Suggested Events 02/20/10-02/26/10

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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.


Maple syrup buckets stacked and waiting for sugar season at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending


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 for details.

HERB CLASS IN HILLTOWNS: Hand-Crafted Herbalism at Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA. This is THE course in do-it-yourself herbalism. Class runs for four Sundays (March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25) from 1-5pm.  Topics includes: Kitchen Medicine; The Fine Art of Tea Making; Natural Ways to Clean Your Home; Creating Your Own Body Care Products; Lost Art of Topical Applications; Herbal Garden Planning; Herbal Entertainment; Nourishing Recipes; and more! For more information contact Tony(a) Lemos at (413) 625-6875,

Marie Westburg of Williamsburg, MA writes: Calling all residents of Williamsburg: Come to a meeting about Time Banking in Williamsburg on Sunday, February 21st at the Williamsburg Grange. A speaker from the Commonwealth Center for Change will come talk to us about The Valley TIme Trade and how we can become part of their program in burgy. Please come from 4-5pm. Doors open 3:45pm. Donations of $1 to pay for rental fee for the space are gladly accepted. For more info.about this event contact Marie Westburg at Not a resident of Williamsburg? To arrange a meeting for your community contact Jenn Ladd at,

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE: Looking for help with selecting the right Child Care in Hampshire & Franklin Co? Community Action can help.  More info here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Children’s Used Clothing Swap/Sale to Benefit Forbes Library on March 27th. Volunteers needed.  More info here.

ENERGY DAY AT WESTERN MA SCHOOL: In November, Williamstown Elementary School learned about ways that they can make a difference by saving energy in their school and at home. The day was kicked off with inspirational words about how students use energy and why saving energy is important. Students spent the remainder of the morning attending hands-on workshops focusing on energy efficiency, heat transfer and solar energy. In the afternoon they toured the school to learn about energy use and then met in their classrooms to brainstorm actions to save energy and resources. At the end of the day, students convened in the auditorium to share their ideas and recommendations. For more information about energy education in your school, contact Cynthia Grippaldi at Center for Ecological Technology: (413) 445-4556 x25.

PIE CONTEST: Judges needed for Apple Pie Contest fundraiser in the hilltowns. Come to the Chesterfield Church on 02/21 @ 1:30 to taste & vote your fav.

Concert: 02/27.  Deadline to win: 02/24WINNING FAMILIES: Congratulations to Gus Perkins of Chesterfield, MA and Amanda Verlander of Greenfield, MA! Both of these families have won a family 4-pack of tickets to see AudraRox at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA this coming Sunday at 2pm. Thank you to everyone for participating in our giveaway. – Tickets are still available to see AurdraRox at the Northampton Box office, online at, or by calling 413-586-8686. – If you did not win or have a chance to enter, no worries … there are always opportunities to win tickets, music and more on Hilltown Families. Recently we have partnered with Nonotuck Community School to offer one lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see The Primate Fiasco as they continue with the schools Winter Family Concert Series in Northampton, MA on Saturday, February 27th at 10:30am, at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. Deadline to enter to win is 02/24/10.

CAR SEATS: Wondering if your child still needs a car seat? Check out our Car Seat Safety Links for guidelines, video and more here.

HILLTOWN BIRD CLUB: Western Mass Bird Club Forming in the Hilltowns.  More info here.

AFTERSCHOOL & HOMESCHOOL CLASSES: Are you looking for an afterschool or homeschool class for your kids?  Have a class you would like to recommend to our community of families?  There is a bulletin board on Hilltown Families that has been created to both post and seek these classes:  Suggest an Afterschool or Homeschool Class.  Check out all of the great recommendations recently shared, and post one of your own.

Sangha Farm in Ashfield, MASPONSOR: Warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Sangha Farm in Ashfield.  Please visit all of our sponsors and thank them for their support of Hilltown Families. Sponsorship inquiries can email us at for details


We’ve uploaded a New Music Podcast that will air this Saturday from 9-10am. Click here to see our playlist, video and podcast. Families have several 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 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.


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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 02/20

    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

    8:30am-11pm – OLYMPICS – The Beacon Cinema is showing the 2010 Winter Olympics in high definition every night through Feb. 28.  Watch your favorite skiers, skaters, and bobsledders on the Beacon’s 40 foot screen. 358-4780 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    9:30am-12Noon – FARM ADVENTURES: Shearing Day at Little Brook Farm. RSVP 665-3802 Sunderland, MA (FREE)

    9am-4:30pm – NATURE ADVENTURES: Winter Waterfowl Theme at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Hiking, tracking, snowshoeing, and discovery of local waterfowl. 229-8600 Sheffield, MA (>$)

    10am-12Noon – PARENTING SOCIAL: “Color Play,” a program for families parenting children of color, will take place at the Forbes Library Community Room. Color Play is a monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. Come celebrate Black History month and make an African shield! 658-5096 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: Dennis Caraher and Friends will be performing a family concert at the Jones Library. Amherst, MA (FREE)

