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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Listen to Podcast:

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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Cultural Itinerariesen Español


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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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.

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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Online classes for lifelong learners!

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!


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.


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October 3-9, 2020

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Seed Saving for Kids Provides Framework for Self-Sufficiency, Local Food Production &  Nature-Based Education

From seeds grows all kinds…food, education, self-sufficiency. The list goes on…

Spring’s first garden green can often seem like a miracle, but it’s really the fruit of fall’s labors – quite literally. As the growing season winds down, the chillier weather makes way for seeds – rather than endless home-grown foods – to become the center of farmers’ and gardeners’ attention. Learning about all things seed-like is a science exploration that can help children to deepen their understanding of where their food comes from, the anatomy and reproduction of plants, and the specific traits that distinguish one plant variety from another. Additionally, a look at the role that seed saving plays in modern farming and gardening can provide eye-opening insights for older children about the corporate monopolies that control the vast majority of the American seed (and pesticide) market. Read More


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 26-October 2, 2020

Harvest SeasonPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtHoneyCulinary ArtsEntomologyHawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyDendrologyMusic Studies ♦ DrummingFilm StudiesArt StudiesTie-DyeingPlacemakingTrain RidesNative American StudiesBasket MakingAgricultureCosmologyFolklorePoetry

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS World Languages Episode with Guest DJ, Sarah Aroeste

Sarah Aroeste, a children’s singer and songwriter in the rare and eclectic dialect of Spanish called Ladino, will take listeners around the globe to explore some contemporary kids music in lesser-known dialects. From Quechua to Yup’ik to Amharic and more, Aroeste hopes listeners will agree that good music is good music, no matter the language! — www.saraharoeste.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 26 & 27, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.” View full lesson: How languages evolve – Alex Gendler (TED-Ed)


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  • Will Stroet – “La récréation” [Wordplay] FRENCH
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Ora de Despertar” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO
  • Manos Vafiadis – “Horalia” [Xana Zoo]  GREEK
  • World Music with DARIA  – “Yaw, Yaw, Puka Polleracha” [Beautiful Rainbow World]  QUECHUA
  • Lillebjørn Nilsen  – “Reven ut på hønsejak” [Haba Haba!]  NORWEIGAN  the Fox & the Farmer
  • DJ Serdar Ayyıldız & DJ Selami Bilgiç “Mini Mini Bir Kuş (feat. Zeliha Sunal)” [Çocuk Diskosu]  TURKISH
  • Les Sambalelê – “Atirei o Pau No Gato” [Brésil] PORTUGUESE
  • Arik Einstein – “Adon Shoko” [Shirey Hayeladim] HEBREW
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Las komidas” [Ora de Despertar] LADINO
  • K3 – “Als het binnenregent” [10.000 luchtballonnen]    DUTCH
  • Pamyua  – “Bubble Gum” [Side a / Side b ]   YUP’IK 
  • Macdara – “Beidh Aonach Amárach”  [The Love Token] GAELIC
  • Elena Moon Park – “Diu Diu Deng”  [Rabbit Days and Dumplings] TAIWANESE
  • Loreen Hattar – “I Have a Train” [Arabic Children’s Songs: A New Day] ARABIC
  • All Around This World – “Kabuli Tutu” [All Around This World: Africa] SWAHILI
  • Bole 2 Harlem – “Hoya Hoye” [Bole 2 Harlem, Vol.1]  AMHARIC
  • Geraldino – “Wenn du Singst” [Wow!] GERMAN
  • Sarah Aroeste – “Nochada Buena” [Ora de Despertar]  LADINO

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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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Online classes for lifelong learners!

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.

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA ♦ Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (outside Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River for 7 days, through Native Athabaskan Villages crossing Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


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!


Adapted In-Person Birthday Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, 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
September 26 – October 2, 2020

Saturday, Sept 26Sunday, Sept 27
Monday, Sept 28Tuesday, Sept 29Wednesday, Sept 30
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The Art & Science of Autumn Leaves

Leaf collecting can alert children to the presence of many types of trees in their neighborhood, and provides them with some beautiful and all-natural materials with which to craft and create nature art!

