Suggested Events 04/10/10-04/16/10
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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
Saturday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30pm – CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: The CFC will be holding their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Cummington Community House. Tickets are $10 and include delicious appetizers, wine and beer, baked goods, music and childcare. On the auction block is a diverse mix of local goods and services. It’s a super fun event — a chance to party and catch up with neighbors and friends — while meeting new ones — and supporting local communities. 634-5362 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)
Sunday, April 11th from 3-5pm – TRANSITION WILLIAMSBURG: Come learn more about The Transition Movement at a Community Mapping Project happening at the Williamsburg Grange. There will be a screening of the film In Transition: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, along with a clothing swap and community potluck. Child care available. Come check out what all the buzz is about! Click here for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS
Friday, April 9th at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Pan Seared Salmon over Mushrooms (portobello, shiitake, white), peas, and asparagus parmesan risotto with dill beuve blanc and white truffle oil. Veggie version: no salmon. BYOB 628-4003
Saturday, April 10th at the Remington Lodge in Cummington: Pasta Puttanesca: House pickle ~ fresh bread with homemade butter ~ Tuscan vegetable soup, green beans with shaved onion, fried almonds, and parmesan ~ pasta puttanesca ~ orange panna cotta with shaved dark chocolate. BYOB RSVP 634-5493
Saturday, April 10th at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Homemade vegetarian fare with local and organic ingredients. Open Mic! BYOB 268-7441
Saturday, April 10th at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!). Open mic! Beer & wine available. 268-7757
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David Kulp of Ashfield, MA writes: The Ashfield Community Preschool is hosting an open house this Saturday morning, 4/10, at 10am. You and your children are welcome to visit 103 Baptist Corner Rd, just off Main St in the center of Ashfield to meet with teachers, see the facilities, and learn about the preschool program. Full and half-day flexible scheduling is available. -We’ve learned that the vast majority of parents choose Ashfield Preschool because it provides their young children an opportunity to learn about socialization in a warm and nurturing environment. The staff has 10 of years of experience with preschoolers and the program is largely based on observations and celebrations of seasons & the natural world. Call the school at 413-628-3248 for more information.
MEDICINE GIRLS: An herbal program for girls aged 8-12 years old starting out on the Herbal Medicine Path. Classes will be held on Sundays at Blazing Star Herbal School from 2-5pm in Ashfield, MA, on 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 6/6, 6/20, plus one mid summer date 7/18 (for special herb harvesting). Activities will include: Herbal Prepreations, Folk Lore, Ethical Wild Crafting, Wild Foods, Global Studies, Botanical Art, Medicine Wheels, Power Animals & Plants and First Aid. Girls will be introduced to the practical skills essential for every aspiring herbalist. Join this circle of learning and make new friends with other girls who share the same passion for healing. More info email@example.com 413 625 6875 www.blazingstarherbalschool.typepad.com
MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Hilltown Families and Mister G have partnered to offer Hilltown Families Facebook Fans a chance to win a free copy of his new CD, “Pizza for Breakfast.” You saw him at the Music Meltdown in March, and he’ll be on stage at the Iron Horse opening for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo this Sunday. Now’s your chance to enter to win his newest CD.Find out how you can enter to win HERE.
TICKET GIVEWAY: Congratulations to Michelle Sullivan of Florence, MA and Mindy Ramos of Southampton, MA! Both of these families have won a family 4-pack of tickets to see Secret Agent 23 Skidoo with opening act Mister G, 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 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at the Northampton Box office, online at http://www.IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.
TEXTILE DRIVE: CET’s 15th Annual Earth Day Textile Drive. Unwanted clothing and textiles can be packed in strong plastic bags and dropped into the storage bin at the back of the parking lot at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington, from 4/10-4/25. Clothing will also be collected in the red metal barn at Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill between 9AM-5PM. on weekdays from April 12 to April 16 and from April 20 to April 23. These collections are part of CET’s Earth Day Textile Drive, which is slated for Sat., April 24 from 10AM-4PM and Sun., April 25 from 10AM-1PM. and which is held at CET’s office at 112 Elm Street in Pittsfield. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-445-4556 ext. 14.
TREE OF LIFE SCHOOL: Tree of Life School starts this week with a 10 week Thursday spring session from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Warner Farm in Cummington, MA. The theme this session is “The EArth Sings Peace.” The program includes active woods and stream exploration each day, focusing on garden planting and spring growth. Skits, songs, dances and artwork about the animals who live on this land will be created – and the use of native ways of creating song, dance, and story to express our love for farm, forest and stream. Led by awardwinning educator and songwriter Sarah Pirtle, director of Journey Camp. Cost is $40 per day for 10 weeks (partial scholarships available). For more info, contact Sarah at email@example.com, (413) 625-2355. www.sarahpirtle.com
FREE CPR CLASS FOR FAMILIES: The Worthington Health Center will be offering a free “CPR for Family and Friends” on Saturday morning, April 17 from 9:00 to 11:30 in Worthington, MA Led by Ed Vivier, Middletown EMT, the class will cover: CPR for infants, children, and adults; how to protect your family from accidents; and how to respond in emergencies. This course is designed by the American Heart Association for people with no CPR experience. It does not include a test or certification, but rather focuses on preparing you to help your family and friends in an emergency. Contact Lee at the Worthington Health Center (238-5511 X155) to register. Enrollment is limited.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Four hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday morning between 6-10am on 103.3FM WXOJ. Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child airs from 7-10am, followed by the Hilltown Family Variety Show from 9-10am. Two great shows you won’t want to miss! There are a couple of ways to tune in every Saturday:
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 – 04/10/10
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.
