Weekly Suggested Events for September 11-17, 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 11-17, 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 email@example.com.
FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Beginning Groups include Beginning I & II Ukulele/Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Voice. Intermediate and advanced groups include Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice. Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band). After school, evening, and weekend classes. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.
FEATURED TEEN PROGRAM
Circles for Jewish Living Teen Programs
Circles for Jewish Living’s two new monthly teen programs provide a safe space for teens to explore the world they live in and discover who they want to be in that world. Their programs build community, trust, and strong Jewish identity, with resources to stimulate connections between the world teens navigate and leadership that inspires. For more information: email@example.com; 413-559-9208; www.circlesforjewishliving.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org
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.
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 11, 2021
Sat., Sept. 11 @ 10am & 2pm. Family hike at the “Natural Bridge,” a marble arch spanning a gorge and carved centuries ago by melting glaciers. Natural Bridge State Park. 413-663-6392. McAuley Road, North Adams, MA.
Sat., Sept. 11 @ 10:30am. Explore the reptiles, snakes, and turtles that live around the Bray Lake. Meet at the lake. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
Sun., Sept. 12 @ 10:30am. Birding for beginners. This one-hour program helps beginners to learn the basics of birding. The use of bird guides, lists, and binoculars to learn about the local feathered inhabitants of Mt. Tom. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.
ORNITHOLOGY/BIRDS OF PREY
Sun., Sept. 12 @ 1pm. Learn about hawks and their migration and all the obstacles they go through to survive it. After a brief intro, participants will hike to Goat Peak to search for migrating hawks. Bring binoculars. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
ARTS & CRAFTS.
Tues., Sept. 14 @ 10:30am. Nature crafts at Mt. Tom. This fun, creative one-hour program will allow children ages 6-9 a chance to make a beautiful craft inspired by nature. Mt. Tom State Reservation Stone House Visitor Center. 413-527-4805. 125 Reservation Rd, Holyoke, MA.
Tues., Sept. 14 @ 4pm. Tuesday Talk, Showcasing 18th-Century, Victorian & Jazz Age Fashions at Albany Institute of History at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Best for self-directed teens & lifelong learners. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
ARTS & CRAFTS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
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.