Suggested Events 03/27/10-04/02/10
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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
FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS
Friday, March 26th at 7:30pm – THEATER: The Hampshire Regional High School musical theater invites the public to its performance of The Wizard of Oz at Hampshire Regional H.S. 527-7680 x4529 Westhampton, MA ($) More info here.
DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS
Friday, March 26th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Bouillabaise (Mediterranean Fish Stew) Haddock, Shrimp, Scallops, Clams, Mussels served in a Tomato, Fennel & Saffron infused fish broth with baby potatoes – Or – Roasted vegetables over polenta parmesan cakes with sauce chimichurri.BYOB 628-4003
Saturday, March 27th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Maple Madness – house pickle, fresh bread with homemade butter, mesclun salad with maple-balsamic vinaigrette, maple-cider glazed ham, cheddar scalloped potatoes, lightly steamed fresh spring spinach and maple-nut cake with cinnamon streusel. BYOB RSVP 634-5493
MUSIC MELTDOWN: Saturday from 10am-4pm – Family Music Meltdown & Book Bash: The River presents the second annual Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! The event is at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road in Florence, and it’s FREE. There will be three performance areas and fun for all! To see the line up of great musicians, read HF Contributing Writer, Bill Child’s column HERE.
Following the Meltdown, drop the kids off with a sitter and head over to Artspark from 7-11pm on Saturday for an evening of music, food and a great auction at the Garden House at Look Park, also in Florence, MA.
ARTSPARK: 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! Artspark 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. Click HERE for more information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
THE NIELDS: Saturday, April 3rd at 10:30am – FAMILY CONCERT: The Nields at the First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. The harmonious sisters sing new renditions of old folk songs as the finale of Nonotuck Community School’s Winter/Spring Family Concert Series. http://www.nonotuck.org 586-5996 Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)
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CHEMISTRY TUTOR SOUGHT: Gateway parent seeks college student, alumni, or teaching professional to tutor high school student in chemistry. Any qualified individual interested in paid tutoring position can contact Andrea at (413) 862-0226.
MUMPS ALERT: Remember mumps? It’s back and active. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory this month to schools and colleges in the Northeast concerning a growing outbreak of mumps. Since January 29, a total of 1,521 cases have been reported in the tradition-observant Jewish community in New York and New Jersey. While most cases to date have occurred within that population, mumps can spread rapidly in settings such as schools and colleges. See the advisory for details on immunization recommendations, or check with your health care provider. According to the report, mumps is infectious for two days before through five days after the onset of swelling.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School have partnered up to offer TWO lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of free tickets to see a family concert with The Nields, the final concert spotlighted in the school’s Winter Family Concert Series. This family concert will be in Northampton on Saturday, April 3rd at 10:30am at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. The proceeds from the performance go to benefit this local non-profit preschool! Deadline to enter to win is 03/31/10. Find out how to enter HERE.
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. www.cvmineralclub.org (413) 320-9741.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
This week’s episode is Chantey & Mambo, with a few sea chanteys (Dan Zanes, Country Joe McDonald, and Astrograss) and mambo tunes (Beny More and Ricardo Lemvo).. Tune in to 103.3FM WXOJ this Saturday from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. 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 – 03/27/10
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.
9:30 – 11:30am – FAMILY FARM DAY: Join Red Gate Farm to learn about maple sugaring. Learn to identify a Sugar Maple in winter, how to tap trees, and how the thin sap is made into thick, sweet syrup. Prepare yourself for a sweet treat! Ages 2 – 8, with accompanying adult. Backpack babies and older children welcome. Space is limited, Please call the Farm Office to register. 625-9503 www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (>$)
10am-12Noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: At the Wistariahurst Museum, kids can use their creativity to turn castaways into fun and functional stuff. Hands on. RSVP 322-5660 www.wistariahurst.org Holyoke, MA ($)
12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm, and the Battle-Ready! Discovery Program at 1pm. At the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)
1-3:30pm – SCIENCE ADVENTURES: Family Science Adventures at the Springfield Museums. Investigate our solar system, examine animal characteristics and discover other engaging activities designed for families to explore together. 800.625.7738 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE w/Museum Admission)
3-4:30pm – TRADITIONAL MUSIC: American Fiddler Tunes with John Specker at the Dynamite space in Thornes Market. 802-875-2321 Northampton, MA
5:30-9pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: It’s the Big Night again at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, an enchanted family evening with guided tours to meet costumed characters from vernal pools. 584-3009 Easthampton, MA ($)
7-10pm – FUNDRAISER: The PTO of the Leeds Elementary School will have a silent and live auction at Union Station. 584-6646 Northampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)
7-11pm – ADULT EVENT: Artspark, a fun party and silent auction for adults at the Garden House at Look Park. Food from the Blue Heron. Music by Unit 7. Great items up for auction. Benefit for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School. 268-3421 www.hilltowncharter.org Florence, MA (FUNDRAISER)
8pm – THEATER: St. Joseph Central High School students will showcase the Broadway Musical THE Wiz which retells the The Wizard of Oz in the context of African American culture. at Barrington Stage Co. 236-8888 Pittsfield, MA ($)
Sunday – 03/28/10
10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Find Moose Tracks with Earthworks Programs as part of their Animal Tracking and Wildlife Wanderings program. Introduction to the art and science of tracking; learn how to read tracks and signs to tell the stories of the landscape. This activity involves easy to moderate hiking. 522-0338 www.earthworkprograms.com
WilliamsburgPelham, MA ($)
1pm – FAMILY CONCERT: Featured artist Lewis Franco from Putumayo Kids’ recently released Jazz Playground CD will share his love of jazz with all-ages audiences at the Eric Carle Museum on a special concert tour. 658-1100 www.carlemuseum.org Amherst, MA (FREE w/ Museum Admission)
2pm – CONCERT: The Florence Community Band presents Swing into Spring, a concert that will feature music from the 1930’s & 40’s at the Northampton High School. 586-0888 Northampton, MA (FREE)
3pm – MUSIC: The Valley Light Opera and the First Congregational Church Choir have teamed up to have a “Messiah Sing.” Under the direction of William Venman, Handel’s soaring piece will be accompanied by full orchestra and feature prominent soloists. Come with your own scores and be their chorus. Free will offering to benefit the Amherst Survival Center and Not Bread Alone. 256-8425 Amherst, MA (FREE)