Weekly Suggested Events for April 10-16, 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 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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15 SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
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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.
Hartsbrook School Fiddle Camp: it’s not just for fiddles! Bring your cellos, guitars, and ukuleles too. Campers learn tunes from around the world, playing under outdoor canopies on Hartsbrook’s beautiful, spacious campus in Hadley, MA. The experienced instructors bring joy and fun to music lessons, and the school’s donkeys and goats are a receptive audience for practice concerts. For beginner-intermediate through intermediate level musicians in rising 4th through 9th grade. July 5-9, 9am-12:30pm. For more information: www.hartsbrook.org/programs/fiddle-camp.
Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.
This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Hilltown Sleddogs Day Camps
West Chesterfield, MA
Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after, and train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog, and swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Campers love to do together. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!” (JG) “The hands-on connection with dogs is amazing. At the end of the week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM) Overnight Camps will resume 2022. Covid Safety Protocol will continue for 2021. July 6-August 27, 2021.
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
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp
Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp and Songwriting Camp: Week 1:Beginner,Rock band-Radio Hits July 12-16, 9-3pm Week 2 Camp Beginner, Rock Band- Radio Hits, British Invasion, Alternative July 26-30, 9-3pm Week 3 Songwriting/Recording Camp – August 9-13, Mon – Thurs 9-4pm, Friday 9-6pm
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!
Bement is open with students attending school in person, and they are accepting applications for fall 2021 as space remains available. The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning, and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information, join their virtual open house or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021
Sat., Apr 10 @ 10am. Life in a Vernal Pool at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton, MA)
SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2021
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021
TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021
Tues., Apr 13 @ 9:30am. Free Interactive Math Walk in Downtown Northampton (Northampton, MA)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 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, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Chester, Chesterfield, Chicopee, Colrain, Dalton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Gill, Goshen, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Heath, Holyoke, Huntington, Huntington, Leyden, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Northfield, Palmer, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Springfield, Tolland, Tyringham, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.