Suggested Events 09/15/07 – 09/21/07


(c) Hilltown FamiliesMy daughter started soccer this week. I guess that officially makes me a Soccer Mom, even though I don’t drive an SUV or carry a cell phone. Other than being invested in my child’s upbringing, the only thing that really makes me a “soccer mom” is the fact that my daughter started playing soccer this week. But that’s even a stretch. While she did kick the ball around a few times, she spent most of her time rolling around with a soccer ball on her tummy in the grass, reminiscent of a Weeble Wobble. Or she was crawling around on all fours pretending she was some sort of wild cat swatting at kids calves as they ran by.

(c) Hilltown FamiliesShe’s not that keen on organized sports. Never has been. Unless you have the patience of a saint you can forget trying to play Go-Fish or teaching her how to play checkers. I’ve seen attempts at many a board game go sour. The girl has a mind of her own, with her own set of rules. (You go girl!)

Recently at my friends house our kids were trying to set up rules for a jumping game on their trampoline. We overheard my daughter complain, “Why can’t we just do whatever we want to do?” My friend responded, “Because anarchy can not reign on a trampoline!” But can it reign on the soccer field?

Speaking of sports, the 28th Annual Hilltown Junior Olympics will be held in Worthington, MA on Saturday, September 29th. Check with your local town to participate. Deadline for signing up is up on us.

Valley students at Bridge Street, Jackson Street and R.K. Finn Ray Road Schools have access to the Northampton Public Schools after school enrichment program, offered Mon-Thurs from 3:00pm – 4:15pm. Click here for more details.


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 09/15

All Day – The Big E in West Springfield, MA. Through 09/30 [Families] ($$)

8am – FAMILY RADIO – 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 [All ages] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9am-3pm – HEALTH & SAFETY – The Cummington Lions Club will be hosting their annual Family Health and Safety Day in Goshen at the athletic field. The fire department, ambulance, blood mobile, eye mobile, and police will be there. Pick up a child id kit and have them check your car seat while you’re there. [Families] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am – NATURE WALK – With the Berkshire Museum in Chester, MA. Pre-registration required. 413.443.7171 [Families] ($)

10am – LOCAL FOOD – The Taste of the Deerfield Valley. Click here for more information. [Families] ($)

10am-5pm – LOCAL FOOD – The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival happens this weekend in Orange, MA. They will have artists, food demos, garlic cuisine, family entertainment, music, local food, renewable energy, and more. 978.544.9023 (Families) ($, kids free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families11am – EDUCATIONAL PUPPETRY – A must see performance with Dr. Marmalade at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls (in the same building as the Trolley Museum). Click here for full details. [Families] ($)

Sunday – 09/16

10am-5pm – LOCAL FOOD – The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival happens this weekend in Orange, MA. They will have artists, food demos, garlic cuisine, family entertainment, music, local food, renewable energy, and more. 978.544.9023 (Families) ($, kids free)

12:30pm-4pm – COMMUNITY BBQ – There will be a community BBQ at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA. Very festive. Tickets sell out. Visit Florence Hardware to purchase tickets. [Families] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families2pm-4pm – HISTORICAL MUSEUM – Every Sunday through 10/21 families can take their children to the Blacksmith Shop Museum in Westhampton, MA, to explore their collection and learn a little about the history of our area. (Ages 5 & up) (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families5pm – COMMUNITY SING – Penny Schultz will be leading a community sing at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Rounds, part songs, chants and spirituals from a wide variety of cultures. All ages and abilities welcomed. 413.634.5678 [Families] (Children Free, Adults $5)

7pm – MOTHERHOOD MANIFESTO – Leave the kids at home or with a sitter and come see the much talked about documentary, Motherhood Manifesto, at the Media Education Foundation in Northampton, MA, located at 60 Masonic St. For more information contact MomsRising. [Parents] ($)

