Weekly Suggested Events for April 3-9, 2021
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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15 SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
10 LEARNING RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
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
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!
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 email@example.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
Sat., Apr. 3 @ 10am-12pm
Eagles by the Nest at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton, MA)
SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021
Thurs., Apr. 9 @ 8pm
The Timeless Genius of Chopin (Virtual)
FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021
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.
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.