Suggested Events 02/06/10-02/12/10

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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.


Ice hockey tournament on Ashfield Lake

Ice hockey tournament on Ashfield Lake in Ashfield, MA.

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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


  • Saturday in Ashfield at Elmer’s: Jim’s good old BBQ Ribs, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Mac and Cheese. 396 Main Street 628-4003
  • Saturday in Cummington at Remington Lodge: Pan-Asian Celebration with sesame pickled vegetables, fresh spring rolls with plum dipping sauce, coconut-lime soup with jasmine rice and pan-fried tofu, shrimp pad Thai with fresh bean sprouts and cilantro and lime meringue tartlets. 21 West Main Street. Dinner served from 6 to 8pm by advance reservation only. Please call 413-634-5493. BYOB


Amy & Alice of the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA writes: Dear Friends & Neighbors – Warm thanks to those of you who were able to attend the community wide co-op meeting on Sunday. Your enthusiastic participation has given us a glowing green light to take the step of forming a steering committee to move forward in our co-op explorations. Our consultants were in awe. They said, “Do you know what an amazing community you have here?” We said, “We do know!” We’re excited and energized from the meeting. We’ll have an update message to you soon.

HERBAL APPRENTICESHIP IN THE HILLTOWNS: Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA is now taking applicants for their Tuesday Apprenticeship for Beginner and Intermediate Students. This innovative program based on becoming a community herbalist by weaving experiential learning about healing herbs with seasonal rhythms and timeless elements of traditional healing. Program begins 04/20/10 from 10am-4pm and ends 02/11. Total Tuition is $1750. Options for a payment plan are available. For more information contact Tony(a) Lemos at (413) 625-6875, – Blazing Star Herbal School is located in the heart of Western Mass and is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all members of the green world and shows respect for the integrity of nature.

HILLTOWN JR OLYMPICS: The 31st annual Hilltown Junior Olympics happens in Sept in Goshen and Chesterfield is in need of a representative from the town.  If anyone is interested in volunteering or learning more, email Janet at, or give her a call at 296-4714.

CYBERBULLYING: Click HERE to download a parent handout on cyberbullying.

GIRLS & MATH: The Los Angeles Times reports: Female teachers may pass on math anxiety to girls, study finds – Girls have long embraced the stereotype that they’re not supposed to be good at math. It seems they may be getting the idea from a surprising source — their female elementary school teachers. Read more HERE. – Here’s a good article on how to help grow our daughters math confidence at www.


  • Is the Media Raising Your Kids? Landmark Kaiser Family Foundation Study Details Media Saturation
  • Transition Towns Movement: Training for Transition on Feb. 27-28 at Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA
  • Hardy Girls Healthy Women Protest American Apparel’s Best Bottom Contest
  • Crazy Talk! – “Kids’ lingerie” line features photos of young girls on a stripper pole??!!
  • Hilltown Artist & Artisans Wanted
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Launches Matching Grant Program
  • Talking to kids about fear of natural disaster
  • Lilly Library in Florence is looking for teens to join their Teen Advisory Board. For more information call Kim at 587-1500.
  • Greenfield Center School will host family fun Open House & Birds of Prey presentation on Sun 02/07
  • Custom Made Gluten-Free Cakes in Florence, MA at Cup & Top Cafe!
  • Brown Bag supplies a free monthly bag of groceries for seniors 55 & older in Western MA. 247-9738.
  • New web site launched for the Old Creamery Co-op
  • Web Recommendation: TEACHER LINGO – A place for teachers to hang out and “lingo.”
  • Check out the list of films showing as part of the Eric Carle Museum Black History Month film Series
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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 02/06/10

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

7:30am – NATURE PROGRAM: Breakfast and Winter Birds.  Meet at Ozzie’s Restaurant for breakfast and then join others in roadside birding. 655-0112 Hinsdale, MA (FREE)

9:30-11am – VALENTINE EVENT: Valentine-Making Party at the Eric Carle Museum. Pre-reg 658-1155 Amherst, MA (>$)