    11am – MOVIE: So You Want to be President? will be showing at the Eric Carle Museum as part of their Black History Month Film Series. 658-1100 Amherst, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    11am-3pm – WINTER CARNIVAL: Winter Carnival’s Family Day at the Controy Pavilion at Burbank Park.  Many activities for the whole family. Pittsfield, MA (>$)

    12Noon – YOUTHFILM: The Northampton Arts Council is excited to present YouthFilm, the fourth annual showcase of cinematic talent from local children and teenagers. Films directed, crafted, written and starring local children and teens. Doors open at 12PM, films run “festival style” all afternoon at the Academy of Music Theatre. Films early in the day are most appropriate for a younger audience. 587-1269 Northampton, MA (FREE for 18yo & under, >$)

    1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Battle-Ready! Discovery Program at the Berkshire Museum. Every Saturday the Museum rolls out the Battle Ready! cart for an interactive demonstration of replica weaponry from the common sling to the deadly crossbow. In Battle Ready! children can be transformed into Roman legionnaires or medieval knights while learning about the development of weapons and armor over time. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    3:30pm – THEATER: The Williston Northampton Theatre will persent, Anne of Green Gables, at the Williston Theatre. Call to RSVP. 529-3434 Easthampton, MA ($)

    5-8pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Fire & Ice at Red Gate Farm. Super special night at the farm. Warm yourself by the bonfire after sledding down the hill under the lights. There will be winter games and fun contests for children. They will also have a grill and food for dinner, so bring your appetite. Cocoa and s’mores for dessert! You can bring your own sled or borrow one of theirs! Buckland, MA (FREE)

    Sunday – 02/21

    8:30am-11pm – OLYMPICS – The Beacon Cinema is showing the 2010 Winter Olympics in high definition every night through Feb. 28.  Watch your favorite skiers, skaters, and bobsledders on the Beacon’s 40 foot screen. www.thebeaconcinema.com358-4780 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

    10am-Noon – THEATER: Register now for Barrington Stage Company’s  Spring Saturday Morning KidsAct!  Theatre instructors work with children ages 8 to 15 in two age appropriate groups. This exciting acting program provides comprehensive performance training in basic performance and improvisation techniques while also exploring the process of playwrighting.  Participants work together to write, rehearse and perform their own original play for an audience of family and friends. 499-5446 x 118 Pittsfield, MA ($$)

    9am-5pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Two for One all day at Notchview. 684-0148 Windsor, MA ($)

    1pm & 3pm – MOVIE: Miss Nelson Has a Field Day at 1pm & then Meet Jerry Pinkney at 3pm will be showing at the Eric Carle Museum as part of their Black History Month Film Series. 658-1100 Amherst, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    1-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Join the Eric Carle Museum for art activities in the back of the Art Studio.  658-1126 Amherst, MA (FREE w/admission)

    2pm – THEATER: An Afternoon in Brooklyn will be at the Academy of Music Theatre, featuring the fabled Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Young Hoofers, the incredible youth tap dancing troupe. 587-1069 Northampton, MA ($)

    2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The No Nap Happy Hour kicks off the new year with AudraRox. You’ve seen Audra on Sesame Street, Noggin, and elsewhere, and now she’s bringing her full band high-energy show to the Iron Horse (1:30 doors open). 586-8686 Northampton, MA ($)

    3-5pm – FAMILY DANCE: At First Churches.  All dances taught, live music and family friendly contra and folk dances. Northampton, MA ($)

    4pm – SPORTS: UMass men’s basketball game (vs Saint Louis) at Mullins Center. Amherst, MA ($)

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    1. Monday, February 22nd in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Breastfeeding Support Group
      Mon Feb 22 2010 12:00 PM
      COST/FEE: FREE; First Come First Serve
      Baby weight checks, product purchases, pump rentals, basic breastfeeding questions.For more information contact Paula Mattson at (413) 582-2096. Cooley Dickenson in Northampton


      Monday, February 22nd in Northampton, MA ($)

      Prenatal Yoga
      Mon Feb 22 2010 5:30 PM
      FEE: $65 for 6 sessions or $13 per class. Cash or check made out to “CDH Parent Ed”. Financial assistance is available. Arrive early and speak to instructor.Must be at least 10 weeks pregnant.Pre-registration required. Call 582-2736 and press “2″ for Yoga.Bring to class: Small pillow and either a blanket or mat. Wear comfortable clothes. Cooley Dickenson in Northampton


      Monday, February 22nd in Northampton, MA ($)

      Self-Hypnosis for Birth, Pregnancy and Beyond
      Mon Feb 22 2010 6:00 PM
      This class may be attended at any time during your pregnancy. For the greatest benefit to pregnany, we recommend that you attend it during your 2nd trimester. FEE: $110 for 3 session series. For more information or to register please call Maria Curtin-McKenna at (413) 582-2736. Cooley Dickenson in Northampton


      Wednesdays in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Jewish Family Jam

      Wednesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 26
      10:30-11:15 a.m.

      Jewish Jam is for infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Appropriate for ages 0-3. Together we will sing, drum and dance our way through the Jewish cycles and explore musical play and rituals that your family can enjoy together.

      No class on March 31st or May 19th.

