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The season of fall is the topic of the day. Two happy Dads from the Minneapolis-based group The Jolly Pops are our Guest DJs for an hour of family music this week. They chat up their favorite things about this time of year and spin a set of songs that will make you want to jump into a leaf pile.

The season of fall is the topic of the day. Two happy Dads from the Minneapolis-based group The Jolly Pops are our Guest DJs for an hour of family music this week. They chat up their favorite things about this time of year and spin a set of songs that will make you want to jump into a leaf pile.

HFVS Fall Family Fun Episode with Guest DJ, The Jolly Pops
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Hawks are migrating and apples are ready for picking! This week find events to support learning in Western Massachusetts.

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!

Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT, will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Sept 24 and runs every Sat & Sun, including Monday, Oct 10 until Oct 30. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun-filled adventure where families ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field, and each child can pick out a FREE sugar pumpkin. Back at the Museum, they can decorate pumpkins, enjoy hands-on crafts & the outside play area with SPOOKTACULAR Halloween activities. Tickets are also good for the Fire Truck Museum, housed on the same property as the Trolley Museum. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation & to book your tickets. Admission is $14/adults, $13/seniors, $13/ages 12-17, $11/ages 2-11, and under 2 is free. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is taking over the parking lot at Lia Toyota of Northampton at 280 King Street on Sunday, September 25th, 11am- 3pm for the 3 Ring Ruckus Home, Car, & Family Spectacular! This community event brings together home vendors highlighting their offerings, family entertainment featuring the Pioneer Valley Jump Rope Team, juggling from VillageWise, corn shucking contestbubble zone, bike safety rodeo for kids (bring your tike’s bike/helmet), chalk art, pumpkin painting, and much more. Live music by Rosie Porter & The Neon Moons, Local Burgy and Ginger Love Café food trucks, 3 types of raffles, and a New England car show round up the three-ring event. (Severe weather postpones until early summer 2023).

Will Bike 4 Food, presented by Stop & Shop, returns for its 12th year on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Lion’s Club Pavilion in Hatfield, MA! For The Food Bank’s 40th Anniversary, the goal is to raise $250,000, which will provide ONE MILLION healthy and nutritious meals to neighbors throughout Western Massachusetts in need of food. Sign up as an individual or team for a 10-, 25-, 50-, or 100-mile bike ride through the Pioneer Valley. Each cyclist gets a WB4F t-shirt and an all-access pass to the CE Floyd After Party with food, craft beverages, live music, and more! Visit www.willbike4food.org for more information, sign-up, or donate to a team. 

Founded in 1975, Oak Meadow is a trusted education option for homeschooling and distance learning that supports your child and follows them wherever their heart leads. 

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED EVENT
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Orange, MA

The Skating Club of Amherst
October 1 & 2, 2022 from 10am-5pm!

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival returns Oct 1 & 2! This popular family-friendly weekend is back and not to be missed. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, celebrate community and local living with two days of peace, love, and garlic! Fabulous music & performance on three stages; over 80 exhibitors featuring art, agriculture, healing arts, and local organizations; a terrific kids art tent & games for all ages; glorious garlic cuisine and chef demos; ample inspiration & workshops for a hopeful future. Family-friendly inflation-busting weekend admission! $10 adults, $5 students, seniors, EBT, kids 12 & under FREE! Visit www.garlicandarts.org for parking, shuttle, & full schedule of events. No pets. Follow on FB and Instagram. 

Leapfrog Programs presents, the 5th Annual Groundnut Gathering – Earth Living Skills Rendezvous on October 7-9, 2022, in the Hilltowns! Get outdoors with nature immersion opportunities this fall during this ancestral skills gathering 
in Montgomery, MA. Participants will come together on the land to learn and share timeless skills practiced by people on all continents, including animal tracking, hide tanning, friction fires, storytelling, and more! Leapfrog Programs also offers after-school and homeschool programs for K-8. Experience nature immersion and connection, learn foundational skills and routines, and begin a lifelong, meaningful relationship with many species and the land. To register or to learn more, visit leapfrogprograms.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

The Skating Club of Amherst
Prelude Preschool of the Arts offers full-day and half-day programming in Springfield, MA.

There’s still time to enroll your little one in an exceptional arts education offering an innovative and engaging curriculum for preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten age students. Prelude Preschool of the Arts, an arts-integrated preschool in Springfield, MA, provides a nurturing environment for children and families to explore, learn, and create. Offering a flexible, arts-centered preschool programming for ages 2.9-5, children are cared for by a dedicated team of expert artists, musicians, and educators within the walls of the treasured Community Music School of Springfield. To learn more, call 413-732-8428, or visit online at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online.

Start the new school year off on the right note with lessons at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs. Interested in taking a music class with others? Try their fun Community Group Classes, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis! BMS private lessons and Community Group Classes are for students of all ages and levels. Check out why Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “After-School Program.” For more info on how to register & class offerings, visit the BMS website:
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

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Preschool Directory

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Follow Your Interests!

Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
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Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Songs of Kindness & Empowerment Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

Wendy and DB, the award-winning kindie music duo from Chicago, host our Dancing Out the Blues Episode. Featuring songs from amazing children's musicians around the world. Join in for a fun-filled hour to learn about dancing in other cultures and answer the question, "Can animals and bugs dance?" Tune in to learn a little and dance a lot!

