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Recent highlights from Hilltown Families Facebook Page: Children and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents and caregivers! Where's your favorite local spot for outdoor adventures in the colder months? Give the post, "Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever," a read and share what you might add to their list. Are you a parent of a teenager? What are your experiences/challenges with helping them boost their self-esteem? Check out this post, "Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth" and share your thoughts! "School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety: Researchers worked with a public school to add yoga and mindfulness activities to help third-graders screened for anxiety at the beginning of the school year." We share the an article, "School-based yoga can help children better manage stress and anxiety" and asked reader to share if their child's school offer mindfulness activities.
What does it mean to be a Love Activist? This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband takes listeners on a musical and philosophical journey examining how we all, whether young or old, can use our love, kindness, time, resources and gifts to bring positive change to the world. Listen to the podcast now for an hour-long, commercial-free airing of the HFVS!
Are you subscribed to our weekly eNewsletter? Sign up here, so you never miss out! Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr.
This week, The Hilltown Family Variety Show brings you Children's Songs from Around the World, with Guest DJ, Priscilla Ahn! Priscilla is a singer-songwriter who recently debuted her first album for children and their parents. In this episode, she shares some of her favorite songs from places around the world (real and imaginary). No matter the language or culture, Priscilla believes we can all connect through enjoying good music together.
If you love learning through the lens of food, there are several events this week to support your interests, including opportunities to discover Israel and Slavic cuisines, vegan and vegetarian cooking, and even a food ceremony with the sacred cacao bean. Evergreens, winter insects, and tracking outdoors put nature-based learning into the context of our natural habitat, while theater, ballet, and world cultural studies are supported by community-based learning resources. Teens will find social activities that inspire learning, including creative writing, indoor gardening, making soap, and movie time at the library.
Protest, praise, and physics. In this month's "Off the Mat: Reflections on the Practice of Parenting," pain specialist and yoga instructor Ginny Hamilton reflects on rainbows.
What was your childhood passion? Jump roping? Star Wars collectibles? Baking in an Easy Bake Oven? Whatever was your favorite toy then and now, you're sure to find it in Toytopia, a museum experience sure to rekindle the wonder and delight of your favorite childhood moments. This exhibit also offers a warm indoor place where you and your children can play all day in a world of big toys!
I have worked as the Director of the Hilltown Food Pantry in Goshen for 25 years. When asked why I do this work, one thing that comes to mind is the good, old bumper sticker that reads, think globally, act locally. We all hear of the horrible hunger, even starvation for some, all over the 
New Year Dance Party with Award-winning Peruvian-American bilingual kindie music phenomenon Twinkle. Twinkle brings all genres of dance music -pop, electronic dance, rock, and hip-hop as she spins the hottest dance tracks for the kindie generation.
The cold days of January are tempting for staying indoors and taking in a movie, theater production, indoor sports game, or art exhibit. Traditionally we might have been involved in sewing or weaving projects, playing music, writing poetry, and enjoying shared meals, while contemporary opportunities now integrate science learning! However, winter isn't to be overlooked with its natural beauty ready to explore on a guided walk, tracking for signs of wildlife, and learning about winter birds. It's also the time of year families with young children begin to think about preschool and kindergarten options.
This New Year, rather than making a resolution to change something, why not make a commitment to find a deeper appreciation for small moments and shared time with friends and family? Here are 3 ideas to get you started...
For many, New Year's Day is a time for peace, quiet, and calmness. Though it's the beginning of something new, it's also a time to reflect on all that life brought during the past year in preparation for what's soon to come. Luckily, New Year's Day in western Massachusetts offers us a beautiful landscape within which to reflect.