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November 28 – December 4, 2020

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Songs of Gratitude Episode with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Eric Herman gets downright happy in this show featuring songs that celebrate feeling good about yourself and about life, and being positive and grateful. — www.erichermanmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 28 & 29, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join SoulPancake as they take an experimental approach to what makes people happier and then it a try yourself with your kids this holiday season.

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Featured Sale: 20% off all craft items!

Stuck inside? Learn something new with Oak Meadow’s Thanksgiving craft sale! From November 27-31, save 20% on craft items, craft kits, gifts, games, and resources in their online bookstore. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow offers hands-on, Waldorf-inspired crafts items that are great for children and parents alike. Mix up your learning from home routine with new craft activities, or create some kid-made gifts for the holiday season! Shop the weekend after Thanksgiving at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

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Featured Giving Opportunity

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Toys for Tots Toy Drive on Friday, November 27, 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a youth in need, and receive free admission to the NEAM for children up to age 14. The museum will be collecting toys from Nov 27-Dec 12 to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate by way of a new toy. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm & is the largest aviation museum in New England. It comprises three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships & flying machines to supersonic jets & helicopters. For more info & directions, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located within Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Join the Pioneer Valley Symphony on Saturday, December 12 at 7pm for its 2020 Virtual Holiday Concert on Zoom. During this festive and family-friendly annual tradition, participants will sing and play along to holiday classics, hear fond memories from PVS ensemble members, and enjoy beloved Christmas and Hanukkah music together. The interactive program will feature compilations from the PVS Orchestra and Youth Orchestra and the world premiere of the ‘Winter Wonderland’ Virtual Choir Project. Tickets are $15 and available on the PVS website. Free passes to all PVS programs are available through a partnership with over 25 local libraries. Contact your local library for details. For more information email admin@pvso.org.

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Virtual Holiday Concert

FEATURED HOLIDAY EVENT

A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store has unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Find fun jigsaw puzzles for adults, science kits for kids, games for the whole family, baby & toddler toys, and just fun & cool stuff you won’t find anywhere else! Shop in-store or online with their full inventory range. (Over 8,000 products!) They offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping anywhere in the USA! Find them at 57 King Street in Northampton, MA, or online at A2ZScience.com!

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FEATURED LOCAL TOY STORE

This holiday season, surprise the music lover on your list with virtual music lessons. For a limited time, Community Music School of Springfield gift packages feature buy-4-lessons get-1-free pricing! Choose a Trial Lesson Package for someone who wants to get a feel for high-quality music lessons using CMSS’s state-of-the-art virtual platform. Or new this year, if your loved one is ready to commit to ongoing lessons, you can LOCK IN discounted pricing for the rest of the school year (this translates to 4 free lessons, and payment plans are available). Perhaps you have a little one at home this year – Enroll in any Prelude Preschool of the Arts remote programming in Nov or Dec and get a host of add-ons for free! Visit CMSS online to learn more.

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Give the Gift of Music!

FEATURED VIRTUAL MUSIC LESSONS

Giving Tree School. Gill, MA. Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition, accepting children ages 2.9-5. For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

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Giving Tree School in Gill, MA

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November 21-27, 2020

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Songs to Uplift Kids in Challenging Times Episode with Guest DJ, Peter Alsop

In this week’s episode, Guest DJ, Peter Alsop, will play some songs that support building community; and talk with kids and families about widening our circle of care; speaking up when we see injustices, and learning the craft of making safe places so we can work together to transform the world into a better place for all of us.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 21st & 22nd, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “All Our Kids” by Peter Alsop

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NOVEMBER 21-27, 2020

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Featured Performance: November 22, 3pm

Concluding its free virtual offerings this fall, the UMass Fine Arts Center presents the world premiere of Sandglass Theater’s film version of “Rock the Boat” Sunday, November 22 at 3pm (ET), followed by a live Q&A with the company. Based in Putney, VT, Sandglass was to begin live performances of “Rock the Boat” in March, so this is the first time the show will be seen in any format. “Rock the Boat” is a puppet show for young audiences (recommended ages 4+) that explores themes of refugees, inclusion, and respectful curiosity through the story of a poet alone at sea who suddenly finds his home filling with new characters seeking shelter and safety. Get tickets at fineartscenter.com and access the broadcast through November 28. 

