Suggested Events 03/06/10-03/12/10

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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


The Hilltown Community Development Corporation (Hilltown CDC) is holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 pm in the Goshen Town Hall, located on Route 9 in the center of town.  Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public, with advance RSVP’s requested.  The theme of the Hilltown CDC Annual Meeting is: “Growing Successful Hilltown Businesses in Challenging Times.”


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for 4-H Club Leaders in Williamsburg, Belchertown, Granby and Southampton. The Hampshire County of Governments and 4-H are partnering to pilot a new club in each of the above towns. The clubs’ focus will be on Science, Engineering and Technology. The club leaders will utilize 4-H curricula, and recruit for and lead the clubs for a minimum of 8 weeks at a compensation rate of $12/hour, with the intent of continuing as a volunteer or turning leadership over to another person. Project materials and curriculum, as well as training and mentoring will be provided by 4-H. If you know of a person who might be interested, please have them contact Tom at 413-545-0611 at their earliest convenience.

Concert: 03/14.  Deadline to win: 03/10POSITIVE PARENTING GROUP: Join other parents to share your thoughts and ideas and become the kind of parent you want to be. Topics include: discipline techniques that work, how to get your children to cooperate, how to build your child’s self-esteem, and how to have fun with your child. This free 10 session group will begin on March 8, from 5 to 7pm and will be held at Berkshire Children and Families, 220 Russell Street, Suite 200, Hadley, MA 01035. A meal and childcare will be provided. To register and for more information call Katarina Noyes at 413-584-5690 ext.140.

PARENTING WORKSHOP: Raising Caring Kids: Strategies for Teaching Empathy and Strong Self-Esteem, on Monday, March 8th from 7-8:30pm. In light of the recent tragedy of South Hadley HS, many parents of young children are wondering how to protect their children from growing into teenagers who hurt others or are vulnerable to being hurt by others.  In this workshop, we will identify concerning preschool behaviors, discuss appropriate and supportive responses and focus upon how to raise our children to be sensitive, caring and empathic.  All invited.  Will take place at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (upstairs in Kidder Hall).  Hadley, MA (FREE)

Kerrie McNay of Western Massachusetts writes: I just finished listening to a wonderful series of online teleseminars for homeschooling parents though a site called the Waldorf Connection. I’m not sure how many members/readers of Hilltown Families are Waldorf parents or interested in learning more, but several of the topics can be applied in general homeschooling or family life as well. There will be new topics coming up, and if someone can’t listen in, there’s always a 48 hour replay, but past ones are available to purchase online as well. (I just did a quick search & found one of the speakers listed in “100 Links (January 2009)”- Earthschooling.) Main site: Hope this is a helpful link for Hilltown Families readers!

Jennifer Gottlieb of Florence, MA writes: Join us for Artspark, a fun party and silent auction, with great music and food and hundreds of one-of-a-kind items to bid on! The event is Saturday, March 27th, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will feature the Valley’s popular band Unit 7 (“Speakeasy Music for the 21st Century”), and food from the Blue Heron, as well as a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. Tickets are $18 at the door or available ahead of time at State Street Fruit Store, Cooper’s Corner, the Creamery or at the school. For more information, please visit or call 413.268.3421. A great time for a great cause! Hope to see you there! (Snow date: Sunday, March 28th, 4 p.m.)

Marie Westburg of Williamsburg, MA writes: Girl’s art camp this summer anyone?  ArtStar, A Creative Arts Lounge in Williamsburg is considering offering an exciting half-day camp from (9:00-1:00) for girls 8+ years old in July.  Cost would be $180 per child, bring a lunch, materials & snack included.  We would explore batik, tie dye, Silk-Screening, sewing, fiber arts, photography, sculpture, and more!  E-mail to express your interest.  Tell us whether a half day works for you and receive updates as planning progresses. 896-3709

OPEN HOUSECommunity Action Youth Programs of Northampton will have an open house on Thursday, March 11th from 6-8pm. There will be a youth film screening, presentation by the Sticker Shock initiative, door prizes and food.  All community members are welcomed. Come learn about programs for youth ages 9-21. Contact Loren for more info: 475-1571.  Located at 2 Conz St., #34, Maplewood Shops, Northampton, MA (UPDATED 03/11/10) Due to unforeseen events, the Community Action Youth Programs Open House that was scheduled for this Thursday night has been postponed to the evening of April 29th, from 5-7pm. Look here for more information as that date approaches.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Shout Out! Northampton, a group for middle school-aged youth in Northampton who are interested in youth leadership opportunities and community engagement through projects and events. Past Shout Out activities include the creation of video self-interviews, role playing, game days, and planning for larger Youth Programs events. Shout Out! Noho’s biggest project is the Sticker Shock campaign; youth design and create stickers stating a positive social norm, generally focused on substance abuse, to debunk popular misconceptions and bring the truth to the public. Want more information? Contact Glen at 475-1795,

