Weekly Suggested Events for June 12-18, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas and online opportunities for learning at home? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support your interests and 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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SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Amherst Downtown invites families to celebrate the first day of summer in downtown Amherst on June 20 while supporting local small businesses! Every $20 spent at a participating local business between now and the first day of summer will receive a green ticket. Save up tickets & bring them to a live drawing on the Common at 12noon on June 20 for a chance to win cash prizes! This will be a festive event with horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and giant puppets parading through the Common. Remember, every $20 spent at a participating downtown business through June 20 is worth one green ticket. Spend $40 and receive two green tickets. A $100 is worth five tickets. And so on. Save your tickets & see you in downtown Amherst on June 20!
Whole Children is pleased to offer a Virtual & In Person Summer Program for school age kids. The 7-week program will be offered Monday through Saturday, July 6-August 21. We are excited to offer a full roster of virtual classes and a selection of in person classes, including photography, theater, Joyful Chorus, Friendship Band and more! Price: $150 for 7 weeks of unlimited classes! https://bit.ly/3fOLWXd or call 413-585-8010. Whole Selves is also offering two clinics this summer, including a focus on Puberty and Social Media. Price: $350 for non-Whole Children members or $100 for current registered Whole Children members. Register here: https://bit.ly/3paygtO
11th Annual Will Bike 4 Food
The 11th Annual Will Bike 4 Food brings us safely back together on Sept 26, along with a new way to participate in the months leading up to this fun & meaningful cycling event. Help raise funds for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to support our neighbors in need for Hunger Action Month. To get an early start, on June 26, join the Ride & Seek Community Challenge, which will direct you to local businesses along bikeable trails & roads in pursuit of a chance to win prizes. Visit www.WillBike4Food.org for more details, register as an individual/team, or sign-up to volunteer. Proceeds go to The Food Bank to provide healthy & nutritious meals to families & individuals facing hunger. For inquiries, email Cheyenne: email@example.com.
West Chesterfield, MA
Hilltown Sleddogs is home to a team of 16 Alaskan Husky Sled Dogs here in Western MA. The past 2 winters, the team was in Alaska doing the Serum Run Expedition 2020 & Summit Quest Race 2021. Musher, Marla BB has many stories to share. (Stay tuned for a children’s book about it all!) Summer Sled Dog Camps are full except for the last week in August. Each child gets their own sled dog & each dog gets their own kid for the week! Dog Yard Tours & Hikes with a Husky family-friendly fun is available on weekends all summer long. Rig Rides & Dog Yard Tours new this Fall is for all ages. Hilltown Sleddogs can teach classes on Cani-Cross, Bikejor, & Scooter with a clients’ dog. Birthday parties, festivals & educational demonstrations are offered too.
FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp
Holyoke & Wilbraham, MA
Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 1 June 28th – July 2nd, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Roberts Field (Holyoke High School Turf Field) 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 2 July 26th – 30th, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Spec Pond (Wilbraham, MA) 45C Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 2021
Sat., Jun 12 @ 10am-12pm. Worldwide Knit in Public Day at the Tilton Library. Join this social knitting idea, started in 2005, that has spread worldwide (57 countries in 2016)! Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street.
South Deerfield, MA.
Sat., Jun 12 @ 7:30pm. Learn to make Kuih Seri Muka with Tradition Kitchens. Kuih Seri Muka is a sweet Malaysian dessert made from a layer of glutinous coconut rice and topped with a layer of gelatinous coconut custard flavored with Pandan leaves. (Virtual)
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021
Sun., Jun 13 @ 3:30pm. Taste of Egypt. Join Cultured Kids Cuisine for a live cooking class where you will how to cook the Egyptian staple, Tamiyaby. Cultured Kids Cuisine is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate children about culture through food and cooking
Sun., Jun 13 @ 7:30pm. The Early History of Vaccination: A Guided Tour of Dr. Jenner’s House. Dr. Jenner’s House is the former home of vaccine pioneer Edward Jenner, the place from which he encouraged the world to practice vaccination against smallpox. Take a virtual tour of the house and its exhibitions. (Virtual)
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021
Mon., Jun 14 @ 7-8:15pm. The History of Ice Cream! Are you ready for the inside scoop on one of America’s favorite desserts? Join the Sharon Historical Society as they explore the history of ice cream. (Virtual)
Mon., Jun 14 @ 7:30-9pm. Join SheJumps for a free online event discussing everything you need to know about getting started in the activity of skateboarding, a great sport based on the laws of physics! (Virtual)
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021
Tues., Jun 15 @ 7:30pm. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with Tradition Kitchens. (Virtual)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021
Wed., Jun 16 @ 10am. Let’s Paint a Field of Flowers: Art Workshop. Imagine walking along a lovely farm road, and in front of you is a field full of bright, beautiful flowers, blowing gently in the warm summer breeze. Your senses are engaged! Colors, smells, the quietness of each flower. In this workshop, be guided in painting a field of flowers to capture a sense of place through color. (Virtual)
Wed., Jun 16 @ 6pm. Kombucha and Tapai with the Culinary Literacy Center. Learn about the fermentation process and its cultural significance in their respective culinary traditions, the history and science behind fermentation, and how to make kombucha and tapai, an ancient process of fermentation practiced and enjoyed in Siberian and Malaysian cultures. (Virtual)
THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021
Thurs., Jun 17 @ 12pm. Artist, Nikolai Astrup devoted his career to celebrating a remote region of Norway. This lecture for the exhibition Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway at The Clark, introduces Astrup, his art, horticultural exploits & commitment to environmental issues. (Virtual)
Thurs., Jun 17 @ 7pm. Learn about astrobiology with the Royal Astronomical Society during this online science cafe. This informal talk will cover many topics, including: a review of astrobiology; life in the universe; and space microbiology. (Virtual)
FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021
Fri., Jun 18 @ 9:30am-5pm. Families can explore the Village and participate in games to woodworking to nature exploration, gaining exposure to aspects of 1830s New England life. Old Sturbridge Village. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.
PHYSICS OF MOVEMENT
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, Leyden, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, 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.