Featured Giving Opportunity

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Toys for Tots Toy Drive on Friday, November 27, 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a youth in need, and receive free admission to the NEAM for children up to age 14. The museum will be collecting toys from Nov 27-Dec 12 to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate by way of a new toy. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm & is the largest aviation museum in New England. It comprises three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships & flying machines to supersonic jets & helicopters. For more info & directions, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located within Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Shop in-store or online!

Featured Local Toy Store

A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store has unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Find fun jigsaw puzzles for adults, science kits for kids, games for the whole family, baby & toddler toys, and just fun & cool stuff you won’t find anywhere else! Shop in-store or online with their full inventory range. (Over 8,000 products!) They offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping anywhere in the USA! Find them at 57 King Street in Northampton, MA, or online at A2ZScience.com!

Giving Tree School in Gill, MA

Featured Preschool

Giving Tree School. Gill, MA. Celebrate the whole child! The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods and pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC and accredited by NAEYC & HighScope. Sliding scale tuition, accepting children ages 2.9-5. For more information: givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.

Give the gift of music!

Featured Virtual Music Lessons

This holiday season, surprise the music lover on your list with virtual music lessons. For a limited time, Community Music School of Springfield gift packages feature buy-4-lessons get-1-free pricing! Choose a Trial Lesson Package for someone who wants to get a feel for high-quality music lessons using CMSS’s state-of-the-art virtual platform. Or new this year, if your loved one is ready to commit to ongoing lessons, you can LOCK IN discounted pricing for the rest of the school year (this translates to 4 free lessons, and payment plans are available). Perhaps you have a little one at home this year – Enroll in any Prelude Preschool of the Arts remote programming in Nov or Dec and get a host of add-ons for free! Visit CMSS online to learn more.

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November 21-27, 2020

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November 14-20, 2020

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November 14-20, 2020

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Featured Shop Local Event: November 14 & 15

The Annual Arts and Industry Open Studios will be ONLINE November 14 + 15, with web stores live at 10am. Continuing their 28-year tradition, over 30 artists, makers, and small businesses have pivoted to be able to open their virtual doors. They are offering online shopping, virtual appointments, local pick up, and more. Contact your favorite makers for details. Shop local, shop small, shop handmade this year! To see this year’s lineup of makers, visit brushworksopenstudios.com for more information.

Featured Performance: November 22, 3pm

Concluding its free virtual offerings this fall, the UMass Fine Arts Center presents the world premiere of Sandglass Theater’s film version of “Rock the Boat” Sunday, November 22 at 3pm (ET), followed by a live Q&A with the company. Based in Putney, VT, Sandglass was to begin live performances of “Rock the Boat” in March, so this is the first time the show will be seen in any format. “Rock the Boat” is a puppet show for young audiences (recommended ages 4+) that explores themes of refugees, inclusion, and respectful curiosity through the story of a poet alone at sea who suddenly finds his home filling with new characters seeking shelter and safety. Get tickets at fineartscenter.com and access the broadcast through November 28. 

Featured Giving Opportunity

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Toys for Tots Toy Drive on Friday, November 27, 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring a new unwrapped toy for a youth in need, and receive free admission to the NEAM for children up to age 14. The museum will be collecting toys from Nov 27-Dec 12 to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate by way of a new toy. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm & is the largest aviation museum in New England. It comprises three large public hangars, outdoor exhibits, and more than 100 aircraft ranging from early airships & flying machines to supersonic jets & helicopter. For more info & directions, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located within Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport. 