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING: The Gateway Regional School District will conduct a screening for students entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2010. Call 685-1360 X1121

LOWDOWN ON LICE: All it takes is one tiny invader to wreak havoc on an entire family and an entire school. Click here for a fact sheet on lice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 03/06/10

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

9am-12Noon – ART WORKSHOP: Make your own Shekere at the HIll Institute. 584-1725 Florence, MA ($$)

9am start – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Bring the family to watch and participate in the annual Bread ‘n Jam Classic at Notchview Reservation. Join in the fun with this informal cross country ski race.  Winners enjoy homemade jam and baked goods. 532-1631 x13 Windsor, MA ($)

10am-2pm – POTTERY FUNDRAISER: Artspace’s 31st Annual Pottery and More Seconds Sale.  Violin demo by students from the Strings for Kids program at 1:30pm. 772-6811 Greenfield, MA (FUNDRAISER)

10am-4pm – HOW IT’S MADE: Take the kids on a field trip to how one local business, snackTAXI, manufactures their product during an open work-shop.  A great opportunity to see how a hilltown “mamapreneur” creates her eco-friendly products and conducts a locally based business. 634-0253 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am – FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Toe Jam Puppet Band performs at the Jones Library. Join Tom and Vinny as they entertain with a unique blend of original songs, puppets, storytelling, corn ball humor, and just plain “good ol’ fun.” Amherst, MA  (FREE)

11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Dr. Seuss Birthday Hoedown at the Springfield Museum.  Many fun activities, including music, crafts, scavenger hunts, science and more. 800-625-7738 Springfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time at the Berkshire Museum. Gather in the Museum aquarium to watch as staff feed lizards, turtles, snakes, fish, and other animals. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: In conjunction with their current exhibit, the Berkshire Museum rolls out the Battle Ready! cart for an interactive demonstration of replica weaponry from the common sling to the deadly crossbow. 443-7171 Pittsfield, MA (Free w/museum admission)

1pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kids Gallery Quest at MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA (>$)

4-7pm – PARENT CENTER SOCIAL: Northampton Parent Center hosts a family friendly potluck dinner and playtime with a performance by NPC favorite, Aric Bieganek! Bring a dish to share and the whole family. Older siblings, NPC alumns, new families, all are welcome!  Potluck and playtime starts at 4 pm. Aric will perform around 5:30 pm. The event ends by 7 pm.  Please bring a dish to share. 582-2636 Northampton, MA (FREE)

6pm – COMMUNITY MEETING: Williamsburg Potluck/Meeting. Come see what the grange is all about and consider joining to reinvigorate the membership. The Grange is a fantastic resource for the town and it’d be great to see some new members join and to become a part of your community!  Potluck at 6pm, Meeting at 7pm Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

6-8pm – MUSIC: Bread Euphoria will be holding a Bread & Acoustic Jam with local musicians. Come jam, or just come and listen. Haydenville, MA (FREE)

7-10pm – FUNDRAISER: Jewish Community of Amherst Grand Auction. 549-1795  Amherst, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Sunday – 03/07/10

10am-4pm – HOW IT’S MADE: Take the kids on a field trip to how one local business, snackTAXI, manufactures their product during an open work-shop.  A great opportunity to see how a hilltown “mamapreneur” creates her eco-friendly products and conducts a locally based business. 634-0253 Plainfield, MA (FREE)

1-5pm – WINTER TRAIL DAYS: Use of trails and equipment for first timers. Pre-registration required: -623-0100 Becket, MA (FREE)

2pm – IRISH TEA PARTY: Celebrate St. Patrick with entertainment and refreshments. An afternoon show that features local musicians and dancers, as well as refreshments, raffles and selection of essay contest winners from local children. At the Cultural Centre at Elms College. 413 265-2537 Chicopee, MA

3pm – SEWING: Needles and Threads will host a “Darn It!” gathering to assist and encourage others who wish to repair holey socks, mittens, gloves, etc. Ashfield, MA (FREE)

One Comment on “Suggested Events 03/06/10-03/12/10

  1. Monday, March 8th in Cummington (FREE)

    ABC Club: Storytelling for Young Children
    At the Bryant Free Library (Route 9, across from The Old Creamery)
    On the Second Monday of each month
    March 8th in Cummington, MA
    from 10-11:30am
    Contact Maureen Shea for more info: 413-634-5431


    Monday, March 8th – Pre-reg Deadline:

    Thursday, March 11th in Hadley, MA
    “Passover Cooking for Parents and Teens” at Whole Foods Market in Hadley from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Taught by a Jewish educator and two chefs, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Western Mass and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. $10 for adults, $15 for a parent and teen. Pre-register at JFS 413-737-2601 by March 8th. No prior knowledge needed. All adults welcome, with or without a teen. Come, learn, have fun, eat together! Rain date March 11th.


