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Self-directed learning ideas for the beginning of August: Kites to Juggling. Geological Time to Butterflies & Moths. Nutrition to Tropical Fruit...
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Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

HFVS Family Vacation Episode
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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Hilltown Families' list of weekly Suggested Events includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and fun events for all ages, each week!

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!

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!

Hilltown Families annual Class Directory debuts mid-August! Add your class, program, or private lessons!
FEATURED EVENT: 2021 KO FESTIVAL

The 2021 KO FESTIVAL centered on JUSTICE | CLIMATE CHANGE | ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETYTHE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE, now – 8/8, 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! After a sold-out run last week, high-end video version of Serious Play Theatre Ensemble’s MOVING WATER, written by Eric Henry Sanders, about climate change & our human relationship to water — streamed online 7/30-8/1. Then 8/6- 8/8 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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program

Become a Conscious Postpartum Caregiver! Serve new families with skills informed by the principles of Ayurveda and traditional methods of care. Learn online from anywhere with an inspiring cohort of students from around the world. Receive professional mentoring as you build and grow your practice. Become part of a vibrant and loving community of professionals passionate about supporting and raising awareness for the Sacred Postpartum Window. Enroll for the Fall 2021 Cohort of the Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program. The deadline is August 9, 2021. The program begins on August 23. Independent Study option available. Visit www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn for more information. Contact christine@sacredwindowstudies.com to get started!  

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

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

FEATURED SCHOOL
Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Greenfield, MA

Founded in 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS), an independent boarding & day school for girls in grades 7-12, has been a part of the Pioneer Valley for more than 150 years. SBS attracts dynamic students from more than 12 states and over 12 countries and is known for its powerful academics, debate & public speaking, performing & visual arts, and equestrian programs. SBS was the first girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and is the only secondary school in the U.S. to offer the British Horse Society Certification program. SBS’s boarding tuition is now 10% less than the national average while their day tuition is 17% less than the national average. For more information: 413-774-2711; sbschool.org.

FEATURED CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst
Amherst, MA

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.

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Discover summer camps & programming in our Summer Directory for Western MA

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Self-directed learning ideas to support a sense of place through interest-based & place-based ideas and events in western Massachusetts!
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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Listen to Podcast:

HFVS Sharing Recipes Episode
with Guest DJ, Andrew Hunt of Cowboy Andy

Andrew Hunt, the lead singer and songwriter for the family-friendly band Cowboy Andy and The Salamanders, lives on a lavender farm in the mountains of Western Montana. In this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Cowboy Andy as he embarks on a spirited “How To” Cooking Show complete with mediocre recipes, a few kitchen disasters, and lots of great songs for the whole family!

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Western Massachusetts go-to online resource for discovering smart ways to learn and play throughout the region every day!

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!

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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

PALEONTOLOGY: Dinosaur Footprints. 413-213-4751. Route 5, Holyoke, MA.

NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

AVIATION: New England Air Museum. 860-623-3305. 36 Perimeter Rd, Windsor Locks, CT.

LOCAL HISTORY: Shelburne Historical Society. 413-625-6150. 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls, MA.

ART STUDIES: Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

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FEATURED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program

Become a Conscious Postpartum Caregiver! Serve new families with skills informed by the principles of Ayurveda and traditional methods of care. Learn online from anywhere with an inspiring cohort of students from around the world. Receive professional mentoring as you build and grow your practice. Become part of a vibrant and loving community of professionals passionate about supporting and raising awareness for the Sacred Postpartum Window. Enroll for the Fall 2021 Cohort of the Conscious Postpartum Caregiver Program. The deadline is August 9, 2021. The program begins on August 23. Independent Study option available. Visit www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn for more information. Contact christine@sacredwindowstudies.com to get started!  

