Suggested Events 11/14/09-11/20/09

Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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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, 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.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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While we are working on our Thanksgiving Podcast of the HFVS, check out our 2009: A Year in Review extended podcast which features many of our favorite new albums and songs from this past year. Families have three ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • HFVS Podcast: Listen to our most recent episodes anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!
  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio from 9-10am.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA from 9-10am.
  • BULLETIN BOARD

    • WEATHER HISTORY: If you have old kids interested in learning more about weather and the history of reporting the weather, Eric Fisher (Channel 40 Meteorologist) will be giving a presentation at the senior center in Chesterfield. The Chesterfield Historical Society has organized this for Thursday, November 19th starting at 7:30pm. Eric will be sharing not only the history of weather reporting, but also how it has changed and the science of forecasting weather. There will be a dinner beforehand starting at 6:30pm. To RSVP for the dinner, call Pete Banister at 296-4333 by 11/17. I don’t think you need to RSVP for just the presentation. The senior center is located on Route 143 in beautiful downtown Chesterfield.

      Moonlight Magic on 11/27/09 in Shelburne Falls

    • ART CLASSES: Artspace in Greenfield is offering a six-week session of art classes for children and a drawing class for teen and adults. More info here.

    • WINNING FAMILIES: Congratulations to Mindy Ramos of Southampton, MA and Stacey Mackowiak of Cummington, MA. Both families will receive a family 4-packs of free tickets to see the world-famous Moscow Ballet give a benefit performance of Great Russian Nutcracker at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA this Sunday afternoon.

    • RIVERFEST: The committee which coordinated such a well received RiverFest last June is starting to plan for RiverFest June 12 2010. The committee will be meeting at the Shelburne Falls Information Center on Bridge Street at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16. This is an excellent time for people with ideas for this coming RiverFest to make their wishes known. It is also a good place for people new to our community to get involved with a group of active people. . RiverFest is an entertaining, educational celebration of the Deerfield River and all that it means to us. The theme this year is “The Power of Water”. For more information contact coordinator, Polly Bartlett at 413.625.6628

    Gorge apres Gorge 11/29/09 in West Chesterfield

    • BOOK REVIEW & DISCUSSION: Leslea Newman, author of The Reluctant Daughter, will join the Odyssey‘s Open Fiction Bookgroup in South Hadley on November 16th. A story every daughter will recognize, The Reluctant Daughter depicts the struggles of Lydia Pinkowitz to communicate the realities of her life as a lesbian, as a feminist scholar, and as the woman she has become to her mother Doris. After years of hoping to attain her mother’s love and acceptance while struggling to live a true and honest life, Lydia eventually acknowledges her mother will never really see her. When Doris develops a life-threatening illness, Lydia is forced to make a life-and-death decision of her own: should she make one final attempt to heal her relationship with her mother or simply let her go? – On Monday, November 16th, Newman will join the Odyssey’s Open Fiction Bookgroup at 6:00 p.m. Discussion is open to all who have read the book. Reading and signing will take place after the book group discussion at 7:00 p.m.

    • SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events. Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

    Suggest an Event | Local Forecast | School Closings and Delays | Free Museum Passes | Family Centers (Ages 0-4)

    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    SATURDAY – 11/14/09

    Winter Fair 12/05/09 in Haydenville

    • 9-11:30am – ADULT CLASS | CPR: CPR for Family and Friends. This class could be the most important you ever take. Learn CPR for infants, children, and adults. Designed for people with no experience. No test/certification. At the Gateway Family Center. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center at 238-5511 x 155 to register and for child care assistance. Enrollment is limited. Huntington, MA (FREE)

    • 10am-1pm – SKI SALE: Berkshire Trails Nordic Ski Sale at the Notchview Reservation Visitor Center. Outfit the family with good used ski equipment or find a bargain for yourself. Consignments accepted. Sponsored by Berkshire Trails Nordic Ski Club. Call the Trustees of Reservations at 413-532-1631 x13 or email pvregion@ttor.org for more information. Windsor, MA

    • 1:30pm – MUSIC | KIDS CONCERT: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.) will perform in “The Big Room” at the Common School. Doors open at 1:00pm. Amherst, MA (FUNDRAISER)

    • 1pm & 4pm – HOLIDAY EVENT | CONCERT: Concert by the Von Trapps at Yankee Candle. Meet the Von Trapp Children, the great grandchildren of Captain and Maria Von Trapp from the Sound of Music. A true holiday tradition. (877) 636-7707 South Deerfield, MA (FREE)

