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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.

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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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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

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Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas and online opportunities for learning at home? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support your interests and the interests of your family? Our weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week!

Are you looking for things to do in western Massachusetts? Seeking curriculum ideas and online opportunities for learning at home? Are you a self-directed, life-long, and/or experiential learner? Are you curious or wanting to support your interests and 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 self-directed learning. And be sure to subscribe to our free weekly eNewsletter so you never miss out!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LITERACY: Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA.

ART STUDIES: Chesterwood. 413-298-3579. 4 Williamsville Rd, Stockbridge, MA.

CREATIVE FREE-PLAY: Energy Park. 50 Miles St, Greenfield, MA.

ANIMAL STUDIES: The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center. 413-733-2251. 293 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA.

BOTANY: Bridge of Flowers. 22 Water St, Shelburne Falls, MA.

CREATIVE ARTS: The LAVA Center. 413-376-8118. 324 Main St, Greenfield, 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 

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 CAMP
Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp
Holyoke & Wilbraham, MA

Outdoors.

Dates: Jun 28-Jul 2 & Jul 24-30, 2021
Age Range: 5-15yo
Contact: kevon.isa@aic.eduwww.edgesocceracademyinc.com

Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 1 June 28th – July 2nd, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Roberts Field (Holyoke High School Turf Field) 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 2 July 26th – 30th, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Spec Pond (Wilbraham, MA) 45C Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095

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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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Depending on the climate and local flora, the terroir of honey changes based on which flowers in a region the honeybees have pollinated. Honey produced in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts could have a slightly different taste than the honey produced in the Pioneer Valley. It’s fascinating how the flavor profile of the honey changes based on environmental differences; it truly reflects a sense of place, topography, and geography.

A delicious project your family can try at home is to purchase a few bottles of different types of honey from a local hobby apiarist, farmers’ market, or food co-op for your very own taste test! Using descriptive language to identify the flavor tones and undertones can integrate language arts into this activity while keeping participants in the present moment through mindful eating.


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Strengthen your sense of place in early June in New England through nature-based learning and community-based educational events!
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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!

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! – www.littlewildmusic.com

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Hilltown Families weekly Suggested Events list includes suggested learning ideas, resources, and events for all ages, each week.

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

STEM: A2Z Science & Learning Store. 413-586-1611. 57 King St, Northampton, MA.

SPORTS HISTORY: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. Springfield, MA.

ART STUDIES: MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA.

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: Bidwell House Museum. 413-528-6888. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA.

FILM STUDIES: Greenfield Garden Cinema. 413-773-9260. 361 Main St. Greenfield, MA.

THEATER STUDIES: Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, 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 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.

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 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 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!

FEATURED SUMMER CAMP
Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp
Holyoke & Wilbraham, MA

Outdoors.

Dates: Jun 28-Jul 2 & Jul 24-30, 2021
Age Range: 5-15yo
Contact: kevon.isa@aic.eduwww.edgesocceracademyinc.com

Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 1 June 28th – July 2nd, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Roberts Field (Holyoke High School Turf Field) 500 Beech Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 Edge Soccer Academy Summer Camp 2 July 26th – 30th, 2021 Full Day Option (8-15 yr olds): Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday, 9am-12pm $250 Half Day Option (5-8 yr olds): Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm $150 Location: Spec Pond (Wilbraham, MA) 45C Post Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095

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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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As we head towards a New England summer, spring in Western MA can be very engaging to the senses. This week, take inventory through your senses and notice what’s “speaking” to you. As we move through the final weeks of spring, notice what you observe through your senses and how your observations might change and evolve. Our sense of place is interwoven with the seasons and our five senses, deepening our connection to place through seasonal changes. Embedded within this awareness are self-directed learning opportunities that are sparked by curiosity and supported by community-based resources. Native species are a community-based resource that can deliver lessons through our senses.

Take, for instance, deep listening to the frogs and toads native to Western MA. Have you ever noticed how their chorus changes through the season? How they are quiet on some evenings and very noisy on others? Pay attention to their chorus (or lack of) and let it guide your learning! It’s a great way to support interests and education in herpetology, biology, and ecology. Start by learning the calls of different native frogs in your region in our post, “Nature-Based Learning: Spring Chorus of Frogs & Toads.” And check out this video to learn about the difference between a frog and a toad.


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Gardening is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. Gardening with children encourages their natural inquisitiveness and experimentation. Plus, most kids love to get dirty! If your child loves being outside, gardening will give you both a productive reason to spend more time.