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Featured Educational Fair

November 19, 5-6pm

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School. Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Best Friend Episode with Guest DJ, Kid Pan Alley

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Kid Pan Alley features songs from their album, “Best Friends,” as well as songs from some of their favorite children’s music artists about this very subject. Tune in and feel inspired and rejuvenated with a collection of great songs to enjoy with your family and friends.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 7th & 8th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Wings | Animated Short Film. “In this story of kindness, friendship, and the fear of being left behind, a friendship takes flight as a mouse that wants to fly and an injured bird cross paths.”

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Featured Shop Local Event

The Annual Arts and Industry Open Studios will be ONLINE November 14 + 15, with web stores live at 10am. Continuing their 28-year tradition, over 30 artists, makers, and small businesses have pivoted to be able to open their virtual doors. They are offering online shopping, virtual appointments, local pick up, and more. Contact your favorite makers for details. Shop local, shop small, shop handmade this year! To see this year’s lineup of makers, visit brushworksopenstudios.com for more information.

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Featured School Info Session

November 9, 5-6pm

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

Featured Educational Fair

November 19, 5-6pm

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event.

Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School.

Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.

Featured In-Person Event

November 9, 5pm

Meet Jeff Kinney for a Drive-Thru Pool Party/Book Launch! On Monday, November 9, at 5pm, come to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst and meet Jeff Kinney to celebrate his 15th Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Deep End. This socially-distanced event features a parking lot “pool party” drive-thru, including interactive stations drawn from the book. It ends with Jeff Kinney handing out autographed books using a 6-foot-long pool skimmer! Families are encouraged to “Wimpify” their cars for the chance to receive a box set of Kinney’s books. Registration required – click here! A ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Deep End and admission for one vehicle. 

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The fall is the season for harvesting wheat and corn. The word “harvest” is originally derived from the Old English “haerfest,” meaning “autumn.” In ancient Britain and other European communities, the fall harvest marked the reaping and gathering of wheat. Victorian folklorist James George Frazer recounts several northern European’ corn dolly’ customs, corn being an ancient term for any kind of grain: “In the neighbourhood of Danzig the person who cuts the last ears of corn makes them into a doll, which is called the Corn-mother or the Old Woman and is brought home on the last waggon. In some parts of Holstein the last sheaf is dressed in women’s clothes and called the Corn-mother. It is carried home on the last waggon, and then thoroughly drenched with water. The drenching with water is doubtless a rain-charm.”

Typically, these dolls, made at the harvest time, would be kept throughout the winter and then plowed into the following spring’s furrows. All over the world, harvest time is an occasion to thank the earth for providing us with food. Looking through the lens of the grain harvest, today’s self-directed learning module supports interests in European culture, Native American customs, and colonial food history through the lens of corn & wheat.

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HFVS Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Eric Herman

Eric Herman spins a web of spooky Halloween tunes, with some “help” from an alien and a demon, who have taken up space in his brain. 

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 31 & November 1, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Cruelest Lullaby”


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  • The Fuzzy Lemons – “Hallowalloween” [single]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights – “Confusing Costume” [Good Egg]
  • The Pop Ups – “Zoombies” [single]
  • Lucy Kalantari and The Jazz Cats – “My Mommy is a Mummy” [It’s the Holidays]
  • Nathalia – “Shake Them Bones” [Dream a Little]
  • Charity and the Jam Band – “Dancing With Our Masks On” [single]
  • Dirty Sock Fun Time Band – “Monster’s Lullabye” [The Dirty Socks Come Clean]
  • Eric Herman – “The Cruelest Lullaby” [Snail’s Pace]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Hey Dolly” [Goo on My Shoe]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Spooky Spooky Spooky” [Bug Out!]
  • Chris Collins – “Oh Trick or Treat” [Halloween Fun]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Hall of Heads [Apollo 18]
  • James Coffey – “Halloween Train” [Halloween Train]
  • Kenn Nesbitt – “Horror Movie Marathon” [single]
  • John Williams – “Jaws Theme” [Jaws Soundtrack]
  • Twinkle Time – “Halloween Dance” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Eric Herman and the Puppy Dogs – “Clocks and Watches” [Magic Beans]
  • Stacey Peasley – “Spooky” [single]
  • Itty Bitty Beats – “Vampire Fang Brushing Song” [single]
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In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.


Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat at New England Air Museum on Halloween!

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to participate in a costume contest + scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars! The winning costume will receive a family membership for a year. A take-home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag will be available for guests. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm, closed on Mondays during winter season. Admission: $16 for ages 15+, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for 4-14. For info, directions, & safety protocols, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.


After-School@Home with the Berkshire Museum, starting Nov 3!

Keep curious kids busy and learning past 3pm with After-School@Home! Starting November 3, the Berkshire Museum is hosting new, remote opportunities for students in grades 3 to 6 to travel the world, experiment with chemistry, learn to code, create art, and more. Try one or more of their 6 unique, interactive 5-week @Home programs led by the museum’s expert educators. All materials are included in the After-School@Home Kit, so no shopping is required! Register your future scientist, animator, or archaeologist today to add exciting art, science, and history to their curriculum. Visit explore.berkshiremuseum.org/after-school-at-home to review offerings and register.


Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.


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October 31 – November 6, 2020

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Photo: Learning through the lens of HAUNTED HISTORY

Towns across Western Massachusetts have tales of haunted historic buildings, ghost sightings, and supernatural suspicions that lead people to wonder whether a place is haunted or not. Haunted tales are sometimes rooted in actual events or historical accounts from people of the past, and can add to the lore of a place. Find out about cemetery tours and local hauntings in our Sept/Oct Season edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western MA while supporting interests in history, paranormal activity, architecture, psychology, and physiology with this collection of videos for older teens and lifelong learners.

How did cemeteries become what they are today?
Discover why the Victorian mansion is a horror icon! [Warning: This video has a “jump scare” at the very end (4:50min).]
Ghosts of the Berkshires: The Mount
What could possibly be fun about being scared?
Photo: Learning through the lens of JACK-O-LANTERNS

Called “pompions” by the first European colonists, pumpkins were a food essential to winter survival – and they were grown in many more varieties than they typically are today. The custom of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lanterns was introduced to American culture by Irish immigrants, influencing our cultural landscape to this day. Traditionally carved from root vegetables, including turnips and potatoes, new hybrids of pumpkins are grown specifically for carving. For today’s self-directed learning module, follow your curiosity and learn about history, folklore, culture, and artisan techniques through the lens of jack-o-lanterns!

“Why not carve a turnip this Halloween instead of a pumpkin? Find out where this old tradition came from and discover how to carve your own turnip to terrify the trick-or-treaters with this Halloween.”
“Learn a few practical tips to carve a Halloween jack-o-lantern…”
Photo: Deer mask costume

Halloween is a holiday that invites us to tell stories through costumes, allowing us to engage in fantasy and role-playing for at least a single night. Traditional costumes for Halloween include ghosts, zombies, iconic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, werewolves, etc.), and harvest icons (scarecrows, pumpkins, corn, etc.). Still, costumes, in general, can span the genres of history, reality, and culture. With interest in costumes being one many families consider this time of year, today’s self-directed learning module offers lessons in puppetry, indigenous cultures, history, film studies, costume design, storytelling, fashion design, and much more! With this list of curated videos, costumes are our catalyst for learning today.

