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Discover classes, lessons, and educational services in Western Massachusetts! The Hilltown Families Class Directory features opportunities to support interests in music, dance, theater, art, ice skating, nature, academics, and much more!

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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!

Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!

FEATURED BEGINNER MUSIC CLASSES
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Community Music School of Springfield offers safe, weekly, in-person music classes for your youngest musician! Babies & toddlers and their parents/caregivers will love Little Notes, a class designed for bonding, brain development, fun, and musical connection with others. For your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten music lover, CMSS offers beginner classes in guitar, piano, Suzuki violin, and bucket drumming. No instruments or experience is required as your child is introduced to the instrument while collaborating and having fun with the others in their small group. Each class is taught by expert musicians committed to helping your little one develop a lifelong love for music and creativity. Enrolling is easy, and payment plans are available.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School LIVE Virtual Tours. Join the admission office for a LIVE virtual campus tour. These LIVE virtual tours will give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about Bement and see their students and faculty.  Throughout September and October, they are offering one-hour campus tours and Q&A sessions on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30amRegistration is required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation. Bement School is accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their virtual tours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Amherst, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Beginning Groups include Beginning I & II Ukulele/Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Voice. Intermediate and advanced groups include Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice. Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band). After school, evening, and weekend classes. For more information: missleticia@missleticia.com; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.

FEATURED TEEN PROGRAM
Circles for Jewish Living Teen Programs
Northampton, MA

In-Person/Outdoors

Circles for Jewish Living’s two new monthly teen programs provide a safe space for teens to explore the world they live in and discover who they want to be in that world. Their programs build community, trust, and strong Jewish identity, with resources to stimulate connections between the world teens navigate and leadership that inspires. For more information: cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com; 413-559-9208; www.circlesforjewishliving.com

FEATURED MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES
The Academy of Music Theatre
Florence & Holyoke, MA

Register now! Youth Fall Classes at the Academy of Music Theatre are open for enrollment. Come sing and dance in musical theater classes for ages 6-8, 9-11, and 13-18.

Classes will be held at Pine Box Studios in Florence and at El Mercado in Holyoke on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings starting October 19th.

For more information, visit www.aomtheatre.com.

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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 each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Internationally acclaimed children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey of discovery as we listen to songs about Mother Earth. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, we will learn how essential nature is for us and how we can take care of it a little bit better.

Internationally acclaimed children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey of discovery as we listen to songs about Mother Earth. In this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, we will learn how essential nature is for us and how we can take care of it a little bit better.

HFVS Mother Earth Episode
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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!

Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!
FEATURED CALL FOR AUDITIONS: Amherst Community Theater

Amherst Community Theater announces auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Auditions will take place September 24-26 at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA. For an audition appointment, call LSSE at 413-259-3065.  A hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages, this timeless fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, lavish sets and costumes, and a full live orchestra. Enthusiastic audiences will fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January 2022. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition! For more info about auditions, including character descriptions and audition music and readings, visit www.amherstacts.org/auditions or contact producer@amherstacts.org.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Amherst, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Beginning Groups include Beginning I & II Ukulele/Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Voice. Intermediate and advanced groups include Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice. Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band). After school, evening, and weekend classes. For more information: missleticia@missleticia.com; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.

FEATURED TEEN PROGRAM
Circles for Jewish Living Teen Programs
Northampton, MA

In-Person/Outdoors

Circles for Jewish Living’s two new monthly teen programs provide a safe space for teens to explore the world they live in and discover who they want to be in that world. Their programs build community, trust, and strong Jewish identity, with resources to stimulate connections between the world teens navigate and leadership that inspires. For more information: cjl.alisonmorse@gmail.com; 413-559-9208; www.circlesforjewishliving.com

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Hinsdale, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: growwildlearning@protonmail.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School LIVE Virtual Tours. Join the admission office for a LIVE virtual campus tour. These LIVE virtual tours will give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about Bement and see their students and faculty.  Throughout September and October, they are offering one-hour campus tours and Q&A sessions on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30amRegistration is required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation. Bement School is accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their virtual tours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 25,000 subscribers, web visitors, and social media followers each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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What does it mean to be bilingual? Can songs help us learn a new language? Andrés & Christina from 123 Andrés are guest DJs for Hispanic Heritage Month.

