Suggested Events 02/20/10-02/26/10
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, 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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Not a resident of Williamsburg? To arrange a meeting for your community contact Jenn Ladd at www.commonwealthcenter.org, www.valleytimetrade.org.
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.
WINNING 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 http://www.IHEG.com, 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.
SPONSOR: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
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 ValleyFreeRadio.org 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.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
Saturday – 02/20
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.
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.com 358-4780 Pittsfield, MA (FREE)
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 mocai.org Northampton, MA (FREE)
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 www.northamptonartscouncil.org 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. www.berkshiremuseum.org 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/admission)
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! www.redgatefarm.org 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 www.barringtonstageco.org Pittsfield, 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 www.carlemuseum.org 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. www.academyofmusictheatre.com 587-1069 Northampton, MA ($)
2pm – FAMILY CONCERT: The No Nap Happy Hour kicks off the new year with AudraRox. You’ve seen Audra on Sesame Street, Noggin, and elsewhere, and now she’s bringing her full band high-energy show to the Iron Horse (1:30 doors open). 586-8686 www.audrarox.com www.iheg.com. Northampton, MA ($)