“Watch how the actor (Ray Mercer) becomes the steep and slender Giraffe—the towering puppet that sets the stage as the sun rises during Circle of Life.”
In film, “costumes help to teach us more about a character, to better establish a setting, and to tell the story; this video essay aims to expand on the role of a costume designer and how they do what they do.”
“She dressed Hollywood’s biggest stars for over five decades, but her costumes never went out of style. Find out how Edith Head became the most celebrated costume designer in film history.”
“Meet the designer making wearable art that comes out of Indigenous teachings and culture”
Zaouli de Manfla – Mask Dance of the Ivory Coast
Photo: Milkweek Seeds

Seeds and their pods appear not only in our natural landscape, but they also fill our social scenery. Stalks of corn are bundled together with scarecrows as autumn decorations. Pinecones are scented with cinnamon and sold in stores. Sheaves of wheat are gathered with a variety of seed pods and sold as bouquets. Indian corn is hung on doors or added to centerpieces. Illustrations of acorns adorn circulars in the mail or accent classrooms. — But the influence of seeds aren’t always so evident. They often reside in liminal spaces, waiting to be discovered, eager to release their fullest potential, and do not know doubt. Never has a maple tree sprung from where an acorn has been planted. This autumn, let seeds lead and teach valuable life lessons while revealing their social impact and historical significance. Read more in our post, Mindful Engagement through the Seasons: Seeds, and support your interest in fiber arts, plant biology, candy, slavery, history, snack foods, theater, and the value of perseverance with these selected videos:

“Dig into the science of how cotton transforms from seed to fiber, and how these cotton fibers are used to make everything from fabrics, to currency, and fishing nets.” – TED-Ed
How did Theobroma cacao seeds go from a bitter beverage to the chocolate bars of today?
Nutmeg, the seed of Myristica fragrans, and its covering, Mace, became in high demand in the early 1600s. Learn about its use, plant biology, and much more of this delicious seed.
Let pumpkin seeds lead the way in your learning about culinary arts!
How did popcorn seeds become a tasty treat at the movies? Learning a little history through the lens of this mighty seed!
Here’s a story about the perseverance of the the might oak seed, the acorn.
“This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad is he? Just wait until you find out in this read aloud!”


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 24-30, 2020

Haunted HistoryParanormal ActivityArchitecturePsychologyPhysiologySeedsFiber ArtsPlant BiologyWorld HistoryCandySlaveryFood HistoryTheater HistoryJack-O-LanternsIrish FolkloreArtisan TechniquesCostumesIndigenous CulturesFilm StudiesStorytellingFashion DesignGrain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorMeteorologyLiteratureScarecrows Cemetery StoriesBirding Boreal ForestFish MigrationSea TurtlesHawk MigrationArt StudiesPoster ArtDisability HistoryArt HistoryOperaCreative LetteringHalloweenHalloween CostumesGhost ToursVoting Rights for WomenWampanoagShaker HistoryAgricultural History

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS “Places We Call Home” Episode with Guest DJ, Dana from Dana’s Music Playground

Everybody… from birds to beavers, seahorses to salmon, needs a safe space to live with their family. Award-winning children’s artist, Dana, explores and celebrates the places people and animals call home.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 24 & 25, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: “Underground Traffic Jam” by Dana.


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PLAYLISTSave

  • Dana-“A Place to Call Home” [A Place to Call Home]
  • SaulPaul Featuring 123 Andres-“Home” [Be the Change]
  • Andy Glockenspiel-“I Know What it Looks Like” [It’s Your Day]
  • Bradley Weaver-“A Home for Every Creature” [A Song for Shirley]
  • Dana-“Underground Traffic Jam” [A Place to Call Home]
  • Johnette Downing-“Seahorses” [Fins and Grins]
  • Julie K.-“Rockin’ Robin” [Animal Party]
  • Dana-“Let’s Build a Dam” [A Place to Call Home]
  • Jazzy Ash-“Salmon Song” [Home]
  • Ruth & Emilia-“Where Do I Live” [The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard]
  • Dave Kinnoin-“Living Together” [Getting Bigger]
  • Animal Farm-“The Abyss” [We Are One]
  • Wendy & DB-“Home” [Hey Big World]
  • Little Miss Ann-“Safe at Home” [Single]
  • Dana-“Home” [A Place to Call Home]

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 10,000 opt-in subscribers, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover learning ideas and community-based educational opportunities to explore this weekend and next week.