    • 1-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | GEOCACHING: Introduction to Geocaching at Peak Mountain. Learn what geocaching is all about and explore Peaked Mountain in a new way. This worldwide pastime is an outdoor hide-and-seek hunt where people use GPS receivers to hunt for a hidden container or cache, and then log the discovery. Please bring a GPS unit if you have one. Meet at the Peaked Mountain parking lot. 413-532-1631 x13, pvregion@ttor.org Monson, MA (Members FREE, Non-Members: >$)

    SUNDAY – 11/15/09

    • 6:30pm – AUDITIONS | THEATRE: Arena Civic Theatre will hold auditions for its April/May production of To Kill a Mockingbird to be performed at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts at the Jones Library, Amherst, Ma. 6:30-8:30 (enter by rear garden door). Wednesday November 18 at the Shea Theater, Turners Falls, Ma. 7:00-9:00 pm and Thursday November 19, at the Jones Library, Amherst, Ma 7-00-9:00pm Roles for 1 girl age 9-12, 2 boys age 9-14, adult men and women all ages and roles for African American actors and actresses and gospel singers. For more information call director Sondra Radosh 413-549-1511 or email smradosh@yahoo.com Amherst, MA

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    1. November 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      Tuesday

      From 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
      Young Peoples Performing Arts:
      A Beautiful Future

      The Center’s 2009-2010 Young People’s Performing Arts (YPPA) series continues with an appearance by “A Beautiful Future” band. This interactive, multicultural music program is designed for children of all ages but those in the 2-5-year-old set find it especially engaging. With joyful songs and games, movement and laughter, “A Beautiful Future” guides the audience on a lively musical journey around the world. Child-friendly.

      Tickets: Free for children/$5 suggested donation for adults

      Northampton Center for the Arts
      email: ncfa@nohoarts.org
      phone: 413.584.7327
      web: http://www.nohoarts.org
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      Tuesday

      Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA
      Mornings on the Farm
      October 27 – November 17
      10:00am – 11:30am
      Come to the farm and see all of the seasonal changes that are taking place. Will the sheep be hunkered down in the barn, or will they be enjoying the foliage near their pasture? When will our youngest chickens lay their first eggs? How thick will the oxen’s winter coat become? What yummy treats await us in the fall garden? And how, exactly, do you put a garden to bed? Join us as we spend four fun filled mornings together exploring the answers to these questions, participate in fun, hands-on activities, and meet the animals!

      If you are an inquisitive youngster between the ages of 0 to 4 years old, grab your favorite adult and come on down to Red Gate Farm! The program runs every Tuesday morning through the fall. Sign up for either (or both) of our four week sessions this fall.

      Please call the Farm Office to register. Register for a four week session • $20/adult, $10/child, babies under 6 months are free

      Red Gate Farm Office (413) 625-9503
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      Tuesday

      UMass Amherst
      Global Arts: Performances for Schools and Home School Families

      Chinese Theater Works: Tiger Tales
      Traditional Chinese Shadow Puppets tell the tale of a wise old rabbit, her grand-daughter and Tiger’s rise-and ultimate fall- from power.
      Grades 2-7

      All performances start at 10AM and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted*
      Tickets: $6 student; $8 adult
      Please call 413-545-2116 for tickets and information
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      Wednesday

      It’s coming soon… The 2nd Annual Geography Expo !!
      This FREE event will be held on Wednesday November 18th from 6-8PM in the Gym at the Old Plain School (now the Town Offices) in Stockbridge, MA. This event is sponsored by the Stockbridge Library and the BCHC Berkshire County Homeschool Community. All are welcome!!
      More info here:
      http://hilltownfamilies.wordpress.com/suggest-an-event-or-group-activity/afterschool/#comment-24127
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      Wednesday & Thursday

      Arena Civic Theatre will hold auditions for its April/May production of To Kill a Mockingbird to be performed at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Auditions are- Sunday November 15 at Jones Library, Amherst, Ma. 6:30-8:30 (enter by rear garden door). Wednesday November 18 at the Shea Theater, Turners Falls, Ma. 7:00-9:00 pm and Thursday November 19, at the Jones Library, Amherst, Ma 7-00-9:00pm Roles for 1 girl age 9-12, 2 boys age 9-14, adult men and women all ages and roles for African American actors and actresses and gospel singers. For more information call director Sondra Radosh 413-549-1511 or email smradosh@yahoo.com
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      Thursday

      “Friends Indeed: How to Help During a Serious Illness”
      Helene Powers
      Meekins Library, Williamsburg
      Thursday, Nov. 19th, 7 PM
      She will be reading from a short booklet she has put together that is part memoir and part resource guide. For more info. about her and the booklet you can check out http://www.helenepowers.com .
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      Thursday

