Suggested Events 05/01/10-05/07/10
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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.
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HILLTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL: The Hilltown Spring Festival, a daylong family-friendly celebration of Hilltown music, arts, culture and community, will take place Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cummington Fairgrounds. Produced by the Hilltown CDC, the fourth annual Festival will feature 15 musical acts on two performance stages, including headliners Charles Neville, The Primate Fiasco and Swing Caravan, all-day children’s activities, maypole, local food and local brews, arts and crafts and a sustainable living expo. – (LISTEN TO PSA)
Irene Branson of Ashfield, MA writes: There will be a clothing swap on Saturday, June 5th from 10am-3pm at Ashfield Community Hall. “Ashfield Needles and Threads” will sponsor this one-day opportunity to clear out some of your clothes in a way that redirects and recycles them right here in the community. All remaining clothing will be donated to area shelters, the Salvation Army, etc.
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 here in the Bulletin Board section of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details
FUNDRAISER: MotherWoman’s annual Mother’s Day campaign is underway! “Mothers are Worth a Million, we’re only asking for $10” honors mothers & helps to fund mother’s support programs in our community. For every $10 you donate, a flower bearing the name of a mother you would like to honor will be hung in the window of a participating local business. When you buy a flower, you celebrate the women in your life, provide crucial funding to help mothers, and support local businesses. MotherWoman encourages you to patronize participating businesses and to stroll Amherst & Northampton to view the beautiful chain of flowers in storefront windows. Together- we can honor and support mothers- one flower at a time. Learn more about our campaign at motherwoman.com.
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION: Orientations have been scheduled for all children who will be age 5 by September 1, 2010 and their families. Kindergarten orientation for children who live in Huntington, Montgomery, Russell and Worthington will have their orientation on May 4 at Littleville Elementary School. Students who live in the towns of Blandford, Chester and Middlefield will have their orientation on May 6 at Chester Elementary School. Kindergarten orientations will begin at 6 p.m. and will run for about an hour.
MA GREEN (www.massvacation.com/MAGreen) provides online information about travel businesses’ environmental practices and informs visitors of the many attractions, lodgings, restaurants and other business who have environmental programs. In this way, MA GREEN supports the Commonwealth’s other green initiatives, including the Patrick-Murray Administration’s principles of sustainable development, which focus on encouraging smart growth, prudent use of natural resources, investments in clean, efficient energy through innovative technologies and environmental stewardship.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: On Mother’s Day, Dan Zanes will be performing in the Pioneer Valley with the Whole Children Community Chorus and special guest, local musician Mister G … and Hilltown Families and Whole Children have partnered up to offer TWO lucky families a chance to win tickets! Click here to find out how you can enter to win.
BOOK YOUR SPORTS PHYSICAL EARLY: Hilltown Community Health Centers is making a major technology transition this summer. As a result, they will be booking fewer appointments through the summer months. Any fall athlete who is a patient of HCHC and needs a sports physical for the fall is urged to book their appointment EARLY.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton seeks volunteers to lead tours through the greenhouses as well as staffing the reception and exhibition area. Call 585-2742 or email email@example.com.
SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Looking for volunteers for your non-profit, service organization or not-for-profit event? Post your “call for volunteers” on our Community Bulletin Board for profile consideration.
EARTH DAY MEDIA GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Beth Caissie of Greenfield, MA. Beth has won our collection of Earth Day Media for sharing her eco-tip. Beth writes: “We put our wireless router and all those miscellaneous computer appliances all on 2 easy to reach power strips. When we leave the house or go to bed, we turn the power off. There was a noticeable drop in our electric bills when we started this and we’re not wasting energy to power things we’re not using.” Thank you to all families who shared their favorite eco-tips. So many great ideas to inspire us all!
TICKET GIVEAWAY WINNER: Congratulations to Suzette Snow-Cobb Turners Falls, MA. Suzette has won a pair of tickets to see Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA on Tuesday, May 4th @ 8pm.
HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:
Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio. On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS
Events Happening in the Hilltowns
SATURDAY – 5/1
HAPPY MAY DAY!
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.
