Weekly Suggested Events for September 4-10, 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: SEPTEMBER 4-10, 2021
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING IDEAS
COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Featured Events, Resources, & Opportunities
Amherst Community Theater announces auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Auditions will take place September 24-26 at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA. For an audition appointment, call LSSE at 413-259-3065. A hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages, this timeless fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, lavish sets and costumes, and a full live orchestra. Enthusiastic audiences will fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January 2022. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition! For more info about auditions, including character descriptions and audition music and readings, visit www.amherstacts.org/auditions or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
River Valley Co-Op
Shelburne Falls, MA
The popular River Valley Co-op Truckload Sale is back! Come stock up and save during this huge sale in the parking lot of their Northampton and Easthampton stores September 3rd–6th. Score big discounts of up to 50% OFF full cases! Save on pantry staples like organic olive oil, canned tuna, and peanut butter, household items such as laundry detergent and hand soap, and frozen items like burritos, pizzas, and local ground beef. The savings continue inside the store with 20% OFF all co-op brand supplements and 10% OFF all wine. Please note that pre-orders are not accepted and sales are only available while supplies last. Sales may not be combined with other discounts, coupons, and promotions. rivervalley.coop/truckloadsale
FEATURED DANCE CLASSES
Great Falls Creative Movement
Turners Falls, MA
Great Falls Creative Movement offers unique dance programming for kids (and sometimes adults!) at their studio, outdoors, and in partnership with schools and constituent-based groups. All dance classes include improvisation, social dance, therapeutic dance, and concert dance practices and support participants’ positive relationship with their own mind/body/spirit, with each other, and with the wider world. Studio and outdoor classes open in September and January, with an open house at the beginning of each session. School residencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council, as well as programs designed for specific groups, are available on an ongoing basis. All programs will comply with CDC guidelines for COVID safety. For more information: email@example.com; 413-834-4644; greatfallscreativemovement.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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.
FEATURED DAYCARE & PRESCHOOL
Shelburne Falls, MA
Valley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness.
FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: email@example.com; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org
The Bement School
Bement School LIVE Virtual Tours. Join the admission office for a LIVE virtual campus tour. These LIVE virtual tours will give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about Bement and see their students and faculty. Throughout September and October, they are offering one-hour campus tours and Q&A sessions on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. Registration is required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation. Bement School is accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register for one of their virtual tours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org
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List of Weekly Suggested Events
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021
Mon., Sept 6 @ 10am. Rosh Hashanah Apple Picking: A Gathering for Young Families with Lander~Grinspoon Academy at Park Hill Orchard. 413-527-6186. 82 Park Hill Road. Easthampton, MA.
ARTS & CRAFTS/HISTORY
Mon., Sept 6 @ 4pm.
Crafternoon: Back to School Suncatchers with Agawam Family and Community Program at School Street Park.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Fri., Sept 10 @ 8-10pm. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Common Park. 100 1st St, Pittsfield, 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, 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.