkot Harvest Festival at Abundance Farm! Sunday, October 23rd from 10am-1pm at 253 Prospect Street, Northampton. Come celebrate the harvest with apple cider pressing, pizza baking in a cob oven, garlic planting, fire cider making, corn grinding, soup on the fire, nature crafts, local food and live music. Rain or shine! Suggested donation: $5.00. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1597001317271745

Oct 23

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst hosts its Fall Community Open House on Sunday, October 23, from 10am to 4pm. This free, daylong celebration for all ages includes screenings of short films by the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, including Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story; a cabaret-style concert of Yiddish songs old and new by Di Shekhter-tekhter: The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen; guided tours of the Center’s permanent exhibits; hands-on demonstrations in the reproduction Yiddish print shop; and the opening of Balka’s Lower East Side, a multi-artist visiting exhibit focusing on the experiences of immigrants in that New York neighborhood. Find details and a full schedule at yiddishbookcenter.org.

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an OpenHouse on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

Oct 29

The Haunting of the Springfield MuseumsOctober 29th, 10am5pm. Is the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum haunted? Find out what Agawam Paranormal discovered in their recent investigation, plus you can march in a Costume Parade with music by the Expandable Brass Band and meet some of the creepy creatures that call the Springfield Science Museum home. And be sure not to miss the new “Cats in Hats” exhibit at the D’Amour Museum! 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA. www.springfieldmuseums.org

FMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating. Students graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE. Use promo code HTF201617 and receive $10 OFF your entire purchase of any instructional program!

Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100& grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. We raise all of our own animals on our family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork and chicken fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in South Deerfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!

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 Eventsand 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 info@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.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 22-28, 2016

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Oct 15 & 16, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 15th-21st, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our  monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

October 15-21, 2016

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Suggested Events for October 15th-21st, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families is invaluable! Many of us live in rural areas where the nearest neighbors far more than a shout away. The information and services this organization offers helps limit the seclusion of country life. We want our children to have fresh air to breath, clean well water to drink, meadows or woods in our back yards to explore… But we also want them to have a village help raise them. Hilltown Families helps its achieve this by connecting our communities and families together. Thank you!” – Pamela Haskins (Williamsburg, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Bulletin Board

Oct 14-16

An interactive theater family event is being held Oct 14-16 at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. You and your children can free the world from the great dragon by working with the elves, fairies and dwarves to solve riddles that will give the forest back to its people. This will be a Halloween adventure that you and your family will always remember. Shows depart every 15 minutes for a 45 minute production. Please arrive ready to travel 1/2 mile through Valley View Farm’s grounds and bring a flashlight for the evening shows. Show times are Oct 14 & 15 from 5:30-8:30pm and on Oct 16 from 2-5pm. Food trucks will also be there: Holyoke Hummus, Beets & Barley, GoBerry, Mission Cantina! Buy tickets at farmtheater.com, also at State St and Coopers.

Oct 15

The CT River Valley NEA Big Read of Into the Beautiful North kicks-off with a “Spirit of Place” Community Event at Greenfield Community College on Saturday, October 15, beginning with a 10am performance by two-time GRAMMY winning storyteller/musician, Bill Harley; followed by a morning of placemaking: hands-on learning stations exploring our community’s traditions through art, music, dance, history, and literature. All are welcome at a community meal beginning at 11:45am. Meal and morning events are FREE. An afternoon conference for adults begins at 1pm with a keynote by Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, followed by interdisciplinary panel discussions. The afternoon is “Pay as You Can.” Info or questions: marylyonfoundation@gmail.com

Oct 15

Celebrate fall at the Common School’s Children’s Carnival, Saturday, October 15, from 10am-2pm, at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. Enjoy old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house, and live music. Admission is free; games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. (In the event of rain, the Children’s Carnival will be held indoors at Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street.) Info: mainoffice@commonschool.org or www.commonschool.org.

