Suggested Events 12/12/09-12/18/09

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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.

FRIDAY IN THE HILLTOWNS

5pm in ASHFIELD: Chocolate Doodle Doo! with Chocolate Chef Alan Crofut.

BULLETIN BOARD

  • Tanya Rapinchuk of Worthington, MA writes: Please come to the Cummington Community House Saturday December 12th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM to see Zephyr Rapinchuk’s photo show.  Zephyr is a 17 year old local boy who has taken and developed some excellent pictures and would love for you all to come and see them.  There will be live music, drinks and snacks and plenty of photography and fun to be had.  Contact Zephyr at 413-238-5595 for more information. Thank You!
  • Sarah Proechel  of Pittsfield, MA writes: This month we are hosting a special birth circle for dads! A few moms have requested it so here is your chance! Moms are always welcome just as dads are always welcome but this time the focus will be on the men. This will be your time to talk to each other, tell your good birth stories if you have them and hear from other dads about their experiences with birth. I hope some of you can make it. More info here.
  • Ellen Doyle of Williamsburg, MA writes: If you’re like a lot of folks who believe cold cereal topped with reduced-fat milk is a great way to start your day, you might want to think again! Even a breakfast of “healthy” boxed cereals might not be good for you. Read more here.
  • Maureen Shea of Cummington, MA writes: New ABC Club: Storytelling for Young Children, at the Bryant Free Library in Cummington from 10-11:30am on the first second Monday of every month.  Parent-led and all are welcome.  Call for more info: 634-5431.
  • PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE: Monday, December 14, 2009 5:00 pm at the Chesterfield Town Offices (Davenport School Building) at 422 Main Road in Chesterfield, MA. – At this public hearing you will have the opportunity to discuss projects and services proposed for an FY10 regional CDBG funding application for the towns of Chesterfield, Goshen, Westhampton and Williamsburg. The Town of Chesterfield will also review implementation of the FY08 and FY09 Northern Hilltowns regional CDBG grants that also include the towns of Cummington, Plainfield, and Worthington.
  • DON’T BE A VICTIM OF PHISHING SWINE FLU SCAM: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control both responding to a phishing (fraudulent email) scam currently taking place regarding H1N1, or swine flu. The email claims that users must create a personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. “The CDC has NOT implemented a vaccination program requiring registration on www.cdc.gov/”, their website reports. Click here for more information on this and other health-related hoaxes and rumors. By the way, the individual who first reported this to DPH was Worthington’s Diane Brenner (Board of Health) who has been a key member of our pandemic planning group!
  • R. H. CONWELL FOOD DRIVE: Students at R. H. Conwell Elementary are collecting food for the Gateway Hilltown Food Pantry, as part of a larger community effort to collect 1000 food items for the pantry. These donations help local families who are currently struggling to provide adequate food to their children. Please be as generous as possible. The food drive will run from November 23 to December 21. Items may be brought to the school
  • FIELD TRIP: Germs: A Detective Story, part of Harvard University’s 2009 Holiday Science Lecture this Saturday in Cambridge, MA.  Recommended for ages 7 & up. Free and open to the public.  More info here.
  • RECYCLING: Free Garbage Audits are being offered by GREEN Northampton. Click here for more info.
  • HILLTOWN CHILD CARE: The Davenport Child Care in Chesterfield, MA has expanded.  More info here.
  • MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free sketch pads are being offered at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.  The Clark encourages visitors to pick up a free sketch pad upon arrival and head into the galleries to draw, taking inspiration from the Clark’s extraordinary collection.  More info here.
  • YOUTH FILM SHOWCASE: The Northampton Arts Council is excited to present YouthFilm, the fourth annual showcase of cinematic talent from local children and teenagers.  Click here for more info.
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Interested in helping with the planning of RiverFest 2010 in Shelburne Falls, MA?  Call Polly at 413.625.6628.
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Christmas Bird Count begins on Monday, December 12th.  Read more here.
  • CHALLENGE GRANT FOR HILLTOWNS: $100,000+ Challenge Grant Available to Fund Emergency Aid for Berkshire Hilltown Residents. Deadline: December 21st, 2009.  More info here.
  • SURVEY: Hilltown Housing Needs Survey: Voice your opinions by Jan. 15th.  More info here.
  • CONGRATULATIONS: to Andrea Chesnes of Greenfield, MA and Bill Solomon of Stoneham/New Salem, MA! – Both families have come a copy of Maestro Classics’ The Tortoise and the Hare with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the 8th in its award-winning Stories and Music CD series for narrator and symphony orchestra.
  • 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

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

SATURDAY – 12/12/09

HAPPY CHANUKAH!