Family music singer/songwriter and children’s book author Greg Lato  Guest DJs our Back to School Episode of the HFVS this week! Greg will be playing and moderating songs all about that feeling of a new school year, fresh with endless possibilities and anticipation for the exciting year ahead.

HFVS Back to School Episode with Guest DJ, Greg Lato
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Mid-September in western Massachusetts is full of learning events through the lens of wildflowers, migrating animals & the apple harvest.

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!

Founded in 1975, Oak Meadow is a trusted education option for homeschooling and distance learning that supports your child and follows them wherever their heart leads. 
The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022!

The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022, with Bonny Light HorsemanBrett Dennen, Heather Maloney, and many more! This 100% solar-powered outdoor festival will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to support the work of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Carrie Ferguson & The Grumpytime Club and ten-year-old Louie Phipps will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities and nature art and craft projects just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local plant-based food, and Makers Market craft vendors will have work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com

Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT, will hold their popular Pumpkin Patch event starting Sept 24 and runs every Sat & Sun, including Monday, Oct 10 until Oct 30. Pumpkin Patch is a family fun-filled adventure where families ride on a trolley car out to the pumpkin patch field, and each child can pick out a FREE sugar pumpkin. Back at the Museum, they can decorate pumpkins, enjoy hands-on crafts & the outside play area with SPOOKTACULAR Halloween activities. Tickets are also good for the Fire Truck Museum, housed on the same property as the Trolley Museum. Visit www.ct-trolley.org for hours of operation & to book your tickets. Admission is $14/adults, $13/seniors, $13/ages 12-17, $11/ages 2-11, and under 2 is free. 

Will Bike 4 Food, presented by Stop & Shop, returns for its 12th year on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Lion’s Club Pavilion in Hatfield, MA! For The Food Bank’s 40th Anniversary, the goal is to raise $250,000, which will provide ONE MILLION healthy and nutritious meals to neighbors throughout Western Massachusetts in need of food. Sign up as an individual or team for a 10-, 25-, 50-, or 100-mile bike ride through the Pioneer Valley. Each cyclist gets a WB4F t-shirt and an all-access pass to the CE Floyd After Party with food, craft beverages, live music, and more! Visit www.willbike4food.org for more information, sign-up, or donate to a team. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County is taking over the parking lot at Lia Toyota of Northampton at 280 King Street on Sunday, September 25th, 11am- 3pm for the 3 Ring Ruckus Home, Car, & Family Spectacular! This community event brings together home vendors highlighting their offerings, family entertainment featuring the Pioneer Valley Jump Rope Team, juggling from VillageWise, corn shucking contestbubble zone, bike safety rodeo for kids (bring your tike’s bike/helmet), chalk art, pumpkin painting, and much more. Live music by Rosie Porter & The Neon Moons, Local Burgy and Ginger Love Café food trucks, 3 types of raffles, and a New England car show round up the three-ring event. (Severe weather postpones until early summer 2023).

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED EVENT
The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Orange, MA

October 1 & 2, 2022 from 10am-5pm!

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival returns Oct 1 & 2! This popular family-friendly weekend is back and not to be missed. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, celebrate community and local living with two days of peace, love, and garlic! Fabulous music & performance on three stages; over 80 exhibitors featuring art, agriculture, healing arts, and local organizations; a terrific kids art tent & games for all ages; glorious garlic cuisine and chef demos; ample inspiration & workshops for a hopeful future. Family-friendly inflation-busting weekend admission! $10 adults, $5 students, seniors, EBT, kids 12 & under FREE! Visit www.garlicandarts.org for parking, shuttle, & full schedule of events. No pets. Follow on FB and Instagram. 

Leapfrog Programs presents, the 5th Annual Groundnut Gathering – Earth Living Skills Rendezvous on October 7-9, 2022, in the Hilltowns! Get outdoors with nature immersion opportunities this fall during this ancestral skills gathering 
in Montgomery, MA. Participants will come together on the land to learn and share timeless skills practiced by people on all continents, including animal tracking, hide tanning, friction fires, storytelling, and more! Leapfrog Programs also offers after-school and homeschool programs for K-8. Experience nature immersion and connection, learn foundational skills and routines, and begin a lifelong, meaningful relationship with many species and the land. To register or to learn more, visit leapfrogprograms.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Prelude Preschool of the Arts offers full-day and half-day programming in Springfield, MA.

There’s still time to enroll your little one in an exceptional arts education offering an innovative and engaging curriculum for preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten age students. Prelude Preschool of the Arts, an arts-integrated preschool in Springfield, MA, provides a nurturing environment for children and families to explore, learn, and create. Offering a flexible, arts-centered preschool programming for ages 2.9-5, children are cared for by a dedicated team of expert artists, musicians, and educators within the walls of the treasured Community Music School of Springfield. To learn more, call 413-732-8428, or visit online at www.communitymusicschool.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Amherst, MA

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Group and private instruction in Beginning I & II, Intermediate and advanced Ukulele, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band and Voice.  Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered as well as private voice training. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band), Gruff Davies (Rock Band), Sarah VanElls (Voice). After school and evenings. For more information: missleticia@missleticia.com; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online.