Garden-based learning is a fun and productive activity to try with your children. After you have planted your foods or flowers, your child can nurture them and watch them grow. As children nurture plants and watch them change, they learn about scientific concepts such as habitat and life cycle. On an even more basic level, they learn the logic of cause and effect relationships; for example, if a plant does not get water, it will wither. Waiting for a bulb to flower or fruits to grow can teach patience, while plants that require a lot of watering can start discussions about responsibility.

Combining gardening with cooking can have a great impact on your child’s nutrition. Getting children involved in growing and preparing the foods they eat can have a positive effect on dietary choices. Incorporating whatever foods are ready to be eaten into your dinner can teach you to be creative and add variety to your meals. Plus, harvesting the result of your effort and enjoying it in a meal can teach your children about long-term rewards. Gardening and farming make vegetables fun and instill in children the importance of understanding from where food comes.


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This time of year, farm stands all over the area are selling rhubarb. A local delicacy, rhubarb, has been enjoyed globally for thousands of years in sweet and savory dishes. In China, rhubarb has also been prized for its medicinal properties. For most people, the most common application of rhubarb is paired with strawberries in crumbles or pies. Many 19th century cookbooks even refer to rhubarb as the ‘pie plant.’

When the weather gets hot, try making this strawberry-rhubarb sorbet served in ice bowls to help cool off! After you’ve eaten the sorbet, you can experiment with the bowl as it melts. Does freezing change the herbs that were encased in ice?


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Pick your interest for Memorial Day Weekend & let your learning continue into the summer! Select from nature, food & humanities, each week!
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Hilltown Family Variety Show

Adapted Story Episode with Guest DJs, Lee & Katie of the Story Pirates


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The Story Pirates take stories written by real kids and turn them into sketch comedy, songs, books, and a podcast. In today’s show, hosted by Lee from the Story Pirates, they play some of their songs based on kids’ stories, plus the songs that inspired them!

Featured Video: “All 8 Unicorns,” based on an original story by Cece, age 4, from Brooklyn, NY.

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Memorial Day in Western MA is an opportunity to learn about history through the lens of community events, celebrations & natural resources.

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

ART STUDIES: Three Sisters Sanctuary. 413-268-3677. 188 Cape Street. Goshen, MA.

PHYSICS: Unity Skatepark. 56 1st St. Turners Falls, MA.

LANGUAGE ARTS: William Cullen Bryant Homestead. 413- 634-2244. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA.

ECOLOGY: Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 789 Main St, Hampden, MA.

PHYSICS: Keystone Arches Trailhead. Middlefield Rd, Chester, 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 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 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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ADVERTISE WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES! 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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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Songs of Kindness & Empowerment Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Join guest DJ Andy Z as he shares songs and that express love, promote kindness, empower,  and just plain make you feel good! Selections include a trio of tunes by Mister Rogers, pop and rock classics, children’s music standouts, and contemporary kindie hits.

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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 22-28, 2021

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 RESOURCES

Amelia Park Arena. 413-568-2503. 21 South Broad St. Westfield, MA.

High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary. Shelburne, MA.

New England Peace Pagoda. 413-367-2202. 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA.

Stone Soup Café. 413-475-0072. Meals at the All Souls Church. 399 Main Street. Greenfield, MA.

Pulaski Park. 413-587-4900. 240 Main St, Northampton, MA.

Northampton Parents Center. 413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level, Northampton, MA.

Pittsfield Farmers’ Market. First Street Common. Pittsfield, MA.

Meekins Library. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams St, Williamsburg, MA.

Nonotuck Park. 1 Daley Field Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Skinner State Park. 413-586-0350. 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, MA.

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FEATURED HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE: Oak Meadow (Save 20% in May!)

Oak Meadow provides a flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum for students in K-12. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 15-31. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Their student-centered, nature-based approach allows families to set their natural learning rhythm and encourages creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. Save on homeschooling at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED MUSIC PROGRAM: Community Music School of Springfield

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for private music lessons in over 30 instruments and voice! CMSS offers high-quality music instruction for students of all ages and levels, featuring a choice of online or hybrid learning. Summer scheduling is flexible to accommodate families’ busy lives & vacation plans. Or, if you’re already gearing up for the upcoming school year, act now to reserve your weekly opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and learning. Whether just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a professional teaching artist while helping you accomplish your personal musical goals. More info: info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC AUDITIONS
Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras
Springfield, MA

Virtual auditions are now open for ages 10-19!

