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These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, March 14-20, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥


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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 14-27, 2020

Saturday, March 14Sunday, March 15
Monday, March 16Tuesday, March 17Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21Sunday, March 22
Monday, March 23Tuesday, March 24Wednesday, March 25
Thursday, March 26 Friday, March 27


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FEATURED EVENTS

Dance off the mid-winter blues this weekend! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will finish our beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a final community breakfast bash for the winter, featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Upcoming open house: Saturday, March 14th from 10am-12noon for preschool and kindergarten. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard. Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Blizzard is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their relationship with winter, Cirque Flip Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic and tender journey, and invites you to get lost in a moment of winter wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers today, all original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! $20-$45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-$15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/blizzard or call 800-999-UMAS.

Northampton High School presents The Sound of Music on Thursday, March 19-Saturday, March 21, with performances every evening at 7pm and a Saturday matinee at 2pm. This family-friendly show will be performed in the Northampton High School auditorium and features a cast of 50 students and a 25-piece orchestra! Advance tickets are highly recommended. Ticket prices: $15 adults; $10 seniors & children. Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Set-up a tour, explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from partial day to full day with extended hours. Set-up a tour by emailing Susanna at sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or by calling 413-253-3101.

Best kept secret in Amherst! Spring Street Preschool is an independent, progressive preschool located in downtown Amherst. Experienced and caring teachers provide opportunities for constructive play, literacy learning, friendship development, and creative arts. Spring Street Preschool has two outdoor play spaces, including a nature playground. Enrolling children from 2 yrs 9 months – 5 years. Flexible schedule with hours from 8am-5:30pm and affordable tuition. Spring Street Preschool is a non-denominational preschool located behind the Congregational Church. To schedule a tour call 413-256-8442 or email springstreetpreschool@gmail.com. For more info visit www.springstreetpreschool.com.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Journey Camp. Deerfield, MA. Their 27th Summer! A treasured place to grow friendships. Directed by Sarah Pirtle. Parents say, “Thank you for creating such an amazing camp!” Camp Sessions for children ages 6-12: Young participants build a stick house village in the woods, create theater, enjoy laughter, games, music, and art. Starseed Week for All (July 6-10); Girls Week One (July 27-31); and Girls Week Two (August 3-7). Camp sessions for teens: Teens have a supportive place to feel appreciated. Sunseed Teen Boys Camp (June 22-24); and Moonseed Teen Girls Leadership Camp (July 13-16). Location for all sessions: Woolman Hill in Deerfield. They assist with carpools. Scholarships are available. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 7; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo. Contact: 774-280-2490. melissadelo.journey@gmail.com. sarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

The Bement School Summer Programs. Deerfield, MA. The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 5-12. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, video game and movie-making, sports, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Dates: Jun 15-Aug 7; Age Range of Campers: 4-15yo. Contact: 413-774-7061. summer@bement.org. www.bement.org/summer.

Rowe Center Youth Camps. Rowe, MA. Since 1924, Rowe Center Youth Camps have empowered young people to play, explore, and learn in a liberating & nurturing environment. Campers balance freedom with compassion and responsibility. Each camper has a voice and a vote at camp. In a fun, creative, energetic environment, we empower campers to be leaders in the world. All camps are overnight, co-ed, developmentally appropriate, and gender-inclusive. Ages and times: Young People’s Camp 1 (8-10), July 19-25; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11), July 26-Aug 1; Young People’s Camp 3 (1 or 2 weeks, 11-13), July 19-Aug 1; Junior High Camp (13-15), June 28-July 18; Senior High Camp (16-19), Aug 2-22. Costs are sliding scale & scholarships are available. Visit our website for details. Dates: Jun 28-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo
Contact: 413-339-4954. info@rowecenter.org. rowecenter.org.

The Putney School Summer Arts. Putney, VT. The Putney School Summer Arts hosts summer arts workshops in June and July for high school students and a one-week workshop for adults in August. Create and connect through art. Dive deep into workshops and join a wildly creative community on a hilltop farm in Vermont. About a hundred students attend each three-week session, and workshops are capped at 12 students, fostering a close-knit community of young artists. Students come to discover a form, others to hone their practice, and all connect with the faculty and make use of the resources on campus. Located on a spectacular hilltop with 500-acres of woods, farms, and gardens there are endless opportunities for students to get outside and explore. Dates: Jul 6-24; Age Range of Campers: 14+yo. Contact: 802-387-7335. dfolgar@putneyschool.org. summer.putneyschool.org.