Start the new school year off on the right note with lessons at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson in person at BMS’s historic campus in Pittsfield or online from the comfort of your home. Private lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the individual student’s needs. Interested in taking a music class with others? Try their fun Community Group Classes, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis! BMS private lessons and Community Group Classes are for students of all ages and levels. Check out why Berkshire Music School was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “After-School Program.” For more info on how to register & class offerings, visit the BMS website:
www.BerkshireMusicSchool.org

FEATURED MUSIC OPPORTUNITY
Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Greenfield, MA

First Fall Rehearsal happens
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Play classical music, learn, and have fun! The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently accepting all instruments. The Youth Orchestra (YO) is an ensemble of talented, hard-working musicians ages 10-18, led by Director Nell Wiener. A year with the YO includes many exciting activities, such as presenting live concerts, playing with the Symphony Orchestra, performing music for their peers in local schools, playing in chamber music groups, and special small group coaching from professional musicians. Rehearsals are Sundays 5-7pm at Greenfield High School, Sept 11 – April 13. Tuition is $150 per semester; partial and full scholarships are available. To join the YO, schedule a placement hearing on our website, by email, or by phone. For more information: youth@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our Class Directory for Western MA

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

Find what you’re looking for in our Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA

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Home > Page 2

Follow Your Interests!

Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
Read More

Home > Hilltown Family Variety Show > HFVS Songs of Kindness & Empowerment Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Z

Wendy and DB, the award-winning kindie music duo from Chicago, host our Dancing Out the Blues Episode. Featuring songs from amazing children's musicians around the world. Join in for a fun-filled hour to learn about dancing in other cultures and answer the question, "Can animals and bugs dance?" Tune in to learn a little and dance a lot!

Wendy and DB, the award-winning kindie music duo from Chicago, host our Dancing Out the Blues Episode. Featuring songs from amazing children’s musicians around the world. Join in for a fun-filled hour to learn about dancing in other cultures and answer the question, “Can animals and bugs dance?” Tune in to learn a little and dance a lot!

HFVS Dancing Out the Blues Episode with Guest DJs, Wendy and DB
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School in in full swing and educational & fun events for families are happening across Western Massachusetts! Let the learning continue through community engagement.

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!

InfinityEd is an instructional organization devoted to providing students with what they need to succeed by providing an education that goes beyond the limits of the public school system. By fostering an environment that encourages discussion-based learning over lectures, InfinityEd nourishes a student’s love of learning and promotes a deeper understanding of content. Click here to schedule a free trial/consultation and intro lesson for the program of your choice. They offer programs via multiple formats: remote, in-office (Amherst, MA), and in-center (Hampden, MA). Prospective students also have the choice of individualized, one-on-one instruction or working within a small group of similar-minded students. Remember: education makes life better! Learn more at infinityed.us.

The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022, with Bonny Light HorsemanBrett Dennen, Heather Maloney, and many more! This 100% solar-powered outdoor festival will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to support the work of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Carrie Ferguson & The Grumpytime Club and ten-year-old Louie Phipps will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities and nature art and craft projects just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local plant-based food, and Makers Market craft vendors will have work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED OPEN HOUSE
Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
Hatfield, MA

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Sept 10, from 12-3pm

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons in Hatfield is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Sept 10, from 12-3pm, with FREE pony rides. Meet the instructors and their horses, and enjoy free pony ride and refreshments. Their open house is rain or shine (they have an indoor riding ring). Red Mare Farm provides year-round dressage-based riding lessons for adults & kids ages 8+. Red Mare Farm strives to teach riders to be the best partners with the horse that they can be. Safety, respect, and fun are the essential ingredients. Lesson subscription plans are available, including regular unmounted horsemanship classes for learning beyond the saddle.  For more information: RedmarefarmLLC@gmail.com; 978-739-4707; www.redmarefarm.com.

FEATURED BALLET CLASSES
Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
Holyoke MA

Classes at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet (MAB) emphasize classical ballet technique, musicality, artistry, and creativity. Students receive individual attention and discover that the joy of studying classical ballet is learning to accept a challenge, take a risk, achieve a personal goal, and improve daily. Children begin to study at age 3 in creative movement classes. Regular ballet classes start at age 8 and are also offered for teens and adults. Advanced ballet students take daily lessons and dance in community performances as part of MABETA, the Academy’s not-for-profit initiative. The MAB studios are modern, spacious, and equipped with sprung floors. For more info: rflachs@massacademyofballet.com; 413-536-6200; www.massacademyofballet.com

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Classes begin September 10, 2022

Starlight’s Youth Theatre 2022 fall classes begin Saturday, September 10. Grades 1-3 will present the musical Frosty the Snowman; Grades 4-6 will present the musical Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer. Both shows will be at Amherst Middle School on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Grades 7-12 will be working on straight plays that are all based on true stories: And then they came for meA Thousand Cranes, and Just before Sleep. Classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA. Saturday and Monday classes are available. To register for classes, visit their website. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED MUSIC OPPORTUNITY
Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Greenfield, MA

First Fall Rehearsal happens
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Play classical music, learn, and have fun! The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently accepting all instruments. The Youth Orchestra (YO) is an ensemble of talented, hard-working musicians ages 10-18, led by Director Nell Wiener. A year with the YO includes many exciting activities, such as presenting live concerts, playing with the Symphony Orchestra, performing music for their peers in local schools, playing in chamber music groups, and special small group coaching from professional musicians. Rehearsals are Sundays 5-7pm at Greenfield High School, Sept 11 – April 13. Tuition is $150 per semester; partial and full scholarships are available. To join the YO, schedule a placement hearing on our website, by email, or by phone. For more information: youth@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Miss Leticia Music School
Amherst, MA

Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band, and Voice in person and online for all ages. Group and private instruction in Beginning I & II, Intermediate and advanced Ukulele, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Rock Band and Voice.  Adult Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band Groups are offered as well as private voice training. Teachers include: Miss Leticia (guitar, ukulele, rock band, voice); Rusty Daniels (guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, rock band); Rhys Davies (adult rock band), Gruff Davies (Rock Band), Sarah VanElls (Voice). After school and evenings. For more information: missleticia@missleticia.com; 413-246-7338; missleticia.com.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Experience the joy of music at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson for all levels and ages offered in any band or orchestral instrument as well as voice and theory, online or in-person at our historic Pittsfield campus. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Visit the Berkshire Music School website for class offerings. Check out why BMS was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.” For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Northampton Community Music Center
Northampton, MA

Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center offers quality music instruction for all ages and abilities. The Center houses 15 teaching studios, 2 recital halls, keyboard lab, music library, and recording studio. 50 professional faculty members teach private lessons in more than 20 instruments. Other programs include Music Together® for babies and toddlers, a comprehensive Suzuki program in violin, cello and guitar for ages 4+, instrumental and vocal ensembles, multitrack recording, songwriting, and more. There are many programs for adults and seniors, too. Events showcasing professional and student performances are hosted throughout the year. Financial aid is available to all who qualify. Visit ncmc.net for more info.

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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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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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Labor Day weekend in Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities! Here's our list of weekly events for the first week of September.

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!

InfinityEd is an instructional organization devoted to providing students with what they need to succeed by providing an education that goes beyond the limits of the public school system. By fostering an environment that encourages discussion-based learning over lectures, InfinityEd nourishes a student’s love of learning and promotes a deeper understanding of content. Click here to schedule a free trial/consultation and intro lesson for the program of your choice. They offer programs via multiple formats: remote, in-office (Amherst, MA), and in-center (Hampden, MA). Prospective students also have the choice of individualized, one-on-one instruction or working within a small group of similar-minded students. Remember: education makes life better! Learn more at infinityed.us.

AUDITIONS are almost here for Amherst Community Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Nine fabulous performances in the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium are coming in January 2023. This will be a production filled with irresistible songs, lavish sets and costumes, and a full live orchestra. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition! For more info, including character descriptions, audition music, and readings, visit amherstacts.org/auditions or contact producer@amherstacts.org.

The fourth annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 17, 2022, with Bonny Light HorsemanBrett Dennen, Heather Maloney, and many more! This 100% solar-powered outdoor festival will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to support the work of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Carrie Ferguson & The Grumpytime Club and ten-year-old Louie Phipps will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities and nature art and craft projects just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local plant-based food, and Makers Market craft vendors will have work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED OPEN HOUSE
Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
Hatfield, MA

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Sept 10, from 12-3pm

Red Mare Farm Horseback Riding Lessons in Hatfield is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Sept 10, from 12-3pm, with FREE pony rides. Meet the instructors and their horses, and enjoy free pony ride and refreshments. Their open house is rain or shine (they have an indoor riding ring). Red Mare Farm provides year-round dressage-based riding lessons for adults & kids ages 8+. Red Mare Farm strives to teach riders to be the best partners with the horse that they can be. Safety, respect, and fun are the essential ingredients. Lesson subscription plans are available, including regular unmounted horsemanship classes for learning beyond the saddle.  For more information: RedmarefarmLLC@gmail.com; 978-739-4707; www.redmarefarm.com.

FEATURED MUSIC OPPORTUNITY
Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Greenfield, MA

First Fall Rehearsal happens
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Play classical music, learn, and have fun! The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently accepting all instruments. The Youth Orchestra (YO) is an ensemble of talented, hard-working musicians ages 10-18, led by Director Nell Wiener. A year with the YO includes many exciting activities, such as presenting live concerts, playing with the Symphony Orchestra, performing music for their peers in local schools, playing in chamber music groups, and special small group coaching from professional musicians. Rehearsals are Sundays 5-7pm at Greenfield High School, Sept 11 – April 13. Tuition is $150 per semester; partial and full scholarships are available. To join the YO, schedule a placement hearing on our website, by email, or by phone. For more information: youth@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Experience the joy of music at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson for all levels and ages offered in any band or orchestral instrument as well as voice and theory, online or in-person at our historic Pittsfield campus. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Visit the Berkshire Music School website for class offerings. Check out why BMS was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.” For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED BALLET CLASSES
Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
Holyoke MA

Classes at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet (MAB) emphasize classical ballet technique, musicality, artistry, and creativity. Students receive individual attention and discover that the joy of studying classical ballet is learning to accept a challenge, take a risk, achieve a personal goal, and improve daily. Children begin to study at age 3 in creative movement classes. Regular ballet classes start at age 8 and are also offered for teens and adults. Advanced ballet students take daily lessons and dance in community performances as part of MABETA, the Academy’s not-for-profit initiative. The MAB studios are modern, spacious, and equipped with sprung floors. For more info: rflachs@massacademyofballet.com; 413-536-6200; www.massacademyofballet.com

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Northampton Community Music Center
Northampton, MA

Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center offers quality music instruction for all ages and abilities. The Center houses 15 teaching studios, 2 recital halls, keyboard lab, music library, and recording studio. 50 professional faculty members teach private lessons in more than 20 instruments. Other programs include Music Together® for babies and toddlers, a comprehensive Suzuki program in violin, cello and guitar for ages 4+, instrumental and vocal ensembles, multitrack recording, songwriting, and more. There are many programs for adults and seniors, too. Events showcasing professional and student performances are hosted throughout the year. Financial aid is available to all who qualify. Visit ncmc.net for more info.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Classes begin September 10, 2022

Starlight’s Youth Theatre 2022 fall classes begin Saturday, September 10. Grades 1-3 will present the musical Frosty the Snowman; Grades 4-6 will present the musical Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer. Both shows will be at Amherst Middle School on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Grades 7-12 will be working on straight plays that are all based on true stories: And then they came for meA Thousand Cranes, and Just before Sleep. Classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA. Saturday and Monday classes are available. To register for classes, visit their website. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA ♦ Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful & valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Visit their new location at 11 Village Hill Rd in Northampton, where they have classes emphasizing social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool & weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social & fun for children of all abilities & by creating a supportive & caring community for their parents. For more info: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our Class Directory for Western MA

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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.