Attention music students or parents of music students! Virtual auditions are now open for ages 10-19 of all instrument levels to join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for the 2021-2022 season. Particularly seeking beginner/intermediate violin and all levels of brass, viola, bass, and percussion, but all interested musicians may apply. Benefits include great repertoire and fellowship with other talented area musicians; performing in Springfield Symphony Hall; sectionals, coaching, and master classes with professional SSO musicians; chamber ensembles; and more. For more info on registering & submitting your audition video, visit  www.springfieldsymphony.org/springfield-symphony-youth-orchestras or email  rmora@springfieldsymphony.org.

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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SUMMER SALE ENDS: June 30, 2021

ADVERTISE WITH HILLTOWN FAMILIES! 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 in food, habitat & humanities this spring. Dandelions, musics & art, science & math, are just a few places to start!
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STE(A)M Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

HFVS STEM Episode with guest DJ’s Dan Crow and John Wood, featuring various artists singing the praises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

STEM Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 15-21, 2021

Over 100 smart things to do in western Massachusetts and online learning opportunities for mid-May for everyone in your family!

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!

Want to see your event, resource, or opportunity featured here, reaching thousands of family across the region? Inquire about our Summer Sale for local advertisers.

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FEATURED HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE: Oak Meadow (Save 20% in May!)

Oak Meadow provides a flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum for students in K-12. A trusted homeschooling option since 1975, Oak Meadow is offering 20% off all items in their bookstore, May 15-31. Save on K-12 homeschooling curriculum, which provides inspiring learning experiences for creative, motivated students. Or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Their student-centered, nature-based approach allows families to set their natural learning rhythm and encourages creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual development through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary projects. Save on homeschooling at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre

Charlemont, MA ♦ The Recovery Theatre is a performing arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This post-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to them becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: August 6-10, 2021; Age Range: 12-18yo & 18 -24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED MUSIC PROGRAM: Community Music School of Springfield

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for private music lessons in over 30 instruments and voice! CMSS offers high-quality music instruction for students of all ages and levels, featuring a choice of online or hybrid learning. Summer scheduling is flexible to accommodate families’ busy lives & vacation plans. Or, if you’re already gearing up for the upcoming school year, act now to reserve your weekly opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and learning. Whether just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a professional teaching artist while helping you accomplish your personal musical goals. More info: info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC AUDITIONS
Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras
Springfield, MA

Virtual auditions are now open for ages 10-19!

Attention music students or parents of music students! Virtual auditions are now open for ages 10-19 of all instrument levels to join the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras for the 2021-2022 season. Particularly seeking beginner/intermediate violin and all levels of brass, viola, bass, and percussion, but all interested musicians may apply. Benefits include great repertoire and fellowship with other talented area musicians; performing in Springfield Symphony Hall; sectionals, coaching, and master classes with professional SSO musicians; chamber ensembles; and more. For more info on registering & submitting your audition video, visit  www.springfieldsymphony.org/springfield-symphony-youth-orchestras or email  rmora@springfieldsymphony.org.

FEATURED AUTISM RESOURCE
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare
Hatfield, MA

Indoor Program

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: 413-247-6364; info@zephyrbehavioral.org; www.zephyrbehavioral.org

Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Lion Knoll
Leyden, MA

Black and white logo for Girls Club of Greenfield: Valley Play School & Camp Lion Knoll.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 20, 2021
Age Range: 4.5-13yo
Contact: 413-774-7407
srickman@girlsclubofgreenfield.org
www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org

Leyden, MA ♦ Camp Lion Knoll provides children from 4.5 years to 14 years of age a summer camp experience when the public schools are not in session. Their program allows parents to attend school, work, and/or receive special services while knowing their child is busy and safe. Camp Lion Knoll promotes social and emotional learning and provides children with quality out-of-school time experience that studies show can help stem academic declines typical of a summer break. Campers are also provided with a structured meal schedule and nutritious meals during the summer.

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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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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Mother’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley

Join us this week at the Hilltown Family Variety Show where guest DJ Flor Bromley, a bilingual children’s singer-songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer, has compiled a great playlist to praise our mommas. We will be listening to songs our mommas sing, songs from a mom’s perspective and songs about loving our moms.

Join us this week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show where guest DJ Flor Bromley, a bilingual children’s singer-songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer, has compiled a great playlist to praise our mommas. We will be listening to songs our mommas sing, songs from a mom’s perspective and songs about loving our moms.

HFVS Mother’s Day Episode
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 8-14, 2021

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!

