Suggested Events 03/08/08 – 03/14/08


Saturday, March 8th @ 1:30pm in Northampton. Princess Katie & Racer Steve, will make a triumphant return to Northampton with a rock concert for families at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in Lyman Hall at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Doors open at 1pm and tickets are only $5! Costumes are optional (and fun)!


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, or post your event on our community bulletin board. Comments are warmly welcomed!

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 03/08


7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM 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) Throughout 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)

10am – LIVE MUSIC – (Florence) Cup & Top presents John Powers. [Families] (Free)

10am-1pm – NATURE PROGRAM – (Ashfield) The Path of the Otter, the series of three Saturday earth awareness and nature exploration classes begins. Click HERE for program details. [Ages 5-7] ($$$)

10:30am – MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY – (Amherst) The Nields will be at the Jones Library as part of their children’s music series. [Families] (Free)

1:30pm – KIDS CONCERT – (Northampton) Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child present Princess Katie & Racer Steve in Lyman Hall at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street. Doors open at 1pm. Costumes are optional. Click here to read more. 413.387.7267 [Families] ($5)

6pm – PERFORMANCE POTLUCK – (Shelburne) Art Bridge will be hosting their first Saturday Performance Potluck. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy music, dancing, performance and art. 413.625.8275 [Families] (Donation, $)

8pm – DATE NIGHT! – (Goshen) It’s time to square dance! Round up your partner/friend and head over to the Town Hall in Goshen, MA for some dancing. Ralph Sweet is the caller. [Adults] (n/a)

Sunday – 03/09

2am – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS – Don’t forget to turn those clocks back before going to bed Saturday night!

10am-4pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (Free)

9:30am-3pm -HISTORIC MUSIC – (Northampton) The Sacred Harp is the backbone of one of this country’s oldest, most vital, and soul-stirring musical traditions. Potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. both days. Two- to three-hundred people will be singing in four-part harmony from The Sacred Harp, a collection of songs in “shapenote” notation that has been in print continuously since 1844. Northampton Center for the Arts. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] (Free)

11:30am – SIGNING STORYTIMES – (Amherst) Discover ALS (sign language) with your child at the Toy Box. Students from Hampshire College will read a story out-loud and in sign language (ASL) for the audience. 413.256.8697 [All ages] (Free)

2pm & 7:30pm – JAZZ MUSIC – (South Hadley) The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College will travel back to 1940 to present the third annual performance of The Big Broadcast! 413.538.3140 [All Ages] ($)

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

Monday – 03/10

10am-4pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (Free)

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 – 03/11

10am-11:30am – FATHER’S GROUP – (Amherst) Please come to talk about fathers’ issues, meet other dads and have coffee with us at this drop-in fathers’ group. You will be able to find out any common issues you face and just talk with other dads. Held at the Amherst Family Center in the basement of the Unitarian Church at 121 North Pleasant St. in the center of Amherst, entrance is at the back of the building. Childcare provided. [Free] (Father’s)

10:15am-12:15pm – POSTPARTUM STRESS SUPPORT GROUP – (Northampton) Every Tuesday there is a drop-in support group at 56 Vernon Street. Free child care and snacks. A welcoming group for all mothers to share the adjustment to motherhood, especially those experiencing postpartum stress, anxiety or depression. Find support, connection with other women. 413.253.8990 [Mothers & their children] (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)

9pm – ASTONOMY – (TV) The History Channel will be airing The Universe: Colonizing Space.
The Universe series offers an epic exploration of the universe and its mysteries, providing an in-depth analysis from the planets to the stars to the edge of the known. This one-hour episode entitled Colonizing Space focuses on one of the most important developments in the history of space exploration:
colonization. This episode examines the possibility of establishing a human colony on Mars, including how humans might grow food, recycle wastewater and introduce greenhouse gases to revive the red planet and make it more habitable for humans and is an excellent opportunity for students to learn
about and discuss key priorities in space research, and to consider the methods scientists and astronomers use to determine the viability of new endeavors in space. [Ages 10 & older] (Free)

Wednesday – 03/12

10am-4pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (Free)

7pm – RENEWABLE ENERGY – (TV) History Channel will air Modern Marvels: Renewable Energy.
As more and more people become concerned about the world’s dependency on a limited supply of petroleum, determining viable new sources of energy has become increasingly important. This one hour episode in the Modern Marvels series introduces viewers to the rapidly evolving technologies that harness renewable energy, examing ways air, water, earth, and fire can be transformed into clean, plausible sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile fuel. This is an excellent documentary for students to explore the ways scientific research can help shape the future, and the methods scientists use to discover solutions to our contemporary needs. [Ages 10 & older] (Free)

Thursday – 03/13

10am-4pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (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)

7pm-8:30pm – NATURE EXPLORATIONS – (Easthampton) Explore Vernal Pools at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Join Nan Childs and Patti Steinman for a slide show to learn what a vernal pool is, what lives in it, and how and why it’s so important to document and protect them. 413.584.3009 [Ages 5 & older] (>$)

Friday – 03/14

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] ($)

4pm-8pm – FAMILY ART NIGHT – (Northampton) Smith College Museum of Art holds their monthly family art night.  Make a mini wall drawing with the kids.  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] ($)

6pm – LIVE MUSIC – (Haydenville) Blue House Cafe presents Ellen Clegg, Karen Schumer & Gene Fulmer. [All Ages] ($)

6pm-8pm – FLOWERS – (Northampton) Spring Bulb Show at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory, 03/01/08-03/16/08. [All Ages] (Free)

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