What does it mean to be bilingual? Can songs help us learn a new language? Andrés and Christina from 123 Andrés are guest DJs for this episode, sharing with us the languages they speak and playing some of the songs that helped them learn new languages!

HFVS Hispanic Heritage Month Episode
with Guest DJs, Andrés and Christina
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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!

Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!
FEATURED CALL FOR AUDITIONS: Amherst Community Theater

Amherst Community Theater announces auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Auditions will take place September 24-26 at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA. For an audition appointment, call LSSE at 413-259-3065.  A hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages, this timeless fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, lavish sets and costumes, and a full live orchestra. Enthusiastic audiences will fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January 2022. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition! For more info about auditions, including character descriptions and audition music and readings, visit www.amherstacts.org/auditions or contact producer@amherstacts.org.

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-Op
Shelburne Falls, MA

Sept 3-6 in Northampton & Easthampton

The popular River Valley Co-op Truckload Sale is back! Come stock up and save during this huge sale in the parking lot of their Northampton and Easthampton stores September 3rd–6th. Score big discounts of up to 50% OFF full cases! Save on pantry staples like organic olive oil, canned tuna, and peanut butter, household items such as laundry detergent and hand soap, and frozen items like burritos, pizzas, and local ground beef. The savings continue inside the store with 20% OFF all co-op brand supplements and 10% OFF all wine. Please note that pre-orders are not accepted and sales are only available while supplies last. Sales may not be combined with other discounts, coupons, and promotions. rivervalley.coop/truckloadsale

FEATURED DANCE CLASSES
Great Falls Creative Movement
Turners Falls, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors

Great Falls Creative Movement offers unique dance programming for kids (and sometimes adults!) at their studio, outdoors, and in partnership with schools and constituent-based groups. All dance classes include improvisation, social dance, therapeutic dance, and concert dance practices and support participants’ positive relationship with their own mind/body/spirit, with each other, and with the wider world. Studio and outdoor classes open in September and January, with an open house at the beginning of each session. School residencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council, as well as programs designed for specific groups, are available on an ongoing basis. All programs will comply with CDC guidelines for COVID safety. For more information: studio.movement@gmail.com; 413-834-4644; greatfallscreativemovement.com.

FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Hinsdale, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: growwildlearning@protonmail.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.

FEATURED DAYCARE & PRESCHOOL
Valley Playschool
Shelburne Falls, MA

Indoor Program

Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs
For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.

Valley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Berkshire Music School is enrolling for the fall 2021 semester! Take a private lesson or Community Group Class in-person at BMS’s historic campus or online. Private lessons are offered in any orchestral or band instrument as well as voice & theory. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student and may begin at any point during the year. Online lessons are conducted via Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype, and students should have access to a computer or iPad with internet connection. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with suggested tuition listed for each course. For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School LIVE Virtual Tours. Join the admission office for a LIVE virtual campus tour. These LIVE virtual tours will give you the opportunity to learn a bit more about Bement and see their students and faculty.  Throughout September and October, they are offering one-hour campus tours and Q&A sessions on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30amRegistration is required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation. Bement School is accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their virtual tours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

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Partner 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 each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Everybody… from birds to beavers, seahorses to salmon, needs a safe space to live with their family. Award-winning children’s artist, Dana, explores and celebrates the places people and animals call home.

Everybody… from birds to beavers, seahorses to salmon, needs a safe space to live with their family. Award-winning children’s artist, Dana Cohenour, explores and celebrates the places people and animals call home.

HFVS Places We Call Home Episode
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As we round the corner into September, get outside & visit conservation areas, parks, and trails before those cooler nights arrive!

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!

Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!

