Learn Local. Play Local.: Music Studies to Geology. Creative Free Play to Early Childhood Education.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

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These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 8-15, 2019. Click through, peruse our list below, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!



Monday, June 10, 6:30pm – VETERINARY SCIENCE/DOGS: Dog Health, Safety, and First Aid. With furry friends being outside more this time of year (and even joining families on vacation!) it helps to know how to keep them safe. Barbara of the Barking Basement in Westhampton will talk about Dog Health, Safety, and First Aid. All are welcome to learn about how to care for their pets in the warmer weather. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA

Thursday, June 20, 6:30pm – DOGS/FRISBEE: Flying High Frisbee Dogs at the library! These fantastic flying pups show us their world of outstanding skills. Four of the most athletic border collies on the planet will perform on the library lawn. Their handler, Mike, holds the current title of #1 Professional K-9 Frisbee performer in the world. Westhampton Public Library. 413-527-5386. 1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA.


Tuesdays in June – STORYTIME/GOATS: Storytime with Goats! Cuddle with two French Alpine goats, Daisy & Aster, at Notchview in Windsor. Kids and their caregivers will sit on bales of hay with Notchview’s goat friends for a morning storytime followed by goat brushing, feeding, and snacks in the lodge. Storytime with Goats takes place every Tuesday in June from 10-11am and is recommended for ages 3-5. Please email acaluori@thetrustees.org to register. Cost: Member Adult: $Free; Member Child: $3; Nonmember Adult: $Free; Nonmember Child: $6. Notchview is a property of The Trustees of Reservations and located at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor, MA

Saturday, June 15, 10am-2pm – FARM ANIMALS/GOATS: Interested in caring for goats? Baby Goat Day at Easthampton Feed will be offering expert knowledge on goat care for those interested in learning more about raising goats. If this event inspires your family to keep goats, there are 4H Youth Groups in western MA your children can participate in to help them learn about their care and upkeep. Check out UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Program for goats 4-H resources in our region. Easthampton Feed. 413-527-0778. 18 Mechanic St, Easthampton, MA.



Friday, June 14, 10am-12noon – CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT/LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: How does speech and language develop? How can you promote language and communication? When should you be concerned? Renee Riley, Speech and Language pathologist will be at the Hilltown Family Center. Free childcare. Hilltown Family Center. 413-667-2203. 9 Russell Rd, Huntington, MA.




Saturday, June 8, 10am-3pm – LANDSCAPING/GARDEN TOUR: Home gardens seem to have become popular in the 13th and 14th century in Europe. What started as a trend among rich landowners spread to the working classes in Elizabethan England. Some theories for how and why gardens became so popular at the time revolve around the Black Plague, which drastically increased the availability of land. If you are passionate about gardening you won’t want to miss the Annual Northampton Garden Tour! Check out some of the Northampton’s most amazing gardens, learn some new gardening techniques, and support the Forbes Library, while you’re at it. Get your tour tickets from the Friends of the Forbes Library. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.



Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:30pm – ART STUDIES/CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING: Chinese Brush Painting with Zhong-Hua La at the Whately Town Hall. Chinese Brush Painting is about the balance of nature and the inter relatedness and complexity of all things. Students will learn philosophical, cultural and technical aspects of this ancient art. Registration required. Limited space. 413-665-2170. Whately Town Hall. Whately, MA.



Saturday, June 8, 8am-2pm – FOOD/RHUBARB FESTIVAL: This time of year farm stands all over the area are selling rhubarb. A local delicacy, rhubarb has been enjoyed all over the world for thousands of years in both sweet and savory dishes. In China, rhubarb has also been prized for its medicinal properties. For most people, the most common application of rhubarb is paired with strawberries in crumbles or pies. Many 19th century cookbooks even refer to rhubarb as the ‘pie plant.’ Come learn all about things you can do with rhubarb and taste some delicious sweet and savory rhubarb dishes at the Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival. Plants and cookbooks will also be available for sale. 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA.

Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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