Hilltown Family Variety Show

6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, incuding the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

9am-3pm – FOOD | WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmer’s Market at the Dynamite Space at Thornes Marketplace. From honey to hamburger, kale to apples, you’ll have access to the best in local produce, brought to you by the best in local farmers. Plus, live music, art, and a warm space to get out of the cold and into the community. Northampton, MA

9:30-11:30am – FARM ADVENTURES: Family Farm Day at Red Gate Farm.  (413) 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA ($)

10am – FOOD DRIVE | CHRISTMAS MOVIE: Showcase Cinemas is having a food drive. Bring in a canned good and get in free to see Home Alone. 733-5134 West Springfield, MA (DONATION OF FOOD)

10am-12Noon – PARENTING CLASS: Baby Sign Language classes for parents and their babies offered at the Gateway Family Center. (413) 238-5511 x155  Huntington, MA (FREE)

10am-12Noon – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Off-Trail Tracking and Snow Searching at Peaked Mountain. Join renowned local naturalist Kevin Kopchynski for an all-ages outing of winter exploration.  (413) 532-1631 x13 www.ttor.org Monson, MA (FREE FOR MEMBERS, $)

10am-12Noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Start with Art, a series for preschoolers and their parents, happens at the Clark.  (413) 458-2303 www.clarkart.edu Williamstown, MA (FREE)

10am-4pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Food drive at the River Valley Co-Op. www.rivervalleymarket.coop Northampton, MA (Food Donation)

1-3pm & 3-5pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT |CRAFT WORKSHOPS: ArtStar is offering two family holiday workshops in the hilltowns: Quick & Easy Gingerbread House and Felt Ornament Workshop. (413) 896-3709 www.artstarlounge.com Williamsburg, MA ($)

1pm & 4:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music Theatre. (413) 527-6363 www.pioneervalleyballert.org Northampton, MA ($)

1-5pm – MUSUEM ADVENTURES | FAMILY DAY: Enjoy the sights and sounds at the Berkshire Museum, including: Blafield Children’s Chorus, gingerbread cookies, Festival of Trees, and more. www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA ($)

4pm – KIDS CONCERT: Marcy Gregoire perfoms at Thornes Marketplace. Northampton, MA (Free)

4pm – CONCERT: Voces Feminae, directed by Catherine Bell, presents a concert of French music, works to include those by Léonin, Pérotin, Jannequin and Clérambault at Sweeney Concert Hall at Sage Hall on the Campus of Smith College. (413) 538-2079 www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/earlymusic Northampton, MA (FREE)

4-8pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | SANTA: Santa’s Workshop at the Garden House. Hayrides too. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (FREE. Hayrides >$)

4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Twelve Nights of Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Dec. 3-6; 10-13; &. 17-20.  Stroll our candlelit Village, enjoy sleigh rides (snow permitting), meet Santa and Father Christmas. 1-800-SEE-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

6pm – COMMUNITY POTLUCK: All Blandford neighbors are invited to bring a dish to share and to join together for a community potluck at the Historical Society. (413) 374-9106 Blandford, MA (FREE)

7pm – SOLSTICE EVENT: Open Yule Celebration with EarthSpirit at the North East American School of Dance.  Family event. www.earthspirit.com Northampton, MA ($)

7:30pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: Music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away will be happening at the Shea Theater for the Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration.  (413) 665-3206, (413) 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

7:30pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: Greenfield Harmony and Zora Quartet Holiday Concert will be at the All Souls Unitarian Church. Greenfield, MA ($)

SUNDAY – 12/13/09

10am-3pm – FLEA MARKET: Give “green” and find a treasure to gift for the holidays at the monthly Flywheel Flea Market at the Flywheel Arts Space. Easthampton, MA

12:30-2pm – HOLIDAY EVENT | CONCERT: The multigenerational group, Step Suzuki Strings, will perform international holiday music at the Festival of Trees in the Second Floor Meeting Room (across from the cafes at Tower Square in downtown). (413) 734-4458 www.suzukitalented.com Springfield, MA

1pm & 4:30pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | BALLET: Pioneer Valley Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music Theatre. (413) 527-6363 www.pioneervalleyballert.org Northampton, MA ($)

2pm – WINTER CELEBRATION: Music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away will be happening at the Shea Theater for the Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration.  (413) 665-3206, (413) 863-2281 www.welcomeyule.org Turners Falls, MA ($)