Kids, Art & Nature. Amherst, MA. Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the creative, intellectual, and emotional growth of the children in their care. Visual arts, storytelling, and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus and woods. Classes included: making art with nature, ceramics, faeries & myths, papercraft, superheroes, dinosaurs, dragons, and using fantasy gaming ideas to create real-world environments. Much of the day is spent outside, art-making, exploring, & playing non-competitive games. Dates: Jul 6-Aug 28; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo. Contact: 413-367-0186. kidsartandnature@hotmail.com. kidsartandnature.com


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Summer CampsFamily Dance PartyFamily ConcertFamily ConcertFamily Full Moon HikeFamily NightParents’ Night OutCommunity ServiceOutdoor AdventuresSnowshoeingIce SkatingPurim Radio ShowPurim CelebrationFood HistoryCommunity MealSugar ShackMaple Sugar HistoryHoneySpring BulbsNature ConservationBotanyUrban EcologyHorticultureGardeningGraftingSeed SwapOrnithologyMedia StudiesPodcastsBroadcast HistoryFolk TraditionsBlacksmithingBeehive OvensCandle MakingArt StudiesAcrylic PaintingFiber ArtsNeedle FeltingBasket WeavingCamera TrappingPhoto JournalismMuseum Daytime AdventuresMuseum Evening AdventuresMusic StudiesSacred HarpFolk MusicJazzMusical Sing-a-longHigh School MusicalWomen’s HistoryAviationChemistryFire DepartmentCivicsCareersVotingCommunity DevelopmentCohousingImmigration

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, March 7-13, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥


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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
March 7-20, 2020

Saturday, March 7Sunday, March 8
Monday, March 9Tuesday, March 10Wednesday, March 11
Thursday, March 12 Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14Sunday, March 15
Monday, March 16Tuesday, March 17Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19Friday, March 20


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Bulletin Board

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Deep academic inquiry, plenty of outside time, music and art in everyday learning, active land stewardship, and a culture of compassion Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Upcoming open house: Saturday, March 14th from 10am-12noon for preschool and kindergarten. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard. Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Blizzard is the story of a group of friends, each one different from the other, like snowflakes, exploring the awe and wonder of a winter storm. Through the lens of their relationship with winter, Cirque Flip Fabrique brings audiences on a crazy, fun, poetic and tender journey, and invites you to get lost in a moment of winter wonder. With some of the most exciting circus performers today, all original music performed live and breathtaking visual poetry, Blizzard is taking the stage by storm! $20-$45; Youth 17 & Under: $10-$15. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/blizzard or call 800-999-UMAS.

Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs. Multiple Locations, MA. 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 and offers 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. Call 413-387-1250 or visit www.communityaction.us to apply.

Families are invited to discover the warm, welcoming community at Amherst Montessori School, with dedicated teachers, administrators, and fellow parents who strive to create a sense of belonging for each child and family. Set-up a tour, explore the hands-on, child-centered Montessori curriculum, and learn about the engaging community of Amherst Montessori School. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now being accepted. Schedule options from partial day to full day with extended hours. Set-up a tour by emailing Susanna at sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or by calling 413-253-3101.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Journey Camp. Deerfield, MA. Their 27th Summer! A treasured place to grow friendships. Directed by Sarah Pirtle. Parents say, “Thank you for creating such an amazing camp!” Camp Sessions for children ages 6-12: Young participants build a stick house village in the woods, create theater, enjoy laughter, games, music, and art. Starseed Week for All (July 6-10); Girls Week One (July 27-31); and Girls Week Two (August 3-7). Camp sessions for teens: Teens have a supportive place to feel appreciated. Sunseed Teen Boys Camp (June 22-24); and Moonseed Teen Girls Leadership Camp (July 13-16). Location for all sessions: Woolman Hill in Deerfield. They assist with carpools. Scholarships are available. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 7; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo. Contact: 774-280-2490. melissadelo.journey@gmail.com. sarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