With the end of summer comes back-to-school season, a time when notebooks, crayons, and homework planners can take over the place that flowers, tall grass, and vegetable gardens hold in our daily routines during the summer. As lush green plants change hues, it can be easy to let the change of seasons happen without engaging with the new exterior design that Mother Nature provides. The change of colors and landscape is, though, the perfect reason not to let early fall pass by unnoticed…

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SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 19-25, 2020

HoneyCulinary ArtsEntomologyHawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologySeed SavingBotanyGardeningFood SecurityCaterpillars

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Wildlife Episode with Guest DJs, Casey & Kevin from The Whizpops

Kevin and Casey of The Whizpops have put together a fun educational show about wildlife and imagination seamlessly weaving songs about animals both real and make-believe. Join them on a musical journey through endangered species, mustaches, and even unicorns! — www.thewhizpops.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 19 & 20, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Experience the continent with the most diverse environments in this episode of “Destination World.” North America stretches from the polar Arctic to the tropical Caribbean, and you’ll find almost all major habitats on this continent.” – National Geographic Kids


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PLAYLIST

  • The Tokens – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” [The Lion Sleeps Tonight]
  • The Pop Ups – “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Monarch” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Butterfly Driving A Truck” [Sing Along!]
  • The Whizpops – “Pika” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • The Big Wu – “Kangaroo” [Tracking Buffalo Through The Bathroom]
  • The Pop Ups – “Elephant” [Radio Jungle]
  • The Whizpops – “Everything’s Better With A Mustache (Walrus Song)” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • FunkeyMonkeys – “Mustache” [[Mustache]
  • The Salamanders – “Please Don’t Eat My Guitar” [[The Salamanders]
  • Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” [The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Single]
  • The Whizpops – “Swift Fox” [Ranger Rick’s Trail Mix Vol. 1]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Sallie Ford and the Outside Sound – “Not an Animal” [Dirty Radio]
  • Brent Holmes – “I Can’t Wait To Hibernate” [Bear Tunes for Kids]
  • Recess Monkey – “Lovestruck Unicorn” [Novelties]

Original Broadcast: 7/31/16

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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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Options: Adapted In-Person/Outdoors. Virtual. Hybrid.

Join Girls on the Run this fall! In today’s unpredictable world, the social-emotional skills and strategies learned at GOTR are more important than ever. At GOTR, youth build self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and learn skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, and helping others. GOTR will be offering three options for this fall: In-person, hybrid, and all virtual. Their teams are smaller this season, and they have adapted all the lessons to ensure safety and social distancing. Fall season begins September 14 for eight weeks, ending with a site based 5K celebrations and/or their virtual GOTR 5K on November 14. Contact Alison.berman@girlsontherun.org for more information and see their website for team options: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org


Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA ♦ Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (outside Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River for 7 days, through Native Athabaskan Villages crossing Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.

Need a break from homeschool? Jen Bixby is offering Outdoor Educational Camp in Pelham, MA, for ages 5-8. Space is limited, and the first 4-week session starts Sept 21. Jen Bixby’s learning camp takes a creative, process approach to learning – nurturing confidence and curiosity through nature walks, singing, stories, art, and gardening. Reading, writing, math, and science are integrated throughout the day. Jen is a reading, writing, and math tutor and an academic and executive functioning coach for students in elementary through college, primarily at the Hartsbrook School. She has taught graduate school courses and public Special Education with degrees in special and elementary education, psychology, and music. Jen is a singer/songwriter and currently performs with her band. She has raised four children in the Amherst area. For more information, contact Jen at jbixby@comcast.net or call 413-575-0214


Adapted In-Person Birthday Party Venue

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.


The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.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
September 19-25, 2020

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Monday, Sept 21Tuesday, Sept 22Wednesday, Sept 23
Thursday, Sept 24Friday, Sept 25

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Symbols & Rituals of Rosh Hashanah

From our archived column, “Not Your Grandparents’ Shtetl: Exploring Jewish Culture in Western MA,”  Amy Meltzer shares different symbols and rituals of Rosh Hashanah.  Also known as the Jewish New Year, or the first day of the traditional Jewish lunar calendar, this year Rosh Hashanah takes place sunset, September 18 – nightfall, September 20, 2020. Read More


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 12-18, 2020

Hawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologySeed SavingBotanyGardeningFood SecurityCaterpillarsMonarch ButterfliesAnimal MigrationHabitat ConservationEntomologyLocal HeritageWalking ToursWorld CultureCityscapes

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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Eclectic Happiness Episode with Guest DJ,
Chris Ballew of Caspar Babypants

The theme of this show is “songs that make you happy.” Through a variety of styles and genres Caspar Babypants takes the listener on a smile generating ride through some of his favorite happy tunes that lift spirits and make people dance and sing or just happily groove along. – www.babypantsmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 12 & 13, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Knowing how to derive satisfaction from small pleasures is key to a good life. Here is a short guide via The School of Life:


