Suggested Events 03/20/10-03/26/10

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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.


Ashfield Hardware Store has your supplies for March winds and April Showers! (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


Sunday, March 21st from 3-5pm – TRANSITION TOWN: Transition Town Information Meeting in Williamsburg at The Williamsburg Grange (Route 9 in the center of Williamsburg) from 3-5pm with a community potluck from 5-7pm. Please come learn about this grassroots movement which originated in the UK and is rapidly spreading in the US snd around the world. This movement is about building resiliency in communities in these times of economic turmoil, global environmental changes and the peak oil crisis! For questions, information or to RSVP about childcare for this event, please email Marie Westburg at Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

Monday, March 22nd from 6-8pm – FUNDRAISER: Pure Euphoria: Soups, Songs, Stories & Pottery A Post-Fire Benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church.  This is a one time, wild time benefit at the Bread Euphoria Cafe for the church in West Cummington whose building burned to the ground on January 17. Everyone, living anywhere, is cordially invited to the party. Kids included! More info here. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)


Friday, March 19th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Soup, Salad, and Song. A special Friday-evening concert with Josh Wachtel from Radio Free Earth! Soup, salad, bread, and cookies at 7pm, followed by music at 8pm. BYOB RSVP 634-5493Friday, March 19th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Cornmeal Encrusted Cajun Catfish with Creole Mustard Sauce served over Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya with Homemade Baguettes, or vegetarian jambalaya. BYOB 628-4003

Saturday, March 20th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Lasagna Sampler. Italian giardiniera pickles, pesto bruschetta, Caesar salad with homemade dressing, white lasagna with parmesan bechamel, three-cheese lasagna with Italian sausage, and spinach-mushroom lasagna and cookie platter. BYOB RSVP 634-5493

Saturday, March 20th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Jumbo Shrimp Scampi (lemon, garlic, tomatoes and butter sauce) served over Linguini with homemade bread, or Pasta Primavera served over Linguini. BYOB 628-4003

Earthwork Programs in Ashfield, MA

Warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Earthwork Programs of Ashfield, MA!


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 List of Weekly Suggested Events. – SPONSORSHIP: Interested in supporting the work of Hilltown Families?  Find out how to be a sponsor! Serious inquiries can email us at for details.

Marissa Potter of Shelburne Falls, MA writes: We are looking for a caregiver for our two young children, ages 2.5yrs and 7mo, either in our Shelburne Falls home or in a small home-based daycare. 8 hour days, either Tuesday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Excellent references required. Must be warm, nurturing, patient, fun, reliable, and mature. We would also consider the right licensed daycare for both children, in the Hilltowns, Greenfield, Deerfield, Turners, etc. To begin immediately. Call Marissa at 413.522.3949 or email

Kim Neher of Community Action Youth Programs writes:  Do you know youth ages 13+ looking for a place to make music, art, and see what other young people are doing in Franklin County?  Come to the Open Mic Night & Teen Zine Release Party for free food, music, arts and crafts this Friday (3/19), from 6-9pm at the Brick House Community Resource Center, in Turners Falls .  The Brick House Community Resource Center, with DIAL/SELF TeenLine and Community Action Youth Programs, will host this event to recognize and showcase the talents of local youth who have submitted to our zine, ‘Copyright Infringement’. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, please contact Loren at or call 475-1571.

David Kulp of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Preschool is collecting information about our community needs for preschoolers through an online survey and we hope you can participate.  More info here.

Deadline to win: 03/28

Enter to win new music. Click on image to learn how.

WIN NEW MUSIC FROM HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Hilltown Families and Putumayo Kids have partnered up to offer a chance to win Putumayo Kids’ recently released Jazz Playground, a new CD collection of international jazz songs for children. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz and will get the whole family grooving!  Jazz Playground demonstrates how artists in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania have adopted jazz and made it their own.  Click here to enter to win.

