Suggested Events 01/19/08 – 01/25/08

“I Have A Dream” Speech

Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:



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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 01/19

    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. [All ages] (Free)

    8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Through out the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

    9:30am-11:30am – MOCHA MOMS – (Northampton) Mocha Moms is support group for at home mothers of color who have chosen to modify or eliminate employment outside the home in order to devote more time to their families. The primary mission of Mocha Moms is to support and encourage women who are making parenting a priority in this season of their lives. Come gather at the Forbes Library in the Community Room. [Mothers] (Free)

    2pm – MEET THE ARTIST – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum meet Par Cummings, one of the many artists featured in the exhibition Children Should be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art. Come hear him share stories. 413.658.1100 [Families] (Free w/admission. Borrow a museum pass from the library)

    5pm-7pm – ASTRONOMY FOR GIRLS – (Easthampton) Space Exploration for Brownies at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Observe the night sky. Dress warmly. Indoors learn how the earth roates and make your own constellation. Call to register. 413.584.3009 [Girls Ages 6-8] (>$)

    4pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Men’s basketball at the Mullins Center. UMass vs. Charlotte. [Families] ($)

    6pm-7:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

    Sunday – 01/20

    Discovering Russian Culture with Matryoska Dolls @ CAM. (Reg. by Jan. 20th)

    10am-4pm – KIDS & AVIATION – (Windsor Locks, CT) The New England Air Museum offers Open Cockpit Sundays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 16. Families can come climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. The aircraft to be open include the famous Vought Corsair of WWII, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner, several helicopters and more. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars. The New England Air Museum is adjacent to Bradley International Airport. 860.623.3305 [Families] ($$)

    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] ($)

    2pm – MUSIC FROM THE GASLIGHT ERA – (Williamsburg) Join John Root at #7 Nash Hill Place who will be performing a diverse repertoire of musical styles from the turn of the previous century. John will sing and play the piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone. [Families] (Free)

    2pm-4pm – SKIING FOR KIDS – (Windsor) Join Bill Koch Youth Ski League at Notchview. Regular meetings of this family-oriented ski league. Lessons, games, races, and fun. 413.584.1128 [Ages 5-13 & their parents] ($)

    2pm – FAMILY PERFORMANCE – (Amherst) Performances of The Music Man at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. 413.259.3065 [Families] ($$)

    2pm – ART FOR KIDS – (Shelburne Falls) A Felt-Made Picnic at the Children’s Art Museum. Create felt food (cookies, cake, sandwiches and more). Great for the play kitchen, suprise doll picnics, swapping with friends. etc. Call to register. 413.625.2030 [All ages (under 7 years must bring an adult)] ($$)

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

    7pm-9pm – FAMILY SKIING – (Windsor) Moonlight Skiing with the family at Notchview. This is a traditional Nordic event and a favorite at Notchview. It’s a great way to socialize, so bring some friends or come alone. Cider, popcorn, and conversation afterwards. 413.684.0148 [Families] ($)

    Monday – 01/21

    1pm-4pm – MLK CELEBRATION – (Pittsfield) “I Have a Dream” Community Celebration at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Celebrate the memory of visionary leader Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Readings from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a performance by Youth Alive step dancing and drumming troupe. Sample soul food and make your own pledge for peace and justice. [Families] ($)

    2pm-4pm – BIRDS OF PEACE – (Shelburne Falls) There will be an art & crafts session at the Children’s Art Museum, Birds, Birds and More Birds. For more information click here. Pre-register. 413.625.2030 [Families] ($)

    9am-Noon – SCIENCE FOR KIDS – (Northampton) Space Exploration: Living in Space and Space Technology at Mad Science Adventure Lab . Three hours of fun-filled science activities that include a mix of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight. Participate in a space mission and make your very own comet to take home. Discover technology designed for outer space. Take home a Lightning Launcher that will light up the sky. 413.584.7243 [Ages 5-9] ($$)

    1pm-4pm – SCIENCE FOR KIDS – (Northampton) Chemistry & Portions at Mad Science Adventure Lab. Three hours of fun-filled science activities that include a mix of hands-on activities and demonstrations. Manipulate matter in all 3 states. Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice. Cooking is all about chemistry. Students will be introduced to the virtual lab we call a kitchen in a novel and practical application of science. Dinnertime will never be the same. 413.584.7243 [Ages 5-9] ($$)

    Tuesday – 01/22

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

    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. [Families] (Free)

    COMMON SENSE MEDIA – (Television) Any parents who worry about what their kids are doing online would be wise to check out Frontline’s “Growing Up Online,” which airs Tuesday, Jan. 22 (check local PBS listings for exact time). This intelligent snapshot of teen online life moves way beyond the sexual predator discussion to the real, everyday risky behaviors the Web enables. It’s worth an hour of your time. Click here to discover more about Frontline.

    Wednesday – 01/23

    10am-2pm – HOMESCHOOL CLASS – (Shelburne Falls) Wednesday Home Schooling Coop at the Children’s Art Museum has some spots open this winter. 413.625.2030. [All ages] ($$)

    7pm – HEALTH & SCIENCE – (Northampton) Older children and their parents might enjoy learning about the health and care of the eye at the Forbes Library during the workshop, Eyology: Iridology, Sclerology, Conjunctivology. Eyology is a noninvasive, holistic healthcare. Learning the basics of Eyology can assist in making better informed decisions for yourself and your family. [Parents & Older Children] (Free)

    7pm – LOCAL HISTORY – (Worthington) Parents and older kids can learn more about local history at Cellar Holes & Stone Walls: Finding Farming’s Past. Join Dietrich Sclobohm to learn about the past of Ne England’s early farms and farmers by exploring the old farmsteads hidden away in the Highland’s forests. [Parents & Older Children] (Free)

    Thursday – 01/24

    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)

    7pm-9pm – PARENTING WORKSHOP – (Florence) “Are You Raising a Highly Sensitive Child?” A free lecture offered at the Lilly Library. [Parents & Gaurdians] (Free)

    Friday – 01/25

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

    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] ($)

    6:30pm-7:30pm – SCIENCE FOR KIDS – (Northampton) Join Mad Science Adventure Lab for an hour of hands-on Science fun. This week explore “Harnessing Heat” a workshop all about the properties of Heat. Witness a mini rocket launch, change the states of matter, turn solid candy into floss and make your very own cotton candy that you can eat. Pre-registration is required. 413.584.7243 [Ages 5-9] (>$)

    6:30pm-8pm – LOCAL MUSIC – [Haydenville] Take the family to the Blue House Cafe to see local musicians Marla BB, Michael Dunning and Jim Armenti in an intimate evening of blues and jazz. BYOB 413.268.7441 [Families] (Donation)

    One Comment on “Suggested Events 01/19/08 – 01/25/08

    1. Art & Crafts Session at CAM : Birds, Birds and More birds.

      Monday Jan 21 2008
      $10 per family
      (All ages welcome)

      We will make a beautiful bird “Peace” garland for post holiday home
      decorating. We will also create a beautiful bird scene applique that can
      be embroidered onto a childs clothing. Don’t forget to bring an item of
      clothing to embellish……it can be a wool sweater (felted is fine) or a
      sweatshirt, a dress. Ideally something thicker than a cotton t-shirt but
      if that is what you have we’ll make it work.

      No sewing skill is necessary. None!
      If you have a sewing kit bring it.
      If you have fabric/ felt scraps, we’ll use them!

      Pre-register 413 625 2030 or

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