SCIENCE FIELD TRIP: MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department will open its doors and welcome families to “Brainia!”– a hands-on exploration of how the brain works. www.cambridgesciencefestival.org Cambridge, MA
8am – NATURE STUDIES: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at North Branch Manhan River, Westhampton. 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 Hampshire Regional High School in Westhmpton. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 Westhampton, MA (FREE)
8am-12Noon – FUNDRAISER: 3rd Annual Mom-to-Mom Sale at the All Saint’s Church Kidder Hall. Baby and children’s clothing, toys, strollers, sporting goods, books, dvds, baby gear, maternity wear. Benefit for the South Hadley Family Center. www.shfamilycenter.org South Hadley, MA (FUNDRAISER)
10am-2pm – OPEN HOUSE: Red Gate Farm will open it’s doors for an open house. There will be activities, tours, hayrides and snacks for people of all ages. You can explore the pond, walk a goat, and decorate a flower pot. This is a great chance to see the Farm. www.redgatefarm.org Buckland, MA (FREE)
10am-Noon – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: From Trash to Treasure for kids ages 5-7 at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums. Pre-register. 413-263-6800, ext. 377 or 382 www.springfieldmuseums.org Springfield, MA
10am-3pm – FUNDRAISER: The Little Red Schoolhouse will hold its second annual juried craft and tag sale to benefit the Williamstown Cooperative Nursery School. The event also will feature children’s entertainment. Bowey the Clown will perform at 11:30 a.m. and stay after his show for balloon-making; Magic Brushes will provide face painting. 458-9162 Williamstown, MA (FUNDRAISER)
11am – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Trustees of Reservations will be celebrating the official opening of the new Land of Providence property adjacent to Nuestras Raices farm and the Connecticut River. At 11 o clock there will be volunteer work projects to help with, 12:30 is the celebration event, followed by 1 pm pig roast lechonera (free to volunteers). Boating will also be available. Holyoke, MA (FREE)
11am-3pm – SPRING FESTIVAL: Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF) will host its annual Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters. The festival will focus on historic fleece & fiber. Demos of shearing with traditional tools, carding, pinning and weaving. Sheep herding with boarder collies. Old-time toys and games for the kids. And much more! 458-2494 www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA ($)
12Noon-3pm – NATURE STUDIES: Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries will be offering a 4 part class, “Behavior of Ants: Modeling and Building a Robatic Ant Colony!” for kids ages 9-12yo. Registration is required. 584-3009. Easthampton, MA ($$)
12Noon – 5pm – PARADE & RALLY: Northampton’s 29th Annual Pride Parade and Rally Event. Parade starts at noon at Lampron Park marching down into rally site behind Thorne’s market on Armory Street in downtown Northampton. www.site.nohopride.org Northampton, MA (FREE)
1-3pm – CHESS: Drop-in Chess at the Forbes Library Mezzanine. Casual meets every Saturday the library is open. All competition levels are welcome. Drop in for part or all of the session. Bring your own set if you have one or use one of the library’s. Northampton, MA (FREE)
2pm & 7pm – THEATER: Annie at the Academy of Music Theatre. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back in the Pioneer Valley. With a cast ranging in ages 7 to 18 years, Starlight’s Youth Theatre, Inc. Northampton, MA ($)
3:30-4:30pm – FARM ADVENTURES: Farm Chores are Fun at Red Gate Farm. Children are invited to come help the farmer with Saturday afternoon chores. Come feed the animals, check for eggs and do other daily chores that make life on the farm so interesting. All are welcomed. Buckland, MA (FREE)
8pm – THEATER: Arena Civic Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergei’s beautifully crafted adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel at the Shea Theater. 863-2281, ext. 3. Turners Falls, MA ($$)
7-8am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) airs encores the Hilltown Family Variety Show every Sunday morning. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.
11am – RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: A full day of entertainment at the UMass Renaissance Center’s 8th Annual Renaissance Festival. Performances, food, games and activities for the entire family. 577-3600 Amherst, MA ($)
12Noon-4pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the reopening of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio with the second annual World Rhythms Community Day. 298-4100 www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA (FREE FOR KIDS)
2pm – THEATER: Arena Civic Theater presents To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergei’s beautifully crafted adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel at the Shea Theater. 863-2281, ext. 3. Turners Falls, MA ($$)
- Click here to find your local Family Center.
