Weekly Suggested Events for April 3-9, 2021

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Community-Based Educational Events & Self-Directed Learning Ideas for Easter & Early April in Western Massachusetts.

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 inteshrests of your family. Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

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10 LEARNING RESOURCES
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FEATURED EVENT: Manual Cinema Monster Movie on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (Virtual)

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just… isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Inspired by the children’s books of Mo Willems, multimedia artists Manual Cinema use mind-bending projection, DIY cinema, and immersive sound to tell the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make. Join the UMass Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm (ET) for a virtual performance of Leonardo & Sam: the Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively. Tickets are $12 per household or device, and on demand access is available for 72 hours. Visit: fineartscenter.com. or call: 800-999-8627.

30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. (Virtual)

Autism Connections, the western Massachusetts Autism Center serving families and individuals in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, hosts its 30th Annual Autism Conference on April 29, 2021. The day-long VIRTUAL educational conference brings together more than 400 parents, caregivers, educators, people with autism, self-advocates, professionals, organizations, and service providers to build awareness and knowledge, be inspired, and make meaningful connections. For more information about Autism Connections or the 30th Annual Autism Conference, visit AutismConnectionsMa.org or email autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA.

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Virtual.

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021; Age Range of Participants: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.org ♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer (Virtually) 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18) and the Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. Faculty members are veteran musicians, engineers, and producers.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Common Ground Family Camp Starksboro, VT

Camp Common Ground Family Camp Logo
Outdoors, Indoors

Dates: July 24- August 13, 2021
Age Range of Participants: 0-99yo
Contact: 802-453-2592 ♦ info@cgcvt.org ♦ www.cgcvt.org

Starksboro, VT ♦ Camp Common Ground (CCG) is an intergenerational family camp designed to provide families with a healthy and happy bonding experience while weaving in elements of nature education, arts, wellness, sports, and fun! CCG is dedicated to celebrating all families and cultivating a sense of community among campers. CCG’s 700-acre site in Starksboro, Vermont, provides campers with hiking trails, streams, ponds, and a low carbon footprint main campus to explore. Sliding scale fees include lodging in a tent, cabin, or lodge; all meals (local, organic, and vegetarian) and all activities. There is something for everyone’s taste – whether you want to ‘rough it’ or are more into ‘glamping’ – CCG has you covered!

FEATURED SCHOOL
Learn at Morse Hill
Outdoor Education Center
Shutesbury, MA

The Putney School Summer Arts
Now enrolling for Fall 2021

Learn at Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6. Experienced and caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land and seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship, and collaboration. More information about programs, curriculum, and staff can be found at www.schoolatmorsehill.org. Prospective families are invited to attend a Zoom Information Session or schedule a tour of the school’s 85-acre campus. For more information, reach out to the leadership team at admin@schoolatmorsehill.org

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Cloverdale Preschool
Florence, MA

Preschool ♦ Ages 2.9-5yrs
For more information: cloverdale2@verizon.net; 413-586-1106; www.cloverdalepreschool.com.

Cloverdale Preschool is a parent cooperative program focusing on social-emotional development and problem-solving skills. Teachers are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment with sensory-based experiences that promote confidence through exploration. Cloverdale is a small, close-knit community with a low teacher-child ratio, offering high-quality early education to children ages 2.9-5. Half/full day schedules available for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days during the academic year. Extended day hours offer unique STEAM activities. A large playground has a variety of gross motor equipment and plenty of space to run. DEEC licensed.

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List of Weekly Suggested Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2021
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

EASTER. 10am. Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage Woods Senior Living (Agawam, MA) 

STORYWALK. 10am, 11am & 1pm. StoryWalk at Noble View Outdoor Center (Russell, MA) 

ORNITHOLOGY. 10am-12pm. Eagles by the Nest at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Lifelong learners and self-directed teens can learn all about this magnificent bird and how you can help them. (Easthampton, MA) 

AVIATION. 10:30am-2:30pm. Flights of Fun Family Programs at New England Air Museum (Windsor Locks, CT) 

EASTER. 10am-4pm. Eggstravaganza at ZOO in Forest Park and Education Center (Springfield, MA) 

EASTER. 11am-3pm. Easter Eggspress at the Connecticut Trolley Museum  (Windsor Locks, CT) 

EASTER. 11am-4pm. Easter Egg Hunt at Westview Farms Creamery (Monson, MA) 

NATURAL HISTORY. 12pm. Tour of the Galapagos Islands (Virtual) 

MUSIC HISTORY. 3-6pm. Life and Legacy of Anne Feeney, a legendary musician and labor activist. (Virtual) 

MAGIC. 6pm. Magic Workshop (Virtual) 

WORLD CULTURE. 6pm. Tour of Tibet and Mt. Everest Climb (Virtual) 

STORYTELLING. 7-9pm. Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap (Virtual) 

THEATER STUDIES. 7:30pm. Interactive Online Play in Two Worlds with Silverthorne Theater Co. (Virtual) 

Self-Directed Learning:
ORNITHOLOGY

Sat., Apr. 3 @ 10am-12pm
Eagles by the Nest at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton, MA) 

