Weekly Suggested Events for January 16-22, 2021

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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas for remote learning or homeschooling? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support the interests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

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Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

Virtual Martin Luther King Day on January 18, 2021
Photograph of two young people with stringed instruments with text overlay: Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. Virtual Music Program. A weekly enrichment and education program for orchestral instrumentalists ages 8-18. Thurs 6-8pm. Starts January 28, 2021.
Virtual program begins Jan 28. Ages 8-18.

FEATURED MUSIC PROGRAM
Pioneer Valley Symphony
Youth Orchestra Virtual Program

The Pioneer Valley Symphony in Greenfield, MA, is accepting new students to its Youth Orchestra virtual program. Thursdays 6-8pm, January 28 – May 13 (16 sessions). Students play, learn, and grow during these fun and interactive sessions led by Chris Moeringher of the Teaching Artists Community Music School of Springfield. Activities include music rehearsals, virtual recording projects, music history, theory, improvisation, and masterclasses. Open to all orchestral instrumentalists ages 8-18. Tuition is $225 for the semester; fees are prorated for rolling admission. Discounts are available for families with multiple participants and limited scholarship funding available. For more information: admin@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org.

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Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley

FEATURED CLASSES
Northampton Center for the Arts

The Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley offers classes for all ages in art, dance, music, theatre, writing, and more! Classes are being offered virtually, in-person, and via a hybrid model, with health protocols in place. New classes are added throughout the year, so visit their website regularly! The Center also offers affordable rental space for individuals and small groups of artists, educators, and local organizations, while developing programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections. ArtPlay, the Center’s unique interdisciplinary vacation arts program, returns in February, April, and summer of 2021. They also have daytime availability for remote learning pods to rent their beautiful space. For more information: programs@nohoarts.org; 413-584-7327; www.nohoarts.org.

Virtual Open House: Jan 16 @ 10am

Featured School
Amherst Montessori School

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Attend their virtual Open House on January 16 at 10am, or set-up a virtual tour to explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from a partial day to a full day with extended hours. More information at amherstmontessori.org

Photograph of teacher with three teenage students smiling for the camera.
Virtual Open House on Jan 20 & Feb 6

FEATURED SCHOOL
Four Rivers Charter Public School

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, MA, is accepting applications for Fall 2021. Prospective families can attend a Virtual Open House on Wed., January 20 at 7pm, or Sat., February 6 at 10am. Four Rivers is a small Expeditionary Learning school for grades 7-12, dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Four Rivers offers a rigorous college preparatory program aligned with the MA curriculum frameworks and emphasizes character development for moral and social responsibility. Students connect learning to the real world, work hard, and develop the independence and thinking skills needed in college and beyond.For more info & Zoom link, visit FourRiversCharter.org.

Birds-eye view of two children playing outdoors.
Ages 15mo-3.5+yrs

FEATURED DAYCARE/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Maple Hill Play Garden

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA, offers an inclusive early childhood program – with abundant time outdoors – that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. Backing the Larch Hill Conservation lands, The Maple Hill Play Garden’s outdoor space provides children with ample opportunities to explore the magical nooks and crannies of the natural world as they play. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps ground children in a sense of place. Hot, nourishing, organic meals and snacks are provided. Ages 15mo-3.5+yrs. For more information: NourishingChildhood@gmail.com; 978-500-3070; www.maplehillplaygarden.com.

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Class Directory

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021

NATURALIST SKILLS. 9am-5pm. Winter Survival 101 

NATURALIST SKILLS. 10-12:30pm. Snowshoe Track and Tree ID 

INTERGENERATIONAL. 10am. Boardgames 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 10am. Winter Walk at Lynes Sanctuary 

AGRICULTURE. 10am. Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market 

EDUCATION/DAYCARE-6. 10am. Amherst Montessori School Virtual Open House 

LOCAL FOOD/FARMERS’ MARKET. 10am-2pm. Berkshire Grown Great Barrington Winter Farmers Market 

AGRICULTURE. 11am-2pm. Holyoke Winter Farmers’ Market 

PreK LITERACY. 12pm. Winter Wander Nature Explore 

ANCIENT HISTORY. 2pm. Animals in Medicine and Magic in Ancient Egypt 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. Celebrating Black Composers