Oct 15

OnTrend Crafts is hosting its Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 15 on the historic Hadley Town Commons. Fifty of the region’s top indie crafters will be in Hadley selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Food trucks and locally made ice cream and brownies will be part of the fun! Come support our talented local artisans — shop local, shop small! The Hadley Town Commons are adjacent to Esselon Cafe on Route 9 (99 Russell St.). Free admission; 10am to 4pm; rain or shine. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 15 & 16

Hold onto your hats! Come to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, this weekend for two amazing book launches. Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel are back on Saturday, October 15 at 2 pm with Some Pets, the companion book to 2014’s Some Bugs. Bright Spot Therapy Dogs will join us! On Sunday, October 16 at 1 pm Jon Klassen presents We Found a Hat, the final book in his award-winning hat trilogy. I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Both events are free with Museum Admission and include a book signing. Can’t make it to the event? You can reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org. For more information visit: www.carlemuseum.org

Oct 16

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 16, at 11 a.m. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus a live birds of prey demo with Tom Ricardi, entertainment for kids, and free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at www.kestreltrust.org

Oct 16

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 16, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Oct 22

Children’s Fair & Open House: Come to the Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fair and Open House on Saturday, October 22 from 11am-3pm. The fun includes arts and crafts, a petting zoo, bounce house, obstacle course, and much more. Entertainment will be provided by Tony Vacca, Tom Knight & Burchie Green, Chris Scanlon, and DJ Quin. Admission is free; participation in some activities requires purchase of activity tickets at a minimal change. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Families can also tour the school and meet the staff. Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from 18 months through 14 years and is located at 51 Bates St., Northampton. Information at 413-586-4538 or northamptonmontessori.org.

Oct 23

The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst hosts its Fall Community Open House on Sunday, October 23, from 10am to 4pm. This free, daylong celebration for all ages includes screenings of short films by the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, including Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story; a cabaret-style concert of Yiddish songs old and new by Di Shekhter-tekhter: The Schaechter Sisters and Binyumen; guided tours of the Center’s permanent exhibits; hands-on demonstrations in the reproduction Yiddish print shop; and the opening of Balka’s Lower East Side, a multi-artist visiting exhibit focusing on the experiences of immigrants in that New York neighborhood. Find details and a full schedule at yiddishbookcenter.org.

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

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 info@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
October 15-21, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for Oct 8th & 9th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 8th-14th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 26 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Jazz Music to Woodworking. Radio Drama to Pumpkins., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

October 8-14, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

PhotographyHomeschoolingMusic StudiesJazzCivic EngagementSTEMComputer ProgrammingPumpkinsColonial HistoryWorld HistoryTransportationRadio DramaShakespeareComedy HistoryFilm StudiesIce HockeyScarecrowsDendrologyLanguageWoodworkingAntiquesPlacemakingFall Festivals

Family Volunteer Days

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Suggested Events for October 8th-14th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“I love getting the Hilltown Families emails so I can give my parents ideas of where to take my son. The eNewsletter provides me with ideas both for fun and educational activities in which they can take my son to. Grandma, Grandpa and grandson have enjoyed the local museums, parks, libraries, several of which I did not know existed if not for the eNewsletter. In today’s society a lot of grandparents take care of their grandchildren. This eNewsletter is a great resource for ideas, both indoor and outdoor activities. The weekend activities, as well, are great ideas for my husband, son and I to attend.” – Victoria Valenti (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Oct 7

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 7 and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat & Sun including Monday, Oct 10 for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth (ages 2-12) and $3 for child (under age 2). East Windsor, CT.

Oct 14-16

An interactive theater family event is being held Oct 14-16 at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. You and your children can free the world from the great dragon by working with the elves, fairies and dwarves to solve riddles that will give the forest back to its people. This will be a Halloween adventure that you and your family will always remember. Shows depart every 15 minutes for a 45 minute production. Please arrive ready to travel 1/2 mile through Valley View Farm’s grounds and bring a flashlight for the evening shows. Show times are Oct 14 & 15 from 5:30-8:30pm and on Oct 16 from 2-5pm. Food trucks will also be there: Holyoke Hummus, Beets & Barley, GoBerry, Mission Cantina! Buy tickets at farmtheater.com, also at State St and Coopers.

