Suggested Events 02/27/10-03/05/10
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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.
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
DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS
- Thursday & Friday in Ashfield at Elmer’s: (Thurs.) Chicken enchiladas or cheese enchiladas, both with refried beans and rice; (Fri.) Seafood Pasta with shrimp, mussels, scallops, calamari, Haddock in a tomato Basil Sauce over Linguini, or Pasta Primavera. 396 Main Street. Take out or FREE DELIVERY! 628-4003
- Saturday in Cummington at Remington Lodge: Polska Kielbasa with fresh bread & homemade butter, mixed green salad with Cathy’s secret dressing, potato and cheese pierogies, Holiday Brook Farm kielbasa with homemade whole-grain mustard and fresh sauerkraut, and chocolate babka for dessert. 21 West Main Street. Dinner served from 6 to 8pm by advance reservation only. Please call 413-634-5493. BYOB
FAMILY CONTRA DANCE WITH WILD ASPARAGUS: On Sunday, February 28th, from 2:30-5:30pm, bring the family to the Guiding Star Grange (401 Chapman Street) in Greenfield, home to some of the best contra musicians in the country, for contras, squares & singing! Are you wondering what Contra dancing is? Contra dancing is New England Folk Dancing with lines and reels, and a caller of course! Fiddles, guitars, keyboards, base, bombarde and singing. What’s a bombarde? You’ll have to come and find out. – A family dance is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to learn. $8 adults, $6 students & seniors, $4 kids, under 5 free All proceeds benefit the Greenfield Center School. For more information please call the Center School at 773-1700.
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COMMUNITY MEETING: On Saturday, February 27th at 10am, parents of R.H Conwell Students are invited to learn more about an option to start a Community Education Center in the town of Worthington, MA this fall. A group of parents and town members will be hosting a meeting to discuss their goal to provide a local, community directed educational experience for Worthington area elementary students (preschool-6th) at the town hall. Worthington, MA. More info here.
ECO-THINKING: Training for Transition, a 2-day course happens this weekend at the Woolman Hill Retreat Center in Deerfield, MA. More info here.
JELLY!: Have you guys heard about Jelly? Jelly is a casual event where independents & creatives come together to co-work, offering a space with a table, some chairs, and WiFi/ethernet access. You bring your coffee, your laptop (or whatever you need to work) and a friendly disposition. Together, get work done, bounce ideas off each other and have interesting conversations. Like an office, without the politics. Beginning Monday, March 1st from 1-5pm, Jelly comes to Northampton at the C3 space in Thornes Market. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about Jelly at www.workatjelly.com.
GARDENING: The West County Resilience Conversation presents Grow More and Mow Less: A Free Mini Gardening Workshop at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center on March 2nd from 7-9pm. Emma Stamas will lead a discussion designed to help you expand your garden, share seeds, plants, and ideas, and enable you to save money and energy by growing more and mowing less this year. Emma has been growing garden vegetables for 50 years and would love to share your ideas and questions and discuss the many ways we can lengthen the garden season, cut down on work, increase productivity, and enjoy gardening more. Bring your questions and ideas and extra seeds to this mini workshop about vegetable gardening. For more information call Emma at: (413) 624-3240
YOUTH CONFERENCE: On March 5th from 8am-2pm, the Community Coalition for Teens (CCT) will host the 19th annual CCT Youth Conference at Pioneer Valley Regional Schoo in Northfield, MA. Twelve different morning and afternoon workshops for youth and adult participants. This year’s theme, “Your Future, Your Choice,” has inspired workshops based on self improvement, healthy choices, and community growth. Workshop themes include healthy eating, tips for job seekers, GLBTQ education and support. Youth Programs participants are leading the “Get a Job, Keep a Job”, “GLBTQ – What the Community Faces”, and “Get off the Dollar Menu” workshops This event is sponsored by CCT and is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
MUSIC DEMO: The Northampton Community Music Center would like to invite you to a free demonstration workshop for children ages 7-12 years old on Wednesday, March 10th, at 4:30pm. (cancelled) The workshop will be held at the music center and will last about an hour. The workshop will be presented by Ricardo Frota. Frota, a native to Brazil, is a musician, music educator, violinist, percussionist, performer, improviser, and a graduate from the New England Conservatory. He has performed throughout Europe, the US, and the South Americas, and is now joining us here at NCMC to demonstrate the use of traditional and invented rhythm instruments by using recycled and naturally found materials to create new dimensions of sound making. For more info call 585-0001
TEACHING KIDS ABOUT THE CENSUS: The Census bureau has developed an instructional web site about the 2010 Census for schools, families and children. These materials are designed to sharpen kids skills in critical thinking, reading comprehension, history, math, geography, and data and map analysis. As the 2010 Census questionnaire arrives at YOUR home, discuss the importance of completing and returning this document. It is important to your school district and its member towns that all families complete and return their questionnaire, as funding for towns and schools relies on some of this data.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
Saturday – 02/27
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.
10:30am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Tom Knight and Puppets. Come join the Jones Library with Tom in doing the “Library Boogie”! Tom and his friends perform original songs and skits which have parts for the audience – including hand motions, singing along, or doing simple dance steps. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA (FREE)
1-3pm – AUDITIONS: The Pittsfield Youth Commission will be hosting our 2nd Annual City Wide Youth Talent Show Auditions at the Lichtenstien Center for the Arts for grades 7-12. 499-9348 Pittsfield, MA
3pm – THEATER: Corbian The Dinosaur: A Glow in the Dark Adventure, at the Colonial Theatre. Truly unique and visually dazzling, Corbian is an innovative theatrical experience that sparks imagination and inspires creativity. Audiences will be awed as electroluminescent crayon-like creatures and characters light up the stage in this heart-rending tale of a dinosaur that discovers the true meaning of love. Recommended for ages 7 and up. www.thecolonialtheatre.org Pittsfield, MA ($)
4:30-6pm, 6-8pm – TEEN NIGHT: The Meekins Library will transform into Hogwarts Academy for a Harry Potter Costume Party for kids 11yo+. Party and games until 6pm. Movie (Half Blood Prince) at 6pm. 268-7472 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
Sunday – 02/28
1pm – GARDENING: Share the Warmth presents a workshop to jumpstart your garden: Starting Seeds. At The Inn @ Norton Hill. Learn basic techniques for starting seeds, share gardening experience with friends and neighbors. Call Holly with questions and to RSVP: 628-4613 Ashfield, MA
1pm & 3pm – KIDS CONCERT: Music, storytelling and puppets at the Northampton Community Center. Children will learn about classical music pieces by Bach and Mozart. www.ncmc.net 585-0001 Northampton, MA ($)
2-4pm – OPEN HOUSE: The founders will introduce ‘It Takes a Village‘ to the community at the Cummington Community House (33 Main Street). Expectant families, families with newborns and interested volunteers are warmly welcome. A family-friendly event. There will be an appearance of the Green Tara puppet from Moejo puppets as well as an excerpt from Maureen Shea’s latest performance piece, Tremble. 634-5431 Cummington, MA (FREE)
2:30-5:30pm – FAMILY CONTRA DANCE: bring the family to the Guiding Star Grange (401 Chapman Street) in Greenfield, home to some of the best contra musicians in the country, for contras, squares & singing. Benefit for the Greenfield Center School. www.centerschool.net 773-1700 Greenfield, MA ($, FUNDRAISER)