      Leader: Felicia Sloin
      Cost: Free
      Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

      Wednesday-Friday in Springfield, MA ($)

      Disney On Ice presents Finding Nemo
      Wed, Feb 24, 2010 7:00 pm
      Thu, Feb 25, 2010 7:00 pm
      Fri, Feb 26, 2010 7:00 pm
      Location: MassMutual Center
      Ticket Prices: $16, $24
      Description: Join the ocean-sized adventure of the curious clownfish Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and their absent-minded yet lovable pal Dory as Disney On Ice immerses you in a vibrant aquatic world in Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Follow alongside Marlin and Dory on a daring search of the big blue. Ride the current with “super-dude” turtle Crush and make waves with Nemo’s new friends the Tank Gang as they plot an escape from the dentist’s aquarium in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun!


      Thursday, February 25th in Northampton, MA ($)

      Childbirth 101
      Thu Feb 25 2010 6:00 PM
      FEE: $50 per family (individual or couple)
      CLASS CODE: Th2
      This 4 class series takes place on Thursday nights from Feb. 18- March 11.Recommended due dates: March 25- Apr. 22. Class topics include the natural process of labor and birth and the supportive choices available to you – both naturally and medically. Relaxation skills are taught including: relaxed breathing, positions for labor, massage and other labor coping skills. Partners are a very important part of the birth experience. Class topics include ways that partners can care for the mom and themselves during the postpartum. A tour of the Childbirth Center is included.For more information or to register please call Maria Curtin-McKenna at (413) 582-2736. Cooley Dickenson in Northampton


      Thursday, February 25th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Breastfeeding Hot Topics
      Thu Feb 25 2010 6:30 PM
      FEE: Free
      For more information call (413) 582-2096. Cooley Dickenson in Northampton


      Thursday, February 25th in Amherst, MA (FREE)

      Spotted Salamanders and Amherst’s Famous Amphibian Tunnels with Ted Watt from 7-9pm
      Pre-registration required; please call 413-256-6006.
      As many of us know, the first amphibian tunnels in North America were installed on Henry Street in 1987. The history of the tunnels is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of international conservation and the interface with local species preservation efforts. Ted will speak about the history of the tunnels. He will also show images and describe the spotted salamanders’ life history and adaptations. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up on your local and natural history. All will be invited to participate in the upcoming events to maintain the tunnels and census the Henry Street salamander population.

      Friday, February 26th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      What: Concert: The Duo of Clara Cernat, violin and Thierry Huillet, piano
      When: February 26, 8 p.m.
      Where: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College, Green St., Northampton, Mass.
      Tickets: Concert is free and open to the public. Visit our performing arts Web site: or call 413.585.ARTS for more information.

      Smith College Music Department Presents the International Sensation of Clara Cernat, violin and Thierry Huillet, piano

      Romanian born violinist Clara Cernat and pianist Thierry Huillet of France each had distinguished solo careers before meeting, marrying, and launching an extraordinary new chapter as a duo. When renowned violinist Tibor Varga heard them perform together he immediately suggested that they play Ravel and Enesco in the International Festival of Sion (Switzerland) in 1991. They have been mesmerizing audiences throughout Europe, Asia and the United States ever since. American music critic Donald Rosenberg wrote of them in the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, “A couple of musicians who have learned how to merge their talents at the highest levels. … Musicians of great individualism, with charismatic personalities, who breathe together, like a single entity.” The couple will perform music for violin and piano by George Enescu, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saëns on February 26 at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is made possible by the Ernst Wallfisch Memorial Scholarship Fund.


      Friday, February 26th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      “28 FEET”: Piti Theatre Co. Brings Emotional
      Comedic Twist to Living with Chronic Illness
      Live, Laugh, Learn, Grow With This Inspiring Play;
      World Premiere at Northampton Center for the Arts, Feb. 26th

      Do you suffer from diabetes or heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or another chronic illness? If not, you probably know someone who does. 28 FEET – the new solo show from writer/performer Jonathan Mirin and the Piti Theatre Company – provides all of us with the opportunity to be highly entertained while connecting with a community of those who journey – often silently and painfully – along the lonely, rocky path of illness and incapacity.

      28 FEET comes to Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, 3rd Floor for it’s world premiere before continuing on to Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls on March 13th (as part of Piti Theatre’s SYRUP: One Sweet Arts Festival) and Boston on April 9th & 10th.


      Friday, February 26th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Elementary School Reading Group at the Forbes Library
      Contact: Sarah Karol 413-587-1010
      The 3rd to 5th grade reading group will be reading “The Door in the Wall” by Marguerite De Angeli,” a book chosen by popular demand. It is set in the 1300’s in England and should be an exciting read. We will meet Friday, February 26th in the Community Room from 3:30 to 4:45pm. Ask at the Children’s desk or call 587-1010 to register and reserve a copy of the book. Sign up today!
      Location: Community Room


      Friday, February 26th in Windsor, MA (FREE)

      Moonlight Skiing and S’mores at Notchview from 7 – 9PM
      Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child $2.
      This is a traditional Nordic ski event and a favorite at Notchview. This year we’ll offer s‘mores and a campfire. Bring the kids. Cider and popcorn, too. Please pre-register.

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