Oct 15

The CT River Valley NEA Big Read of Into the Beautiful North kicks-off with a “Spirit of Place” Community Event at Greenfield Community College on Saturday, October 15, beginning with a 10am performance by two-time GRAMMY winning storyteller/musician, Bill Harley; followed by a morning of placemaking: hands-on learning stations exploring our community’s traditions through art, music, dance, history, and literature. All are welcome at a community meal beginning at 11:45am. Meal and morning events are FREE. An afternoon conference for adults begins at 1pm with a keynote by Hilltown Families’ Sienna Wildfield, followed by interdisciplinary panel discussions. The afternoon is “Pay as You Can.” Info or questions: marylyonfoundation@gmail.com

Oct 15

Celebrate fall at the Common School’s Children’s Carnival, Saturday, October 15, from 10am-2pm, at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst. Enjoy old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house, and live music. Admission is free; games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. (In the event of rain, the Children’s Carnival will be held indoors at Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street.) Info: mainoffice@commonschool.org or www.commonschool.org.

Oct 16

Save Farms, Eat Food, & Have Fun with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 16, at 11 a.m. on the West St. Common, Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, plus a live birds of prey demo with Tom Ricardi, entertainment for kids, and free local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. Receive a commemorative pint glass and be entered into a drawing for lots of great local prizes when you pre-register! Register online and learn more at www.kestreltrust.org

Oct 16

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 16, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.

Open House Oct 29

Amherst Montessori School invites parents to an Open House on Saturday, October 29 at 10am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful new school in South Amherst, and learn about the Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org.

 

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 info@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
October 8-14, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for October 1st & 2nd, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for October 1st-7th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 25 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Potatoes to Apples. Bridges to Kites., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

October 1-7, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Guided WalksMakerspaceRoboticsKitesBridgesPotato FestivalApple HistoryCivil War6  ♦ Revolutionary WarLiving HistoryThe ArtsFall FestivalsShaker HistoryHaunted HistoryCemetery WalksAstronomyArchaeology

Family Volunteer Days

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  1. Fall Science: Hands-On Experiments to Connect with the Change of Season
  2. Soup’s On: Lunch Box Ideas
  3. Literary Guide for Lucy Frank’s “The Homeschool Liberation League”
  4. Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Learning Through Fall Harvests
  5. Autumn Supports Science-Based Learning in Local Landscape

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Suggested Events for October 1st-7th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“My family recently relocated to Western MA. Hilltown Families has been an invaluable resource for learning about our new community and introducing it’s rich culture to us… Hilltown Families is a wonderful resource and my family is extremely grateful as it has made a huge difference in helping us to establish our new roots.” – Adam Brisben (Northampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Oct 1

Harvest Day Open House at The Hartsbrook School, Saturday, October 1, 10am-12noon. Join the festivities and learn more about The Hartsbrook School, and the Land Stewardship Program. Take a workshop in beekeeping, seed saving and fiber arts. Meet the animals that live on the farm. Explore the gardens, woods, streams and fields that the students care for, work on and learn about. This event is for current families and those wishing to learn more about the school. A bountiful, locally grown snack will be served! Experience Hartsbrook’s rich, hands-on curriculum firsthand and imagine the possibilities for your child. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Rd. in Hadley. For more info call 413-586-1908 or visit online at www.hartsbrook.org.

Oct 7

Connecticut Trolley Museum will hold their Pumpkin Patch event starting Oct 7 and will run the rest of the month every Fri, Sat & Sun including Monday, Oct 10 for Columbus Day. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun filled adventure where you ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch and each child can pick out a free pumpkin. Additionally, when you return back to the Museum you can decorate the pumpkins, get your face painted & enjoy the outside play area with spooktacular Halloween activities. Don’t forget you can take as many Trolley rides as you would like. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for youth (ages 2-12) and $3 for child (under age 2). East Windsor, CT.

