Suggested Events 09/22/07 – 09/28/07

Valley Free Radio Block Party

Valley Free Radio, the radio home of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, is having a block party in Noho with a line-up of kids music! It’s part of VFR’s on-going community sponsored fundraising drive. Drop by and listen to some good music while supporting community radio by making a donation. There will be an on-air fundraising drive happening all this week too. Call in to make a donation, or click here.


If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that 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

Saturday – 09/22

Yom Kippur

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-1pm – BOOK SALE – Stock up on books for your family at the Chesterfield Libraries annual book sale. The library is located in the center of town in Chesterfield, MA, on Route 143. [Families] ($)

10am-4pm – VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES – Is your child obsessed with old cars? The Springfield Museum in Springfield, MA, is displaying vintage vehicles this weekend along with family activities and crafts. Oldies music will be played to get you in the sock-hop mood. 413.263.6800 Check out a free pass from your local library. See link above. (Families) [N/A]

10:30am – HISTORIC TRADES DEMO – Take the kids to Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA, to see a historical trade demonstration related to letterpress printing and bookbinding at the Wilson Print Shop. Print Basics for the family begin at noon. 413.775.7214 Check out a free pass from your local library. See link above. [Families] ($)

Noon – KIDS LETTERPRESS PRINTING – At Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA, kids can learn how early printing was was done. Families get to design and produce printed picture to take with them. 413.775.7214 Check out a free pass from your local library. See link above. [Families] ($)

Noon-3pm – KIDS MUSIC – Valley Free Radio community radio station will be throwing a block party at Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA. There will be live kids music from noon-3pm and more music to follow until 6pm. This is a fundraising event for the station. [Families] ($)

Sunday – 09/23

10:30pm – MORNING HIKE – Join the Deerfield River Watershed Association for their first fall hike at the Hawley Bog in Hawley, MA. Call Polly Bartlett to register. 413.625.6628 [Families] (Free)

11am-5pm – LOCAL FOOD – Hungry Ghost Bread will be hosting a Bread Festival in Northampton, MA. [Families] (N/A)

Noon-2pm – KIDS MUSIC – The Pop Rockets will be having a CD release party at Cup & Top in Florence, MA. Bring the kids for some great kids rockin’ music! [Families] (Free)

1pm-5pm – MAD SCIENCE – Mad Science will be having a grand opening with free activities and hands-on science experiments. They are located at 518 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA. 413.584.7243 [Ages 5 & older] (Free)

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)

Monday – 09/24

CASA Family Day

Harvest for Students Week

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown FamiliesThe Art Bridge in Shelburne, MA, will be beginning their 12 week semester. Call or click here to find out more information. 413.625.8275 [All ages] ($$)

Tuesday – 09/25

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)

10am-Noon – HOMESCHOOL – A homeschool class, Habitats of the Imagination: Fairy Lore and Houses will be offered at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA. Call to register. 413.584.3009 [Ages 5-12] ($)

Illustration (c) 2007 Hilltown Families4pm – FRENCH FOR KIDS – French lessons are being offered in Ashfield. Space is limited. For more information inquire on the Hilltown Families listerv. [Ages 3-7] ($$)

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)

(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 – 09/26

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 them bring you coffee! 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)

1pm-4pm – HOMESCHOOL – Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton will be offering homeschooling families nature programs through 11/14/07. 413.584.3009 [Ages 5-12] ($$$)

3pm – SPANISH FOR KIDS – Spanish classes for kids will be held at the Childen’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA, going until 11/14. Classes are a combination of music and movement, stories and circle games. Participants from varying language backgrounds are welcomed. 413.625.6826 [Ages 4-7] ($$)

7pm – FAMILY WELLNESS – At the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA, Holistic Nutritional Counselor Leora Neson will be givign a free class on Sugar. Participants will learn why family members crave sugar and how to find a sugar balance naturally. RSVP is required. 973.214.3197 [Parents] (Free)

Thursday – 09/27

9am – PARENT SOCIAL – Hilltown Families invites parents to gather at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville after dropping off the kids. Get yourself a scone and tea and chat with other area parents before heading off to work or to accomplish your never-ending “to do list.” [Parents] ($)

Friday – 09/28

5:30pm-7:30pm – GYMNASTICS – The Hampshire YMCA in Northampton, MA, is having Gymnastics Carnival with demonstrations, activities, games, prizes and dinner. Call to sign up. 413.584.7086 [Families] (>$)

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] ($)

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