Suggested Events 01/15/10-01/22/10
Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.
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.
FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS
Sarah Stockwell of Cummington, MA writes: Please join me for a warm night of wonderful food, company and music at Bread Euphoria this Friday night 1/15 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This event is part of Winter Fare Northampton week in support of local food (sponsored by CISA). You probably know that I am passionate about local food and learning to live sustainably, and I’ll be singing about it! And ancestors, land and deepening our connections with the earth and each other. Bread Euphoria serves homemade pizza, sandwiches, salads and soups, in addition to their absolutely rockin’ cakes and pastries. They use local and organic ingredients, when in season, including sourdough crusts. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine or beer if you like. Bread Euphoria is at 206 Main St. in Haydenville, just minutes from Northampton, on Rt. 9 at the Williamsburg line. For more information about Bread Euphoria call 413-268-7757 or email email@example.com. And please mark your calendars for my annual Earth Hour Concert in Cummington, Saturday March 27 at the West Cummington Church! http://www.sarahstockwell.com
DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS:
- Here’s what they’re cookin’ up at Elmer’s in Ashfield: On Thursday it’s Sweet and Sour Pork or Sweet and Sour Tofu over fried rice. Friday dinner is Horseradish and Smoked Salmon Encrusted Atlantic Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis over vegetable and feta cous cous. The vegetarian option on Friday is Mixed Roasted Vegetables over feta, kalamata olive and cucumber cous cous. Ashfield, MA ($)
- On Saturday, the Remington Lodge in Cummington is serving up a Mexican Fiesta with guest chefs Joe Frye and Lisa Newman. Menu includes spicy pickled vegetables, chips and fresh salsa, black bean, corn, and red onion salad, chicken tortilla pie with Spanish rice and leche quemada dessert. Call to RSVP. Cummington, MA ($)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Kara Kitchen of Plainfield, MA writes: I now work at the Dalton Community Recreation Association, a great community fitness center and pool (we have sports too!). Just wanted to let you all know we are accepting sign-ups for swim session 3 (Jan.25-April 10) all levels! Classes are $60 for 10 weeks (that’s $6 per class). Call 684-0260 or stop by-we are located on Rt. 9 just before Crane/Coltsville/Pittsfield-about 15 miles from Plainfield, Cummington, and Worthington.
Tom Adams of Williamsburg, MA writes: In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new website in town that caters to “all things Williamsburg.” It’s a place for people to post events, photos & videos, ask questions, find answers, start a group, …basically meet & communicate with folks in town, etc., etc. We’d love for you to join and help spread the word. Here’s the link: http://allthingswilliamsburg.ning.com
GAME SWAP: Family Board Game Swap Now Forming. Families with games their families have out-grown are invited to participate in a family game SWAP! Email email@example.com with the names of the game(s) you have to swap and the name of the town you live in. If there is a good response the organizing will begin!
HOMESCHOOL HORSE RIDING LESSONS: Ten week horse riding program offered by Heritage Farm in Easthampton, MA for homeschoolers. Beginner level (ages 6 & up) is on Tues. from 12:30pm-2pm,beginning Feb. 6th; Intermediate level is on Wed. at same time, beginning Feb. 11th. Heritage Farm is well known for their year-round riding program which emphasizes safety, horsemanship and fun.Their home school riding program is a chance for riders to spend time riding as well as horsemanship activities. Each week’s session will be 90 minutes, with approximately 60 minutes horseback. Cost: $425 for 10 week session; $225 due February 1, $200 due March 1. Pre Payment: $400 if paid in full by February 1. For more info contact Diane at 527-1612. www.farmheritage.com
HISTORY LECTURE: Pounds, Pence, & Pistareens: The Real Story of Money in Colonial America, part of the Historic Deerfield’s Winter Lecture Series to explore Colonial Numismatics, on Sunday, January 24th at 2 p.m., White Church Community Center. Erik Goldstein, Curator of Mechanical Arts and Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will deliver the first of three lectures in the 2010 Winter Lecture Series “A Freshly Minted Democracy: Coins and Medals in Early America.” For more information on the entire 2010 Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series, please visit www.historic-deerfield.org. Free. Appropriate for high school students and older.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR KINSHIP CAREGIVERS: Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling who is raising your relative’s children? If so, you are a Kinship Care provider! A free ten-session educational and support group for Kinship Caregivers who are parenting at least one child age six or under, will begin January 27th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Berkshire Children and Families 220 Russell St. Suite 200, Hadley, MA. A meal and child care will be provided. For more information call Katarina Noyes at 413-584-5690 ext 140.
HAITI EARTHQUAKE | PARTNERS IN HEALTH: A major earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince has devastated sections of the city and knocked out telephone communications throughout the country. Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti are working to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the relief efforts taking shape, and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field. Read full article.
HAITI EARTHQUAKE | HOW TO HELP: CBS News shares a list of charities, including how to text the Red Cross and others here.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Share your talents at the River Valley Market Co-op in Northampton, MA. The Member-Owner Outreach Committee meets each month to plan fun events that help the public learn about River Valley Market and co-ops in general. Are you good with people and eager to share your talents? Come join the adventure and make your mark with Outreach! Their next meeting is Wednesday, February 10, from 7-8:30 pm. This is a great, fun way to meet people and help grow the co-op!
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
Saturday – 01/16/10
6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including 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
10am- 12Noon – PLAYGROUP GROUP | MOTHERS OF COLOR: Color Play is our new monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. (413) 658-5096 Northampton, MA (Free)
10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Animal Tracking and Wildlife Wanderings. Introduction to the art and science of tracking by learning how to read tracks and signs to tell the stories of the landscape. Beginner and novice trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings. Easy to moderate hiking. www.earthworkprograms.com 522-0338 Northampton, MA ($)
10-11:30am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Animal Tracking: An Outdoor Adventure. Join educator Rachel Roberts for a variety of hands-on science and art activities about animal tracking in winter. There will also be a brief story time with a wonderful book about animals in the wintertime and time to look at books about tracking. We will spend part of the class outdoors looking for signs of animals around Northfield Mountain and play some tracking games, so dress appropriately. For ages 5 and older. Pre-registration required. 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)
1pm – LITERARY EVENT: A book reading with Anna Kirwan from her newly published books, the retellings of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn at the Meekins Library. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
3-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come celebrate the new year with a Family Concert and Winter Carnival Benefit. Carnival activities, Fairy House Exhibit, Silent Auction, Food, and Music by award winning Pioneer Valley Artists: Dennis Caraher, Sarah Pirtle & Annie Patterson. All proceeds to benefit The Children’s Learning Cooperative of the Pioneer Valley. 262-1137 Hadley, MA ($)
Sunday – 01/17/10