Suggested Events 01/23/10-01/29/10

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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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Ice skating is a popular past time in Western Massachusetts in the winter. Click on the image to discover places to ice skate near you. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Click here to suggest an eventIf 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.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

  • Friday in Ashfield at Elmer’s: Southwestern-style Salmon Cakes With Sauce Remoulade and over a big Caesar Salad.  For the Vegetarians, we have a big mixed and varied salad. 628-4003
  • Saturday in Ashfield at Elmer’s: Jambalaya with shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage and crab, or vegetable Jambalaya, each with a salad. 628-4003
  • Saturday in Cummington at Remington Lodge: Chicken Theresa – Misty Knoll Farm chicken (pounded, breaded, and baked with provolone, basil, and diced tomato) served with parmesan pasta, house pickle, fresh bread with homemade butter, mixed-green salad with Cathy’s secret dressing. Dessert is semolina pudding. 21 West Main Street. Dinner served from 6 to 8pm by advance reservation only. Please call 413-634-5493. BYOB

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

On Saturday, January 30th in Williamsburg, MA, a family-friendly dance party at the Williamsburg Grange from 6-11pm. All proceeds go to the Red Cross. Neighbors supporting neighbors. Call Zevey at 268-3518 for more information. DJ and Performance by the Bad Daddies. Volunteers needed for help with set up, clean up and snacks. At the Williamsburg Grange on Route 9.

BULLETIN BOARD

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.

Maribeth and Derek at Sangha Farm in Ashfield, MA write: Sangha Farm has outgrown our current farmland & in order to meet the growing demand for our products we are looking for another piece of land to move our farm & family to by 2012. We are looking for land in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, preferably in the Ashfield, Plainfield, Hawley area. We need at least 15 acres of farmable land for crops & pasture. To find out more about Sangha Farm, please visit our website at http://www.sanghafarm.com or email us at info@sanghafarm.com.

Amy Coyne of Goshen, MA writes in response to Gateway Regional School District to Consolidate Elementary Schools: With this closing of the RH Conwell–Worthington elementary school, I know there are already a certain number of families looking elsewhere (out of district) for school. Some may consider homeschool, and others Berkshire Trail in Cummington, Kitteridge in Hinsdale–and/or New Hingham in Chesterfield.

OUTDOORSWOMEN: January 22-24 is Women’s Wellness Winter Weekend in Becket, MA.  Once again, MassWildlife’s Becoming an OutdoorsWoman Program plans to partner with the YMCA Camp Becket in the Women’s Wellness Weekend Workshop. BOW instructors have been recruited for: Winter Survival, Animal Tracking and Winter Tree Identification. This is a very enjoyable and comfortable seasonal experience. See the Camp Becket website for more details and registration. This is a Camp Becket program for adult women. Registration is through the YMCA.

OPEN HOUSE: On Friday, January 22, 2010, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, the Northampton Community Music Center invites the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder to explore the school’s Music Therapy program; offering both private and group therapy. Michael Williams-Russell, resident Music therapist, will be on hand to talk about the program and answer questions. At the open house, parents will learn how NCMC’s program initiates the relationship between their child and music and how this relationship is beneficial to the child. – Now in its 23rd year, NCMC is a not for profit organization whose mission is “to foster the love and pursuit of music with in the community through quality musical education, performances, and activities that are accessible to all.” NCMC is the only music school in Hampshire County that offers financial aid: no qualifying student has ever been denied scholarship. For more info call 585-0001 or email lindsay@ncmc.net.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Congratulations to Ellen Doyle of Williamsburg, MA and Jennifer Gottlieb of Florence, MA. Both families will receive the Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVD, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. Big thank you to everyone who participated in our giveaway. Stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

‘DOCTOR FOR A DAY’ PROGRAM ON MARCH 24: The Hampshire District Medical Society will host the annual event, which matches high school students who aspire to be doctors with a practicing physician mentor for the day. High school juniors and seniors must apply and submit two letters of recommendation; applications are available in the guidance office. The society must receive applications by February 5; guidance staff recommend completing applications no later than January 29. (413) 685-1003

SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR POSITION: The Town of Lenox, MA seeks an energetic community organizer knowledgeable in the field of energy conservation. The Coordinator will lead a series of efforts geared toward mobilizing residents to reduce their energy consumption and engaging in community discussions about our energy future. Work hours are flexible with an expectation of devoting at least 12-15 hours a week to the position for six months (February through July). A monthly stipend of $1000 is offered. Depending on future grants, the time frame may be extended. For more info, contact Gregory T Federspiel, Lenox Town Manager at 413-637-5500, or email townmanager@townoflenox.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 hilltownfamilies@gmail.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!

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

PARENTING SUPPORT PROGRAM: Program for Parents of Hyperactive Preschoolers Begins New Group Sessions in February at UMass Amherst, MA.  More info here.

SCHOOL CONTEST: Organic Trade Association launches contest for students, teachers to win organic garden or fully stocked organic vending machine.  More info here.

HOMESCHOOL SALON SERIES: Introducing the AHEM Salon Series. Come partake in lively, stimulating discussion with fellow homeschooling parents in a relaxed, friendly environment. Each month will feature a different topic. More info here.


WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

Ice skating outside at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 01/23/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – 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

MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Armed & Dangerous: Explorations of Human Culture and the Animal Kingdom opens at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA

9:30am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kids Free at OSV.  Enjoy the museum’s outdoor winter activities and warm up by one of their many fireplaces doing hands-on activities.  www.osv.org Sturbrige, MA (KIDS FREE)

1pm – FILM & PEACE WALK: At First Congregational Church there will be a showing of the film from The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, For the Next 7 Generations.  Peace walk to follow at 3pm. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.) will perform at the Community Music School. 732-8428 Springfield, MA (>$)

2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Service Community Theater presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. 259-3065 Amherst, MA ($)

5-7pm – WINTER BIRD PROGRAM: Owl Moon family program at Arcadia. this will be a night of fun and learning with a puppet show presentation of Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon. Learn about owls in MA and go on a night hike calling for owls! 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Easthampton, MA (>$)

7:30pm – SUPPORT THE REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM: Springfield Falcons VS Hartford Wolfpack.  An action packed Hockey Game on January 23rd, 2010 at 7:30 MassMutual Center Arena. Come out and meet Wally the Green Monster along with a night of action packed hockey to benefit the Regional Library System that faces deep state budget cuts! Tickets $17 $10 this game only.  Ticket order forms available at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA, or call Julia Kincade at (413) 739-3344 x 105. The offer is NOT valid at the box office.

8pm – CONCERT: Swing Caravan at Elmer’s Store.  Come celebrate Django Reinhart’s 100th birthday with gypsy jazz. Jambalya served up starting at 5pm. 628-4003 www.elmersstore.com Ashfield, MA (>$)

8-10pm – BENEFIT CONCERT: The Academy of Music presents a live concert for the Northampton Fire Victims featuring Arlo Guthrie, Primate Fiasco, The Winterpills, and special guests. Northampton, MA (Benefit)

Sunday – 01/24/10

9:30am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kids Free at OSV. Enjoy the museum’s outdoor winter activities and warm up by one of their many fireplaces doing hands-on activities. www.osv.org Sturbrige, MA (KIDS FREE)

2pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Service Community Theater presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. 259-3065 Amherst, MA ($)

2-5pm – OPEN HOUSE: The YMCA is hosting an open house with loads of fun activities, including crafts, performances, demos, food, music and games for the whole family. 584-7086 www.hrymca.org Northampton, MA (FREE)

2 Comments on “Suggested Events 01/23/10-01/29/10

  1. Saturday, January 23, 1-5 pm

    Preview party for Armed & Dangerous: The Art of the Arsenal
    Berkshire Museum Visitor Services, 413.443.7171, berkshiremuseum@gmail.com
    http://berkshiremuseum.org/calendar/index.php?ShowDate=2010/01/22&LimitType=2

    Spend Saturday afternoon at the action-packed opening of Armed & Dangerous: The Art of the Arsenal. Check out weapons and armor from across the centuries and continents. Marvel at the craftsmanship of swords, scimitars, and shields. Learn how indigenous animals the world over served as inspiration for the tools of war. Try on Samurai battle gear and knights’ helmets right next to the authentic artifacts, and hide yourself in plain sight with camouflage. During the opening party there will demonstrations of medieval and Roman weaponry; chances to wield replica weapons (under supervision); and live animals with unique offensive and defensive characteristics, including a live alligator, a hedgehog, and a skunk. And duels may break out anytime, anywhere. Schedule details are here: http://berkshiremuseum.org/calendar/index.php?ShowDate=2010/01/22&LimitType=2
    Free for Museum members and kids 3 and under; $13 for adults; $6 for children.
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    Sat, January 23rd, 9:00am – 1:30pm

    Neighbor Conservation Network Training
    Knox Trail Inn, 1898 E Otis Rd, Otis, MA

    The Neighbor Conservation Network is a no-commitment opportunity to join a group of local volunteers interested in sparking land conservation opportunities and discussions. This free training will review land conservation tools and techniques, and introduce local conservation organizations and agencies. Participation in the NCN is voluntary and self-directed. Learn how to lend a hand when friends, family and neighbors face important decisions about the future of their land. The event is free and lunch will be provided, but preregistration is required. Call the Highland Communities Initiative at 413-268-8219.

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    Wednesday, January 27th in Northampton, MA – 11am

    Toddler Time at the Forbes Library. We meet every Wednesday morning promptly at 11am. Sessions include books, songs and movement! Free program. No registration required. Location: Children’s Department Contact: Stephanie 587-1010 slevine@forbeslibrary.org

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    Wednesday, January 27th in Northampton, MA – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Parenting/Baby Group at Forbes Library
    Contact: Jen gallantjen@yahoo.com

    This group is for parents of babies born between January and June of 2009. Parents bring their babies and talk about parenting issues brought forth by the group. Group size is limited. Please contact Jen Gallant at gallantjen@yahoo.com for pre-registration.
    Location: Community Room

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    Wednesday, January 27th in Hadley, MA

    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.

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    Thursday, January 28th in Windsor, MA

    Moonlight Skiing and Poetry at Notchview
    7pm–9pm, Notchview Reservation, Windsor, MA

    This is a traditional Nordic ski event with a new twist. Join in a Renga poetry group after skiing to immortalize the evening’s experience. We’ll show you how. Bring some friends or come alone, and enjoy some cider and popcorn after the skiing. Trustees members: free. Nonmembers: adult $11, child $3. Call the Trustees of Reservations at 413-532-1631 x13 or email pvregion@ttor.org for more information.

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    Huntington Public Library Events for families in January (FREE)

    Friday, January 29th @ 6pm
    MOVIE NIGHT – Come see the movie “UP.” Rated PG. 96mins. Popcorn included.

    More info 667-3506
    Library Addres: 7 East Main St. Huntington

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    Friday January 29, 2010

    Elementary School Reading Group from 3:30 PM until 4:45 PM at the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA.
    The 3rd to 5th grade reading group will be discussing the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar. We will meet Friday, January 29th in the Community Room from 3:30 to 4:45pm. Ask at the Children’s Circulation desk or call 587-1010 to register and reserve a copy of the book. Sign up today!Location: Community Room

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