Suggested Events 01/05/08 – 01/11/08

2007 … A LOOK BACK

It’s been a little over a year since our first post here on Hilltown Families, and nearly 400 posts later we’re ringing in a New Year. Let’s take a look back at what happened here on Hilltown Families in 2007

  • Randy Kaplan (c) Hilltown FamiliesIn March 2007 a road trip to Brooklyn was planned, resulting in the discovery of great kid’s music at the Brooklyn Hootenanny (presented by Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child).

Wow! Loads of fun stuff! 2008 should be barrels of fun too! And now … a look ahead with this week’s list of suggested events.

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    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 swildfield@juno.com. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 01/05/08

    8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) 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. Princess Katie & Racer Steve are this week’s guest DJ’s! [All ages] (Free)

    9am-Noon – HOW-TO FOR KIDS – (Pittsfield, Westfield, Greenfield) Local Home Depots are offering a kid’s how-to class, “Castle Bank.” [Ages 5-12] (Free)

    10am-4pm – MAKE A TOY – (Amherst) In the art studio at the 413.658.1100 Eric Carle Museum come make a toy with found materials after being inspired by the current exhibition, Children Should Be Seen. 413.658.1126 [Families] (Free w/museum pass)

    1:30pm-3:20pm – ICE SKATING – (Greenfield) The Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Rink will have a public skate. Skate rentals available. 413.772.6891 [Families] ($) (Thanks David!)

    2pm – MEET THE ARTIST – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum, meet Valorie Fisher, one of the many artists featured in the exhibition Children Should be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art. 413.658.1100 [Families] (Free w/museum admission)

    4pm-6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    Sunday – 01/06/08

    Noon – 1:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Greenfield) The Collins/Moylan Memorial Skating Rink will have a public skate. Skate rentals available. 413.772.6891 [Families] ($)

    1pm-2pm – ART CLASSES – (Pittsfield) Open Studio Art Classes for Kids will be offered at Bisque, Beads & Beyond. 413.442.9300 [Ages 7 & older] ($)

    2pm – MUSIC – (Amherst) Traditional Jewish and Klezmer Music at the National Yiddish Book Center. Part of the Winter Music Festival. Reservations suggested. 413.256.4900 [Families] ($)

    3pm-5pm – ICE SKATING – (Easthampton) Open ice skating every Sunday at Williston Northampton School’s Lossone Rink. Bring your own skates. 413.529.3000 [Families] ($)

    4pm – SINGING – (Pittsfield) Hilltown Choral Society will be performang at St. Mark’s Church. 413.442.7237 [Families] ($)

    Monday – 01/07/08

    4pm-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES – (Chesterfield) Outdoor Adventures for Kids in the Hilltowns at the Chesterfied Base Camp. Through age appropriate activities, young kids can explore their surrounding environment and learn about our ecology through indoor and outdoor activities and games. Click here for more information. 413.296.4249 [Ages 5-7] ($)

    Tuesday – 01/08/08

    3:30pm & 4:30pm – DANCE CLASSES – (Northampton) Lively Dance winter session begins at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Street Funk for ages 7-9 from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Jazz Dance for ages 10-13 from 4:30pm-5:30pm. 413.584.7327 [Ages 7-13] ($)

    7pm – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) 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. www.valleyfreeradio.org. Listen to a guest DJ set with Ben Rudnick and Persephone. [Families] (Free)

    Wednesday – 01/09/08

    Noon – 1:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    7:30pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Take the kids to see the big boys play basketball at the Mullins Center at UMass (UMass vs. St. Joseph’s). [Families] ($$)

    Thursday – 01/10/08

    3:30pm-5pm – THEATER CLASSES – (Florence) Theater classes for children begin (10-wee session) at the Florence Civic Center. 413.584.5562 [Ages 6-8] ($)

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

    Open till 8pm – LOCAL LIBRARY – (Williamsburg) Did you know the Meekins Library stays open until 8pm every Thursday? A great thing to have in the winter months. Take the kids in their PJ’s and spend time at the library before bed time reading stories or getting help with homework. [Everyone] (Free)

    Friday – 01/11/08

    10am-4pm – MAKE A TOY – (Amherst) In the art studio at the 413.658.1100 Eric Carle Museum come make a toy with found materials after being inspired by the current exhibition, Children Should Be Seen. 413.658.1126 [Families] (Free w/museum pass)

    11am – 1pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a homeschool skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    4pm-6pm – FAMILY ART – (Northampton) Family art activities at Smith College Museum of Art. 413.585.2760 [Families] (Free)

    5pm – COMMUNITY DINNER – (Ashfield) Elmer’s invites community members to come together to share dinner and conversation every Friday evening. Click here for menu 413.628.4003 [Families] ($)

    7:30pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Take the kids to see a hockey game at the Mullins Center (UMass Hockey vs. New Hampshire). [Families] ($$)

    8pm – DATE NIGHT – (Easthampton) Book your babysitter now. Swing Caravan, a Northampton based acoustic Gypsy Jazz group, will be performing at Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton. The band plays tunes mainly from the brilliant Django Reinhardt’s repertoire of the 1930s-1950s. The group is known for performing this hot jazz with the kind of spontaneous and sensitive playfulness that spawned the style. 413.527.3700 [Adults] ($$)

    ANNOUNCEMENT:

    FOOD FOR FINES

    Forbes Library (Northampton) will be holding their annual “Food for Fines” program from Monday, January 7, 2008 through Saturday, January 19, 2008. Support your local community, clear your library account and return our books to circulate to Others! — During this week, patrons may pay any overdue fines on their account with a donation of canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in Northampton. — High demand food items are non-dairy milk, cereal, crackers, canned fruit, peanut butter, tuna fish, hearty canned soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, beans, and rice. — Suggested donation is one item for each $1 waived in fines. For more information, call 587-1011.

    3 Comments

    1. kyra said,

      January 5, 2008 at 10:01 am

      i LOVE this site! our family looks forward to reading every week!

    2. kelli ann said,

      January 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

      what a year! a peaceful, joyful, music-filled year with your family for 2008:: bisous des Commer-Ferrigan

    3. Anne & Emma said,

      January 4, 2008 at 11:47 am

      Happy new year HF! May gratitude flow your way from your readers! Our family heaps mounds of thank you to Sienna & all your writers … your suggested events are our prize and we love hearing little P on HFVS. We look forward with you!

      A&E


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