HFVS Songs of Kindness & Empowerment Episode
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The end of summer is fast approaching. Some families are getting ready to return to school, while others are considering homeschool as an option. This week our Class Directory debuted, giving families many choices of enrichment programs to support their interests and education in the coming months.

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!

Lady and the Amp Fest3 at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen happens Saturday, August 27!

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

Auditions! September 9-11, 2022 with callbacks on Monday, September 12, 2022.

AUDITIONS are almost here for Amherst Community Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Nine fabulous performances in the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium are coming in January 2023. This will be a production filled with irresistible songs, lavish sets and costumes, and a full live orchestra. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition! For more info, including character descriptions, audition music, and readings, visit amherstacts.org/auditions or contact producer@amherstacts.org.

FEATURED EVENT
Housatonic Heritage Walks
Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT

The Skating Club of Amherst
20th annual autumn “Housatonic Heritage Walks” on five weekends, starting the first weekend in September.

Housatonic Heritage Walks are FREE, guided interpretive walks to the most interesting historic, cultural, industrial, natural, and scenic sites in Berkshire County, MA, & Litchfield County, CT. These family-friendly free walks are offered on autumn weekends throughout September and early October. Explore with knowledgeable & local historians, naturalists, and environmentalists at sites within the Housatonic River Valley: tours of historic buildings and town centers, trail hikes, walks through industrial heritage sites, a canoe paddling trip on the Housatonic River, bike rides on quiet country roads that have a history, behind-the-scenes tours at performing arts venues, and strolls through formal gardens and estates. All ages & all people are invited. More info: Heritage-Hikes.org.

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA ♦ Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful & valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Visit their new location at 11 Village Hill Rd in Northampton, where they have classes emphasizing social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool & weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social & fun for children of all abilities & by creating a supportive & caring community for their parents. For more info: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
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 in-person and 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 MUSIC SCHOOL
Northampton Community Music Center
Northampton, MA

Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center offers quality music instruction for all ages and abilities. The Center houses 15 teaching studios, 2 recital halls, keyboard lab, music library, and recording studio. 50 professional faculty members teach private lessons in more than 20 instruments. Other programs include Music Together® for babies and toddlers, a comprehensive Suzuki program in violin, cello and guitar for ages 4+, instrumental and vocal ensembles, multitrack recording, songwriting, and more. There are many programs for adults and seniors, too. Events showcasing professional and student performances are hosted throughout the year. Financial aid is available to all who qualify. Visit ncmc.net for more info.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Classes begin September 10, 2022

Starlight’s Youth Theatre 2022 fall classes begin Saturday, September 10. Grades 1-3 will present the musical Frosty the Snowman; Grades 4-6 will present the musical Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer. Both shows will be at Amherst Middle School on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Grades 7-12 will be working on straight plays that are all based on true stories: And then they came for meA Thousand Cranes, and Just before Sleep. Classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA. Saturday and Monday classes are available. To register for classes, visit their website. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED MUSIC OPPORTUNITY
Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra
Greenfield, MA

First Fall Rehearsal happens
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Play classical music, learn, and have fun! The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra is currently accepting all instruments. The Youth Orchestra (YO) is an ensemble of talented, hard-working musicians ages 10-18, led by Director Nell Wiener. A year with the YO includes many exciting activities, such as presenting live concerts, playing with the Symphony Orchestra, performing music for their peers in local schools, playing in chamber music groups, and special small group coaching from professional musicians. Rehearsals are Sundays 5-7pm at Greenfield High School, Sept 11 – April 13. Tuition is $150 per semester; partial and full scholarships are available. To join the YO, schedule a placement hearing on our website, by email, or by phone. For more information: youth@pvso.org; 413-773-3664; www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Experience the joy of music at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson for all levels and ages offered in any band or orchestral instrument as well as voice and theory, online or in-person at our historic Pittsfield campus. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Visit the Berkshire Music School website for class offerings. Check out why BMS was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.” For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

FEATURED CLASSES
Berkshire Pulse
Housatonic, MA

Classes are offered throughout the year. Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic, welcoming, nonprofit dance, music, and movement arts education center. Outdoor 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, Hip Hop, Breaking, Creative Dance, Choreography, Musical Theater, Tap, Flamenco, Scottish Folk Dance, West African Drumming, Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, and more. For more information: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com; 413-274-6624; berkshirepulse.org.

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

See Your Ad Here

Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Class Directory

Discover virtual & adapted programming in our Class Directory for Western MA

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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

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

HFVS We All Live In the Same House Episode
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It's the last full week in August! There's still time for summer fun and smart ways to engage in your community. Look for agricultural fairs, conclusions of summer reading programs, and outdoor music events!