Oct 2

The 55th Annual Conway Festival of the Hills is on Sunday, October 2 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Enjoy live music, the famed “skillet toss,” craft fair, parade, log splitting contest, art, blacksmithing, weaving, local products, and of course, yummy food, freshly pressed cider and fried dough with maple cream! For the kids, a hay maze, hill slide, children’s book signing, and lots of free activities. Sign up for the Covered Bridge Classic or Kids Fun Run! The festival is located in historic Conway center, Route 116, 8 minutes from Route 91 in Deerfield. Admission, parking, and almost all activities are free. See www.festivalofthehills.com for details.

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 info@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
October 1-7, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Berkshire Family Fun: October 2016

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
October 2016

Find out about community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County for the month of October. We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to check back each week. Do you have an event you’d like to include in this list? Email us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday!


Berkshire Family Fun, a project of Hilltown Families, is sponsored in part by MASS MoCA:

Berkshire Family Fun is also supported in part by a grant from the Hinsdale/Peru, Mount Washington, Monterey, North Berkshire, Pittsfield, Washington, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 24th & 25th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 24th-30th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 38 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Animation to Israeli Cuisine. Dragon Boats to Garlic., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational and cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families.

September 24-30, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

EntomologyTextile ArtsFilm StudiesArt StudiesParentingVolunteeringIndustrial HistoryHistoric ShoolhousesLiving HistoryArchitecturePlacemakingBotanySeed SavingCulinary ArtsAstronomy

Family Volunteer Days

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Suggested Events for September 24th-30th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families is the first place I check when deciding what to do with a free weekend, day, or even hour… This website is an absolute service to our community – not just people with kids but for everyone! I’d be at a total loss most weekends or when guests visit, if not for Hilltown Families, and I think we should support it as it has supported us.” – Lauren Weinsier (Northampton, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Sep 24

Shabbat Shabloom! Saturday, Sept 24 at 10am on Abundance Farm in Northampton. Celebrate the end the week with a joyful morning of music and movement with Felicia Sloin and Amy Meltzer – especially for ages 0-5. Stay to stroll the farm, play on the playground and enjoy grape juice and homemade challah. All are welcome. Abundance Farm is located at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect Street in Northampton, across the street from the YMCA. For more information, contact Amy@abundancefarm.org or join the Shabbat Shabloom! Facebook group.

Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There will be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Oct 1

Harvest Day Open House at The Hartsbrook School, Saturday, October 1, 10am-12noon. Join the festivities and learn more about The Hartsbrook School, and the Land Stewardship Program. Take a workshop in beekeeping, seed saving and fiber arts. Meet the animals that live on the farm. Explore the gardens, woods, streams and fields that the students care for, work on and learn about. This event is for current families and those wishing to learn more about the school. A bountiful, locally grown snack will be served! Experience Hartsbrook’s rich, hands-on curriculum firsthand and imagine the possibilities for your child. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Rd. in Hadley. For more info call 413-586-1908 or visit online at www.hartsbrook.org.

Sep 23

The Hartsbrook School is pleased to welcome Kim John Payne, family counselor & internationally acclaimed author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. In defense of the extraordinary power of less, Kim John Payne helps to reclaim the space & freedom we all need. This simplifying path allows kids’ individuality to shine & their attention to flourish. The Simplicity Parenting approach is based on over 30 years’ experience of successfully supporting busy families. For those who want to balance their children’s lives but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration & a blueprint for change. Fri, Sept 23 at 7pm. $15. 193 Bay Rd, Hadley. 413-586-1908

Sep 24 & 25

The 18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is the weekend of September 24 & 25 from 10am-5pm in Orange, MA. There’s something for everyone at this annual cultural celebration! Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, and fabulous food. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word, and dance on three stages; chef demos and renewable energy education including the new Portal to the Future. Great for families with performances throughout the fields, a pottery tent, hula-hooping, horse-drawn hayrides, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5/adults; Kids 12 & under are free! More info at www.garlicandarts.org, including directions/parking & program updates. Follow on Facebook for updates on the festival that stinks!

