Suggested Events 01/05/07 – 01/12/07

Eric Carle MuseumAnother holiday season has passed and many of us can now take a breather from the hustle and bustle of all that merriment. Now that our New Year’s resolutions have been made, pounds have been gained, schools have restarted and brief reunions with old friends and family fill our memory banks, it’s time to get back to our routines. And while most things are back to normal, there’s oddly one thing missing … SNOW! Good golly … will we ever see that winter wonderland we Hilltowners have come to appreciate?

Until the snow crystals fly and we can break out our skis, snow shoes and ice skates, there are many fun indoor activities to appreciate in our area, including 1st Fridays @ The Carle. See the suggested events below and add your own to the list under comments.

Friday – 01/05

4pm – FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE CARLE – At the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. From 4-7pm the Eric Carle Museum invites all visitors to head to the Museum after school/work, grab a quick and casual bite to eat (pizza!) in the Museum’s Café, enjoy a storytime in the Reading Library, drop by the Galleries, take in a short film in the Auditorium, and create a masterpiece in the Art Studio… all before bedtime! First Friday of each month. [Families] ($)

Saturday – 01/06

Epiphany/Three Kings Day

10am – FAMILY DANCE – NEA Family Dance Party in Northampton from 10:00- 11:30am. Everybody welcome! Structured activities & unstructured free dancing. Great for kids 3-8 years old, their families and friends. Lots of fun! [Families] ($)

11am – FANCY NANCY LUNCHEON – Dress fancy for a special luncheon at Chandler’s restaurant at Yankee Candle in S. Deerfield, MA. The book Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor will be read and their full award winning kids menu will be available with Parfaits for dessert. Reservations are necessary. Cost is only for lunch. No fee to attend. [Families] ($)

Sunday – 01/07

1pm – FAMILY FILM – The Enormous Crocodile by Quinten Blake will be showing in the auditorium at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Free with museum admission. Check out a museum pass at your local library. [Families] (Free/$)

2pm – GYPSY JAZZ FROM EASTERN EUROPE – Nikitov, a high energy gypsy jazz band from Eastern Europe will be performing at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.The first event in their Winter Soul Music series. Explore the rhythm and range of Jewish music – from klezmer to jazz. Reservations suggested. [Families] ($)

Wednesday – 01/10

9am – PARENT’S BREAKFAST AT ELMER’S -After dropping your children off at school, head on over to Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, for coffee, tea and crumpets. [Parents] (Free/$)

6:30pm – BEYOND PRAISE AND PUNISHMENT – A free educational workshop in Easthampton, MA, lead by psychotherapist, Sarah Getoff. She discusses how to teach children self esteem and self control, while learning the drawbacks of praise, punishment, time-outs, and other common techniques. For more information contact Getoff at sarahgetoff@hotmail.com. [Parents] (Free)

Thursday – 01/11

1:30pm – HOME SCHOOL THURSDAYS – Meet at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, to explore the museum while connecting with other home school families; visit the galleries, explore art making in the Studio, books in the Reading library, and view a short film at 2:30pm. [Families] ($)

4p – YOUNG FARMERS – Young Farmers at Red Gate are invited to help farmer feed animals, check for eggs and take care of other chores in Buckland, MA. Parents and younger siblings also welcome. [Ages 5 and older] (Free)

Friday – 01/12

10am – PARENTING WORKSHOP – There will be a free parenting workshop, Temperament: Why Does She ActThis Way? at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA, led by a licensed early childhood mental health consultant, Sarah Patton. Looking at our own and our children’s temperaments can help increase communication and cooperation. This workshop gives an overview of what temperament is, how to work with and understand our children’s behavior. To reserve free childcare call 582-2636. [Parents] (Free)

5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share in dinner and conversation this Friday evening. Big Elmer will be serving Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya or Mac & Cheese. [Families] ($)

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Friday – 02/16

10am – TAIKOZA – Japanese Taiko Drums and Dance at Umass in Amherst. Six foot drums weighing up to three hundred pounds provide a thundering musical backdrop to traditional Japanese folk dances, the sound of bamboo flutes and the 13 string Koto in an electrifying performance. [Ages 5 & up] ($)

Friday – 03/30

10am – INDONESIAN MUSIC & DANCE – A special program of Indonesian music and dance at UMass in Amherst. Audience will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive rhythm session and chanting of Kecak, (monkey sounds). [K-12th] ($)

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