FEATURED SALE
River Valley Co-Op
Northampton & Easthampton, MA

Sept 3-6 in Northampton & Easthampton

The popular River Valley Co-op Truckload Sale is back! Come stock up and save during this huge sale in the parking lot of their Northampton and Easthampton stores September 3rd–6th. Score big discounts of up to 50% OFF full cases! Save on pantry staples like organic olive oil, canned tuna, and peanut butter, household items such as laundry detergent and hand soap, and frozen items like burritos, pizzas, and local ground beef. The savings continue inside the store with 20% OFF all co-op brand supplements and 10% OFF all wine. Please note that pre-orders are not accepted and sales are only available while supplies last. Sales may not be combined with other discounts, coupons, and promotions.
rivervalley.coop/truckloadsale

FEATURED MUSIC CLASSES
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Experience the joy, creativity, and connection found when making music! Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for in-person and virtual music lessons, classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will help 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 music lesson or class is just a click or phone call away! For more info: 
info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED DANCE CLASSES
Great Falls Creative Movement
Turners Falls, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, In-Person/Indoors

Great Falls Creative Movement offers unique dance programming for kids (and sometimes adults!) at their studio, outdoors, and in partnership with schools and constituent-based groups. All dance classes include improvisation, social dance, therapeutic dance, and concert dance practices and support participants’ positive relationship with their own mind/body/spirit, with each other, and with the wider world. Studio and outdoor classes open in September and January, with an open house at the beginning of each session. School residencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council, as well as programs designed for specific groups, are available on an ongoing basis. All programs will comply with CDC guidelines for COVID safety. For more information: studio.movement@gmail.com; 413-834-4644; greatfallscreativemovement.com.

FEATURED MUSIC LESSONS
Downtown Sounds Music School
Northampton, MA

Virtual, Private Tutoring & Coaching

Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer online lessons seven days a week for guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, brass and woodwind instruments, mandolin, and more. Whether students are just starting, looking to expand their abilities, or learning to play a favorite song, their teachers are passionate about working with students of all ages to meet their musical goals! For more information: lessons@downtownsounds.com; 413-586-0998; downtownsounds.com.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School Virtual Coffee Hour. Join the admission office for a coffee hour starting September 16. Drop in to ask questions about their program as you begin to consider educational options for your child. Each Thursday morning at 8am, a member of the admission office will be available to talk and share with you what makes Bement an incredible educational opportunity. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom invitation. They are accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their coffee hours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

FEATURED DAYCARE & PRESCHOOL
Valley Playschool
Shelburne Falls, MA

Indoor Program

Daycare. Preschool. ♦ Ages 8mo-6yrs
For more information: ahawk@girlsclubofgreenfield.org; 413-625-2406; www.girlsclubofgreenfield.org.

Valley Play School is located in the heart of Shelburne Falls. It is a branch of the Girls Club of Greenfield and offers a variety of full and part time options for parents as well as a variety of subsidies. It operates year round, Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm, with breakfast and snack served daily. Two classrooms serve children 8 months to 6 years. VPS’s methods emphasize low teacher/student ratios and a healthy, enriching environment where children learn through their play and process has more importance than product. Children learn by doing in a supportive, nurturing environment that promotes pro-social behaviors. It provides diverse opportunities for quality interactions, connections and school readiness.

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Partner 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 each week, Hilltown Families can bring your message to thousands of families in Western Massachusetts. Serving the region since 2005, Hilltown Families is an award-winning, online communication network, recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” A trusted partner in your online marketing! To find out how we can partner together in your online marketing and outreach, contact us for info on our affordable options and packages: swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org. Have an event, resource, or opportunity you’re ready to promote? Click HERE to submit your information.

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Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families.

Award-winning, Peruvian-American, Kindie Rocker Twinkle Time is bringing in the summer with some Fun in the Sun! Twinkle Time spins the best family music tunes teaching kids that Summertime is all about making memorable memories with friends and families.

HFVS Fun in the Sun Episode
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Late August in Western Massachusetts is an opportunity to take in the last lawn concerts, reading programs, and summer family fun events before we turn the corner into September! Enjoy!

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!

Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!
Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.
FEATURED PROGRAM: Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Shutesbury, MA.

Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.

Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA,  is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are "writ large" in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton's environs, focusing on places they don't usually have access to, and learn about our "place" in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: kheidinger@biocitizen.org; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.
FEATURED CLASS: Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures

Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA, is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are “writ large” in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton’s environs, focusing on places they don’t usually have access to, and learn about our “place” in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: kheidinger@biocitizen.org; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.

FEATURED MUSEUM
Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, MA

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in Northampton, MA, announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be FREE all weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy, and enjoyable as possible. 

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in Northampton, MA, announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be FREE all weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy, and enjoyable as possible. 

FEATURED MUSIC CLASSES
Community Music School of Springfield
Springfield, MA

Experience the joy, creativity, and connection found when making music! Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for in-person and virtual music lessons, classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will help 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 music lesson or class is just a click or phone call away! For more info: 

Experience the joy, creativity, and connection found when making music! Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is now enrolling for in-person and virtual music lessons, classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned musician, CMSS takes the time to match you with a teacher who will help 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 music lesson or class is just a click or phone call away! For more info: 
info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Hadley, MA

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.
Virtual, In-Person/Indoors

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.

FEATURED ICE SKATING 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.

Good News! After a long absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Skating Club of Amherst will be resuming their full ice schedule in September. The Skating Club of Amherst figure skating club offers professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays at 5:50pm. Additional instruction is offered in free-skate, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills further. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms for Sept, Nov, Jan & April are online. For more information: SCofAmherst@gmail.com; 413-253-6388; www.scamherst.org.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED MUSIC LESSONS
Downtown Sounds Music School
Northampton, MA

Virtual, Private Tutoring & Coaching

Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer online lessons seven days a week for guitar, piano, voice, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, brass and woodwind instruments, mandolin, and more. Whether students are just starting, looking to expand their abilities, or learning to play a favorite song, their teachers are passionate about working with students of all ages to meet their musical goals! For more information: lessons@downtownsounds.com; 413-586-0998; downtownsounds.com.

FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Hinsdale, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: growwildlearning@protonmail.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.

FEATURED SCHOOL
The Bement School
Deerfield, MA

Bement School Virtual Coffee Hour. Join the admission office for a coffee hour starting September 16. Drop in to ask questions about their program as you begin to consider educational options for your child. Each Thursday morning at 8am, a member of the admission office will be available to talk and share with you what makes Bement an incredible educational opportunity. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom invitation. They are accepting applications for fall 2022. Contact the admission office at admit@bement.org with questions or to register for one of their coffee hours. The Bement School is a co-ed and boarding school for K-9 in Deerfield, MA. www.bement.org

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

Virtual Program. Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.

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Things to do in Western Massachusetts in mid-August! Discover smart & fun ways to engage while learning local and playing local.

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

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Discover classes and in-person programming happening through out western Massachusetts!
FEATURED CLASS: Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures

Biocitizen Free Ranger Field Environmental Philosophy Adventures in Westhampton, MA, is an action-based, peripatetic investigation of natural and cultural history. These histories are “writ large” in the places participants study, and students learn how to read them while they hike. As Summer turns into Fall, Free Rangers investigate the transformations the biome and its creatures undergo. Students explore Northampton’s environs, focusing on places they don’t usually have access to, and learn about our “place” in the biome: by a great living river coursing through deep and rich soils cradled by foothills with wild ridges, cliffs, and rainforest canyons. For more information: kheidinger@biocitizen.org; 413-320-0522; ma.biocitizen.org/portfolio/free-rangers-summer-into-fall.

Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
FEATURED MUSIC CLASSES: Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, MA

Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, MA. Give your children the experience of making music this school year. For the younger students (ages 5-9), the “Kids Music Class” will teach your child all about beat, rhythm, melody, and musical form through fun, interactive games, dances, and songs along with rigorous educational activities. For the older students (ages 7 and up), enroll in the “Guitar Orchestra.” Students perform on the guitar, uke, bass, or other string instruments in a large group. Students develop skills in music reading, dynamics, phrasing, ensemble playing, and following a conductor. Beginners welcome. The fall session begins on September 7, 2021. Each class session is 10-weeks and ends with a free concert that is open to the public. Secure your spot today! For more information: jeremymilliganguitar@gmail.com; 413-695-7558; jmilliganguitarstudio.com.

