Weekly Suggested Events for February 27 – March 5, 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!

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The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. in Hadley, MA. Join CBM this summer! Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Their programs are held both outdoors and indoors. Yoga, dancing, nature walks, arts and crafts, and so much more! Also, a free show at the end of each week! Space is limited and follows all safety precautions and protocols. Dates: July 5-August 27, 2021; Age Range of Participants: 4-13yo. Contact: 413-478-1944; cassieferr@gmail.com; www.childrensballetmovement.com

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Adventure East – NEW Outdoor Adventures in Western Mass – $50 Northampton Gift Card Give Away!

Adventure East is a new outdoor adventure company in Western Mass and is developing hiking, biking, paddling experiences for all ages and experience levels. They would love to have your input as they prepare to launch in June. They need 10 minutes of your time to complete their online survey. The information you share will only be used for their product development and will not be shared. To show their appreciation, if you provide them with your email, you will be eligible to win one of five Northampton Gift Cards worth $50 each. The deadline for replying is March 31, 2021. To complete the survey, click here. More info: info@adventureeast.com.

FEATURED VIRTUAL CLASS
PuppetSpeak Virtual Language Courses

The Putney School Summer Arts
Virtual

PuppetSpeak is a video-based program that teaches languages through puppetry. Choose from Spanish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, or English. Enjoy learning with silly puppet skits designed based on the latest science about optimal memory function. The program is fun and manageable for ages 3 +, even to adulthood, since you can learn at your own pace. Based out of Shutesbury, MA.

For more information: anna@talkinghandstheatre.com; 413-367-9134; puppetspeak.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
The Wild Arts Cafe in Northampton, MA

Wild Arts Cafe in Northampton, MA.
Classes for ages 9-14

The Wild Arts Cafe offers 4th-8th graders multi-modal arts classes in six-week sessions, with an emphasis on open-ended creativity. Modalities include visual arts, creative writing, movement, music, photography, and more. On one day, the younger kids might create a spontaneous collage on cereal a box and fill it with story scraps. Or they might paint a life-sized body map and paste personified poetry on top. 7th and 8th graders work with clay while blindfolded–– then use the experience as a prompt to write a story. They also learn Soul Collage™ and Zentangle™ along with the Wild Arts Cafe’s online students at Hogar Irekani Orphanage in Mexico. As one student recently said, “In the Wild Arts classes, my ideas feel free!” For more information: alisa@thewildartscafe.com; 413-588-6898; thewildartscafe.com

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Common School in Amherst, MA

In-Person/Adaptable

Preschool ♦ Ages 3-12yrs
For more information: 413-256-8989; www.commonschool.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Prospective families are invited to meet their teachers and tour their newly renovated facilities, including outdoor learning spaces for extended time outside.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021

FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

NATURE STUDIESAuthors and Artists Online Festival: Honoring Nature (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. StoryWalk on the Trail at the Leverett Library (In-Person in Leverett, MA) 

NORDIC SKIING. Daylight. Notchview in Windsor, MA (In-Person) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 8am. Birding for Everyone (In-Person in Turners Falls, MA) 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. 10am. Winter Walk at Laughing Brook (In-Person in Hampden, MA) 

INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING. 10am. Boardgames with the Meekins Library (Virtual) 

ECOLOGY. 10am. Winter Ecology: Beavers and other Mammals (In-Person in Lenox, MA)  

NATURE JOURNALING. 10:30am-12:30pm. Exploring Nature In Watercolor (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 12pm. Painting with Scissors (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 2pm. Vincent van Gogh Art Tour (Virtual)  

PERFORMANCE ART. 2-5pm. Introduction to Voiceover with the Berkshire Music School (Virtual) 

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES. 3pm. National Museum of African American History & Culture (Virtual) 

U.S. GOVERNMENT. 3-5pm. Kamala Harris: The New Narrative of Women’s Leadership (Virtual) 

ARCHITECTURE. 3:30pm. Ashintully Remembered: Postwar Living in a Gilded Age House (Virtual)  

MAGIC. 6pm. Magic Workshop (Virtual) 

PERFORMANCE ART. 7pm. Stagehand, An Immersive Livestream Adventure (Virtual) 

FILM STUDIES. 7-10pm. Five College Student Film Festival (Virtual) 

Self-Directed Learning:
HUMAN RIGHTS

What are the universal human rights?

Self-Directed Learning:
STEREOTYPES

Stereotypes and “Single Stories”

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2021

 FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

NATURE STUDIESAuthors and Artists Online Festival: Honoring Nature (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. StoryWalk on the Trail at the Leverett Library (In-Person in Leverett, MA) 

NORDIC SKIING. Daylight. Notchview in Windsor, MA (In-Person)

LOCAL FOOD. 10am-2pm. Winter Farmers’ Market in Easthampton, MA (In-Person) 

NUTRITION. 11am-2pm. Postpartum Cooking: Plant-Based Foods for Supporting New Families (In-Person in Stockbridge, MA) 

SOCIAL JUSTICE. 2pm. Histories of American Protest and Activism (Virtual) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 4pm. Piano & Computer Multi-Media Performance: Natural Machines (Virtual) 

PERFORMANCE ART.  5pm. Open Mic with the Becket Arts Center (Virtual)

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021

FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

ART STUDIESFind Your Happy Place: A virtual platform self-paced workshop which combines simple neurobiology & art (Virtual)  

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show (In-Person in Stockbridge, MA) 

PreK MUSIC. 10:30am. Sing With Your Little Ones with the Pelham Library (Virtual) 

LITERACY. 11am. Kindergarten Write and Read in Great Barrington 

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program in Great Barrington 

PreK LITERACY. 11am. Storytime with Hubbard Memorial Library (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am & 2pm. Storytime at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum 