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!

Lady and the Amp Fest3 at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen happens Saturday, August 27!

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst

The Skating Club of Amherst
Full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June.

The Skating Club of Amherst offers a full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June. Ice sessions are offered 4 days a week to all level skaters, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays. Additional private instruction is offered in freestyle, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills. Participation in a spring ice show is available to all members. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a United States Figure Skating member & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms, when available, can be printed from the website. 
For more information: www.scamherst.org;
SCofAmherst@gmail.com

FEATURED CLASSES
Whole Children
Northampton, MA

Whole Children’s goal is to create an inclusive environment where every child is successful & valued for who they are, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Visit their new location at 11 Village Hill Rd in Northampton, where they have classes emphasizing social skills, self-advocacy, and just plain fun. They offer a diverse roster of afterschool & weekend classes, including gymnastics, yoga, theater, art, music, cooking, performing arts, and much more. Whole Children is filling a vital need by creating classes where the hard work of skill-building is made social & fun for children of all abilities & by creating a supportive & caring community for their parents. For more info: info@wholechildren.org; 413-585-8010; www.wholechildren.org

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Downtown Sounds Music School
Northampton, MA

Downtown Sounds Music School provides music education for a wide variety of instruments. They offer in-person and 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 MUSIC SCHOOL
Northampton Community Music Center
Northampton, MA

Founded in 1986, the Northampton Community Music Center offers quality music instruction for all ages and abilities. The Center houses 15 teaching studios, 2 recital halls, keyboard lab, music library, and recording studio. 50 professional faculty members teach private lessons in more than 20 instruments. Other programs include Music Together® for babies and toddlers, a comprehensive Suzuki program in violin, cello and guitar for ages 4+, instrumental and vocal ensembles, multitrack recording, songwriting, and more. There are many programs for adults and seniors, too. Events showcasing professional and student performances are hosted throughout the year. Financial aid is available to all who qualify. Visit ncmc.net for more info.

FEATURED THEATER CLASSES
Starlight’s Youth Theatre
Sunderland, MA

Classes begin September 10, 2022

Starlight’s Youth Theatre 2022 fall classes begin Saturday, September 10. Grades 1-3 will present the musical Frosty the Snowman; Grades 4-6 will present the musical Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer. Both shows will be at Amherst Middle School on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Grades 7-12 will be working on straight plays that are all based on true stories: And then they came for meA Thousand Cranes, and Just before Sleep. Classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center in Sunderland, MA. Saturday and Monday classes are available. To register for classes, visit their website. More info: www.starlights-youth-theatre.com.

FEATURED CLASSES
Berkshire Pulse
Housatonic, MA

Classes are offered throughout the year. Berkshire Pulse is a dynamic, welcoming, nonprofit dance, music, and movement arts education center. Outdoor 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, Hip Hop, Breaking, Creative Dance, Choreography, Musical Theater, Tap, Flamenco, Scottish Folk Dance, West African Drumming, Tai Chi, Zumba, Yoga, and more. For more information: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com; 413-274-6624; berkshirepulse.org.

FEATURED MUSIC SCHOOL
Berkshire Music School
Pittsfield, MA

Experience the joy of music at the Berkshire Music School! Take a private lesson for all levels and ages offered in any band or orchestral instrument as well as voice and theory, online or in-person at our historic Pittsfield campus. Lessons may be arranged for 30, 45, or 60 minutes each week to meet the needs of the individual student. BMS’s fun Community Group Classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Visit the Berkshire Music School website for class offerings. Check out why BMS was named the Berkshire Eagle’s 2021 Best of the Berkshires “Best After-School Program.” For more information: cpearson@berkshiremusicschool.org; 413-442-1411; www.berkshiremusicschool.org

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

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

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

FEATURED COUPLES THERAPY
Couples Therapy, Inc.
Cummington, MA

Marriage Retreats: In-person & Online

We are living in historically stressful times. Unfortunately, many families and marriages have struggled to navigate these difficult times. But did you know that science-based couples therapy is 70-92% effective for most motivated couplesDaniel Dashnaw is a Marriage and Family therapist AND one of the founders of www.couplestherapyinc.com, the most extensive science-based couples therapy practice in the United States. Daniel has been a Hilltown resident for over 20 years. Couples from around the world visit his secluded sanctuary in the deep woods of Cummington to roll up their sleeves and turn their marriages around. We live in tough times. Intimacy is hard. Can science-based couples therapy help your marriage? Email Daniel at daniel@couplestherapyinc.com to learn more. 

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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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Fire up the engine in the family car and hit the road with “Jersey Jason” Didner, from the Jungle Gym Jam. Jersey Jason will be playing his favorite songs related to family vacation time.

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

HFVS Family Vacation Episode
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Summer! Get it while you can, here in Western MA! Here's our list of events and community-based learning opportunities for mid August!

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 August 15, 2022! Add your class, program, or private lessons!

The curiosity of children doesn’t take a break for summer. Come to CISA’s Making Food Fun event on Thursday, August 18th at Look Memorial Park in Florence, where learning, food, and fun intersect in a family event for all ages. The location is the mini shelter near the splash park from 10am-12pm, rain or shine. Children’s cookbook author, Deanna Cook, will use local ingredients from local farms to make fresh salsa and more with the kids. Crooked Stick Pops will be handing out mini popsicle samples, and Nourse Farms will offer a berry taste test, where young scientists can track their data about their favorite berries. The event is FREE with $5 park admission. Stop by for more fun treats!

