Weekly Suggested Events for July 17-23, 2021
Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking place-based learning ideas? 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 fun events for all ages, each week!
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SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Join Musica Franklin on Saturday, July 17, for the 3rd Annual Fun Fest, a free afternoon of music and family activities at Peskeompskut Park, Avenue A, in Turners Falls, from 1-5pm. Performances by Musica Franklin students followed at 2:30pm by VIVA QUETZAL, an Afro-Andean group rooted in the folk traditions of Chili and Peru incorporating elements of rock, jazz, and world beat. The fun continues at 3:30pm with music by THE GASLIGHT TINKERS, a blend of melodic global rhythms centered at the core by traditional New England Celtic fiddle tunes. Co-sponsored by RiverCulture. Rain date 7/18. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Unvaccinated folks are asked to wear masks. For details, visit www.musicafranklin.org.
The 2021 KO FESTIVAL hybrid JUSTICE | CLIMATE CHANGE | ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY season: THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE, now-7/18, web-on-demand of about the notorious burning of Black Wall Street in Tulsa + postshow w/Daryl Davis, a Black man noted for convincing KKK members to give up their robes! They’re live in NOHO 7/22-7/24 with Serious Play Theatre Ensemble’s MOVING WATER, written by Eric Henry Sanders,about climate change & our human relationship to water. High-end video version streamed online 7/30-8/1. Then the Hilltown’s own PITI THEATRE premieres HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Goldmine. Jonathan Mirin has raided his son’s LEGO stash to make us an eco-justice mockumentary that’s “like theatre…but flatter!” Sliding scale tix at kofest.com.
FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
At the Center School, they are redefining the middle school experience. Their 6th-8th grade Uppers program fosters a balance of social consciousness and self-awareness in an environment where children are encouraged to be independent and resourceful. Rigorous academic projects, deep critical thinking, rugged outdoor pursuits, a commitment to creativity and curiosity, and an expectation of openness to new ideas are the mainstays of a Center School education. They are currently offering generous, though limited in number, scholarships for newly-admitted middle school students. Learn more about their school, program, and brand new campus opening in Fall 2021 by visiting www.centerschool.net or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Four Winds School in Gill, MA, is currently accepting applications for the fall from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. The Four Winds curriculum provides a balance between focused training in basic academic skills and the freedom for students to explore their interests. Teacher and student work together to design an individualized academic program based on these evaluations and the student’s learning style. More info: fourwindsschool.info
“Four Winds isn’t a school for exceptional children. It is an exceptional school for children. [We] couldn’t be happier with our experience at Four Winds.” -Lili Dwight, parent
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield, MA invites your family to participate in FREE preschool fun this summer! Join them for one of their interactive virtual storytimes in July, or come on down to their outdoor events featuring instrument-making and music-playing fun for the whole family. Prelude Preschool is now enrolling children ages 2.9 – 5 years for full-day programming, featuring specialized classes taught by expert musicians and artists in early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, and visual art. Playful exploration, flexible before and after care, and arts-centered family nights are hallmarks of the Prelude program. Learn more or register for a free summer event at communitymusicschool.com/prelude.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021
Sat., Jul 17 @ 10-11:30am
Insects of the Pond and Forest at Laughing Brook for families – Beautiful insects abound in the summertime. Many start their lives in ponds and streams, then can be seen flying around as adults in the forests. For this family program, participants will look at the life cycles of insects and search the forest and pond to see what they can find. Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.
Fifteen minutes from downtown Northampton exists a special place that seems a world apart from the nearby bustling cultural center. The Mineral Hills is a hilly forest with dramatic ridge-top views, wetlands, beaver ponds, and an abandoned rock quarry.
SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
Naturally Curious : A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England | Mary Holland
- Softcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (June 25, 2019)
- ISBN-13: 978-1570769320
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021
Young paleontologists unite! Resources for learning about dinosaurs abound here in western Massachusetts. From museum exhibits to hands-on paleontology activities to natural wonders, our region is rich with experiential and place-based opportunities for learning about the prehistoric creatures of the past. Learners of all ages can learn about the science of fossilization, dinosaur species and their adaptations, and the history of the discovery of fossils and footprints right here in western MA – all by utilizing educational resources available locally.
The feeling of a summer thunderstorm is familiar to us all – the temperature drops, the breeze cools, bright leaves rustle endlessly louder, and a distant echo of thunder rolls across the darkening sky. Though they can be scary for youngsters (and anxious pets), thunderstorms are an important part of summer weather, bringing much-needed rain to the landscape and cooling the oppressive heat that hangs in July’s muggy air. But how are thunder and lightning formed? How do flashes of light appear, and where does the sound come from?
TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
Tues., Jul 20 @ 12:30pm
Teddy Bear Picnic at the Hubbard Memorial Library. 413-583-3408. 24 Center St, Ludlow, MA.
Tues., Jul 20 @ 7pm
Making Wild Herbal Sodas Workshop with River Valley Co-op. Virtual.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021
Wed., Jul 21, 9am-12noon
Kids ages 7-12 can become an innovator this summer using STEM concepts to make art! This week’s activity: Cyanotypes, A.K.A Sun prints. Head outdoors to learn about this magical technique of printmaking using the sun. Workshop13. 413-277-6072. 13 Church Street, Ware, MA.
Wed., Jul 21, 10am
Animal Adaptations with the Southwick Public Library. Join the Children’s Museum Easton virtually as they investigate the science of hibernation and migration of animals from local ecosystems (and some afar). There will be kits of materials to pick up before the program. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual.
THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021
Thurs., Jul 22 @ 6pm: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT): From the Underground to Superstardom – In 1984, a black and white comic quietly appeared on the New England comic’s scene. In this workshop, trace the history of the TMNT from the early days to the upcoming Michael Bay film.Hosted by the Palmer Library. Virtual.
In this Epicurious video, “How To Slice Every Fruit,” take a comprehensive look at slicing fruits. From apples to watermelon, prickly pear to dragonfruit, mango to gooseberry, featured here is nearly 40 different fruits and techniques for cutting. A fun way to get kids interested in “new-to-them” foods and improved cutting techniques for the budding chefs in the house, young or old!
FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021
BIRDS OF PREY
Fri., Jul 23 @ 10am: Wingmasters Presents: The World of Owls, hosted by the Forbes Library. The program begins with a 22-minute long, pre-recorded program that shows how owls use their specialized powers of sight, camouflage, hearing, and flight to survive and thrive.The owls featured in this program are native to New England. The video will be followed by a live Q&A where we’ll get to meet two live birds! Virtual.
Guess how many popsicles are sold worldwide every year! You’re going to have to watch this TED-Ed video, “How the popsicle was invented,” to find out, but what we can tell you, it’s A LOT! In this video, not only will you learn how many popsicles are sold, but also how they were “discovered.” In this episode of TED-Ed, Jessica Oreck shares the “distracted origins of the popsicle.”
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, Hinsdale/Peru, 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.