Monday – 09/17

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families2:30pm – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – New Hingham Elementray School in Chesterfield, MA is looking for parent volunteers. Stop by any day this week if interested in signing up. [Parents] (Free)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families4pm – DANCE CLASSES – Creative dance classes are forming in Plainfield, MA at Earthdance. Click here for details. [Ages 3-9] ($$)

Tuesday – 09/18

10am-2pm – HOMESCHOOL – The Hitchcock Homeschool program, Naturalist Explores begins a 10-week natural history program at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst. Call for more information. 413.256.6006 [Ages 10-13]

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families1pm & 2pm – PARENT EXERCISE – Community Walking Program in the Hilltowns, organized by the Hilltown Community Health Centers. Every Tuesday (weather permitting) meet at Russell Conway School Parking lot in Worthington, MA. Beginner start at 1pm & experienced walkers start at 2pm. Call to register. 413.667.2204 [Parents] (Free)

4pm – CREATIVE WRITING, GIRLS – Lynn Bowmaster will be leading a creative writing group for girls, aimed at unleashing their creative voice in a safe environment. Click here to email Lynn. 413.584.3373 [Girls ages 10-13]

4pm & 5:30pm- READING & WRITING – Readers & Writers club at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. Click here for more info. [Kids must be able to read & write] (Free)

6pm – NATURAL WELLNESS – Herbs for Children with Lupo Connell at the Goldthread Herbal Apothecary in Florence, MA. Click here for details. 413.587.0620 [Adults] ($$)

(c) Hilltown Families7pm – FAMILY RADIO – Tune-in between bath and bedtime to the Hilltown Families very own radio show, the Hilltown Family Variety Show, on WXOJ LP 103.3 FM, Valley Free Radio, out of Northampton, MA. [Families] (Free)

Wednesday – 09/19

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families9pm – PARENT COFFEE BREAK – After dropping the kids off at school or their homeschool program, drop into Elmer’s in Ashfield, MA. Not only do they have great coffee, they have a fantastic breakfast menu too. Connect with other parents. If you’d rather do some work, bring your laptop (they have wireless!) and let wait on you! To find out what’s happen over at Elmer’s, read Notes from Nan, a weekly update posted here on Hilltown Families. [Parents] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families10am & 11am – PARENT EXERCISE – Community Walking Program in the Hilltowns, organized by the Hilltown Community Health Centers. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) meet at the Littleville Dam in Huntington, MA. Beginner start at 10am & experienced walkers start at 11am. Call to register. 413.667.2204 [Parents] (Free)

3:30pm – ARTS & CRAFTS – Mexican Native American craft program will be offered at the South Hadley Public Library at 27 Barwell Street in South Hadley, MA. 413.538.5045 [Ages 5 & up] (Free)

7pm – HEALTH CARE – A free lecture, Natural Vision Improvement, will be offered at the Forbes Library in Northampton. Learn how to improve and care for the eyesight of your family with certified Natural Vision Improvement educator, Jana Vilner. [Parents] (Free)

Thursday -09/20

3:30pm – KIDS THEATRE – At the Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, MA is a theater ensemble workshop. 413.584.7327 [Ages 9-14] ($$$)

6:30pm – AFRICAN DANCE – African Dance from Senegal with Tala Ngom at the Northeast American School of Dance in Northampton, MA, are offered every Thursday. 413.584.8521 [Ages 10 & up] (n/a)

6:30pm – CUB SCOUTS – The will be an informational meeting at the Ryan Road School in Northampton for boys interested in joining the Cub Scouts. 413.586.2547 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

GIRL SCOUTS – Any girls interested in joining the Girl Scouts can call their Western Mass office in Leeds at 413.584.2602 or click here to visit their national web site.

7pm – BENEFIT CONCERT – Sammy’s Big Night Benefit concert at the Chapin Auditorium at Mr. Holyoke College in South Hadley. An intimate benefit concert with many special artists and guest. Click here to read more. 413.586.8686 [Families] (Fundraiser)

Friday – 09/21

Yom Kippur at sundown

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. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

Anyday – Anytime

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