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In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.


Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat at New England Air Museum on Halloween!

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to participate in a costume contest + scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars! The winning costume will receive a family membership for a year. A take-home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag will be available for guests. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm, closed on Mondays during winter season. Admission: $16 for ages 15+, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for 4-14. For info, directions, & safety protocols, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.


After-School@Home with the Berkshire Museum, starting Nov 3!

Keep curious kids busy and learning past 3pm with After-School@Home! Starting November 3, the Berkshire Museum is hosting new, remote opportunities for students in grades 3 to 6 to travel the world, experiment with chemistry, learn to code, create art, and more. Try one or more of their 6 unique, interactive 5-week @Home programs led by the museum’s expert educators. All materials are included in the After-School@Home Kit, so no shopping is required! Register your future scientist, animator, or archaeologist today to add exciting art, science, and history to their curriculum. Visit explore.berkshiremuseum.org/after-school-at-home to review offerings and register.


Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.


Virtual Educational Fair on Thurs, Nov 19.

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event. Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School. Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA


ADVERTISE HERE: Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 24-30, 2020

Saturday, Oct 24Sunday, Oct 25
Monday, Oct 26Tuesday, Oct 27Wednesday, Oct 28
Thursday, Oct 29Friday, Oct 30

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Online and in-person events and resources shared below are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.

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SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 17-23, 2020

Jack-O-LanternsIrish FolkloreArtisan TechniquesCostumesIndigenous CulturesFilm StudiesStorytellingFashion Design ♦ Grain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryWeather FolkloreMeteorologyCaterpillarsPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenology ♦ Culinary ArtsArchaeology ♦ Boreal Spruce-Fir ForestSeed SavingPreserving the HarvestAquatic MammalsPassenger PigeonCoralSparrows Permaculture 19th AmendmentNative HomelandsPumpkinFestMaritime StoriesPumpkin ShowSTEMStoryWalk Home RecordingOpera HistoryMindfullnessCartographyCreative LetteringNature of FashionTheater StudiesRace & Justice

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Sweets & Treats Episode with
Guest DJ, Again Again

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Anne and Jen from Again Again take you on a sweet musical journey exploring how sugar and treats make their way into song. Keep your ears open for some tidbits on fruits and veggies, just to keep the hour balanced.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 17 & 18, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: Candy Corn!


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Listen to Podcast:

PLAYLIST

  • The Chordettes – “Lollipop”  [Lollipop/Baby Come-A Back-A]
  • Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” [Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)]
  • Again Again – “Bubble Gum and Cheese” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Beach Boys – “Vegetables” [Smiley Smile]
  • The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Again Again – “Camping (Lullaby)” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti” [Here’s Little Richard]
  • Renee and Friends – “Starfish and Coffee” (ft. Maya Rudolph)- [Simpatico]
  • Again Again – “Dinosaur Party” [Listen. Love. Repeat.]
  • The Archies – “Sugar Sugar” [Everything’s Archie]
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Spoonful of Sugar” [We Love Disney]
  • Again Again – “Families Come in Blended Way” [Listen. Love. Repeat.] 
  • Sammy Davis Jr. “Candy Man” [Sammy Davis Jr. Now]
  • Neil Diamond –  “Sweet Caroline” [Sweet Caroline] 
  • Abba – “Honey Honey” [Waterloo]
  • James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” [Gorilla]
  • New Edition – “Candy Girl” [Candy Girl]
  • Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” [American Beauty]
  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes” [In Between Dreams]Save

Original Broadcast: October 26th & 27th, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 10,000 opt-in subscribers and over 2.7 million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover learning ideas and community-based educational opportunities to explore at home and outdoors this weekend and next week.

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


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In-person archaeological investigations at Historic Deerfield: Oct 17.

