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Enter to Win a Handmade Dollhouse & Accessories from the Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair November 3rd, 2012 Hilltown Families is a proud co-sponsor of the 3rd Annual Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair happening on Saturday, November 3rd from 10am-3pm at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington, MA.  The holiday fair features local, handmade, creative free play gifts and benefits the Cummington Family Center. At the Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair,… Read More

The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series Not many children’s brands can stand the test of time, entertaining and educating multiple generations. The Magic School Bus, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is one such brand. This month the Emmy Award winning TV series has been re-launcehd to DVD, The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series, bringing together all 52 episodes of the program on 8 DVDs… and Hilltown Families has a… Read More

Local Artist Creates Toys That Encourage Creative Free Play We were recently approached by Janet Street, a Northampton artist and entrepreneur who has launched an eco-friendly, open play toy initiative, Easy Keepers, that she is campaigning to fund through Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform that showcases creative projects by individuals or groups who are seeking funding… We were intrigued! I shared Janet’s video that outlines and highlights her toys with my 9yo daughter…. Read More

A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade By James Preller, Illustrated by Greg Ruth Win an Copy Inscribed by Illustrator Greg Ruth Local Hilltown artist Greg Ruth has released a new children’s book titled Pirate’s Guide to First Grade – and Hilltown Families has an inscribed copy to giveaway to two lucky families.  Deadline to enter to win is Monday, September 27th 2010. Details below. ABOUT PIRATE’S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE Arr! It’s… Read More

Get the Kids a Cookin’ for the Blueberry Bake Off Hosted by the CISA and Greenfield Farmers’ Market On Saturday, August 1, CISA and the Greenfield Farmers’ Market will host a contest featuring desserts made from locally grown blueberries. Participants should drop off their blueberry creations at 9am that day. No need to pre-register. A CISA staff member, a local farmer and other judges will determine the winning recipe. A $50 Greenfield… Read More

Treasury of 25 Storybook Classic: Dinosaurs, Trucks, Monsters and more! DVD 4-Disc Collection Scholastic/Weston Woods debuts two new DVD collections in their Storybook Treasures series this month, aimed to appeal to both boys and girls: Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Dinosaurs, Trucks, Monsters… and More! Treasury of 25 Storybook Classics: Fairytales, Magic… and More! Each collection includes 4-discs of carefully crafted productions that stay true to the original text and illustrations. This… Read More

Morgan Taylor of Gustafer Yellowgold join us on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, including songs by Harry Nilsson. This led me to discover a video from The Point with one of Harry Nilsson’s songs that Uncle Rock played on his Guest DJ visit, “Think About Your Troubles:”

4th Annual Think Local First Contest The Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (PV BALLE) 4TH Annual Think Local First contest will be running through the end of this year. As an incentive to get folks to support local, independent business in the Hilltowns and Pioneer Valley, over 90 local businesses have donated more than 130 gift certificates that value nearly $4,000 to PV BALLE’s contest this year. Visit http://www.pvballe.org… Read More

This week Persephone’s learning friendship skills in her kindergarten class. Important skills that will carry her through her life. Skills that teach communication, understanding and how to work through conflicts. (I wonder if there’s a refresher course available for parents?)

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