EXPECTING FAMILIES: Green River Doula Network, a group of doulas, midwives and related care providers located in Western Massachusetts, will be sponsoring a free “Meet the Doulas Day” at Cradle in Thornes Market in Northampton on Sunday, March 21st from 2-4pm. Here’s a great opportunity for expecting families to meet a variety of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and other professionals who serve families in the childbearing year. Demonstrations will be held between 2-4pm.  Drop in at any time. There will be information on babywearing and cloth diapering too.  A free 15-minute massage will be available for all pregnant women too, along with refreshments!  For more information, contact Anne Campbell at (413) 624-MAMA or email

FIELD TRIP | WOMEN WARRIORS: Women’s rights didn’t exist in medieval Europe but women were hardly the “weaker sex.” During March, Women’s History Month, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA celebrates women warriors, including formidable Celtic Queen Boudica, famed for her campaigns against the tyrannical Roman Empire, and Catalina de Erauso, a 17th-century Spanish woman who led the rough-and-ready life of a soldier. Also featured during March is a “Take It to the Curator” program as well as lessons on swordplay. For more information on all museum programs, visit

GATOR GRINS: The Gator Grins school-based dental services program will return to Littleville Elementary School this month. They will continue to treat students enrolled in the program, and complete their bi-annual cleanings and exams. If your child is not currently served by Gator Grins and you want to enroll, please get a packet in the school office. Contact Kiirsten Cooper at 667-3009 ext. 239 or email her at if you have questions.

GEOLOGY STUDIES: The CT Valley Mineral Club welcomes new members, open to all families and students interested in geology. Through organized field trips, club members visit local elementary schools with a visual presentation about the local minerals and mineral history of the Pioneer Valley. Monthly club meetings and presentations are at the Springfield Science Museum from 7-9pm. Come learn more about the CVMC at their Western Mass Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show the weekend of March 27th-28th at the Holiday Inn at Ingleside in Holyoke, MA. The show will feature minerals, gemstones, fossils, mineral art, and live demos. It’s a great show for the whole family, from beginner to experienced collectors. (413) 320-9741.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR MOTHERS: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer an opportunity to learn about the making of maple products and the challenges facing Massachusetts’ maple industry this Saturday.  Click here for more info.


This week is our Spring Episode. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcast HERE. Playlist is here. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

HFVS Podcast

  • 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 – 3/20/10 – SPRING EQUINOX!

    Snow drops in bloom. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

    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-3pm – MAPLE: Chester Hill Association Maplefest. Visit the High Meadow Farm Sugar Shack to see how maple syrup is made! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, craft fair and petting zoo at the Chester Hill Congregational Church and School House. 354-9609 Chester, MA

    10am – STORY HOUR: At the Montgomery Library. Montgomery, 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 spring and make a Wild Flower Seed Ball. 658-5096 Northampton, MA (FREE)

    10-11am – MUSIC ADVENTURES: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will have a Musical Petting Zoo at the Go, Kids Art, Go event at the Leverett Crafts and Arts Center. 548-9070 Leverett, MA

    10am-4pm – BULB SHOW: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. 585-2781 Northampton, MA (>$)

    10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Free day at the Eric Carle Museum, celebrating The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s birthday!  658-1100 Amherst, MA (FREE)

    11am-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kidspace at MASS MoCA turns 10! North Adams, MA

    1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Nationally acclaimed family music artists Debbie & Friends will perform at the Eric Carle Museum Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along family fun in this rockin’ musical journey through classic kids’ tales and original songs. This interactive “variety show” includes rock, pop, country, reggae and Broadway-esque tunes. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Music Center Scholarship Fund. 658-1100 Amherst, MA (>$, FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUM)

    2-4pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Join Red Gate Farm for a walk through the sugarbush.  Come tracking, bird observation, taste fresh maple syrup.  RSVP 625-9503 Buckland, MA ($)

    2-4pm – PARENTING CLASS: Dogs and New Babies: Techniques for a Smooth Transition at Cradle in Thornes Marketplace. Register at 341-5282 Northampton, MA ($)

    2pm & 7:30pm – THEATER: Peter Pan will be performed by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School at the Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst Campus. 545-2511 Amherst, MA ($)

    3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Young Farmers Program at Red Gate Farm.  Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. 625-9503 Buckland, MA (FREE)

    5:30-ppm – HORSES: 4-H Cowboy Night fundraiser, hosted by Steerage Rock Riders 4-H Horse Club.  Dress as a cowboy/girl, ride a mechanical bull, music and dancing. At the Hopkins Academy. 563-2363 Hadley, MA (Fundraiser)

    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)

    8pm – CIRQUE: Le Grand Cirque will be at Symphony Hall. 788-7033 Springfield, MA ($$)