FEATURED PROGRAM: Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center in Shutesbury, MA.

Morse Hill Outdoor Education Center is now enrolling for Fall 2021! This fully outdoor elementary program serves students in grades K-6 and meets Massachusetts standards for curriculum and grade-level experiences. Caring educators offer hands-on, experiential learning with a project-based focus within a small school community. Students follow the rhythms of the land & seasons and learn within a framework that emphasizes social-emotional growth, stewardship & collaboration. This program offers full-time, in-person learning experiences on 85 acres in Shutesbury. Van service is available from Amherst, and aftercare is offered. Tuition follows a sliding scale model. Info about programs, curriculum, & staff at www.schoolatmorsehill.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Back Porch Bluegrass Festival
Northampton, MA

Sunday, August 15 from 12-7:30pm

Signature Sounds Presents is thrilled to bring the first Back Porch Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, August 15th, to the beautiful Pines Theater at Look Park. The festival will feature the best in bluegrass on two stages with Del McCoury Band, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses,Tony Trischka with Michael Daves & Bruce Molsky, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Brennen Leigh & Noel Mckay, Nora Brown, Rose & The Bros, and Mamma’s Marmalade. The music goes from 12-7:30 pm.There will be food trucks and beer and wine available for purchase. Kids 10 and under are free! Tickets are on sale now at
www.signaturesoundspresents.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
Berkshire Pulse
Housatonic, MA

Summer & Fall Classes

Summer and Fall Classes. Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic, welcoming, nonprofit dance, world music and movement arts education center. Outdoor, virtual and in-studio year-round programming provides children, teens and adults the opportunity to engage in the joys of movement, music and performance, while experiencing the rewards of community involvement and fitness – plus the vast benefits of artistic exploration and expression. High-caliber, professional teaching artists offer ongoing classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Creative Dance, Choreography, Musical Theater, Tap, African Dance, Flamenco, Latin Dance, Scottish Folk Dance, World Music Percussion, Hip Hop, Cardio Groove, Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more. For more information: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com; 413-274-6624; berkshirepulse.org.

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Hadley, MA

Virtual, In-Person/Indoors

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful and valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Classes emphasize skill-building, social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool and weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and so much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social and fun for children of all abilities and, perhaps just as importantly, by creating a supportive and caring community for their parents. For more information: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org.

FEATURED ICE SKATING 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.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Starlight’s Youth Theatre offers in-person classes beginning in Sept 2021 on Saturday mornings & Monday evenings. Fall classes include: The Unique Unicorn for grades 1-3 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 9-9:45am; Alice in Wonderland for grades 3-5 on Saturdays (9/4-10/23) from 10-10:45am; Fight for the Right, the Susan B. Anthony Story for grades 6-9 on Saturdays (9/4-11/6) from 11am-12pm; Doctor Doolittle for grades 3-5 on Mondays (9/13-11/6) from 4-4:45pm; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson for grades 6-9 on Mondays (9/13-11/1) from 5-6pm. Costs: $125-$145. Performance locations include Eric Carle Museum, Northampton Center for the Arts, and Maple Ridge. Classes are held at Maple Ridge Community Center. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED NATURE-BASED PROGRAM
Grow Wild Association
Hinsdale, MA

In-Person/Outdoors, Private Tutoring or Coaching

Grow Wild Association is organized for educational, personal, and spiritual development, relying on a strongly held belief in and interdependence with nature. Grow Wild Association hosts an outdoor nature-based program for homeschool-aged children, adult classes, enrichment programs, and tutoring. They believe nature is our best and most important teacher, and children are innate learners who naturally follow their own sense of wonder. Mixed-age children’s groupings allow for role modeling, responsibility, community building, and multidirectional learning. All information/programs/services are intended for association members only. They’re accepting new members now! For more information: growwildlearning@protonmail.com; 413-464-2507; www.growwildlearning.com.