Featured Title:

What It’s Like to Be a Bird

SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021
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EASTER. 10am-4pm. Eggstravaganza at ZOO in Forest Park and Education Center (Springfield, MA) 

AVIATION. 10:30am-2:30pm. Flights of Fun Family Programs at New England Air Museum (Windsor Locks, CT) 

EASTER. 11am-4pm. Easter Egg Hunt at Westview Farms Creamery (Monson, MA)

 MUSIC STUDIES. 1pm. Tour of Vienna Austria with Live Classical Music Concert (Virtual) 

THEATER STUDIES. 3pm. Interactive Online Play in Two Worlds with Silverthorne Theater Co. (Virtual) 

 EASTER. 5pm. Easter Guided Tour of the Vatican (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
EASTER EGGS

Coloring Easter Eggs with
Bleeding Tissue Paper

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD HISTORY

Recipe:
Hot Cross Buns

Featured Title:

What is a River?

MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

PLAYGROUP. 9:30-11:30am. Preschool Play Program (Great Barrington, MA) 

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

LITERACY. 11am. Kindergarten Write and Read (Great Barrington, MA) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am & 2pm. Storytime at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield, MA) 

PreK LITERACY. 11am. Spring Story Time on the lawn at the Hubbard Library (Ludlow, MA/Hybrid) 

ADHD. 6:30-8pm. Valley ADHD Parent/Caregiver Support Group with Northampton Area Pediatrics (Virtual) 

WORLD CULTURE. 7pm.  South East Asia: Tour of Vientiane Laos and Bagan Myanmar (Virtual) 

GARDENING. 7pm. Growing Squash, Cucumbers, and Melons (Virtual) 

Self-Directed Learning:
ECOSYSTEMS

Local Resource: Hilltown Land Trust

Self-Directed Learning:
HABITAT

Local Resource: Kestrel Land Trust

Featured Title:

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

EDUCATION. 8:30am. Live tour of The Bement School (Virtual) 

NATURE-BASED PreK. 9am. Nature Sprouts at Bement. Connecting with nature through stories & hands-on activities (Deerfield, MA)  

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 (West Springfield, MA) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY. 6:30pm. South America: Discover Suriname and Guyana with the Storrs Library. Ages 11+ (Virtual) 

PSYCHOLOGY.  6:30pm. Resilience Roadshow-Building, a Trauma-informed Community with the Westhampton Public Library (Virtual) 

WORLD CULTURE. 7pm. Germany: Rhine River Guided Tour (Virtual) 

BIOLOGY. 7pm. Composting with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. (Virtual) 

CHESS. 7pm. Chess with the Chicopee Public Library. Ages 8+ (Virtual) 

FORAGING. 7-8:30pm. Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants with NOFA (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
CHESS

Tues., Apr. 6 @ 7pm
Chess with the Chicopee Public Library.
Ages 8+ (Virtual) 

Self-Directed Learning:
FORAGING

Tues., Apr. 6 @ 7-8:30pm
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants with NOFA
(Virtual)

Featured Title:

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

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 

ART STUDIES. 2-4pm. Pastel Painting Workshop with West Springfield Public Library. Ages 18+ (Virtual) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

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

WORLD HISTORY. 7pm. Tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum (Virtual)

 ORNITHOLOGY. 7-8:30pm. Beginner Birdwatching

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD SCIENCE

Self-Directed Learning:
FOOD SCIENCE

Featured Title:

The Science of Good Cooking: Master 50 Simple Concepts to Enjoy a Lifetime of Success in the Kitchen

THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

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. Outside Story Time at the Lenox Library (Lenox, MA) 

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

ARTS & CRAFTS. 11am & 2pm. Crafts at Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield, MA) 

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

GARDENING. 6:30pm. Gardening Ideas to Nourish Soul, Land, and Community (Virtual) 

FUNDRAISER. 7pm. Family Trivia Night in support of Square One’s Campaign for Healthy Kids (Virtual)  

MUSIC STUDIES. 8pm. The Sage Chamber Music Society presents The Timeless Genius of Chopin, a series of four live-streamed recitals of piano works by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), performed at Smith College. (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
MUSIC STUDIES

Thurs., Apr. 9 @ 8pm
The Timeless Genius of Chopin (Virtual)

Featured Title:

Salamander Dance by David FitzSimmons

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 8am-5pm. Dakin Humane Society Pet Food Drive (Springfield & Leverett, MA) 

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

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

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

STEAM. 3pm. STEAM Tours at Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield, MA) 

HERPETOLOGY. 6:30-8pm. Spring Frog and Salamander Search for Families at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (Lenox, MA) 

WORLD HISTORY. 7pm. Germany: Tour of Berlin (Virtual)

Self-Directed Learning:
HERPETOLOGY

Listen for Frogs,
Become a Citizen Scientist

Self-Directed Learning:
HERPETOLOGY

Fri., Apr. 9 @ 6:30-8pm
Spring Frog & Salamander Search

Featured Title:

Salamander Dance by David FitzSimmons

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Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Amherst, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Holyoke, Huntington, Leyden, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Tolland, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington. Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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