- Classes start this week at ArtStar in Williamsburg. (ArtStar Explorers on Tues.; Girl Power on Wed; Teen Art Lounge on Thurs)
8am in Greenfield: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at Green River, Greenfield. 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 Home Depot, Greenfield. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 (FREE)
9:15-10:15am in Conway: Morning Yoga with Toddlers at the Town Hall with Lisa Schmitt
10:15 – 11:30am in Northampton: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Get back in shape, connect with other mothers. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
12Noon – 1:30pm in Northampton: Free Mother-Mother Breastfeeding group hosted by a certified lactation consultant every Monday from noon-1:30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Baby weight check – Information discussed includes but not limited to: latching, pumping basics, introducing bottles, introducing family foods, allergies, weaning. Medela Symphony pumps available to rent by the day or month. Full line of Medela pumps and products are available, including camisoles and bras. Fittings by appointment. 582-2096
8am in Chester: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at West Branch Westfield River in Chester. You will get wet!!! Some waders will be available for loan. A change of clothes is a good idea. You will be walking on slippery stream and river beds, up and down steep banks in chest or hip waders so you should be in good physical condition. Meet at theTekoa Country Club. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 (FREE)
9:30am & 12:30pm in North Adams: Good Night Moon & The Runaway Bunny at MASS MoCA. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings its innovative adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved bedtime classic, Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. 662.2111 www.massmoca.org ($)
10:30am in Amherst: Sing with Your Baby a fun musical program with Happy Dan the Music Man in the Large Meeting Room at the Jones Library.
4pm in Florence: Free family performance with Laura Doherty & Mariana Iranzi at Cup & Top Cafe. It’s double the fun at this special kids show! A familiar face at the Cup and Top, Boston kids artist Mariana Iranzi, teams up with Chicago kids artist Laura Doherty, for a lively family show! Mariana and Laura each won the NAPPA award in 2009 for their children’s recordings. (FREE)
6pm in Huntington: Teen Book Club discussion at the library: “A Tale of Two Cities.”
8am in Cummington: Help restore Atlantic Salmon in MA by stocking Salmon fry with MassWildlife at East Branch Westfield River in Cummington. 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 Norwottuck Rail Trail in Northampton. Call to confirm schedule: (508) 389-6331 (FREE)
10:30-11:45am in Amherst: Momma and Baby Yoga (Start after 7 weeks postpartum) at the CDH outpatient offices at 170 University Drive. Get back in shape, connect with other mothers. Recondition your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Whether baby is feeding in your arms or lying on you or next to you, your baby is included in the fun. Momma and Baby Yoga classes are offered weekly as long as there are enough families pre-registered to attend. Cost: $44 for 4 classes; or $13 per single class. Pre-registration is required: 582-2736, press “3” for Yoga
10:30-11:15am in Northampton: Jewish Family Jam. 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. Cost: Free. Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street.
6pm in Whately: A bilingual Cinco de Mayo celebration with local musician and educator Mister G will be hosted by the Whately Library A concert guaranteed to delight children (and adults) of all ages! (FREE)
4pm in Florence: Free family performance with The Okee Dokee Brothers at Cup & Top Cafe. The Okee Dokee Brothers play family music that originates from their mischievous backyard adventures as childhood best friends. Listening to their banjo and guitar is like Huck and Tom whitewater rafting with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. (FREE)
9:30am in Holyoke: Think and Play Friday at the Childrens Museum (http://www.childrensmuseumholyoke.org). The program begins every Friday at 9:30 am and runs for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This program is designed principally for our curious museum visitors who are preschool age and offers valuable guided learning experiences that will introduce our young guests to our exhibits as well as talented members of our museum staff. Be looking forward to music and movement, fun with food, art projects, and more with Ashley! Arrive for the program promptly because it’s only $6.00 per family (this includes admission to the museum) and is free for members. Anyone arriving after 10:00 am will have to pay regular museum admission prices.
10am & 11am in Pittsfield: Aquarium Adventures. Each week children ages 2-4 meet a different animal from Berkshire Museum’s aquarium and watch as their new friend enjoys a meal. Story time is included. Free with Museum admission.