10-12Noon – NATURE PROGRAM: Bird banding demo at Berkshire Sanctuaries.  637-0320 Lenox, MA (>$)

10am-2pm – NATURE PROGRAM: Eagles at the Quabbin with Mass Audubon.  Meet at the Quabbin Reservior to look and learn about eagles and other wildlife. 584-3009 Quabbin Reservior

10am-2pm – VALENTINE: Valentine’s Day Card Making and Box at Michaels. Hadley, MA (>$)

10am-2pm – LOCAL FOOD: Greenfield 3rd Annual Winter Farmers’ Market at the Greenfield High School. Greenfield, MA

10am-3pm – CULTURAL EVENT: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with events and book fair sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School at Barnes & Noble. Hadley, MA (FREE)

12Noon-6pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Indoor and outdoor winter activities for children, families and adults at Winterfest 2010 Amherst, MA (>$)

12Noon-8pm – GRAND OPENING: The hilltown’s very own Bread Euphoria will be hosting thier official grand opening at the new cafe space.  Bring the family and come enjoy free cake and music. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

1pm – MUSIC:  Elizabeth Mitchell & Family will perform at the Eric Carle Museum. Amherst, MA (>$)

2-4pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Post-Ground Hog Day Celebration: Children’s Winter Adventure at Miller’s Forest Tract. Ages 6-11 532-1631 Monson, MA (Free, Donation)

2-4pm – VALENTINE: Valentine cookie demonstration Michaels.  Learn how to decorate sweet treats for V Day! Hadley, MA (>$)

2:30pm – YOGA: Free children’s yoga class at Prakasa Yoga Studio’s Open House Party. 268-7151 Goshen, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – MUSIC: The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) invites you to the first-ever STEP benefit concert, “Music of the Heart,” at Faith United Church. 734-4458 Springfield, MA ($)

6:30-10pm – FAMILY DANCE: Sweetheart Family Polka Night with Legendary Polka Band The Eddie Forman Orchestra.  Free babysitting. 665-1151 Sunderland, MA ($)

Sunday – 02/07/10

1-3pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Snowshoe Hike at Notchview. 684-0148 Windsor, MA (Free for members, $)

1pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Build snow castles.  Free hot cocoa and cookies.  At the JFK Middle School Field. Northampton, MA (FREE)

1-4pm – OPEN HOUSE & BIRDS OF PREY: The Greenfield Center School will be hosting an open house. There will be a free Birds of Prey presentation with Tom Ricardi, raptor rehabilitator from 1-2pm. See live birds, including owls, hawks, eagles and more. From 2-4pm, the open house will include several free bird activities, including nest making, bird art, dissection of owl pellets, and crafting bird feeders. All are welcomed. Refreshments served. The Greenfield Center School is located at 71 Mountague City Road. For more information call 413-773-1700 Greenfield, MA (FREE)

1-6pm – SEWING:  The Bagshare Project is hosting a Clothing Repair Clinic at the Village Congregational Church.  634-5591 Cummington, MA (FREE)

2pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Cardboard Snow Sled Derby at JFK Middle School. Northampton, MA (FREE to watch)

2-4pm – WINTER ADVENTURES: Snowshoe hike at Red Gate Farm. 625-9503 Buckland, MA (>$)

2-6pm – NATURE PROGRAM: Winter Crows with Mass Audubon.  Come learn about the American crow and join the search for a local nighttime roost congregation. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA

2pm – MUSIC: Help for Haiti concert at Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall. Benefit for Partners in Health with Tracy Kidder and Eilen Jewell, Kris Delmhorst, Rani Arbo, Jeffrey Foucault, Sweetback Sisters, Naia Kete, Erica Wheeler, Winterpills and Sonya Kitchell. 665-4036 Shelburne Falls, MA (FUNDRAISER)

3pm – MUSIC: Jerry Noble and Friends Concert–An afternoon of old favorites and warm jazz with guest artists: clarinetist Bob Sparkman; jazz violinist Kenny Butler; and bassist Genevieve Rose. 585-ARTS Northampton, MA (FREE)