Oct 2

The 55th Annual Conway Festival of the Hills is on Sunday, October 2 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Enjoy live music, the famed “skillet toss,” craft fair, parade, log splitting contest, art, blacksmithing, weaving, local products, and of course, yummy food, freshly pressed cider and fried dough with maple cream! For the kids, a hay maze, hill slide, children’s book signing, and lots of free activities. Sign up for the Covered Bridge Classic or Kids Fun Run! The festival is located in historic Conway center, Route 116, 8 minutes from Route 91 in Deerfield. Admission, parking, and almost all activities are free. See www.festivalofthehills.com for details.

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 info@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
September 24-30, 2016

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MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 17th & 18th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 17th-23rd, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 39 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Autumn Equinox to Rosh Hashanah. Science Fiction to Music Studies., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA.

September 17-23, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Autumn Equinox  ♦ EntomologyMetamorphosisLiving HistoryTheaterLGBTQLocal IndustriesPaddlingCommunity MealsEcologyComedyGuided HikesOrnithologyPhenologyFoliageFood StudiesLanguage ArtsLiteracyMusic StudiesRosh HashanahScience FictionTransportation HistoryStorytellingMindfulness

Family Volunteer Days

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  1. Let’s Play: Fall Scavenger Hunts
  2. Nature Table for September
  3. Autumn Leaf Collecting Supports Art & Science
  4. September is Library Card Sign-up Month

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Suggested Events for September 17th-23rd, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families has made it oh so easy to in a few minutes find fun outings and events for our family. It’s also a wealth of information about this wonderful place that we live in. Thanks for making it so accessible.” – Amy Cullen (Williamsburg, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Free Classes Sep 19-30

The Celtic Heels School of Dance is opening a new location in Florence this September and invite you to come try their classes for FREE between September 19-30. Classes are offered for ages 3-adult in Irish Dance, Irish/Tap, Irish/Ballet and Barre Fitness. They will also be holding their monthly Kids Magic Carpet Ride Yoga classes starting in October. Come experience the innovative style of Celtic Heels for yourself. Information regarding class times can be found at their website www.CelticHeelsDance.com or by emailing celticheels@gmail.com. Studio locations in Florence & Greenfield.

Sep 19 & Sep 21

Want more opportunities for healthy eating and active living? If you live in Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Russell or Worthington, join your neighbors on Monday Sept. 19 and Wednesday Sept. 21 to think outside the box about finding solutions for a healthier Hilltown region. Hosted by Healthy Hampshire, Hilltown CDC and the Hilltown Community Health Center. Share You Input: Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30, Gateway High School OR Cummington Community House. Hear Expert Recommendations: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30-8:30, Gateway High School. Dinner and childcare provided! For more information: cmarquis@collaborative.org, 413-588-5562 or visit http://tinyurl.com/HealthierHilltowns.

Sep 23

The Hartsbrook School is pleased to welcome Kim John Payne, family counselor & internationally acclaimed author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. In defense of the extraordinary power of less, Kim John Payne helps to reclaim the space & freedom we all need. This simplifying path allows kids’ individuality to shine & their attention to flourish. The Simplicity Parenting approach is based on over 30 years’ experience of successfully supporting busy families. For those who want to balance their children’s lives but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration & a blueprint for change. Fri, Sept 23 at 7pm. $15. 193 Bay Rd, Hadley. 413-586-1908

Sep 24 & 25

The 18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is the weekend of September 24 & 25 from 10am-5pm in Orange, MA. There’s something for everyone at this annual cultural celebration! Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, and fabulous food. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word, and dance on three stages; chef demos and renewable energy education including the new Portal to the Future. Great for families with performances throughout the fields, a pottery tent, hula-hooping, horse-drawn hayrides, and garlic games all weekend. Only $5/adults; Kids 12 & under are free! More info at www.garlicandarts.org, including directions/parking & program updates. Follow on Facebook for updates on the festival that stinks!