      What: Fall Faculty Dance Concert at Smith College Features Guest Artist David Dorfman and Mark Morris’ Gloria with the Smith College Orchestra and Chamber Singers
      When: November 19-21, 8 p.m.
      Where: Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College, Green St., Northampton, Mass. Tickets: $9 general public, $5 students/seniors. Tel. 413.585.ARTS (2787). Email: boxoffice@smith.edu
      Web Site: http://www.smith.edu/smitharts

      Smith College Dance and Music Departments Join in Presenting Mark Morris’ Seminal Work, Gloria for the Fall Faculty Dance Concert

      In addition to featuring original works by Smith Dance faculty Susan Waltner and Rodger Blum, a concert highlight will be a dance by guest choreographer, David Dorfman, artistic director of David Dorfman Dance and the William Meredith Professor of Dance and Chair at Connecticut College. Closing the evening will be Mark Morris’ celebrated Gloria. A masterwork from a master American choreographer, Gloria has been called a “choreographic praise to the heavens.” Jonathan Hirsh will conduct the Smith College Orchestra and Chamber Singers in the lush Vivaldi score.

      Tickets for the three performances are in high demand; early purchase is recommended. Call or email the box office. Tel. 413.585.ARTS (2787). Email:boxoffice@smith.edu
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      Thursday

      If you have older kids interested in learning more about weather and the history of reporting the weather, Eric Fisher (Channel 40 Meteorologist) will be giving a presentation at the senior center in Chesterfield. The Chesterfield Historical Society has organized this for Thursday, November 19th starting at 7:30pm. Eric will be sharing not only the history of weather reporting, but also how it has changed and the science of forecasting weather.

      There will be a dinner beforehand starting at 6:30pm. To RSVP for the dinner, call Pete Banister at 296-4333 by 11/17. I don’t think you need to RSVP for just the presentation.

      The senior center is located on Route 143 in beautiful downtown Chesterfield.
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      Friday

      Tamarack Hollow cultural and environmental educational programs will present a photo show about the native and non-native flora, wildlife and ecology of the Berkshire Highland region on Friday November 20th from 6:30-8:30PM at the Trustees of Reservations Notchview property in Windsor, Ma. Naturalist, educator and nature photographer Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow educational programs will present and interpret her own images of the native fauna and flora of the Berkshires, Highland and Valley regions as well as an invasive species power point provided by the Trustees of Reservations to encourage proper management of these species in your own backyard. Native nature photos will be available for sale in mattes, frames and greeting cards. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Notchview. Program supported by a grant from the Windsor Cultural Council in conjunction with Tamarack Hollow & WMECO. Free for Trustees members and Windsor residents, small fee for all others. Program will be held at the Notchview Budd Visitor’s Center off route 9. For directions to Notchview visit http://www.thetrustees.org. or email naturalist aimee@gaiaroots.com. Tamarack Hollow is dedicated to “Inspiring environmental & cultural awareness, appreciation & stewardship”. For more information and to learn about additional programs, visit http://www.tamarackhollow.com.
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      Friday

      Enchanted Arts for All presents
      The Hill Billies Lovin’& Cookin’ Revival!

      ~ A fun-filled musical comedy about lovin’ and cookin’ with tasty morsels and strange love
      potions that Granny dares the whole family to try! ~

      Friday Nov. 20, 2009 6 – 8 pm Come one and all for popcorn and punch
      and enjoy the show! $10 admission Adults, $3 for children, Family Special $19.99
      Guaranteed entertainment to a high degree!

      For Information Call Eve Christoph at (413) 625 – 8275

      Location: Enchanted Arts for All Studio, 679 Route 2, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

      Directions: Take Route 2 west six miles from the Greenfield Rotary at I 91. Pass the white
      church with the spire, go over the crest of the next hill, Enchanted Arts is next on the left, in the
      Palmeri Electric building. From Shelburne Fall town, take Route 2 east two miles; pass the Quilt
      shop and the school bus yard, the next building on the right is 679 Route 2.

    2. November 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      Wendy Long, Editor of Breaking News From Gateway writes:

      Good afternoon:

      By now, many of you are already aware that the Gateway complex (Middle School, Jr. High School and High School building) received a bomb threat last night. State and local police began searching the building last night; faculty and staff assisted this morning, while students were assembled in areas that had already been cleared. Every room and locker was searched. No devices were found.

      Students were released to classrooms for their regular school day just after 8 a.m. this morning.

      State and local police are conducting an investigation into the threat. Anyone who hears of any information related to this incident is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police (Russell Barracks) at 862-3312 or the Gateway District Safety Line (685-1050).


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