8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at Dickenson & Munn Brooks in Southwick. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at the Westfield State College, Commuter Parking Lot. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Westfield/Southwick, MA (FREE)
8-10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Family Fishing at Puffer’s Pond. Fishing is a great hobby for families who want to spend time outside and keep their children engaged and excited. Come learn how to use a spinning rod, how to bait a hook, and cast a line. The instructor will share fishing tips, good places for families to fish, and answer to questions you and your family might have about fishing. 584-3009 www.massaudubon.org Amherst, MA ($)
9am-1pm – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Cobble Spring Clean-Up & Pizza at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Join Trustees of Reservations staff and volunteers for a great morning helping spruce up Cobble trails for the coming season, getting an early peek at the spring wildflowers that the Cobble is famous for, then enjoy pizza at noon. Please call in advance for information. 298-3239 x3003 www.thetrustees.org Sheffield, MA (FREE)
10am-12Noon – NATURE STUDIES: Bird Banding demo at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Here’s a chance to observe handheld birds. Join us as we demonstrate the proper use of mist nets and band the birds that are captured. You will learn what valuable information can be obtained by this fieldwork. Participants will help gather data and release the birds unharmed. 637-0320 Lenox, MA (Free, >$)
10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Spring Ephemeral Wildflower & Plant ID Hike with naturalist Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow Educational Programs in association with The Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee. Registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tamarackhollow.com Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
10am-1pm – NATURE STUDIES: Zoobilee! A Live Animal Fair at the Hancock Nature Center, a spring family animal fair to see, maybe handle, and learn about a variety of critters. There will be amphibians, reptiles, insects and more. There will also be hands-on crafts and outdoor activities. Pre-registration is required; please call 256-6006 www.hitchcockcenter.org Amherst, MA (>$)
11am-12Noon – STORY HOUR: Stories from Nature’s Garden at the Lee Library. Trustees of Reservations horticulturalist Anne Gannon invites children ages five and under along with their caregivers and siblings to hear stories about the wonders of gardens and nature. 298-3239 x3003 www.thetrustees.org Lee, MA (FREE)
10am-12Noon – CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL: Northampton’s Week of the Young Child Children’s festival. Celebrate children, families, providers, teachers, and child care advocates at the Jackson Street School. 587-1471 Northampton, MA (FREE)
11am – LITERARY ADVENTURES: Emily Dickinson for Children at the Jones Library. Stories & selected poems will be read. Children will participate in creating a banner. For ages 4 and up in the Children’s Biography Room. www.joneslibrary.org Amherst, MA
12Noon-4pm – ART CELEBRATION: Go, Kids Art, Go: the Big Party at the Leverett Crafts and Arts, Barnes Gallery. Children’s art exhibition and Big Party featuring music, dance, and storytelling performances plus face painting, henna, art workshops, a bake sale and raffle. www.leverettcrafts.org Leverett, MA (Donation)
5-8pm – ART WALK: Art Walk Easthampton is held the “Second Saturday” of the month. Locations across the city showcase visual, music and performance art in an energetic sampling of local, regional and national talent. All events are free. Parking is free. Art Walk Easthampton is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council and the support of Mantis Graphics which makes our large, yellow banners. Easthampton, MA (FREE)
5:30-7:30pm – CUMMINGTON FAMILY CENTER: The CFC will be holding their annual silent auction fundraiser at the Cummington Community House. Tickets are $10 and include delicious appetizers, wine and beer, baked goods, music and childcare. On the auction block is a diverse mix of local goods and services. It’s a super fun event — a chance to party and catch up with neighbors and friends — while meeting new ones — and supporting local communities. 634-5362 Cummington, MA (FUNDRAISER)
SUNDAY – 04/11/10
12:30-6pm – CHICKEN COOP TOUR: Has your family ever thought of keeping chickens? Let me tell you, they’re a lot of fun! Find out how others in the area are keeping their chickens at the 3rd Annual Chicken Coop Tour. Click here for schedule. Pioneer Valley, MA (FREE)
2pm – MUSIC & KNITTING: Bring your knitting needles and come hang out with the Yarn Spinners, and many others, at a concert by the Eiseman Brothers. They will be playing ragtime music. Concert at 2pm. Knitting at 3pm. Meekins is on Route 9. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)
2pm – DANCE PERFORMANCE: Just For Kicks at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The concert features a variety of dance styles and includes student performers from Academy of Ballet Arts, East Street Dance Center, Holmes Studio, New England Dance Quarters, Pineapple Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Terpsichore Ensemble, and The Valley Dance Project. Child-friendly. 584-7327 www.nohoarts.org Northampton, MA ($)
2pm – HISTORY: For older students, historian Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History and Underground Railroad Studies will conduct a talk titled “The Underground Railroad in Western Massachusetts” at the Museum of Springfield History. 263-6800 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA (FREE)
3pm – CONCERT: Grammy-nominee Evelyn Harris and the Ku’umba Women’s (A Cappella) Choir will be performing at the First Congregational Church in Amherst. Evelyn and her group sing from a wonderfully diverse repertoire of African-American Spirituals and branch out from there to blues, folk songs, oldies-but-goodies, African freedom songs and sacred and contemporary material from the African Diaspora. 256-8425 www.firstchurchamherst.org Amherst, MA ($)
3-5pm – TRANSITION WILLIAMSBURG: Come learn more about The Transition Movement at a Community Mapping Project happening at the Williamsburg Grange. There will be a screening of the film In Transition: From Oil Dependence to Local Resilience, along with a clothing swap and community potluck. Child care available. Come check out what all the buzz is about! Click here for more info. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)