Oct 2

The 55th Annual Conway Festival of the Hills is on Sunday, October 2 from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Enjoy live music, the famed “skillet toss,” craft fair, parade, log splitting contest, art, blacksmithing, weaving, local products, and of course, yummy food, freshly pressed cider and fried dough with maple cream! For the kids, a hay maze, hill slide, children’s book signing, and lots of free activities. Sign up for the Covered Bridge Classic or Kids Fun Run! The festival is located in historic Conway center, Route 116, 8 minutes from Route 91 in Deerfield. Admission, parking, and almost all activities are free. See www.festivalofthehills.com for details.

Preschool Openings: Sept 2016. Clarke’s Integrated Preschool Program in Northampton offers a high-quality, affordable preschool program. Preschoolers engage in activities that facilitate all aspects of development. In our enriched learning environment, children come to know themselves and the world around them through classroom and extended experiences. Both children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss attend five days per week. To learn more or schedule a visit, please contact 413-582-1144. clarkeschools.org/prek

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 info@hilltownfamilies.org. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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
September 17-23, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

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Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 10th & 11th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 10th-16th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 29 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Economics to Psychology. Nature Walks to Migration., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational, cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA.

September 10th-16th, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Industrial HistoryCutlerySeed SavingService-Based LearningClimate ChangeImmigrationEconomicsGuided HikesFood StudiesWild EdiblesMigrationSTEMOpera1Computer ProgrammingHorticultureBilingualismOrnithologyFood HistoryCulinary ArtsEntomologyCitizen ScienceFinancial LiteracyPsychologyCartographyAncestryCemetery Walk

Family Volunteer Days

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  1. Neuroscience for Kids: Understanding the Brain for Deeper Learning
  2. Our Growing Roots: Farmers’ Markets Feed a Sense of Community
  3. Astronomy Resources for Budding Scientists
  4. Using Math to Map Constellations Deepens Sense of Place in the Universe
  5. How to Get Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments

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Suggested Events for September 10th-16th, 2016

Hilltown Families List of Weekly Suggested Events

“Hilltown Families draws together the people living in the isolated Hilltowns… providing us with educational community- based events and information. Support Hilltown Families because Hilltown Families supports us!” – Pamela Haskins (Williamsburg, MA)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families 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.

Enhanced PublicityServing Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families supports development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, individuals, schools and non-profits are encouraged to partner with Hilltown Families through sponsorship and advertising. Let us help get the word out about your after-school/homeschool class, event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business/school, service, open house, volunteer opportunity or general announcement. Deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA while supporting the community development work of Hilltown Families! Click HERE to find out more.

Featured Fall Classes in Western MA

What are your child’s interests? What are your interests? This fall there are a number of after-school, homeschool, evening, and weekend classes to choose from to supplement and support the interests of your family! Check out our growing list of classes, programs, open houses and even auditions for this fall in our dedicated post, 2016 Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA, and find the perfect activity for your child, teen, and even lifelong learners! — Have a class you’d like to add to this list? Click here to find out how to have your class, lessons, program, auditions, and open house included.

Bulletin Board

Sep 10

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst is celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary author Roald Dahl with a fast-paced, live interactive game show on Saturday, September 10 at 2pm! The program is filled with fun facts, trivia and challenges that celebrate Dahl’s beloved stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and The BFG. Brought to you by Penguin Young Readers and Story Pirates, the performance culminates in a brand new, improvised story based on ideas from the audience and inspired by the themes, language and hilarity of this iconic author. Recommended for 3rd-6th graders, but enjoyable for all ages! Free w/museum admission. www.carlemuseum.org

Sep 15

Amherst BID’s 5th Annual Block Party happens Thursday, September 15, from 5-9pm. North Pleasant Street is closed to traffic and vendors, performers and music fills the street. There is something to see and experience for every age. WRSI/The River and Hits 94.3 provide amazing live music on two stages with DJ Ragoza spinning tunes from the Peter Pan Futureliner bus. The Amherst Poetry Festival launches at the Block Party with a Poemkemon Scavenger Hunt and other fun activities. Please join the fun and help celebrate Downtown Amherst. For more information, please visit the BID Amherst Downtown.com site or write to ann@amherstdowntown.com.