3:30-5:30pm – MUSIC: The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra will have their Winter Concert at the Frontier Regional High School. 733-0636 South Deerfield, MA ($)

6:30pm – VALENTINE EVENT: Chocolate tasting at the Old Creamery. 634-5560 Cummington, MA

2 Comments on “Suggested Events 02/06/10-02/12/10

  1. 2nd Monday of the month in Cummington, MA
    February 8th

    New! – The ABC Club: Storytelling for Young Children
    Bryant Free Library (Route 9 across the street from The Creamery)
    The second Monday of every month (January 11th, February 8th, etc.)
    Parent-led and all are welcome!
    For more info, please contact Maureen Shea at 413-634-5431
    *Please note: there are no washrooms at the library, the closest are at the Creamery.

    The ABC Club: Storytelling for Young Children meets the second Monday of each month from 10-11:30am!


    Monday February 8th, in Whately, MA

    Fresh! – Movie Screening and Discussion
    @ 6:00 pm @ the Whately Library

    New thinking about what we’re eating!
    “FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.” Join us after the film for a discussion led by Margaret Christie, CISA’s Special Project Director. Visit for more information.

    Monday, February 8th in Amherst, MA

    Monday, February 8th – Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona
    UMass Amherst
    Global Arts: Performances for Schools and Home School Families
    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


    Tuesday, February 9th in Hadley, MA

    Happy Valentine’s Treat Bag Make-it Take-it Event at Michaels in Hadley, MA from 6-8pm. (>$)


    Tuesday, February 9th in Easthampton, MA

    Birds and Wildlife of Arcadia from 7-9pm. Join David McLain, naturalist and Conservation Caretaker, to learn about Arcadia’s wildlife through photos and stories. 584-3009


    Wednesday, February 10th in Ashfield, MA

    “The Earth Starts at the Sky” performance at Sanderson Academy, Feb. 10, 9am.
    Green show featuring original songs, stories, mime. Based on the album of the same name. K-6


    Wednesday, February 10, 10:30 am –

    Black History Month Film Series at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA
    Free with Museum Admission

    Please visit for full list.


    Wednesday, February 10th

    The Deedle Deedle Dees will do two free shows: one at Forbes Library at 11 am, and one at the Toy Box in
    Amherst at 1:30.

    Wednesday, February 10th in Northampton, MA

    Free screening of BRONX PRINCESS on Wednesday, February 10th at 7 p.m in the Community Room at Forbes Library. This event is a collaboration with P.O.V, the independent film series on PBS.

    BRONX PRINCESS follows headstrong 17-year-old teenager Rocky’s journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa. Filmed over the tumultuous summer between high-school and college, BRONX PRINCESS tells Rocky’s coming-of-age story. By confronting her immigrant parents’ ideas of adulthood, Rocky reconciles her African heritage with her dream of independence. Visit to read more about the film.


    Thursday, February 11th in Westhampton, MA

    Hampshire Regional Music Department will have their annual winter choral concert at 7pm at the Southampton Congregational Church (212 College Highway). More info call Rebecca at 527-7680


    Friday February 12th in Northampton, MA

    Valentine Printmaking at the Forbes Library
    3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
    Make valentines for family and friends at the Forbes!
    This program is good for all ages.
    Thumprint valentines for our younger patrons, monoprint valentines for school-aged and up.
    We provide the materials and no experience is necessary!
    Call or come in to register and hurry — space is limited!
    Location: Community Room


    Friday, February 12th in Northampton, MA

    What: Concert: 2009 Grammy Nominated Composer and Pianist Yehudi Wyner and Internationally Revered Soprano, Dominique Labelle, perform together at Smith College in a concert honoring the memory of Louise Rood (Smith College Professor Emeritus 1910-1964) When: Friday, February 12, 2010, 8 p.m. Where: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Green St., Smith College, Northampton, MA. Tickets: Concert is free and open to the public. Web site:

    Friday, February 12th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    Arts Night Out in Northampton. Take the kids to the Smith College Museum of Art for some FREE family fun from 4-6pm. For more info:

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