    Sunday – 3/21/10

    10am-4pm – BULB SHOW: Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. 585-2781 Northampton, MA (>$)

    Noon – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The 55th annual Holyoke Parade is reckoned to be one of the largest in the nation. The parade is the culmination of numerous Irish events in March that celebrate the Irish community of western Massachusetts, many of whom emigrated from County Kerry and the Blasket Islands in the 20th century. 413 533-1700 Holyoke, MA

    1pm – CONCERT: Northampton Community Music Center will be holding their Spring Gala concert at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Smith College Campus. The Spring Gala will feature a number of NCMC’s student ensembles and all proceeds will benefit NCMC’s scholarship program. 585-0001 Northampton, MA (FREE, Donation)

    2pm – THEATER: Peter Pan will be performed by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School at the Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst Campus. 545-2511 Amherst, MA ($)

    2-4pm – DR. SEUSS: Celebrate Dr. Seuss bday with Roger Tincknell at the Spear Library. Shutesbury, MA (FREE)

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

    3-5pm – TRANSITION TOWN: Come to an Informational Meeting about The Transition Towns Movement and learn about how to start one in the hilltowns. Community potluck to follow. or 268-7899 Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

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    1. Monday, March 22nd in Conway, MA

      9:15-10:15am – Morning Yoga with Toddlers at the Town Hall with Lisa Schmitt


      Monday, March 22nd in Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)

      6-8pm – FUNDRAISER: Pure Euphoria: Soups, Songs, Stories & Pottery A Post-Fire Benefit for the West Cummington Congregational Church. This is a one time, wild time benefit at the Bread Euphoria Cafe for the church in West Cummington whose building burned to the ground on January 17. Everyone, living anywhere, is cordially invited to the party. Kids included! More info here. Haydenville, MA (FUNDRAISER)
      More info here:


      Mondays, Beginning March 22nd in Buckland, MA

      Wolfquest After-School Nature Programs
      For Grades 3-4 meeting 3:30 – 5pm at Earthfire Farm in Buckland (Ashfield), MA
      Experience the awakening and magic that nature can bring to your life. Come participate in animal tracking, outdoor adventure, wilderness survival, primitive fire-making, scout invisibility and games.

      Limit of 6 participants; March 22-May 17; $25 – 35 per class – sliding scale.
      Contact: Frank Grindrod, 413-522-0338,


      Monday, March 22nd in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Nourishing Our Children: Timeless Principles for Learning, Behavior and Health through Optimal Nutrition
      Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7 p.m.
      Forbes Library in Northampton, MA in the Community Room

      Today, child obesity, dental deformities, learning disabilities, allergies and diseases that were once uncommon in children have become so prevalent, we assume them to be “normal.” But statistical research shows that these “normal” conditions have become common only in the past 50 years, the same period during which highly processed foods have entered the food supply.

      As early as the 1920’s, Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist from Cleveland, Ohio, was already deeply troubled by the overall decline in the health of his patients. Suspecting that dietary changes of his day were involved in this decline, he traveled to remote corners of the world to find out what the diets of healthy people contained. What he found may surprise you. Many of the foods these populations considered sacred and especially important for pregnant women and growing children are often considered unhealthy today.

      This talk is ideal for parents, parenting groups or couples struggling with infertility.
      Please visit for more info and a sample of the presentation. Presented by Craig Fear, NTP of Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy
      For more info contact 413-559-7770 or email Craig at


      Monday, March 22nd in Great Barrington, MA

      Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking: Tips, Tools & Action
      5:45 to 7:45 PM
      Berkshire South Regional Community Center
      15 Crissey Road
      Great Barrington, MA 01230
      Featuring a panel discussion, community dialogue, and the unveiling of an art project created by South County middle school students. Light refreshments will be available, and door prizes will be given away.
      CHP-South Berkshire Community Coalition · 343 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230 · (413) 528-1919 ·


      Monday, March 22nd in Whately, MA

      Whately Public Library

      Book Discussion Group: Join us on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30pm. Copies of the book are available at the library. All are welcome.

      Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
      by Barbara Kingsolver


      Wednesday, March 24th in Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

      Meekins Library (Route 9)
      10:30 am – Preschool Storytime with Children’s Librarian Rochelle Wildfong


      Wednesday, March 24th in Northampton, MA (FREE)

      Jewish Family Jam from 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.