    Tuesday, March 9th in Buckland, MA (>$)

    Mornings on the Farm
    From 10:00am – 11:30am
    Join us as we spend the second Tuesday of every month exploring the farm together. We will focus on a different theme every month, participate in fun, hands-on activities, and meet the animals! The theme for this class will be Maple Sugaring. Come learn how we make sweet, thick syrup from trees.
    Ages 0-4, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies welcome.
    Please call the Farm Office to register.
    $10/adult & child, $3/each additional child babies under 6 months free
    Red Gate Farm Office (413) 625-9503


    Wednesday, March 10th in Amherst, MA

    Paddy Moloney with The Chieftains
    Six-time Grammy winners, the Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention and after all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
    Pre-Perfomance Irish Celebration Wednesday, March 10 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Fine Arts Center Lobby


    Thursday, March 11th in Pittsfield, MA ($)

    7:30pm – THE IRISH ROVERS AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE: These international ambassadors of Irish music will deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will have audiences on their feet, singing and clapping along. At The Colonial Theatre, located at 111 South Street. 413 997-4444 Pittsfield, MA


    Thursday, March 11th in Hadley, MA ($)

    “Passover Cooking for Parents and Teens” at Whole Foods Market in Hadley from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Taught by a Jewish educator and two chefs, sponsored by Jewish Family Service of Western Mass and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. $10 for adults, $15 for a parent and teen. Pre-register at JFS 413-737-2601 by March 8th. No prior knowledge needed. All adults welcome, with or without a teen. Come, learn, have fun, eat together! Rain date March 11th.


    Thursday, March 11th – Wednesday, March 24th

    Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
    The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents 2 weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational and cultural organizations as well as businesses, the Festival provides audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics.
    Films are screened across the Pioneer Valley – this year in Amherst, Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield, and West Springfield – in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield with many stops in between.

    March 11- 24, various locations
    Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli
    Festival Director


    Thursday, March 10th, & Friday, March 11th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

    Chrysalis Theatre in conjunction with the Smith College Theatre New Play Reading Series will present the staged reading of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play, A Number, directed by Andrea Hairston, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11, at 7:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Mendenhall Center at Smith College. Caryl Churchill, hailed by Tony Kushner as “the greatest living English language playwright,” has turned her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning–how might a man feel to discover that he is only one in a number of identical copies? And which one of him is the original? The production is free and open to the public.

    413.585.ARTS (2787) or visit


    Friday, March 12th in Huntington, MA

    FREE Parent/Child Group for parents and children (ages 0-5 years). Meet other parents & have fun with your child at the same time at the Gateway Family Center at 9 Russell Road, Huntington, MA. Fridays, 10:00 – noon

    This weeks topic: Surviving Siblings: Come share tips while your child plays. Led by Lee MacKinnon, Parent Educator


    Friday, March 12th in Amherst, MA ($$)

    In The Art Studio
    Making Art Together: Painting
    March 12, 2010
    9:00 – 10:30 am
    Fridays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
    $100 (Members $90)
    Ages 3-4 each with a caregiver (Class size 4-5 children)
    Enjoy time exploring color with your young artist while you learn about ways to nurture visual expression at home. Paint, oil pastels, and found objects will be among the materials we will use to explore color relationships present in art and nature. After class you are invited to join us for the 10:30 storytime in the Reading Library.
    Instructor: Meghan Burch

    Registration is required. Please visit


    Friday, March 12th-May7th in Greenfield, MA

    HOME SCHOOL CLASS – ART THROUGH THE AGES (8wks), Ages 6 – 10, March 12-May 7, Fridays 2- 3:30. Instructor: Karen Gaudette Fee: $145. We will begin our art history journey with studying the Pre-historic Cave Paintings of Lascaux and creating our own abstracted stories on sandpaper. Next we will visit the Italian Renaissance and learn about the art of Leonardo da Vinci as we create drawings of our own invented flying machines. Our journey will continue through time and space as we visit both Degas’s Little Dancer and Cassatt’s pastel drawings. We will eventually find ourselves in the 20th century learning about Abstract art, Op art and Pop art! Projects will include a variety of media from pastel and paint to fabric and papier-mache.

    Artspace Community Arts Center
    Phone: 413-772-6811

    Friday, March 12th in Northampton, MA

    5-8pm – ART ADVENTURES: Arts Night Out. Northampton’s Monthly Art Walk.


    Friday, March 12th in Northampton, MA

    Earth Aware Parenting Group at Cradle from 9:30-11am with Hilltown Families Listserv member, Angie Gregory. More info here:

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