Suggested Events 09/05/09-09/11/09

Theres still time to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Cirque du Soleil: Alegría at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA.  Click on the image above to learn more about this performance and how you can have a chance to win tickets.  Deadline to enter to win is this Monday, 09/07/08 @ 7pm (EST)!

There's still time to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Cirque du Soleil: Alegría at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA. Click on the image above to learn more about this performance and how you can have a chance to win tickets. Deadline to enter to win is this Monday, 09/07/08 @ 7pm (EST)!


Click here to suggest an event.

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending


Have you checked out our resource page, Things to Do, Place to See in a while.  This would be a good weekend to take a peek over there and discover many of our local attractions, parks and museums here in Western Mass.  And a good opportunity to add any sights or attractions your family has enjoyed to the list.


Take our poll!

We’ve been getting great results from out 1,001 Post: A Poll. Thank you to all families that have responded so far. If you haven’t had a chance to tell us your 2-cents, click on over to our poll and give us your feedback. It’s short and easy and should take more than a couple of minutes. It will really help us determine how to best serve our community of families.


  • Annie Parker of Florence, MA writes: My mom, Fairin Woods, is just moving to the area. We are both originally from the Pacific Northwest but she has most recently been living in Hawaii. Now she is moving to the Northeast! While settling in and getting the lay of the land she would like to house-sit. She will be available to take care of a home this fall and/or winter. If you know of someone who needs their house, plants and pets tended while they’ll be away please contact us. She has been a home-owner and has a wonderfully green thumb. Really she is an ideal candidate; she’s quiet, responsible, has a lovely smile and recycles. She has a great long list of wonderful attributes and I’m happy to tell you more about them all (yes, I’m a proud daughter). Of course she has other references as well, available upon request, including references from people she house-sat for recently in Hawaii. To discuss opportunities, please email her.
  • Joanie Schwartz of Conway, MA writes: I am looking to rent our 4 bedroom 2 bath house in Shelburne Falls, MA. It’s empty, all redone, has two new bathrooms and is ready to go ASAP. $1,500/month plus utilities. Contact me by phone 413 348-2348.
  • Amy Grallert of Cummington, MA writes: I know of an apartment in Windsor, MA that is up for rent. It is a 2 bedroom and $750 includes heat hot water and DSS satelight TV. High speed internet available with your phone service. If you are interested, [email] and I will put you in touch with my friend who is renting it.
  • Jamie Bishop of Plainfield, MA writes: The 4-H Hilltown Bird Brains will be starting a new season on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009. If your kids raise, or are interested in raising poultry or pigeons, we invite you to join us. We meet 6 – 7:30 pm every other Tuesday, September through July, at Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club (12 Laurel Rd) in Haydenville, MA 01039. For more info email or call 413 634-0324.
  • ART CLASS FOR KIDS OPEN HOUSE: There will be an open house for the re-opening of ArtStar in Williamsburg, MA on Thursday, Sept. 10th from 3:15-5:15pm.  Click here for more info.
  • HILLTOWN APARTMENTS: The Hilltown CDC has apartments available in Chesterfield and Haydenville.  More info call Sarah at 296-4536 x17.
  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY: There will be a public meeting in Huntington, MA regarding the status of the Huntington Public Library on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30pm.
  • COMMUNITY MEETING: State Senator Benjamin B. Dowsning (D-Pittsfield) will have a community-based meeting in Peru, MA on Sept. 18th at the Town Hall from 10-11:30am. Click here for more info.
  • P.E. CLASSES: Physical education classes for homeschoolers is happening in Westfield, MA. Click here for more info.
  • FIELD TRIP: A free field trip to tour the Zephyr Wind Turbine in Hancock, MA is currently being organized. Click here for more info.
  • BABY MASSAGE: Free infant massage classes will start on September 13th in Northampton, MA. Click here for more info.
  • NATURE BASED PROGRAM: Sarah Pirtle will be offering her wonderful Tree of Life program in Cummington, MA for girls ages 6-12. Click here for more info.
  • CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: This month there will be parent run drop in playgroups at the Community House in Cummington, MA. They will happen on Wednesdays from (9:30am-11:30am). In October regular playgroups will start up again.


Tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show on Saturdays from 9-10am on Valley Free Radio (VFR), WXOJ 103.3FM (Northampton, MA), or listen via streaming audio at  This week’s episode features music for going back to school and for National Library Card Sign-up Month.

Every Saturday VFR offers four hours of commercial-free, quality family program from 6-10am, including Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child from 7am-9am. It’s better than Saturday morning cartoons!  Turn off the T.V. and turn on local community radio!

New music we’re listening to:

  • Eat a Bowl of Cherries by Rhythm Child
  • Ask the Planet by The Missoula Coyote Choir & Friends

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 09/05/09

Sunday – 09/06

3 Comments on “Suggested Events 09/05/09-09/11/09

  1. Wednesday

    Second Wednesday of the Month in Florence, MA

    FREE Positive Discipline Monthly Drop-In Parenting Circle meets the second Wednesday of the month (Sept. 9th this month) from 7:30-9:00 at the Rocky Hill Cohousing Common House in Florence.
    This is a time for parents who are interested in using Positive
    Discipline in their families can get together and talk with other
    parents. The group has a check-in time, a positive discipline activity
    and ends with a “Parents Helping Parents” session. This group is now
    being offered for free! I want to encourage more people to join us and
    learn more about positive discipline and the difference it can make in
    your family.

    You can visit my website to learn more


  2. Littleville and Blandford Public Hearings September 8 and 9

    Huntington – The public hearings on whether or not to close/consolidate Gateway elementary schools will conclude next week with Littleville Elementary School (for residents of Huntington and Montgomery) on Tuesday, September 8 and Blandford Elementary School on Wednesday, September 9. Both hearings will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in each school. Each hearing is open to the public from any Gateway town, but speakers must speak to the issue of potentially closing that school.

    On September 9, the Gateway Regional School Committee will hold a regular meeting at Blandford Elementary School on September 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to stay for the meeting.

    Those who wish to speak will sign-in and be called upon in order. Speakers will give their name and town of residence before speaking. A three-minute time period per speaker will be enforced. Everyone is encouraged to submit a written copy of their comments, which will be distributed to the School Committee, EAC and posted on the EAC website. Written testimony must include the name, town and contact information of the speaker. Oral testimony will not be posted to the website.

    If time still remains after all speakers who signed in have spoken, the floor will be opened to all attending to speak; the three-minute time limit will continue to be upheld.

    A 30-day period for additional written comments will be in place after each public hearing.

    A meeting of all town Selectboards and Finance Committee members will also be held on September 23 in the Gateway Performing Arts Center at the high school.

    The EAC will be reporting to the Gateway Regional School Committee on November 18, 2009 on their work and findings. The Gateway Regional School Committee is scheduled to vote on whether or not to close or consolidate elementary schools on December 9.

  3. Sunday & Labor Day

    Public ice skating at Smead Arena in Springfield, MA on Sunday from 2:40-4:40pm and on Monday from 11am-1pm.
    1780 Roosevelt Ave, Phone: 413-781-2599


    Public ice skating from 3-4:50pm
    Mullins Ice Rink in Amherst at UMass Phone: (413) 545-3990

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