Weekly Suggested Events for August 14-20, 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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SUGGESTED EVENTS: AUGUST 14-20, 2021
COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA, is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are “writ large” in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton’s environs, focusing on places they don’t usually have access to, and learn about our “place” in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: email@example.com; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.
Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, MA. Give your children the experience of making music this school year. For the younger students (ages 5-9), the “Kids Music Class” will teach your child all about beat, rhythm, melody, and musical form through fun, interactive games, dances, and songs along with rigorous educational activities. For the older students (ages 7 and up), enroll in the “Guitar Orchestra.” Students perform on the guitar, uke, bass, or other string instruments in a large group. Students develop skills in music reading, dynamics, phrasing, ensemble playing, and following a conductor. Beginners welcome. The fall session begins on September 7, 2021. Each class session is 10-weeks and ends with a free concert that is open to the public. Secure your spot today! For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-695-7558; jmilliganguitarstudio.com.
Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.
Back Porch Bluegrass Festival
Signature Sounds Presents is thrilled to bring the first Back Porch Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, August 15th, to the beautiful Pines Theater at Look Park. The festival will feature the best in bluegrass on two stages with Del McCoury Band, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses,Tony Trischka with Michael Daves & Bruce Molsky, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Brennen Leigh & Noel Mckay, Nora Brown, Rose & The Bros, and Mamma’s Marmalade. The music goes from 12-7:30 pm.There will be food trucks and beer and wine available for purchase. Kids 10 and under are free! Tickets are on sale now at
Summer and Fall Classes. Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic, welcoming, nonprofit dance, world music and movement arts education center. Outdoor, virtual and in-studio year-round programming provides children, teens and adults the opportunity to engage in the joys of movement, music and performance, while experiencing the rewards of community involvement and fitness – plus the vast benefits of artistic exploration and expression. High-caliber, professional teaching artists offer ongoing classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Creative Dance, Choreography, Musical Theater, Tap, African Dance, Flamenco, Latin Dance, Scottish Folk Dance, World Music Percussion, Hip Hop, Cardio Groove, Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more. For more information: email@example.com; 413-274-6624; berkshirepulse.org.
Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.
FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst
Good News! After a long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Skating Club of Amherst will be resuming their full ice schedule in September. The Skating Club of Amherst figure skating club offers professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays at 5:50pm. Additional instruction is offered in free-skate, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills further. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms for Sept, Nov, Jan & April are online. For more information: SCofAmherst@gmail.com; 413-253-6388; www.scamherst.org.
FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.
FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: email@example.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.
FEATURED EARLY EDUCATION
Head Start & Early Learning Programs
Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.
Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2021
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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, Westhampton, Windsor, and Worthington Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.