Montessori School of Northampton Summer Program 2020. Northampton, MA. For over 40 years, MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children 18 months old up to 8th grade in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9, and I-91, their Toddler and Children’s House (pre/K) programs have half and full-day options available with a strong teacher/student ratio and theme-based programming. For elementary and middle school students they offer classes like Film & Videography, JEDI engineering LEGO with Play-Well TEKnologies, Visual Arts programs, Culinary Creations, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art, Musical Theater, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Social Justice Workshop, and Digital Animation & Coding workshops presented by Holyoke Codes. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 14; Age Range of Participants: 18mo-14yo. Contact: 413-563-4645. summer@northamptonmontessori.org. www.northamptonmontessori.org

Camp Apex. Shelburne, MA. Camp Apex, the YMCA in Greenfield’s Summer Day Camp, provides kids with activities that foster youth development and healthy living. Fun-filled days are focused around caring, honesty, respect & responsibility! The camp day runs Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm, with an option of extended early & late care at Camp Apex. Maximizing their extensive property as well as their experienced, specialized staff, kids stay busy & challenged with a progressive curriculum, unique, stimulating outdoor adventures which features art & music explorations, sports, archery, swim lessons in their solar heated pool, tube slide, creative craft projects, play & more! Each week they offer exciting themes & also offer specialty camps. Check their website & Facebook page for more info. Dates: Jun 22-Aug 21; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-773-3646. shannon@your-y.org. your-y.org/.

Rowe Center Youth Camps. Rowe, MA. Since 1924, Rowe Center Youth Camps have empowered young people to play, explore, and learn in a liberating & nurturing environment. Campers balance freedom with compassion and responsibility. Each camper has a voice and a vote at camp. In a fun, creative, energetic environment, we empower campers to be leaders in the world. All camps are overnight, co-ed, developmentally appropriate, and gender-inclusive. Ages and times: Young People’s Camp 1 (8-10), July 19-25; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11), July 26-Aug 1; Young People’s Camp 3 (1 or 2 weeks, 11-13), July 19-Aug 1; Junior High Camp (13-15), June 28-July 18; Senior High Camp (16-19), Aug 2-22. Costs are sliding scale & scholarships are available. Visit our website for details. Dates: Jun 28-Aug 22; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo
Contact: 413-339-4954. info@rowecenter.org. rowecenter.org.

Summer Program For Children at Eaglebrook School. Deerfield, MA. Holistic learning and play with Bill Stewart. Craft an original show in 2 weeks and perform it on the Percival Theater stage. Students of theater will work on their stage craft through theater games, improvisation, character work, stage combat, and voice. In past summers, this program has worked on plays from ancient myth and classic works with an original twist, such The Odyssey, The Miser, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as new works blending well-known characters and story elements with creative, original arcs. Lunch is included, as is time to relax and splash in the pool. Cost: $590. Limit of 15 children. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield off Routes 5 & 10. Dates: Aug 3-14; Age Range of Participants: 9-14yo. Contact: 413-522-1445. lmciner@gmail.com. eggtooth.org.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

STEMChemistryAstronomyAppsChessCardboard RaceEcologyHerpetologyEntomologyGuided HikeNature-Based PlayFencingIce SkatingSign LanguageArt StudiesArt WalkAfrican ArtPastelsPhotographyMobilesWatercolorOil PastelsCyanotypeLeonardo Da VinciMusic StudiesMusic HistoryQuartetBluegrassDance StudiesSwingBelly DanceTheater StudiesTony AwardPuppet TheaterCollege TheaterHigh School MusicalImprovLiterature in TranslationTheater HistoryFrench FilmLocal HistoryLiving HistoryWinter Food FareSugar SeasonMaple SugaringCommunity MealHistory of BreakfastPancake BreakfastMaple CreamGheeFire CiderFolk TraditionsWoodcarvingAcupunctureLoving-KindnessCivic EngagementCitizen Science

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 29-March 6, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥


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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 29 – March 13, 2020

Saturday, Feb 29Sunday, March 1
Monday, March 2Tuesday, March 3Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7Sunday, March 8
Monday, March 9Tuesday, March 10Wednesday, March 11
Thursday, March 12 Friday, March 13