FEATURED EVENT
Lady and the Amp Fest3
Goshen, MA

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3.
August 27, 2022

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst

The Skating Club of Amherst
Full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June.

The Skating Club of Amherst offers a full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June. Ice sessions are offered 4 days a week to all level skaters, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays. Additional private instruction is offered in freestyle, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills. Participation in a spring ice show is available to all members. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a United States Figure Skating member & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms, when available, can be printed from the website. 
For more information: www.scamherst.org;
SCofAmherst@gmail.com

FEATURED CHILD CARE
Franklin County’s Y
Greenfield, MA

In-Person/Indoors

Find your favorite child care solution this fall! Your Franklin County’s Y has all of your child care needs covered! They have openings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Of course, they also offer school-age child care throughout the school year. The Y Academy on Main, located at 451 Main Street in Greenfield, offers a safe, affordable, quality preschool education with a curriculum to nurture your child’s development. The Y Academy at the Bolger Center, located on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon, now cares for your infant, your toddler, and your preschooler. Find your fun. Find your Y. For more information: kyounger@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

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

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

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

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

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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.

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Early August in Western MA in RICH is summer fun through nature-based engagement and the arts & humanities. Discover new interests, support ongoing curiosity, and participate in your community to support place-based and experiential learning.

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
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Cummington Fairgrounds

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022!
August 6 & 7, 2022

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022! With all-day entertainment, guests will cheer on their favorite knight at the joust, gasp at fire dancers, and enjoy Renaissance music. Shop over 40 vendors, feast on turkey legs, and make memories. On Sat night, 18+ patrons can visit the “Market After Dark.” Costumes are encouraged, although many guests wear their normal clothes. Time: 10am-10pm on Saturday, 8/6 (Only patrons over the age of 18 are allowed after 7pm) / 10am-7pm on Sunday, 8/7. Pre-order tickets at 
www.massrenfaire.comTickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-14, children 5 and under are free. Discounts at the gate for veterans and seniors. 
Contactinfo@massrenfaire.com

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

The curiosity of children doesn’t take a break for summer. Come to CISA’s Making Food Fun event on Thursday, August 18th at Look Memorial Park in Florence, where learning, food, and fun intersect in a family event for all ages. The location is the mini shelter near the splash park from 10am-12pm, rain or shine. Children’s cookbook author, Deanna Cook, will use local ingredients from local farms to make fresh salsa and more with the kids. Crooked Stick Pops will be handing out mini popsicle samples, and Nourse Farms will offer a berry taste test, where young scientists can track their data about their favorite berries. The event is FREE with $5 park admission. Stop by for more fun treats!

FEATURED EVENT
Lady and the Amp Fest3
Goshen, MA

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3.
August 27, 2022

The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) celebrates its 35th anniversary with a day-long music festival: Lady and the Amp Fest3. The quinquennial event features faculty, students, and alumnae of IMA’s summer rock programs and will include a memorial tribute to the music of Jana Ivanova Abromowitz. Takes place on Sat, Aug 27, on the lawn in front of IMA’s Big Barn (inside if it rains). Gates open at 11:30am. Music until 7:30pm. Family-friendly. Food, drink & merchandise on-site, including instruments & vintage gear. Coolers allowed. Tickets/info: www.ima.org. Sponsors and underwriters include: WRSI/The River 93.9; The ASCAP Foundation; Public Emily Artist Management; Signature Sounds; Dave Sullivan, DA; Healy Guitars. 165 Cape St, Goshen, MA

FEATURED CHILD CARE
Franklin County’s Y
Greenfield, MA

In-Person/Indoors

Find your favorite child care solution this fall! Your Franklin County’s Y has all of your child care needs covered! They have openings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Of course, they also offer school-age child care throughout the school year. The Y Academy on Main, located at 451 Main Street in Greenfield, offers a safe, affordable, quality preschool education with a curriculum to nurture your child’s development. The Y Academy at the Bolger Center, located on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon, now cares for your infant, your toddler, and your preschooler. Find your fun. Find your Y. For more information: kyounger@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED ICE SKATING CLASSES
The Skating Club of Amherst

The Skating Club of Amherst
Full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June.

The Skating Club of Amherst offers a full schedule of figure skating instruction each year from September – early June. Ice sessions are offered 4 days a week to all level skaters, beginner to advanced, recreational or competitive. Their popular Learn-to-Skate program offers group lessons for ages 4-adult on Sundays. Additional private instruction is offered in freestyle, ice dancing, & testing for those looking to advance their skills. Participation in a spring ice show is available to all members. All sessions are held at the UMass Mullins Center Practice Rink. The club is a United States Figure Skating member & is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Registration forms, when available, can be printed from the website. 
For more information: www.scamherst.org;
SCofAmherst@gmail.com

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

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

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

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

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Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

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Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

Award winning children’s musician Flor Bromley takes us on a journey around the world to dance and learn about traditional dances from different lands. From the bottom of Latinoamerica to the top of the Irish mountains, we will discover plenty of wonderful and varied music.

HFVS Traditional Dances from the World Episode
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It's the last weekend in July, the first week in August! We're rounding the corner into summer-living at its best here in Western Mass! Find your local outdoor adventures, library events, learning opportunities, freshly harvested food, and more!

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!
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!