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

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

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

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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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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With its live shows sold out, tickets for ONLINE, streamed performances are available for the KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE's 30th season, which features three different productions centering the themes of Justice, Environmental Safety and Climate Change.
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Teddy Bears to Printmaking. Meteorology to Birds of Prey. Fermented Sodas to Food History. Self-directed learning ideas to support your interests and education through community engagement!
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Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS Social Justice Songs with Guest DJ, Jesse Goldman of Moozika! (Radio Show/Podcast)

This show explores songs about social justice. Drawing on his background as a community organizer and his years of experience as a children’s musician and educator, Jesse covers topics of unity, speaking up, protest, unfairness, bullying, racism, self-love, and empowerment. – www.moozika.com

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July in Western Massachusetts is a rich time of year for learning about ecology, history, local food & the humanities! Here's your go-to list!

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!

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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LOCAL HISTORYWistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA. 

LITERACY. Tilton Library. 413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street. South Deerfield, MA. 

ART STUDIESRapoza Center for the Arts. 508-287-5465. 98 Summer St. Adams, MA. 

MUSEUM ADVENTURESSpringfield Museums. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 

OUTDOOR SPACES. Buttery Brook Park. 413-538-5033. 123 Willimansett St, South Hadley, MA.

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FEATURED EVENT: 3rd Annual Fun Fest in Turners Falls on July 17 from 1-5pm (FREE)

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.

FEATURED EVENT: 2021 KO FESTIVAL

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
Greenfield, MA

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 admissions@centerschool.net.

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

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

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

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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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Join singer-songwriter and piano teacher Carrie Ferguson as she shares a collection of songs exploring the powerful connection between self-love and being able to show up in solidarity and celebration with others.

Join singer-songwriter and piano teacher Carrie Ferguson as she shares a collection of songs exploring the powerful connection between self-love and being able to show up in solidarity and celebration with others.

HFVS We All Live In the Same House Episode
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Plan your weekend and next week with our list of events, including library programs, live music, outdoor activies, and museum adventures!

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!

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!

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FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
Greenfield, MA

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 admissions@centerschool.net.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

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.

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

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

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDU
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton, MA

Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454. wildgardenofchildhood.com. wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com.

Wild Garden of Childhood (formerly Little Schoolhouse) is enrolling infants and toddlers for fall 2021. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Hybrid, virtual and on-site

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021
Age Range: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074
♦ info@ima.org 
♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18), and the Teen Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. While participants can do the program entirely virtually, there will be on-site opportunities for local students. 

FEATURED ART CLASSES
Caitlin Hurd
Easthampton, MA

Summer Art Classes For Adults and Teens July 19-23, July 26-30 or August 2-6th – 10am-1pm. These intensive workshops are specifically designed for adults and teens who are looking to gain some new and improve technical skills in oil painting and drawing. These classes are taught by professional artist, Caitlin Hurd, a classically trained artist with over 20 years of experience. Folks looking for a serious intensive week of skill-building invited to inquire. Class is located in-person in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. 3 hr. classes/day for 5 days $300- Materials included. Caitlin is fully vaccinated and will follow all COVID safety rules. Contact Caitlin if you have any questions.
www.caitlinhurd.com/painting-and-drawing-classes

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Follow your interests this 4th of July weekend! Food, nature, and the sciences lead the way with placed-based learning events in western MA!
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Hilltown Family Variety Show

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HFVS 4th of July Episode
with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole (Radio Show/Podcast)

In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Rolie Polie Guacamole’s Frank Gallo guest hosts a 4th of July party. The show features songs from Rolie Polie Guacamole album, Avocado, along with a mix of kindie music favorites and classic American folk-rock songs of the 60’s. – RoliePolieGuacamole.com

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Things to do in Western Massachusetts! Living history & outdoor adventures await you this 4th of July weekend in the Pioneer Valley, Hilltowns & Berkshires!

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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

NATURE-BASED LEARNING: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

ART STUDIES: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-559-6300. 125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. Historic Deerfield. 413-774-5581. 84 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA.