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PLAYLIST

  • Blossom Dearie – “Put On A Happy Face” [May I Come In?]
  • Buddy Holly – “Everyday” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Blackberry Pie” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Brushy One String – “Chicken In The Corn” [Destiny]
  • Big Block Sing Song – “Hair” [Greatest Hits]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Free Couch” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Komeda – “Blossom (Got To Get It Out) [Kokomemedada]
  • Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” [Elvis ’56]
  • Johnny Cash – “Nasty Dan” [The Children’s Album]
  • Frances England – “Digging In The Dirt” [Fascinating Creatures]
  • Dean Jones – “Tiny Fishes” [Napper’s Delight]
  • Dee-light – “Groove Is In Teh Heart” – [World Clique]
  • Tallboys – “Cumberland Gap” [Yeah Buddy]
  • Stevie Wonder – “Fingertips Part 2” [Definitive Collection]
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus And Lucy” [A Boy Named Charlie Brown]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Pushy The Tug” [Jump For Joy!]
  • Greg Ruby Quartet – “Easy For You” [Look Both Ways]

Original broadcast: 8/18/18

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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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Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.

Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org.

Options: Adapted In-Person/Outdoors. Virtual. Hybrid.

Join Girls on the Run this fall! In today’s unpredictable world, the social-emotional skills and strategies learned at GOTR are more important than ever. At GOTR, youth build self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and learn skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, and helping others. GOTR will be offering three options for this fall: In-person, hybrid, and all virtual. Their teams are smaller this season, and they have adapted all the lessons to ensure safety and social distancing. Fall season begins September 14 for eight weeks, ending with a site based 5K celebrations and/or their virtual GOTR 5K on November 14. Contact Alison.berman@girlsontherun.org for more information and see their website for team options: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org

Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org.

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Yoga Sanctuary. Northampton, MA. Join Yoga Sanctuary for yoga for the whole family – online! Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga with Baby, and Yoga for Teens 6 week series start the week of 9/21/20. The Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Yoga with Baby series include check-in, breathwork, meditation, and physical (asana) practices for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Yoga for Teens provides a welcoming space for all teens to connect deeply to breath and movement, building flexibility and strength, and cultivating inner resilience. All kinds of bodies and experience levels welcome. Their weekly adult classes provide nurturing and expert instruction in alignment-based hatha, flow, yin and restorative yoga. Join their strong, sweet community where their yoga practice nourishes body and soul. For more information: info@yoga-sanctuary.com; 413-585-9642; www.yoga-sanctuary.com.

Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA. Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Iditarod/Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (near Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River through Native Athabaskan Villages then across Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


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


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Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Springfield, MA. Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 2-6yrs. For more information: rstorozyk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.

Indoor & Outdoor Program

YMCA in Greenfield Preschool. Greenfield, MA. An exceptional experience for the young learner! Healthy child development and learning starts early. That’s why YMCA in Greenfield Preschool offers an early childhood education program that helps children learn the essential skills they’ll need later on. Certified, trained, supportive staff work to help everyone have the best possible start in their education! The Y Preschool allows children to: grow personally, clarify values, develop specific skills, improve personal & family relationships, and become better leaders. Early learners become instilled with the YMCA’s mission of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility while encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and a safe environment for all. Preschool. Ages 2.9-5yrs. For more information: ljackson@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.


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


The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org.


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,
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September 12-18, 2020

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Monday, Sept 14Tuesday, Sept 15Wednesday, Sept 16
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SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
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September 5-11, 2020

Seed SavingBotanyEcologyEcosystemHabitat ConservationBiodiversityEntomologyCaterpillarsLife CycleMigrationMonarch ButterfliesAeronauticsSTEMLiterary GuidePlein Air PaintingArt StudiesLocal HeritageGlobal HeritageArt HistoryAmerican HistoryLabor DayHuman RightsCapitalismFamily MealsSelf-Guided Walking Tours

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The Tom Knight Show: “Sally and the Dragon”

Hilltown Families and western Massachusetts musician/artist, Tom Knight, have partnered up to offer a series of singing puppet shows for families at home, featuring puppets, songs, and dancing for all ages. We’re starting off Season 2 with a funky soundtrack and finger puppets, Tom sings the tale of a dragon who scares a town of people, until a little girl named Sally faces the dragon directly. Oh, and there is audience participation too! (Roaring is required.) Check it out!