The KO FESTIVAL hosts its 31st & final season July 22-31, now on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst. WEEK 1: FLUSHING (Make Room for Somone Else),” a collaboration between 2 artistic leaders, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT) & Linda Parris-Bailey of Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, TN), who are passing leadership to the next generation. It’s about family, legacies + what it means to retire, bestow & inherit. 7/24 at 8pm, the ever-popular KoFest STORY SLAM returns with an appearance by Sara Felder. WEEK 2 features Clear Creek Creative from Rural KY with “EZELL: Ballad of a Land Man,” an outdoor, daylight, all-ages parable also about family legacy & environmental extraction (fracking). Dates/times/info/sliding scale tix at kofest.com

FEATURED MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps
Mohawk Trail Regional School

Wild Garden of Childhood
Located in Shelburne Falls, MA

Are you ready for an experience that focuses on your own growth as well as youth development and strengthening communities? Serve with DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Support students academically, socially, and emotionally, including: provide mentorship and leadership support with academic classes, college & career preparedness, clubs & activities, as well as organize & deliver food and other resources through the food scarcity program. The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program (DSAP) is a great way to gain practical experience while learning new skills and making an impact in your community! Apply using this link: http://bit.ly/dialselfamericorps22. For more information, contact: Matt Ashby, mashby@dialself.org

The Amherst BID presents Summer Music on the Amherst Common, a FREE concert series every Friday evening at 6pm, starting July 22 and running through August 12, 2022! The music line-up includes blues/folk music on July 22, jazz music on July 29, a family dance party on August 5, and country/pop-rock music on August 12. Grab dinner-to-go from one of the downtown restaurants and have a family picnic on the lawn. A fun time for the entire family!

Discover more at www.amherstdowntown.com.

FEATURED EVENT
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Cummington Fairgrounds

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022!
August 6 & 7, 2022

The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire is returning to the Cummington Fairgrounds on August 6 & 7, 2022! With all-day entertainment, guests will cheer on their favorite knight at the joust, gasp at fire dancers, and enjoy Renaissance music. Shop over 40 vendors, feast on turkey legs, and make memories. On Sat night, 18+ patrons can visit the “Market After Dark.” Costumes are encouraged, although many guests wear their normal clothes. Time: 10am-10pm on Saturday, 8/6 (Only patrons over the age of 18 are allowed after 7pm) / 10am-7pm on Sunday, 8/7. Pre-order tickets at 
www.massrenfaire.comTickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-14, children 5 and under are free. Discounts at the gate for veterans and seniors. 
Contactinfo@massrenfaire.com

A Midsummer Night’s Happy Dream with Singer-Songwriter Extraordinaire, Neda BoinHealing Hearts Sanctuary in Worthington welcomes the community to join in an intimate evening of music and miracles with award-winning, international singer-songwriter Neda Boin. Allow Neda’s inspiring songs to open your heart and invite you to a direct experience of the Love you truly are. This healing concert will be held outdoors at 241 West St in Worthington, MA, on Saturday, July 30 at 6pm. Grounds open at 5pm for picnickers and guests. Please feel free to BYO blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners. Donations encouraged. For more info and reservations (not required), please call Susan at 413-854-8252 or email susanjameson227@gmail.com.

FEATURED EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION PROGRAM
Wild Garden of Childhood
Northampton. MA

Wild Garden of Childhood
Indoor Program. Outdoor Program.

Wild Garden of Childhood is enrolling infants and toddlers. Wild Garden of Childhood curates a beautiful early education experience for infants and toddlers up to preschool age. By surrounding your babies with love and laughter, outdoor time, and uninhibited play, their days at Wild Garden will be blissful. Wild Garden is happy to help you make the right choice for your child’s earliest education experience. Contact Wild Garden for a chat or enrollment information. Wild Garden of Childhood, LLC is fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. ♦ Ages: Birth-2.9yrs. For more information: 413-231-4454; wildgardenofchildhood.com; wildgardenofchildhood@gmail.com

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, presents Art of The Hills: Visual Evidence, a Berkshire-Based Artist exhibition featuring a wide array of styles and mediums from artists living within 60 miles of the museum. On display through September 11, 2022.

As well as Living Ink: The Art of Tattoos, a look into the artistry, history, and science behind tattooing. On display through October 30, 2022.

Find more information and plan your visit at berkshiremuseum.org.

FEATURED PRESCHOOL
Prelude Preschool of the Arts
Springfield, MA

Summer at The Academy at Charlemont
Now Enrolling for the 2022-23 School Year!

Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) is a non-profit community arts school in Western MA. Their mission is to provide an equitable & inclusive center of excellence in music education that empowers individuals, inspires creative passion, and promotes well-being in their greater community. They serve over 500 students each year, including the Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a flexible, arts-centered preschool program for children ages 2.9-5yo. In their community partnership programs, they serve an additional 1,000 students. CMSS provides financial aid to support under-served segments of the community & create quality programs & instruction to help all students achieve their highest potential. Learn more at www.communitymusicschool.com.

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

Multiple Towns, MA

Indoor Program. Adaptable.

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

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Partner with HIlltown Families!

Partner with Hilltown Families in your online advertising! Delivering your message each week to over 35,000 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.

2022 Class Directory

Summer Directory

Hilltown Families’ annual Summer Directory is the region’s go-to online resource for families.

2022 Preschool & Daycare Directory

Preschool Directory

Find what you’re looking for in our Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA

Read More
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Self-directed learning through the seasons! Explore your interests through a seasonal lens in Western Massachusetts!
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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
with Guest DJ, Flor Bromley
Listen Now
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