Suggested Events 04/20/07 – 04/27/07

Happy Earth Day!

(c) Hilltown Families - Arts & CraftsThe week in review … there were a lot of posts this week, announcing many fun events and celebrations in the days to come, and many interesting things that happened over this past week. One post I’d like to draw your attention to is the Summer Camp 2007 post. It’s designed for families to share and discover summer day camps in our area for our children. If you would like to share your summer day camp discovery or are looking for what others have found then check out Summer Camp 2007.

The Westfield River Canoe race is this weekend in Huntington, and rumor has it that the weather will be delightful. Check our post for things happening at the GRHS during the day of the race.

The Earth Day episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show aired on Tuesday. We are only days away from having the HFVS podcast available. Keep an eye out for that announcement.

Now, for this weeks schedule of suggested events:

If you have a family friendly event or educational program you’d like to let us know about, or would like to submit your event to the Hilltown Families calendar of Suggested Events, email Sienna at

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Friday – 04/20

Catch the Beat for Your Library

Noon – ORIENTEERING – Let your kids learn about maps and orienteering at Historic Deerfield from noon-4pm 413.775.7214 [Ages 5 & Up] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Herb encrusted pork chops (or tofu), scalloped potatoes, sesame green beans with salad and bread.. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Saturday – 04/21

8am – MUSIC – While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. This weeks show will have a live performance with Ben Rudnick, and a guest DJ set with Recess Monkey. [All ages] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families8:15am – SALMON STOCKING – The Westfield River Watershed Association invites families to help stock Atlantic salmon to the Westfield River. Fun for the whole family. Bring water, light lunch, and river shoes. You will get wet! Meet at Gateway High School in Huntington. 413.562.3467 [Ages 7 & older] (Free)

9am – Hilltown Canoe Race Activities at GRHS in Huntington, MA.

10am – SPRING ANIMALS – At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA. 413.584.3009 [Ages 4-12] ($)

10am – CHILDREN’S MUSIC – Ben Rudnick at Cup and Top in Florence, MA. [Families] (Free/$)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families11am – PETER RABBIT – The Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield will present the Family Performance “Peter Rabbit.” Berkshire Children’s Theatre will perform the original musical production adapted and directed by Kara Demler. 413-443-7171, x 10. [Families] ($)Noon – ALL ABOUT MAPS – At the History Workshop in Historic Deerfield will be map related activities including make your own map from noon-4pm on Sat. & Sun. 413.775.7214 [Ages 5 & Up] ($)

Sunday – 04/22


Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families7:30am – BIRD WALK – Beginning at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Bring binoculars and take a walk with Bob and Holly, two experienced and skilled birders. [Ages 7 & older] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families8:30am – COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP – Let the kids participate in a roadside clean-up, offering an exercise in littering. Meet at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Bring gloves. [Ages 5 & older] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – EARTH DAY CELEBRATION – Hilltown families are invited to gather at the Community House in Cummington for a day full of fun activities for the whole family to celebrate Earth Day. 413-634-5560 [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families3pm – ASHFIELD FAMILIES – Share your stories as parents with the Ashfield History Project at Elmer’s for the upcoming third volume of Ashfield’s history. [Parents] (Free)

5:15pm – PARENT’S NIGHT OUT – Meet at Cup & Top Café in Florence, MA, for an Art Salon. Simple creative writing & drawing exercises to bring out your creativity and to get “unstuck.” Materials provided. 413.584.8328 [Parents] ($)

Monday – 04/23

National TV-Turnoff Week

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families6pm – INTERNET SAFETY AWARENESS –  Bonnies Program is offering an Internet Safety Awareness workshop at the New Hingham Elementary School in Chesterfield, MA from 6-8pm.  Guest Speaker will be Detective David Vitkus.  The following will be covered: What the internet is, what kids are using it for, how kids are victimized and some prevention strategies.  413.296.0182 [Parents] (Free)

Tuesday – 04/24

Celebrate Equal Pay Day

6pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP – Introduction to the Nurtured Hearth Approach, a set of strategies developed to transform children from using their intensity in primarily negative ways to using their intensity in beautifully creative and constructive ways. At the Jones Library in Amherst, MA. 413.256.0064 [Parents] ($$$)

7pm – Hilltown Family Variety Show – Tune-in between bath and bed time to the Hilltown Families very own radio show on WXOJ 103.3LP-FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 04/25

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9am-ish – HILLTOWN PARENTS SOCIAL – Breakfast at Elmer’s! After dropping your children off at school, Hilltown Families invites you to head on over to Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, for coffee, tea and crumpets. Bring your lap tops and get some work done too. 413.628.4003 [Parents] (Free/$)

10:15am – MUSIC TOGETHER – The Easthampton Family Center will be offering a free Music Together Class. 413.563.7672 (Free)

6:30pm – RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP – Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Married? Learn to fight fair and increase intimacy in your relationships. At the Forbes Library in Northampton. 413.587.1017 [Adults] (Free)

Thursday – 04/26

National Playground Safety Week

Friday – 04/27

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA, invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Menu TBA. 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families7pm – FAMILY DANCE – The Friends of the Worthington Library will be hosting a spring dance for all ages at the Town Hall with music of all types. Potluck snacks. Babysitting available off-site. 413.238.0353 [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families7pm – COME TO THE CABARET – Gateway High School music department will hold their annual Cabaret performance in the Gateway Performing Arts Center in Huntington, MA. Will showcase the Gateway Show Choir and Jazz Band. [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families7pm – TALENT SHOW – The Ding-Dong Show at the Grange in Williamsburg. Watch or perform. All acts will be screened for family appropriateness. 413.268.3529 [Families] (Free)

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