STEM. 5pm. Engineering Workshop: 3D Wooden Puzzles (5-8yo) (In-Person in West Springfield, MA) 

STEM. 6:30pm. Engineering Workshop: 3D Wooden Puzzles (9-13yo) (In-Person in West Springfield, MA) 

PARENT WORKSHOP. 6:30pm. ADHD Parent/Caregiver Support Group (Virtual) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7pm. Ukulele Strum-Along with the Springfield City Library (Virtual)

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show (In-Person in Stockbridge, MA) 

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Make & Take and Playgroup at the Granby Library (Virtual)  

PLAYGROUP. 10am. Playgroup with Hatfield Library. (Email for Zoom link) kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY 10am. Story Hour with Greenfield Public Library (Email for Zoom link) librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)  

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person) 

PARENTING WORKSHOP. 4-6pm. Active Parenting of Teens Workshop. Call to register: 413-663-7588 (In-Person in North Adams, MA)  

GARDENING. 6pm. The No-Till Garden with Berkshire Botanical Garden (Virtual) 

GEOGRAPHY. 6:30pm.  Around the World Nature Series Wales: Castles, Butterflies, and More (Virtual)  

GARDENING. 7pm. Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
PLATE TECTONICS

A Billion Years of Shifting Tectonic Plates

Self-Directed Learning:
GEOGRAPHY

Teaching the Geography of Food

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021

 NATURALIST SKILLS. Wildlife Tracking. RSVP: noah@thebeatnews.org  (In-Person in Lenox, MA) 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show  (In-Person) 

PREK MUSIC & MOVEMENT. 9:30am. Interactive Music & Movement Workshop for Caregivers + Kids 1-5yrs (Virtual) 

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program in Great Barrington 

PreK MUSIC. 10:30am. Family Jam (Virtual) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person) 

 FIBER ARTS. 12pm. Knot Just Knitters with the Springfield City Library (Virtual) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)  

ZOOLOGY. 3pm. After-School Animal Encounters–Weird Eaters with Harvard Museum of Natural History (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 4pm. Story Hour with the Cushman Library (Virtual) 

NATURALIST SKILLS. 5:30pm. Drawing Into Watercolor in Nature with the Northampton Center for the Arts (Virtual) 

ART STUDIES. 5:30-7:30pm. Drawing into Watercolor in Nature with Northampton Center for the Arts (5 classes)  

ARCHITECTURE. 6pm. The Vernacular Architecture of Early New England with Historic Deerfield (Virtual) 

ECOLOGY. 6:30-8pm. Vernal Pools: A presentation hosted by the Hilltown Land Trust. Sign up: audrey@hilltownlandtrust.org (Virtual) 

EDUCATION. 6:30pm. Tips and Tricks for Remote Learners (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7-8:30pm Beginner Birdwatching Series

Self-Directed Learning:
NATURALIST SKILLS

“John Body from Nature Nerds Rule teaches the basics of animal tracking as part of Kestrel Land Trust’s Learning With the Land Series. … [looking] at the four basics of tracking: context, patterns, stride and straddle, and the tracks themselves.”

Self-Directed Learning:
ORGANIC FARMING

Did you know that one cup of cauliflower has the same about of vitamin C as an orange? Did you know that cauliflower is naturally yellow, not white? Learn more about how cauliflower is grown: Cauliflower: How Does it Grow? 

Naturally Curious : A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show  (In-Person) 

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

PreK PLAYGROUP. 10am Music & Movement with the Montague Libraries (Virtual)  

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Lenox Library Outside Story Time (In-Person) 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)  

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum (In-Person) 

PHYSICS. 12pm. Classroom Science at Home: Exploring Pendulums (Virtual) 

MINDFULNESS. 2:45pm. Teen Mindfulness Course with the Tilton Library (Virtual) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person) 

ART STUDIES: 4:15pm. Observation and Abstraction of the Living World  (Virtual) 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION. 7pm. Eastern Spadefoot Toad (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 7pm. Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials (Virtual) 

SING-ALONG. 7pm. Singing Ourselves Home (Virtual)  

GARDENING. 7pm. Better Backyard Tomatoes (Virtual) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 7:30pm. The Art of the Audition: From Conservatory to Career (Virtual) 

WORLD HISTORY. 7:30-9pm. Irish History Course with The Irish Cultural Center, Inc. of Western New England (Virtual) 

MUSIC STUDIES. 8pm. The Timeless Genius of Chopin II with Smith College (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
SOIL SCIENCE

K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources 

Self-Directed Learning:
MYCOLOGY

Plants communicate using internet of fungus

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021

FILM STUDIESPioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (Virtual) 

BOTANY. 9am-4pm. Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual Bulb Show  (In-Person) 

PUPPETRY. 10am. Shadow Puppet Design (Virtual) 

PreK LITERACY. 10am. Story Hour with Greenfield Public Library (Email for Zoom link) librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org 

PreK LITERACY. 10:30am. Storytime with the Lenox Library (Virtual) 

PLAYGROUP. 10:30am. Art Museum Playdate with the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Virtual)  

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. 11am Tours of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)  

GOVERNMENT. 11am. Civics 101: The Constitution Part 1 (Virtual) 

ECOLOGY. 12-1:30pm. Temperate Rainforest (Virtual) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield, MA (In-Person)  

STORYTIME.  3pm. Nature Story Time with Boston Nature Center (Virtual) 

PASTRY ARTS. 4pm. Bake With Me! Key Lime Pie (Virtual) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 7-8:30pm. Ducks & Waterbirds (Virtual)

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Deerfield, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Heath, Huntington, New Salem, Northfield, Palmer, Plainfield, South Hadley, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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