ABOUT TOM KNIGHT

Tom Knight is a multimedia artist, based in Haydenville, MA.  He has been delighting children and their grown-ups with his original, interactive, musical puppet show since 1988 with a unique blend of musicianship and puppetry shows. With his release of five CD’s for children and over 900 performances at festivals, museums, and libraries across the country, Tom Knight’s show are always lively and engaging for an intergenerational audience.

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES PRESENTS

Hilltown Families presents is a program of Hilltown Families, a community-based education network serving all of western Massachusetts, partnering with local artists, performers, individuals, organizations, and small businesses in the delivery of educational and entertaining video content for families at home. Interested in participating? Send your proposal to swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Confidence Episode
with Guest DJ, Purple Fox Josh

Purple Fox of Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies brings deep meaningful songs of Confidence for a feel good dance party. Confidence is a funky mind and body collaboration!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 5 & 6, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Life is Good,” written by Josh Friedman, Colleen Francis, and Matthias Clark.


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PLAYLIST

  • Sara Bareilles – “Brave” [The Blessed Unrest]
  • Sly & the Family Stone – “You Can Make it if You Try” [Stand!]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “We Got It (Our Time Together)” [The Something of Love]
  • Toots & the Maytals – “Pomps and Pride” [Pomps and Pride]
  • Sly & the Family Stone – “Sing a Simple Song” [Stand!]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Magic Beans” [Make Believers]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Life is Good” [Confidence vol. 1]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “Sing a Song” [Greatest Hits]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “Perfect Day” [The Something of Love]
  • Toots & the Maytals – “In the Dark” [In the Dark]
  • Alphabet Rockers feat. Yiann and Rei Matsumo – “Be Strong” [The Love]
  • Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – “This Train is Always Running” [Confidence vol. 1]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Fibber Island” [No!]
  • They Might Be Giants – “I Am Not Your Broom” [No!]
  • Marvin Gaye – “Got to Give It Up pt.1” [Greatest Hits]

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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Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.

Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org.


Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org.


Virtual

Yoga Sanctuary. Northampton, MA. Join Yoga Sanctuary for yoga for the whole family – online! Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga with Baby, and Yoga for Teens 6 week series start the week of 9/21/20. The Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Yoga with Baby series include check-in, breathwork, meditation, and physical (asana) practices for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Yoga for Teens provides a welcoming space for all teens to connect deeply to breath and movement, building flexibility and strength, and cultivating inner resilience. All kinds of bodies and experience levels welcome. Their weekly adult classes provide nurturing and expert instruction in alignment-based hatha, flow, yin and restorative yoga. Join their strong, sweet community where their yoga practice nourishes body and soul. For more information: info@yoga-sanctuary.com; 413-585-9642; www.yoga-sanctuary.com.


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


Virtual

Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Springfield, MA. Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 2-6yrs. For more information: rstorozyk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.


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


The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org.


Enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate!

The Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington wants to meet the needs of the Hilltown community during this Covid-19 pandemic and beyond! All are encouraged to complete their online survey by SEPT 1. Survey takers will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to the Creamery and other prizes. The Old Creamery Co-op is a community hub, a gathering place, and a values-driven community enterprise, nestled in the heart of the Hilltowns. They promote local and regional production, practice environmental sustainability, and welcome and reflect diversity. They prepare wholesome foods and sell everyday goods and products to the community. Located on Route 9 in Cummington, the Old Creamery Co-op is open to all.


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
September 5-11, 2020

Saturday, Sept 5Sunday, Sept 6
Monday, Sept 7Tuesday, Sept 8Wednesday, Sept 9
Thursday, Sept 10Friday, Sept 11

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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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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Peace, Love, and Happiness Episode with Guest DJ, Twinkle

In times of uncertainty, award-winning Peruvian-American family kindie rocker, Twinkle Twinkle, inspires us to keep spreading positivity Peace Love & Happiness. Twinkle brings together all walks of life together through some of the “hottest bops in family music!”

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 29 & 30, 2020
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music Video Together by Twinkle Time Feat. MC Magic and Izzi Def


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Listen to Podcast:

PLAYLIST

  • Twinkle Time ft. MC Magic & Izzi Def -“Together” [Together]
  • Wendy and DB – “Way is Peace” [Way is Peace]
  • Lucy Kalantari – “The Peace Song” [All the Sounds]
  • Twinkle Time -“Life is Beautiful” [Just Dance]
  • Michael Jackson – “Heal the World” [Dangerous]
  • Twinkle Time – “L-O-V-E” [Made in the U.S.A.]
  • Andrew and Polly -“Let My Love Open the Door” [Let My Love Open the Door]
  • Wendy and DB -“From the Heart” [Hey Big World]
  • Nathalia – “Amor Amor” [En la Radio]
  • Laura Doherty – “Heartbeat” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Brady Rymer – “Light of Love” [Just Say Hi]
  • Sonshine and Broccoli – “This is a Song That Makes Me Happy” [It’s Cool to Be Kind]
  • Uncle Devin -“When I Play the Drums” [Be Yourself]
  • Sonia De Los Santos ft. Dan Zanes -“Tan Feliz” [Mi Viaje -De Nuevo Leon to The New York Island]
  • Pharrell Williams- “Happy” [Despicable Me 2]

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

Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.

Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org.


PreK-8th. In-Person/Indoors & Outdoors.

Kids need space and adventure. Parents need to know they’re safe and learning. At The Center School in Greenfield, you get both–it’s all about balance. With small class sizes, outdoor learning spaces, a focus on their students’ social and emotional needs, and a curriculum rooted in social justice, the Center School plans to provide responsive, in-person school beginning August 24th. While in-person, the focus will be on creating joy and a classroom community that can be pivoted to a rigorous remote learning environment if necessary. Read more about their reopening plans, and see an educational overview, at www.centerschool.net. Due to small class sizes, space is very limited. To apply, email Lauren Obregón at admissions@centerschool.net.


Outdoor Classrooms.

Outdoor classrooms for the coming year! Hartsbrook’s 55 acres of woods, farmland, and streams offer students an opportunity to become immersed in hands-on exploration (while staying socially distant). Chemistry, botany, ecology, literature, non-western/indigenous knowledge, history, sustainability, and more, are all subjects supported by an outdoor curriculum. During this unsettled time, give your child the gift of being grounded in nature and supported by a strong community — Pre-K through grade 12. Because of state safety guidelines, spaces are strictly limited. Visit their website for more information, or to submit an inquiry: www.hartsbrook.org. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA.


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


Virtual

Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Springfield, MA. Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 2-6yrs. For more information: rstorozyk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.


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


Wolf Tree Programs in Montague, MA. Wolf Tree’s programs are designed to foster children’s curiosity and connection to nature in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Experienced and engaging instructors help them learn essential leadership and team-building skills, develop confidence, and become stewards of the land and local communities. Learn to make fire and rope, plant and tree identification, wildlife tracking, outdoor cooking, nature crafts, and more. Wolf Tree Programs fosters healthy relationships to self and community through nature immersion and wilderness living skills. They offer a variety of summer and school year programs for children and adults. Sending kids home happy since 2007! 413-775-3181. info@wolftreema.com. www.wolftreema.com.


Virtual

Northampton Community Music Center: Online Lessons & Classes. Northampton, MA. The Northampton Community Music Center is a nonprofit organization offering the highest quality music instruction for all ages and abilities to residents of Western Mass and beyond since 1986. Music Together for babies and toddlers provides an excellent musical foundation and family bonding experience. Individual lessons in more than 20 instruments and a variety of musical genres are available for students as young as age 4. A wide choice of group classes is available for children and adults to explore specific styles, tools, and music-making techniques. All skillfully taught online until we can all safely be together again. Registration now open for the fall through their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information: registrar@ncmc.net; 413-585-0001; ncmc.net.


Virtual, Private Tutoring & Coaching

Downtown Sounds Music School. Northampton, MA. Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer online lessons seven days a week for guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, brass and woodwind instruments, banjo, mandolin, and more. Whether students are just starting, looking to expand their abilities, or learning to play a favorite song, their teachers are passionate about working with students of all ages to meet their musical goals! For more information: lessons@downtownsounds.com; 413-586-0998; downtownsounds.com.


Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org.


Enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate!

The Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington wants to meet the needs of the Hilltown community during this Covid-19 pandemic and beyond! All are encouraged to complete their online survey by SEPT 1. Survey takers will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to the Creamery and other prizes. The Old Creamery Co-op is a community hub, a gathering place, and a values-driven community enterprise, nestled in the heart of the Hilltowns. They promote local and regional production, practice environmental sustainability, and welcome and reflect diversity. They prepare wholesome foods and sell everyday goods and products to the community. Located on Route 9 in Cummington, the Old Creamery Co-op is open to all.


Month of September!

The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org


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
August 29-September 4, 2020

Saturday, Aug 29Sunday, Aug 30
Monday, Aug 31Tuesday, Sept 1Wednesday, Sept 2
Thursday, Sept 3Friday, Sept 4

Subscribe to Our Weekly eNewsletterAdvertising & Partnership Opportunities
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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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