2-4pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | CRAFT WORKSHOP: ArtStar is offering a family holiday workshops in the hilltowns: Heirloom Family Ornaments Workshop. (413) 896-3709 www.artstarlounge.com Williamsburg, MA ($)

3-5pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | STORY: A community reading of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol at the Meekins Library.  Food & hot bev.  (413) 268-7472 www.meekins-library.org Williamsburg, MA (Food Donation)

4-8pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | SANTA: Santa’s Workshop at the Garden House. Hayrides too. www.lookpark.org Florence, MA (FREE. Hayrides >$)

4-9pm – CHRISTMAS EVENT | MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Twelve Nights of Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. Dec. 3-6; 10-13; &. 17-20.  Stroll our candlelit Village, enjoy sleigh rides (snow permitting), meet Santa and Father Christmas. 1-800-SEE-1830 www.osv.org Sturbridge, MA ($)

7pm – HOLIDAY CONCERT: Winterbloom performs holiday traditions rearranged at IMA’s Big Barn. (413) 268-3074 www.ima.org Goshen, MA ($)

7:30pm – CONCERT: Celtic Concert at the Ashfield Community Hall (the old Grange). Ashfield, MA ($)

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  1. SATURDAY

    Easthampton Art Walk – The weather outside is frightful, but the Art Walk remains delightful. There’s new things to see and parking is available at each venue. Don’t let a little snow keep you from seeing something wonderful on Saturday, December 12 from 5-8 PM. Look for the large yellow Art Walk banners outside each location or print your guide from http://www.ArtWalkeasthampton.org for more information.

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    SATURDAY & SUNDAY

    The Nutcracker @ The Colonial Theatre
    It’s that wonderful time of year again! The Albany Berkshire Ballet’s Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, is without a doubt ballet’s most beloved family tradition. Set in the late 1800’s, the ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve. With choreography by Albany Berkshire Ballet’s founder, Madeline Cantarella Culpo, the professional company is joined by local area children from throughout the Northeast.

    Saturday, December 12 at 3pm & 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 and 4:30 pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South St | 997-4444 | $34/$27 /$22

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    SATURDAY & SUNDAY

    Gingerbread House Decorating Party @ Dottie’s
    Dottie’s Coffee Lounge is once again hosting this wonderful holiday event. Bring up to 3 people together decorate a gingerbread house to take home and treasure. For $25 you’ll be provided with a pre-assembled gingerbread house on a white circular cardboard base with as much royal icing in all different colors as you need to create your masterpiece, plus a variety of other decorations, including pretzels, candies of all shapes sizes and colors, a variety of cereals, spiral and colored uncooked pastas, mini candy canes, coconut, and much more! Feel free to bring your own special accessories as well! They are also offering take-home kits: call for details.

    Saturday & Sunday, December 12-13 | 2pm-6pm | Dottie’s Coffee Lounge | 444 North St | 443-1792 Reservations required| $25 per house

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    MONDAY

    In Ashfield – Ongoing yoga classes are offered at the Belding Memorial Library Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The use of props enables students of all ages and physical capabilities to access the benefits of yoga practice, which include increased strength and flexibility, stress reduction and improved overall health.

    Please go to http://www.ashfieldyoga.com for class and schedule information, email miriamzoll@mac.com or call 413-268-3053 for more information.

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    TUESDAY

    December 15th, after school – Danny Adlerman & Yosi – Danny and Yosi (along with Kevin Kammeraad) have a great holiday record, “And a Happy New Year,” and will be playing a free holiday show at Cup & Top Cafe

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    TUESDAY

    Cricket on the Hearth at The Hartsbrook School in Hadley.

    The Cricket on the Hearth Program creates a place for children to play and form relationships in an environment that also fosters support and inspiration for parents.

    Parent Toddler/Parent Infant Programs, 9-11:30 am, Monday through Friday
    The fall session is 12-14 classes beginning the week of September 14. Parent/ Infant Class is available on Tuesday mornings beginning September 15 from 9:30-11am. Please go to http://www.hartsbrook.org for more information or to register for Cricket, or call 413-584-3198.

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    WEDNESDAY

    Sarah Proechel writes: This month we are hosting a special birth circle for dads! A few moms have requested it so here is your chance! Moms are always welcome just as dads are always welcome but this time the focus will be on the men. This will be your time to talk to each other, tell your good birth stories if you have them and hear from other dads about their experiences with birth. I hope some of you can make it.
    When: WED. Dec 16th from 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Chapters bookstore, 78 north street in Pittsfield, MA
    Who: Sarah Proechel is the organizer. I can be reached at sarah@berkshirefamilymidwifery.com or at 518-672-4576, or my cell: 518-610-2931
    please note: The time for the birth cirlce has changed for the winter hours: it is now 6-8 p.m.
    *If you want to be taken off this email list, please let me know.*
    Sarah Proechel, CPM
    http://www.berkshirefamilymidwifery.com

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    WEDNESDAY

    Join the Forbes Library for a screening of a classic animated silent film, with original soundtrack composed and recorded by Northampton musician Rahul Roy.