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

Virtual Program. Indoor Program. Adaptable.

Daycare. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. ♦ Ages 6wks-5yrs
For more information: 413-387-1250; www.communityaction.us.

Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs offer a variety of program options for pregnant women and families with children ages birth-5 throughout Hampshire, Franklin, & Western Hampden Counties. Community Action’s Head Start provides early education and care and quality comprehensive services to children in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, offering full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family childcare, and home visiting. Centers are located in Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, Ware, Westfield, & Agawam. All services are provided at either low or no cost to eligible children and families.

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HFVS Under the Big Umbrella Episode with Guest DJ, Brady Rymer Brady Rymer invites you under the big umbrella! A place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day! Come on under and sing and dance with us. There's "room for everyone!"

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Brady Rymer invites you under the big umbrella! A place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day! Come on under and sing and dance with us. There’s “room for everyone!”

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Art & culture come alive in August in Western Massachusetts. Pair the humanities with outdoor adventures and nature-based learning this 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!

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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

LITERACY: Belding Memorial Library. 413-628-4414. 344 Main St, Ashfield, MA.

PASTRY ARTS: Bread Euphoria Bakery & Café. 413-268-7757. 206 Main Street. Haydenville, MA.

LOCAL HISTORY: Edwards Museum. North Road. Chesterfield, MA.

CONSERVATION: Kestrel Land Trust. 413-549-1097. 284 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

Hilltown Families annual Class Directory debuts mid-August! Add your class, program, or private lessons!
Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
FEATURED MUSIC CLASSES: Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, MA

Music Classes with Jeremy Milligan in South Hadley, MA. Give your children the experience of making music this school year. For the younger students (ages 5-9), the “Kids Music Class” will teach your child all about beat, rhythm, melody, and musical form through fun, interactive games, dances, and songs along with rigorous educational activities. For the older students (ages 7 and up), enroll in the “Guitar Orchestra.” Students perform on the guitar, uke, bass, or other string instruments in a large group. Students develop skills in music reading, dynamics, phrasing, ensemble playing, and following a conductor. Beginners welcome. The fall session begins on September 7, 2021. Each class session is 10-weeks and ends with a free concert that is open to the public. Secure your spot today! For more information: jeremymilliganguitar@gmail.com; 413-695-7558; jmilliganguitarstudio.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 CLASSES
Berkshire Pulse
Housatonic, MA

Summer & Fall Classes

Summer and Fall Classes. Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic, welcoming, nonprofit dance, world music and movement arts education center. Outdoor, virtual and in-studio year-round programming provides children, teens and adults the opportunity to engage in the joys of movement, music and performance, while experiencing the rewards of community involvement and fitness – plus the vast benefits of artistic exploration and expression. High-caliber, professional teaching artists offer ongoing classes and workshops from beginner to advanced levels in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Creative Dance, Choreography, Musical Theater, Tap, African Dance, Flamenco, Latin Dance, Scottish Folk Dance, World Music Percussion, Hip Hop, Cardio Groove, Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more. For more information: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com; 413-274-6624; berkshirepulse.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Back Porch Bluegrass Festival
Northampton, MA

Sunday, August 15 from 12-7:30pm

Signature Sounds Presents is thrilled to bring the first Back Porch Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, August 15th, to the beautiful Pines Theater at Look Park. The festival will feature the best in bluegrass on two stages with Del McCoury Band, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses,Tony Trischka with Michael Daves & Bruce Molsky, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Brennen Leigh & Noel Mckay, Nora Brown, Rose & The Bros, and Mamma’s Marmalade. The music goes from 12-7:30 pm.There will be food trucks and beer and wine available for purchase. Kids 10 and under are free! Tickets are on sale now at
www.signaturesoundspresents.com.

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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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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.

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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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HFVS Sharing Recipes Episode
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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!

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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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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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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.

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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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