Weekly Suggested Events for May 8-14, 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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100 SUGGESTED EVENTS
14 SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
10 LEARNING RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Charlemont, MA ♦ The Recovery Theatre is a performing arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This post-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to them becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: August 6-10, 2021; Age Range: 12-18yo & 18 -24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. firstname.lastname@example.org; hilltownyouth.org.
Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. email@example.com; hilltownyouth.org.
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. firstname.lastname@example.org 413-750-9560
River Valley Co-op
River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Lion Knoll
Leyden, MA ♦ Camp Lion Knoll provides children from 4.5 years to 14 years of age a summer camp experience when the public schools are not in session. Their program allows parents to attend school, work, and/or receive special services while knowing their child is busy and safe. Camp Lion Knoll promotes social and emotional learning and provides children with quality out-of-school time experience that studies show can help stem academic declines typical of a summer break. Campers are also provided with a structured meal schedule and nutritious meals during the summer.
FEATURED AUTISM RESOURCE
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021
SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2021
MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021
Tues., May 11 @ 6:30-8pm. Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook. (Virtual)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021
Thurs., May 12 @ 10am-12pm. “Bees in the Hive” at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment for ages 5-8. (Amherst, MA)
Along the scenic Lijiang River in China, Oone family been keeping up a centuries-old tradition of fishing with cormorant birds.
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 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.