    DATE: Wednesday, December 16
    TIME: 7 PM
    LOCATION: Forbes Library Community Room
    MORE: Popcorn and cookies provided by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum
    The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a 1926 feature-length animated film by the German animator Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and it features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera. The technique she uses for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets (though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action).

    The story is based on the elements taken from the collection 1001 Arabian Nights, specifically The Story of Prince Achmed and the Fairy Paribanu featured in Andrew Lang’s The Blue Fairy Book. With the assistance of Aladdin, the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, and a magic horse, the title character battles the evil sorcerer to win the hand of Princess Pari Banu.

    Forbes Library | 20 West Street | Northampton | (413) 587-1013
    http://www.forbeslibrary.org

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    WEDNESDAY

    cookies with Santa Claus from 4-8pm in Santa’s Workshop at Look Park in Florence, MA. See winter wonderland light display, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies too. (413) 584-5457 http://www.lookpark.org

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    THURSDAY

    December 17th, 4:00 – Roger Tincknell – local legendary kids’ musician will play a free show at Thornes Marketplace

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    THURSDAY

    Third Thursday of the Month
    December 17th in Hadley, MA

    Adoptive Parents Support Group in Hadley

    Adoption Journeys currently has openings in our monthly support group for adoptive parents. This group is FREE, and facilitate by professional staff from Adoption Journeys. We welcome all adoptive families, with children of any age, looking for connection and support. We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm in Hadley.

    Please contact Adoption Journeys for information on participating:
    413-320-4680 or mrcolt@cfservices.org.

    Free for anyone who qualifies for Adoption Journeys services – that would mean all families formed through adoption or permanent guardianship

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    THURSDAY & FRIDAY

    Time: December 17, 2009 at 8pm to December 20, 2009 at 2pm
    Location: Academy of Music, Northampton, MA

    Event Description:
    Don’t miss A Christmas Carol, starring Emmy Award Winner Michael Haley as Scrooge featuring music by the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus. Said director/producer Linda McInerney, We are thrilled to offer this whimsical and very, Valley Christmas Carol. We feel Dickens message bears repeating, especially when so many among us are in need. A Christmas Carol is not a story of religious traditions but of humanity. It is about community, and is produced in a way that celebrates our own unique and lively sense of community. People are looking for meaning and connection, especially at the holidays, and this is the perfect event to create that sense. It’s one of those shows that make you feel more human. And you will see lots of familiar faces on stage, even our own Clare Higgins. We have established A Christmas Carol as an annual ritual celebrating our interconnectedness within our beautiful Valley. This is a Christmas Carol like no other, with sets featuring a hand-painted 40′ by 30′ theatrical drop by acclaimed local artist Amy Johnquest as a kind of portrait our hometown. And I don’t want to give anything away but there will be magic happening on the stage of the Academy that hasn’t happened since Houdini disappeared there back at the turn of the last century!

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    FRIDAY

    December 18th, 4:00 – Keith Munslow – the pride of Rhode Island, Keith brings his music and storytelling to Thornes – free!

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    FRIDAY

    In Bratleboro, VT, catch the Flying Nut Holiday Circus performed by the New England Center for Circus Arts. (802) 254-9780

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    FRIDAY

    Nighttime at Noble View : Officially, winter is just a few days away (December 21). Join Tom and Nancy Condon on Friday, Dec 18 for a pleasant leisurely nighttime walk along the road to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Noble View cabin. Along the way, learn how to call for owls. They will not be nesting until next month, but it is worth a try. We will be alert for other nighttime creatures like porcupine or flying squirrels. Our destination will be the stunning view down into Westfield, where we’ll enjoy a little star-gazing (if the weather permits) and some hot chocolate and goodies at the picnic table. Bring along a mug and flashlight. Dress for the weather. Although this hike is free, a donation to help preserve this beautiful piece of AMC property is suggested. Meet at the Noble View parking area off South Quarter Rd. in Russell at 7:00 p.m. and plan on being back by about 9 p.m. Please call 413-564-0895 to register. Heavy rain or heavy snow cancels; light snow would be a delight.

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