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Our Summer Directory for Western Massachusetts is now LIVE!
FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre

Charlemont, MA ♦ The Recovery Theatre is a performing arts experience for young people overcoming trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health challenges. This post-workshop 5-day intensive is for any teen living with circumstances that present barriers to them becoming their fullest selves. Their innovative strength-based, holistic model—they integrate therapeutic horseback riding, circus silks, trapeze, ziplines, white water rafting, aerial park, and the gorgeous natural landscape of West County—takes into account adolescents developing endocrine and nervous systems, incorporates families, social supports and emphasizes peer interactions. Join the summer spectacle! (See Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs). Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: August 6-10, 2021; Age Range: 12-18yo & 18 -24yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. prelude@communitymusicschool.com 413-750-9560

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. 
www.rivervalley.coop

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Virtual.

Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 11-16yo
Contact: 413-774-1405
jbechtold@deerfield.edu
bit.ly/dasac21registration

In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp Lion Knoll
Leyden, MA

Black and white logo for Girls Club of Greenfield: Valley Play School & Camp Lion Knoll.
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 20, 2021
Age Range: 4.5-13yo
Contact: 413-774-7407
srickman@girlsclubofgreenfield.org
www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org

Leyden, MA ♦ Camp Lion Knoll provides children from 4.5 years to 14 years of age a summer camp experience when the public schools are not in session. Their program allows parents to attend school, work, and/or receive special services while knowing their child is busy and safe. Camp Lion Knoll promotes social and emotional learning and provides children with quality out-of-school time experience that studies show can help stem academic declines typical of a summer break. Campers are also provided with a structured meal schedule and nutritious meals during the summer.

FEATURED AUTISM RESOURCE
Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare
Hatfield, MA

Indoor Program

Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 2-6yrs
For more information: 413-247-6364; info@zephyrbehavioral.org; www.zephyrbehavioral.org

Zephyr Behavioral Healthcare provides Center-Based ABA services to children with autism, ages 2-6. First and foremost, they want their clients to love learning. They challenge the stereotype of monotonous and repetitive behavior therapy by centering their services around play. They weave together data-driven results with a nurturing, fun-loving environment to create a balanced intervention. Their program simulates a preschool environment, with individualized and group instruction throughout the day. With 1:1 support and supervision, they identify the key skills that will prepare their clients to succeed in other environments later in life. They then break down these skills, teach smaller goals, build a strong foundation, and fill their clients’ toolboxes for the future.

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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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Mindfulness Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

Join Kindie rockstar and Certified Mindfulness Instructor Charity Kahn of “Charity and the JAMband” for an exploration of what it means to be mindful. Using songs, teachings, and guided meditations, Charity takes the listener on a journey from presence to compassion — you’ll slow down, pay attention, listen, breathe, be, love, and even change the world!

Join Kindie rockstar and Certified Mindfulness Instructor Charity Kahn of “Charity and the JAMband” for an exploration of what it means to be mindful. Using songs, teachings, and guided meditations, Charity takes the listener on a journey from presence to compassion — you’ll slow down, pay attention, listen, breathe, be, love, and even change the world!

HFVS Mindfulness Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn
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Home < Weekly Suggested Events < May 1-7, 2021

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!

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FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM: Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Programs

Charlemont, MA ♦ Perform under the stars on an aerial park, zipline and mountaintop at Berkshire East ensemble and theatergoers reach by chairlift! The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop offers intensive, outdoor training for aspiring actors, artists, dancers, musicians, singers, and circus performers (trapeze, fabrics, stilts, German wheel) with Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, and other luminaries from the Valley’s performing arts community. HS-aged ensemble members can apply for their youth Job Corps program. So teens supporting and creating all this vibrant youth and performing arts culture get to be part of the creative arts economy which we all benefit from! (No prior experience required.) Visit their website to learn how they opened safely in 2020. Dates: July 12-August 4, 2021; Age Range: 7-18yo. Contact: 413-625-2100. hilltownyouth@gmail.com; hilltownyouth.org.

FEATURED FARM STORE
Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield, MA.

Now is the time to order your plants, and Bare Roots Farm in West Chesterfield is open for pre-orders via their online store.

This time every year, many families start to think about tending to their gardens, growing their own food, and being able to access locally grown food easily. Gardening connects families with the seasons and is a multidisciplinary activity embedded with learning every step along the way, from botany to soil science to meteorology. At home, gardening can occur in either a garden plot, porch containers, or window sills, becoming a learning laboratory for all family members. Bare Roots Farm is a locally owned family greenhouse growing useful organic plants. Orders can be picked up at their Farm Stand (329 Ireland Street) beginning the 2nd week of May. Place your order now at Barerootsfarm.com.