Historic Deerfield starts its archaeological investigation of the Stebbins House site in October as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month. On October 17, museum visitors are welcome to stop by the excavation site and talk to archaeologists about what they’re doing. Artifacts unearthed at the Stebbins House Site will be processed at a field lab table for visitors to see. Visitors can view artifacts and ask questions about daily life at the site more than 175 years ago. Admission is $15 for adults (18+) and FREE for kids age 17 and under. Visit www.historic-deerfield.org to purchase tickets in advance online. The museum is open from 9:30am-4:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 29, 2020.

In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.

Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat at New England Air Museum on Halloween!

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to participate in a costume contest + scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars! The winning costume will receive a family membership for a year. A take-home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag will be available for guests. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm, closed on Mondays during winter season. Admission: $16 for ages 15+, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for 4-14. For info, directions, & safety protocols, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

Virtual Educational Fair on Thurs, Nov 19.

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event. Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School. Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


ADVERTISE HERE: Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 17-23, 2020

Saturday, Oct 17Sunday, Oct 18
Monday, Oct 19Tuesday, Oct 20Wednesday, Oct 21
Thursday, Oct 22Friday, Oct 23

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Online and in-person events and resources shared below are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.

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SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 10-16, 2020

Grain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryWeather FolkloreMeteorologyCaterpillarsMushroomsBiochemistryAgricultureCulinary ArtsPlant BiologyColonial HistoryPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyOrnithologyHawk MigrationRaptorsAnimal SoundsOpera HistoryHalloween Through HistoryGhost TownsGhost Tour ArtifactsArt StudiesCreative LetteringDrawingMuseum StudiesFilm StudiesParentingStorytimeAstronautZoologyEcologyMarine BiologyPumpkin ShowCulinary Arts

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Connection Episode with
Guest DJ, Kare Strong (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode you’ll hear loving, fun and poetic songs about special ways of being in relationship, with each other, with animals and with the earth. Along the way you’ll meet amazing animals, grandparents, children and more.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 10th & 11th, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO: What Wolves Can Teach us About Human Connection.


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Listen to Podcast:

PLAYLIST

  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Two Toads & a Bee” [Rivers of Love]
  • Nick Cope “Have You Heard About Hugh?” [Have You Heard about Hugh?]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Colors of the Earth” [The Wind is Telling Secrets]
  • Sarah Goslee Reed “Katydid Waltz” [SongFest]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “To the Country We Will Go” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Dave Kinnoin & Jimmy Hammer “Tookie Tookie” [All I Do Is Hop]
  • Timmy Abell “Like Love” [Little Red Wagon]
  • Kari Kovick “Howdjadoo” [It’s You I Like]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “A Party For Pig” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Sarah Pirtle “Mama’s Weaving” [Pocket of Wonder]
  • Elizabeth Mitchel & Suni Paz “ Cantaras Una Canción” [Tu Eres Mi Flor: Children’s Songs in
  • Spanish] Elizabeth Mitchel “ Los Pollitos Dicen” (The Little Chicks) [You Are My Little Bird]
  • Lui Collins “Waltzing With Bears” [North of Mars]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “The Flower Faeries” [Beneath the Cherry Tree]
  • Kare Strong & Josh Goforth “Sing, I Love You” [ Rivers of Love]

Original Broadcast: October 19th , 2019

Original Save

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 10,000 opt-in subscribers and over 2.7 million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover learning ideas and community-based educational opportunities to explore at home and outdoors this weekend and next week.

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Bulletin Board

In-person archaeological investigations at Historic Deerfield:
Oct 10 & Oct 17.

Historic Deerfield starts its archaeological investigation of the Stebbins House site in October as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month. On October 10 and October 17, museum visitors are welcome to stop by the excavation site and talk to archaeologists about what they’re doing. Artifacts unearthed at the Stebbins House Site will be processed at a field lab table for visitors to see. Visitors can view artifacts and ask questions about daily life at the site more than 175 years ago. Admission is $15 for adults (18+) and FREE for kids age 17 and under. Visit www.historic-deerfield.org to purchase tickets in advance online. The museum is open from 9:30am-4:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 29, 2020.

Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.

A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store in Northampton is celebrating an amazing 33 years in business with 20% off the entire store!!! The sale starts Friday, October 9th and ends Sunday, October 11th. It is their way of saying a big THANK YOU to all of their amazing customers for helping them continue to be the best toy store in the Pioneer Valley! Shop in store or online with their full inventory range. (Over 8000 products!) They can also do curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping! Find them at 57 King Street, Northampton MA, or online at A2ZScience.com.

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


ADVERTISE HERE: Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 10-16, 2020

Saturday, Oct 10Sunday, Oct 11
Monday, Oct 12Tuesday, Oct 13Wednesday, Oct 14
Thursday, Oct 15Friday, Oct 16

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Read More


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 3-9, 2020

MushroomsBiochemistryAgricultureCulinary ArtsPlant BiologyColonial HistoryScarecrowsWorld History ♦ Harvest SeasonPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenology ♦ Nature-based Learning ♦ Gardening ♦ Marine Ecology ♦ Carnivorous Plants ♦ Pumpkin Show ♦ Pumpkinfest ♦ Sukkot ♦ Lebanon ♦ New Zealand ♦ CaribbeanAbolitionDance Studies Music StudiesChantey Sing Birds of PreyOwls Animal WelfareLanguage ArtsStorytimeParanormalArchitectural Sculpture

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS “The Unexpected” Episode
with Guest DJs, Randy & Dave

A world of surprises awaits you. Hit songwriters Randy Sharp and Dave Kinnoin, known in children’s music as Randy & Dave, bring you songs that are full of the unexpected.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 3 & 4, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Dive into Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem, ‘Jabberwocky’ from his novel ‘Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.'” – TED-Ed


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Listen to Podcast:

PLAYLIST

Randy & Dave – “Gubble Bum” [Giggle and Burp Ballet}
Ruth and Emilia – “The Spaceship that Fell in my Backyard” [The Spaceship that Fell in my Backyard]
• Jonathan Sprout – “Dr. Seuss” [American Heroes #4]
Randy & Dave – “Giggle and Burp Ballet” [Giggle and Burp Ballet}
Kare Strong – “Family Over the Hill” [Rivers of Love]
• Red Grammer – “Barnyard Boogie” – [Teaching Peace]
Dana – “Underground Traffic Jam” [A Place to Call Home]
• Valerie Smalkin – “Love Bug” [Love Bug]
Randy & Dave – “Quiero Queso” [Giggle and Burp Ballet}
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer – “A Ballet Dancing Truck Driver” [Changing Channels]
• Uncle Devin – “Just One of Those Days” [Uncle Devin’s Drum Tales]
• Lea Morris – “Ordinary Magic” [not on album (www.thisislea.com)]
• Randy & Dave – “Nobody” [Giggle and Burp Ballet]

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With 10,000 opt-in subscribers and over 2.7 million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover learning ideas and community-based educational opportunities to explore at home and outdoors this weekend and next week.

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Located in the Pioneer Valley, Greenfield Community College opens doors for students from all stages in life! This fall, GCC is offering Business Bootcamp, an opportunity for lifelong learners to update their skills to become more marketable to employers or establish a new career path. Non-credit classes include Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs (Tues, 9/29-11/3, 6-8pm. $249) and WordPress 101 (Mon/Tues, 10/5-11/17, 10-11am. $330). These online classes offer an excellent opportunity to boost skills with training in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Social Media and Digital Marketing, and more. All sources are delivered remotely via Zoom. To learn more about these non-credit classes and other lifelong learning opportunities with GCC, visit Workforce Development & Community Education with Greenfield Community College.

Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


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SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
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October 3-9, 2020

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Online and in-person events and resources shared below are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.

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