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


      Thursday, March 25th in Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

      Last day to donate clothes for the children’s used clothing swap/sale benefit for the Forbes Library. More info here:


      Thursday, March 25th in Northanmpton, MA

      Canning Workshop for novice and experienced food preservers

      March 25th, 6:30-7:30
      River Valley Market Community Room
      Are you interested in learning about food preserving?
      Would you like a buddy to can or freeze with?
      Do you want to know about other options for preserving food?

      Let’s get together to talk about what we would like to do and how we can go about doing it. Bring your favorite munchie, or get one at the co-op!

      Contact: Carol Boyer 584-0767
      Johanna Halbeisen 586-9485


      Thursday, March 25th in Northampton, MA

      Blind Spot; Peak Oil & the Coming Global Crisis
      By Adolpho Doring
      Followed by a Support Group Facilitated by Beth Fairservis
      Sponsored by Transition Town Northampton & Mothers & Others for Radical Carbon Reduction
      Thursday, March 25th, 6:30-9:30pm
      facilitated by Beth Fairservis

      In this haunting portrait of America’s oil-fueled excesses, director Adolfo Doring explores the inextricable link between the energy we use, the way we run our economy, and the multiplying threats that now confront the environmental health and stability of our planet. Taking as its starting point the inevitable energy depletion scenario known as “Peak Oil,” the film surveys a fascinating range of the latest intellectual, political, and scientific thought to make the case that by whatever measure of greed, wishful thinking, neglect, or ignorance, we now find ourselves at a disturbing crossroads: we can continue to burn fossil fuels and witness the collapse of our ecology, or we can choose not to and witness the collapse of our economy. Refusing to whitewash this reality, Blind Spot issues a call to action, urging us to face up to the perilous situation we now find ourselves in so that we might begin to envision a realistic, if inconvenient, way out


      Friday, March 26th in Huntington, MA (FREE)

      Cooking with (and for) Children, Led by Killeen Perras, WIC coordinator and “chef extraordinaire.”

      Free Parent/Child Support Series in Huntington, MA

      Through a grant from the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, the Huntington Health Center is teaming up with the Gateway Family Center to offer a free series for parents and their young children (ages 0-5 years). The series will run at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Road in Huntington, MA) on Friday mornings, 10:30 to noon, from March 12th to May 14th, 2010. Families are welcome to come for as many sessions as they’d like. Scheduled topics include Music with Your Child, Stress Reduction, Chat with a Pediatrician, and Budgeting for Families. Assistance with transportation is available. To register, call Lee at the Worthington Health Center, 238-5511 x155, for more information.


      Friday, March 26th in Westhampton, MA

      ‘The Wizard of Oz’

      The Hampshire Regional High School musical theater invites the public to its performance of “The Wizard of Oz” March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28 at 2 p.m. at the Stage Road school.

      Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students ages 12 to 18 and seniors age 65 and older, and $8 for children ages 3 to 11. Call the “Oz-line” for ticket reservations at 527-7680, extension 4529 starting March 10.

      With a cast of over 50 student performers, the magic of the ruby slippers will again take the audience to meet special friends on the yellow brick road. Hampshire Regional senior Rory Kitchen stars as Dorothy Gale, with a surprise performance from junior Lucas Fitzpatrick as Almira Gultch and the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, played by sophomore Jonathan Wickman, the Tin Man, played by junior Sarah Labrie, the Cowardly Lion, played by freshman Benjamin Ashley, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz, played by junior Mike Korona, in the merry land of Oz, while leaving behind her dear Aunt Em, played by senior Soleil LaFrance, and Uncle Henry, played by junior Sam Hanson, on the other side of the rainbow. The ensemble cast includes students from across the Hampshire Regional district, including Southampton, Westhampton, Goshen, Chesterfield and Williamsburg.


      Fridays in Hardwick, MA (FREE)

      Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA is offering a FREE 5-week Infant Massage class for parents and caretakers and their babies, ages birth- 1 year. The classes will take place at the school (242 Old Petersham Rd. Hardwick) on Friday mornings from 9-10 March 19th, 26th, April 2nd, 9th, and 16th. To register, please contact Jessica Geary at 413-477-6000 ext. 1390. Also, check out the website at to view more information about the class and other classes offered (under ABOUT/WORKSHOPS).

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