Sep 25

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event is returning for its sixth year on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Hatfield. You can pedal towards a hunger free community by riding in this fun event as an individual or forming a team with your friends, family and coworkers. With 4 routes to choose from (10, 25, 50 or 100 miles), riders of all ages can get involved. There will be music, food, beverages, games and more. Last year’s event raised $100,000 to help feed our neighbors in need. You can make this year’s event even more successful. To register, or to learn more about WB4F, visit their website at willbike4food.org.

Sept 24 – Jun 3

Full Moon Girls – Wild Natured Girls. Monthly Saturdays. Registration is open! Join in woodland adventures, learn practical crafts, and forge friendships through play. Girls immerse in the teeming wonders of nature and the connectedness of community. Learn to build friction fires, harvest wild edibles, climb trees, and more! Explore empowerment and embrace aliveness in this village of girls, guided by women mentors! Monthly in Montague for girls 7-15, (split into two clans). Sept 24th-June 3rd, 9:30 – 2:30, a sliding scale of $45-75/day. Contact FullMoonGirlsInfo@gmail.com or 413-367-6191 or visit online at www.vermontwildernessschool.org/full-moon-girls!

Preschool Openings: Sept 2016. Clarke’s Integrated Preschool Program in Northampton offers a high-quality, affordable preschool program. Preschoolers engage in activities that facilitate all aspects of development. In our enriched learning environment, children come to know themselves and the world around them through classroom and extended experiences. Both children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss attend five days per week. To learn more or schedule a visit, please contact 413-582-1144. clarkeschools.org/prek

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 info@hilltownfamilies.org. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

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
September 10th-16th, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

Suggest an Event | Cultural Itineraries | Forecast | Museum Passes | Weekly eNewsletter | Farmers’ Markets | Storyhour & Playgroups| Berkshire Family Fun | Advertise/Sponsorship | en Español

Donate Now Read the rest of this entry »

Recap Map: Western MA Weekend Summary & Family Guide for September 3rd & 4th, 2016

Here’s a recap of news and information posted on Hilltown Families this past week, along with a map for finding out what’s happening this weekend and next week throughout Western MA!

MAP

Peruse our list of Suggested Events for September 3rd-9th, 2016 for a comprehensive list of events happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, including Bulletin Board Announcements, Ongoing Story Hours & Playgroups and the Hilltown Family Variety Show.

Also check our weekly column,  Learn Local. Play Local. for 30 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Greek Souvlaki to Jewish Literature. Time Zones to Train Rides., and our monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun, for a list of premier educational,  cultural highlights in Berkshire County for families, and our featured post of Fall Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA.

September 3rd-9th, 2016

SaturdaySunday
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday

GeologyDendrologyNature-Based LearningGuide WalksArchaeologySunken CitiesIndustrial HistoryMusic StudiesZoologyPhrenologySTEMComputer CodingLocal HistoryCemetery StudiesOrnithologyJewish CultureGreek FoodTransportation HistoryLocomotivesHistory of TimeLifelong LearningRattlesnakesLiterary AdaptationSherlock HolmesArt StudiesActivism

Family Volunteer Days

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FIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES

  1. Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Back-To-School with Community-Based Education
  2. HFVS On the Road Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks (Radio Show/Podcast)
  3. Open Sesame: 5 Picture Books For Kindergarteners
  4. 10 Literary Guides for Expanding Family Reading Time
  5. Monarch Butterflies: The Life & Science

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