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Celebrate Earth Week at River Valley Co-op and get 15% OFF all items in their expansive Bulk Department from April 21st through May 4th! Buy only what you need, from a pinch to a pound, and do your part to reduce excess packaging and food waste. Come stock up on beans, rice, granola, flours, herbs and spices, household cleaning supplies, and so much more. Everyone is welcome to come stock up and save! Sale excludes pre-packaged items. 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. www.rivervalley.coop

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

Prelude Preschool of the Arts in Springfield offers five-day arts-integrated learning & play for ages 2.9-5. Full & half-day programming options feature specialized classes taught by expert musicians & artists in the areas of early childhood music, dance, yoga, Suzuki violin, bucket drumming, & visual art. Prelude Preschool’s arts-centered curriculum, in partnership with Enchanted Circle Theater, supports social-emotional development while fostering creativity & a lifelong love for learning. Flexible before & aftercare is available. Regularly scheduled family nights facilitate community connection & collaboration. Take a tour of their refreshed classrooms, renovated for optimal learning. prelude@communitymusicschool.com 413-750-9560

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Camp MacDuffie
Granby, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!
Outdoors. Indoors.

Dates: June 28-August 2, 2021
Age Range: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-255-0000 x110
khamel@macduffie.org
summer.macduffie.org

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Barrington Stage Company’s
KidsAct! & TeensAct!

Pittsfield, MA

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.
Outdoors.

Dates: June 28-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.org
barringtonstageco.org

Join Barrington Stage Company for KidsAct! & TeensAct! This summer, BSC is doing things a bit differently to safely accommodate the campers: by holding TeensAct! & KidsAct! as two separate three-week camps, held outdoors, location TBA. This will allow BSC to focus attention fully on one group of young people, to maintain a more contained pod-style environment with one group of campers at a time, and most importantly, to put the energy into creating the best and wackiest pieces of original musical theatre that can possibly be created! Students create an original musical with their peers to be performed on the final day of the program. Winner of the 2019 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid.

FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAM
Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC)
Virtual.

Dates: July 6-August 13, 2021
Age Range: 11-16yo
Contact: 413-774-1405
jbechtold@deerfield.edu
bit.ly/dasac21registration

In its 31st year, DASAC has been a creative haven for 11-16 year-olds around the Pioneer Valley. DASAC believes in creating a safe space for campers to be their most inspired and weirdest selves in a community of generous, socially-conscious peers. With their wide array of studio offerings across the visual & performing arts, their novel cross-disciplinary projects, and their trust in adolescent creativity, DASAC is the kind of place where campers come into themselves while making enduring relationships with others. After a triumphant 2020 remote experience, DASAC staff looks to drive their 2021 virtual program by helping campers build an exciting bridge out of the pandemic into the chapters ahead that connects them to new folk. Financial aid available. Session 1 – July 6-23; Session 2 – July 27-August 13.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM
Community Action’s Head Start &
Early Learning Programs

Six children laying in the grass with text overlay for the Berkshire Music School summer program.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs (HSELP) provides quality early education & care and comprehensive services to pregnant women and children birth to five in Franklin, Hampshire, and Western Hampden Counties, MA. Every day, their mission is front and center: they partner with families in all they do and believe that parents are the experts on their children. Together, they build a solid foundation for resilient and resourceful caregivers; caring, confident, and curious children; and responsive, invested communities. All of their services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.  www.communityaction.us or call 413-387-1250 

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-op
Northampton, MA

Camp MacDuffie is an exciting summer day camp for rising 1st–8th graders. Participants spend the morning engaged in a program area of their choosing, enjoy lunch by Sage Dining Services (included), and then stay active with a variety of afternoon outdoor/indoor activities and field trips throughout the week. Their program leaders are passionate and experienced, and they all look forward to creating a fun and supportive environment for your child to thrive this summer. So come along and join Camp MacDuffie this summer!

River Valley Co-op’s much-anticipated spring plant sale is happening May 7th, 8th, and 9th. This socially distanced event is being held outside in their parking lot and will feature a huge selection of local, organic, and heirloom varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers. Kick off the gardening season in the Valley with some high-quality starts from your local co-op! Everyone welcome! 330 N. King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-2665. 
www.rivervalley.coop

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