AGRICULTURE: Northampton Tuesday Farmers’ Market. 413-320-4799. 1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA.

MUSIC STUDIES: Tanglewood. 413-637-5180. 297 West St. Lenox, MA.

WORLD CULTURE STUDIES: Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. 413-333-4951. 429 Morgan Road. West Springfield, MA.

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FEATURED ART CLASSES
Caitlin Hurd
Easthampton, MA

Summer Art Classes For Adults and Teens July 19-23, July 26-30 or August 2-6th – 10am-1pm. These intensive workshops are specifically designed for adults and teens who are looking to gain some new and improve technical skills in oil painting and drawing. These classes are taught by professional artist, Caitlin Hurd, a classically trained artist with over 20 years of experience. Folks looking for a serious intensive week of skill-building invited to inquire. Class is located in-person in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. 3 hr. classes/day for 5 days $300- Materials included. Caitlin is fully vaccinated and will follow all COVID safety rules. Contact Caitlin if you have any questions.
www.caitlinhurd.com/painting-and-drawing-classes

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
Greenfield, MA

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 admissions@centerschool.net.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Hybrid, virtual and on-site

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021
Age Range: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074
♦ info@ima.org 
♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18), and the Teen Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. While participants can do the program entirely virtually, there will be on-site opportunities for local students. 

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDU
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton, MA

Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454. wildgardenofchildhood.com. wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com.

Wild Garden of Childhood (formerly Little Schoolhouse) is enrolling infants and toddlers for fall 2021. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
Four Winds School
Gill, MA

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

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Matt and Kier from The Relative Minors take you on an adventure to the library in a Children's Literature Episode! They talk about the best way to read a book, some well-loved works of literature, and how to write your own story!

Matt and Kier from The Relative Minors take you on an adventure to the library in a Children’s Literature Episode! They talk about the best way to read a book, some well-loved works of literature, and how to write your own story!

HFVS Children’s Literature Episode
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It's the first week of summer, and in Western MA, it's a time of year for picnics, hiking, biking, performance art & summer reading programs!

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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

FILM STUDIES. Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

THEATER STUDIES. Jacob’s Pillow. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA.

DANCE STUDIES. Jacob’s Pillow. 413-243-9919. 358 George Carter Road. Becket, MA.

FIBER ARTS. Northampton Wools. 413-586-4331. 29 Pleasant St, Ste 101, Northampton, MA.

SPORTS. Valley Blue Sox. MacKenzie Stadium. 413-533-1100. 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA.

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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.
FEATURED SUMMER CLASSES WITH WHOLE CHILDREN: July 6-August 21, 2021

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 

FEATURED ART CLASSES
Caitlin Hurd
Easthampton, MA

Summer Art Classes For Adults and Teens July 19-23, July 26-30 or August 2-6th – 10am-1pm. These intensive workshops are specifically designed for adults and teens who are looking to gain some new and improve technical skills in oil painting and drawing. These classes are taught by professional artist, Caitlin Hurd, a classically trained artist with over 20 years of experience. Folks looking for a serious intensive week of skill-building invited to inquire. Class is located in-person in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. 3 hr. classes/day for 5 days $300- Materials included. Caitlin is fully vaccinated and will follow all COVID safety rules. Contact Caitlin if you have any questions.
www.caitlinhurd.com/painting-and-drawing-classes

FEATURED MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Center School
Greenfield, MA

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 admissions@centerschool.net.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA)
Goshen, MA

Photography of teen girls performing a concert with graphic overlay for The Institute for the Musical Arts summer program.
Hybrid, virtual and on-site.

Dates: July 10-August 15, 2021
Age Range: Girls/Young Women 9-24yo
Contact: 413-268-3074
♦ info@ima.org 
♦ www.ima.org

IMA’s Rock the Summer 2021 are programs for girls and young women focusing on ensemble playing, songwriting, and recording in a deeply creative environment. Explore Rock (July 10-18), and the Teen Performance Program (July 21-August 1) will use the Acapella app as the vehicle for collaboration and performances, students in the Home Studio Recording Program (August 5-15) will learn to use Pro Tools and an interface to raise the bar on home recording projects. Sessions end with a virtual presentation for friends and family. While participants can do the program entirely virtually, there will be on-site opportunities for local students. 

