Weekly Suggested Events for June 19-25, 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!
Scroll down to discover featured events, learning opportunities, and educational videos to support learning from home. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!
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
The Campus School in Northampton, MA, is pleased to announce that due to a growth in enrollment, they will be adding a second kindergarten class for the 2021-22 school year. Limited spaces are available and applications will be accepted on a space available basis. What can a 5-year old learn on a college campus? Click here to learn more about the Campus School’s partnership with Smith College! Request information here or schedule a tour with the director of admission and financial aid by emailing Maureen Litwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 PROGRAM
Community Music School of Springfield Music Lessons
Come play with CMSS this summer! CMSS offers high-quality music instruction for students of all ages and levels, and their summer session features flexible scheduling and a choice of online or hybrid learning. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will connect with you while helping you accomplish your personal musical goals. Offering instruction in over 30 instruments and voice, their registration team can help you decide whether to rent or purchase your instrument. Getting started is easy – your summer music lesson is just a click or phone call away!
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021
Sat., June 19 @ 10am. Terrific Turtles at Laughing Brook. June is when many turtles are laying their eggs, and folks may see aquatic turtles crossing roads to get to favorite nesting spots. Learn about freshwater turtles and how to protect them while searching the pond for turtles sunning themselves on logs at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.
Sat., June 19 @ 11am. Communication in Cooking with the Southwick Library. Cooking is a great way to expand your child’s communication skills. It helps children learn how to follow directions, expand vocabulary, and create a shared experience for you and your child. Email email@example.com for the featured recipe, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. (Virtual)
SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021
A mineral’s physical properties give us essential clues about its identity. Which five properties are most telling? Watch this clip to learn more!
Weathering and erosion are key concepts of geology and Earth Science. Find out more in the above video
MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021
“Imagine a two-dimensional world — you, your friends, everything is 2D. In his 1884 novella, Edwin Abbott invented this world and called it Flatland. Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan take the premise of Flatland one dimension further, imploring us to consider how we would see dimensions different from our own and why the exploration just may be worth it.” — Exploring other dimensions – Alex Rosenthal and George Zaidan, TED-Ed
In folklore, what is a trickster? According to CrashCourse, “tricksters are, well, tricky. They’re wise and foolish, they’re promiscuous and amoral, but in a lot of ways, they’re good guys.” In this video, host Mike presents the first in a series of trickster stories in mythology, starting with Anansi, the West African trickster god who is also sometimes a spider, then sharing the story of tricky Hercules and Atlas, and more recent tricksters like B’rer Rabbit.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021
Technology is changing faster and faster. Some futurists believe we are rapidly approaching the “singularity,” the moment when technological advancement will have accelerated exponentially to the point that technology becomes something more significant and more profound than we could ever currently imagine. We may not yet be at that point but it can still be challenging to keep up with all the latest gizmos and gadgets. In this Cosmology Today video, Neil deGrasse Tyson predicts the exact year of 2029 when singularity will occur.
Experiment with chain reactions this summer when your family is cooped up inside on a rainy day!
Dominoes, popsicle sticks, and Rube Goldberg Machines are three easy ways kids can learn about the concepts of chain reactions while having much fun constructing and setting them off!
Read more in our post, Science & Fun of Chain Reactions.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2021
Thurs., June 24 @ 2pm. Outside Magic Show with Scott Jameson at the library. Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, Scott will juggle basketballs, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Chicopee Public Library. 413-594-1800. 449 Front St., Chicopee, MA.
Thurs., June 24 @ 6:30-8:30pm.
This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about safely fermenting at home, covering the basics of fermenting, safely fermenting, and how to prepare and ferment sauerkraut and yogurt. (Virtual)
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021
What do Chiffon, Tunnel of Fudge, Sock-it-to-me, Watergate, Jell-O Poke, Hummingbird, Funfetti, Chocolate Lava, Viennetta, Red Velvet, Bacon, and Pops have in common?
They are all popular cakes! Featured on Mashed: “Chances are, you have your favorite, go-to birthday cake — but how about enjoying the one everyone was eating on the day you were born?
Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at all the biggest, best, and most popular cakes that have trended over the years.
So, what was the most popular cake the year you were born?”
Fri., June 25 @ 8:30pm. Are your children or teens interested in history? What about sword fighting? Learning about history can be extra engaging with an intersecting interest. For example, the classic family film, The Princess Bride, based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman, contains a famous sword-fighting scene with accurate references to historical sword fighting techniques. Screening this film can be a fun way to see sword fighting in actuality while catching references to historically significant fencers such as Rocco Bonetti, Agrippa, and Capo Ferro. Your family can watch the film together at the Storrs Library for an outdoor evening screening. Storrs Library. 413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA.
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.