Suggested Events 05/18/07 – 05/25/07

Spring Festivals

(c) Hilltown Families.  Hummingbird in West Chesterfield.It’s that time of year for plant sales and spring festivals. There are a couple spring festivals happening this weekend. One in the Hilltowns and the other in the Valley, and in a couple weeks is RiverFest in Shelburne Falls.

There are several plant sales this weekend too. If you have a plant sale you’d like to share, click here to post it.
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 Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Friday – 05/18

10am – BOOK SALE – Stock up on summer reading at the Greenfield Library book sale. 413.773.8523 [Families] ($3 <)

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] ($)

Saturday – 05/19

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 week with Sienna from Hilltown Family Variety Show. [All ages] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families8am – EXERCISE – Join other Hilltown parents for a morning hike at the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield, MA. Meet at the first parking area and go for an hour hike. Get fresh air, exercise your heart, and meet other Hilltown parents. 413.293.0321 [Parents] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9am – PLANT SALES – There are plant sales all over the place this weekend, including Ashfield, Shelburne Falls, Chesterfield and West Hampton. Click here to read more.

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9am – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – Holiday Farm in Dalton, MA, is having a Seed Starting Basics workshop. Des & Jess are working on a new Children’s Garden and invite the community to come to a hands-on activity to start the planting. 413.684.0444. [Families] ($)

9am – BOOK SALE – If you can make Friday’s book sale in Greenfield, there’s another one in our area at the Tilton Library in South Deerfield, MA. The will also be having a plant sale. 413.6654685. [Families] ($1 <)

9am – BOOK SALE – We’re rich in book sales this weekend! This one is in Sunderland at their library. 413.665.2642. [Families] ($2 <) Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families

9:30am – BOOK & PLANT SALE – The Friends of the Westhampton Memorial Library is holding their annual Blossoms, Books & Backrubs. 413.529.9670 [Families] ($)

10am – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – Pond & Stream. Join Kevin Kopchynski to find out what lives in the waters of Laughing Brook. Equipped with pond nets, bug boxes, hand lenses, and field guides, we will discover many tiny critters living within the muck and on the surface. Look at some of these invertebrates up close and see their unique adaptations to a wet life. At Arcadia’s Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA. 413.584.3009. [Ages 5-12] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – FESTIVAL – Hilltown Spring Festival will be happening at the Cummington Fairgrounds. The festival’s roster is packed with non-stop entertainment, and will have a variety of arts & crafts and good food! Click here to read more. [Families] (Free/$)

11am – FESTIVAL – The Northampton Community Music Center will host its annual citywide celebration of building community music in Northampton, MA. More than 200 children, adults, and faculty will play live music at various locations throughout downtown. [Families]

Sunday – 05/20

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families 4pm – MUSIC – The Hilltown Choral Society will be having their Spring Concert at the West Cummington Church in Cummington, MA. [Families] (Free)

5:15pm – PARENTS 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] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families 6pm – MOVIE NIGHT – In Becket at the Chimney Corners Dining Hall will be a free family movie night. [Families] (Free)

Tuesday – 05/22

10am – OUTDOOR ACTIVITIY – Join the Easthampton Family Center’s Traveling Tuesday Program. Meet and end in the Union St Plaza (across from 7-11). Bring strollers, trikes, scooters, ride on toys (or your FEET). For a child-friendly stroll along the bike trail. Refreshments and Snack after the stroll. 413.563.7672. [Family] (Free)

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 – 05/23

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/$)

6:30pm – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – Learn how some common “weeds” can be used as food at Goldthread Herbal Pharmacy in Florence, MA. Limited seating. [Ages 8 & up] (Free)

Thursday – 05/24

10am – OUTDOOR EDUCATION – The Easthampton Family Center presents “Healthy Habits Take Root: From the Garden to Your Table,”a parent-child herb garden planting series. From 10am-noon is the Garden Kick-Off Party to explore, plant and taste a variety of “child friendly” recipes. Pre-registration is required. Location and additional information regarding this series will be provided upon registration. 413.563.7672. [Families] ($)

10am – MOVEMENT FOR MOMS – Movement classes for mom’s at the Wood Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Florence, MA, from 10-11:15am. Class includes childcare available. 413.238.4499 [Mother’s] ($)

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. [Ages 5 & up] ($/Check out free pass from your local library)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families4pm – YOUNG FARMERS – Young Farmers at Red Gate are invited to help a 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 – 05/25

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] ($)

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