FEATURED EVENT
11th Annual Will Bike 4 Food

Ride & Seek Community Challenge on June 26!

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: cheyenneb@foodbankwma.org

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Galaxy Zoo, a web-based citizen science opportunity, asks participants to support researchers in learning about how galaxies form. Citizen scientists participating in Galaxy Zoo are shown pictures of galaxies and asked to classify them based on their shape. In essence, some of these pictures are of galaxies yet to be seen by any other human being, meaning participants might get to be the first to ever them! Galaxy Zoo is used by educators worldwide in a variety of ways to introduce young people and students to the amazing world of astronomy.


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Hilltown Family Variety Show Father's Day Episode. Tune in every Saturday morning for an hour-long, commercial free, family program.

HFVS Father’s Day Episode
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The first weekend of summer is here! Hiking trails, summer camps, library events, lawn concerts, farmers' markets, and more!

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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

NATURAL HISTORY: Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.

LIVING HISTORY. Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA.

LITERACY. Jones Library. 413-259-3223. 43 Amity St, Amherst, MA.

PERFORMING ART. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St. Great Barrington, MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY. The Children’s Museum at Holyoke. 413-536-7048. 444 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA.

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FEATURED EVENT: First Day of Summer In downtown Amherst!

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!

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.
FEATURED SUMMER CLASSES WITH WHOLE CHILDREN: July 6-August 21, 2021

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.
FEATURED SCHOOL: The Campus School of Smith College adds a second kindergarten class for 2021-22 school year!

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 mlitwin@smith.edu.

FEATURED EVENT
11th Annual Will Bike 4 Food

Ride & Seek Community Challenge on June 26!

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: cheyenneb@foodbankwma.org

FEATURED OPPORTUNITY
Hilltown Sleddogs
West Chesterfield, MA

www.hilltownsleddogs.com
hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com
413-296-0187

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
Springfield, MA

Photograph collage from Drama Studio Summer Programs.
Indoors. Virtual.

Dates: June 28-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 4yo+
Contact: 413-732-8428
info@communitymusicschool.com
communitymusicschool.com

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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Partner with HIlltown Families!

SEE YOUR AD HERE

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of readers in Western MA who are committed to their community and willing to support one another in times of need. In-person and virtual event organizers, local and online businesses, virtual and local service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals are encouraged to reach out to find out about our affordable advertising options and marketing packages. To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

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Families can help with studies of phenology! The National Phenology Network has developed Nature’s Notebook, a citizen science program that aims to get people outdoors and observing nature. Nature’s Notebook has an app and a website where citizen scientists can record observations to help scientists better understand how climate change is affecting plants in New England.

The National Phenology Network needs volunteers to take part in many of Nature’s Notebook projects, of which there are several throughout the country. Independent, citizen science like Nature’s Notebook is a great way to connect with nature, learn about phenology, practice gathering data, and learn the basics of experimental design while contributing to a scientific study. Learn more at www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook.


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Hilltown Family Variety Show takes listeners on a stroll into the woods in an educational episode about trees in story and song. Guest DJ, Claudia Robin Gunn, draws together a cross-section of kindie music of an arboreal kind, along with a magical storytime all about the giants of forests gone by, the seeds of future forests, and "wood wide web" that link the generations. Families will love learning about trees through stories and songs!

Let’s party around the world with a Global Party Dance Episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Guest DJ, Flor Bromley, will take listeners on a musical adventure to visit countries like Argentina, Czech Republic, Italy, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and the USA. Learn and rhythms from these countries and get ready to dance! – www.florbromley.com

HFVS Global Dance Party Episode
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