Self-Directed Learning:
BOARD GAMES

INTERGENERATIONAL
Sat., Jan. 16 @ 10am. Boardgames 

Self-Directed Learning:
ANCIENT CULTURES

EGYPTIAN HISTORY
Sat, Jan 16 @ 2pm. Animals in Ancient Egypt

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021

Self-Directed Learning:
BIOCHEMISTRY

AGRICULTURE
Sun., Jan. 17 @ 10am-2pm
Easthampton Winter Farmers’ Market 

Self-Directed Learning:
NATURALIST SKILLS

BIRDS OF PREY.
Sun., Jan. 17 @ 7-9pm
Owl Prowls

Self-Directed Learning:
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

MLK DAY
Mon., Jan. 18, 11am. Dr. King Day Celebration

Self-Directed Learning:
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

“We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.” – Bayard Rustin

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021

CRAFTS. 9am. Melted Crayon Paperweight for Teens 

EDUCATION/K-9. 9am. Bement Virtual Campus Tour (Live)  

PreK LITERACY 10am. Story Hour with Greenfield Library

CULINARY ARTS. 10am What’s Cooking Cookbook Club 

EDUCATION/K-8. 12pm. Oak Meadow K-8 Virtual Info Session 

PreK LITERACY. 2pm. Makerspace Storytime 

STE(A)M. 4:30PM. Virtual Build Your Own Vehicle (K-2) 

HISTORY/RACISM. 5:30pm. This is America: Exploring the History of Racism 

EDUCATION/K-9. 6pm. Bement K-9 Virtual Open House 

LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION. 6:30pm. Books Behind the Movies 

FILM STUDIES. 7pm. Live Scored Silent Films 

HERPETOLOGY. 7pm. Intro to Sea Turtles of Cape Cod 

CLIMATE CHANGE. 7pm. Climate Change Film Discussion 

FOLKTALES. 7pm. African Folk Tales Storyhour

Self-Directed Learning:
KITCHEN SKILLS

CULINARY ARTS
Tues., Jan. 19 @ 10am
Cookbook Club 

Self-Directed Learning:
CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE
Tues., Jan. 19 @ 7pm
Climate Change Film Discussion 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021

EDUCATION/KINDERGARTEN. 8:30am. Bement Kindergarten Virtual Open House 

PreK LITERACY. 10am. Virtual Story Time with the Montague Library 

PreK MUSIC. 10:30am. Virtual Family Jam!  

FIBER ARTS. 12noon. Knot Just Knitters: Live at Lunchtime! 

EDUCATION/HIGH SCHOOL. 12pm. Oak Meadow High School Virtual Info Session 

ART STUDIES. 12pm. World History Through the Arts 

PreK LITERACY. 4pm. Cushman Library Story Hour with the Cushman Library 

ETHNOBOTANY. 4pm. Tribal Medicines 

ARTS & CRAFTS. 6:30pm. Penguin Awareness Day for Kids 

BOTANY. 6:30pm. The Botany of Cacao 

STEM. 6:30pm. iRobot Career Training Panel for Teens 

NATURALIST SKILLS. 7pm. Tracking Mammals in Winter 

TEENS. 7pm. Life Skills Teens Need To Know

Self-Directed Learning:
NATURALIST SKILLS

TRACKING
Wed., Jan. 20 @ 7pm. Tracking Mammals

Self-Directed Learning:
POLAR REGIONS

ARTS & CRAFTS
Wed., Jan. 20 @ 6:30pm. Penguin Awareness

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2021

PreK MUSIC. 9:30am. Let’s Make Music 

PreK DEVELOPMENT. 9:30am. Virtual Grow Play & Learn Weekly Group with Hubbard Memorial Library 

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Lenox Library Outside Story Time 

SENSE OF PLACE. 12:15am. The Magic of Place: How New England Shaped its Artists and Writers 

DENGROLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY. 1-3pm. Native Plant Trust Book Club: Around the World in 80 Trees 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7pm. Loons 

HISTORY. 7-8:30pm. Ice Harvesting in New England

Self-Directed Learning:
DENDROLOGY

NATURAL HISTORY
Thurs., Jan 21 @ 1-3pm
Around the World in 80 Trees

Self-Directed Learning:
ICE HARVESTING

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Thurs., Jan. 21 @ 7-8:30pm
Ice Harvesting in New England

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021

PreK LITERACY. 10am. Story Hour with Greenfield Library

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Lenox Library Facebook Live Story Time 

CIVICS. 11am. Civics 101: Executive Branch

Self-Directed Learning:
CIVICS

CIVICS
Fri., Jan. 22 @ 11am
Civics 101: Executive Branch

Self-Directed Learning:
MANUFACTURING

MUSEUM ADVENTURES
How People Make Things”
at the Springfield Science Museum

Online and in-person events and resources shared above are done so as a courtesy and not as an endorsement. While we do our best to share accurate and up-to-date information, please take the time to confirm information, age appropriateness, registration requirements, safety protocols, and associated costs.

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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