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Join the Center School for their K-8th grade AMALGAM Open House on Sunday, March 1st. Teachers will be offering exciting activities like wire sculpture, painting, juggling, bonfire, hula hoop making, LEGOs, s’mores, friendship bracelets, roasting apples, forest play, read aloud, Magic the Gathering Tournament (email to register!), and more. Meet Center School teachers and families at AMALGAM Open House and learn what a Center School education is all about. This event takes place on Sunday, March 1st, from 1-3pm. All kids and families, kindergarten through 8th grade, welcome! Center School. admissions@centerschool.net. 71 Montague City Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Community Action’s Head Start and Early Learning Programs. Multiple Locations, MA. 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 and offers 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. Call 413-387-1250 or visit www.communityaction.us to apply.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Friends Camp. South China, ME. Friends Camp is a Quaker overnight camp in Maine. They welcome a diverse group of campers who work together to create a loving camp community. At Friends Camp, participants can unplug, make new friends, make art, swim & boat on the lake, and make music. They offer affordable sessions with the primary focus of building community, including offer specialized two-week sessions just for teenagers. Teen programming includes conversations about social justice, climate change, and more. They center themselves in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Camp counselors are college students and graduates, eager to share their interests and act as inspiring role models. Follow on Instagram, @friendscamp. Dates: Jun 21-Aug 15; Age Range of Campers: 7-17yo. Contact: 207-877-4302. director@friendscamp.org. www.friendscamp.org

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. Chicopee, MA. Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, “Be the change” week with activities that focus on empathy, love, kindness & philanthropy, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996. ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com. www.ohanaperformingarts.com

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA. Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 26; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com.

Summer Program For Children at Eaglebrook School. Deerfield, MA. Holistic learning and play with Bill Stewart. Craft an original show in 2 weeks and perform it on the Percival Theater stage. Students of theater will work on their stage craft through theater games, improvisation, character work, stage combat, and voice. In past summers, this program has worked on plays from ancient myth and classic works with an original twist, such The Odyssey, The Miser, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as new works blending well-known characters and story elements with creative, original arcs. Lunch is included, as is time to relax and splash in the pool. Cost: $590. Limit of 15 children. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield off Routes 5 & 10. Dates: Aug 3-14; Age Range of Participants: 9-14yo. Contact: 413-522-1445. lmciner@gmail.com. eggtooth.org.

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp allows children to slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts, and enjoying carefree days with other young “farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors guide campers as they enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children become more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. For ages 4-12. Early bird discount available before March 1st. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Summer CampsSeasonsBotanyOrchidsTerrariumsNature StudiesNature Scavenger HuntAdaptationsCoyotesWildlife Story HourLocal History PlaygroupFood HistoryBeehive OvenFood ScienceIce CreamBrewingCheeseSTEMScience CafeChemistryComputer CodingChessCritical Thinking SkillsReligion StudiesBuddhismArt StudiesBlack Art MattersWomen’s Art & HistoryGirls in SportsOutdoor AdventuresWinter HikingFolk TraditionsCarpentryWoodcarvingSewingRepair CafeUpcyclingArts & CraftsTie-DyeBird HousesTerrariumsDate NightParents’ Night OutFilm StudiesFrench FilmCinematic SoundMusic HistoryAmerican Folk MusicMusic StudiesShape Note SingingChoral FestivalJazzSocial Justice SongsSocial ChangeMulticulturalImmigrationMartin Luther King, Jr.MindfulnessTheater StudiesCollege TheaterMusicalDance StudiesLindy HopTangoContra Dance

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 22-28, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 22 – March 6, 2020

Saturday, Feb 22Sunday, Feb 23
Monday, Feb 24Tuesday, Feb 25Wednesday, Feb 26
Thursday, Feb 27 Friday, Feb 28

Saturday, Feb 29Sunday, March 1
Monday, March 2Tuesday, March 3Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5Friday, March 6


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Share the love! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-29. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school; or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-29, 2020, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. More at fineartscenter.com/neverland or call 800-999-UMAS.

Join the Center School for their K-8th grade AMALGAM Open House on Sunday, March 1st. Teachers will be offering exciting activities like wire sculpture, painting, juggling, bonfire, hula hoop making, LEGOs, s’mores, friendship bracelets, roasting apples, forest play, read aloud, Magic the Gathering Tournament (email to register!), and more. Meet Center School teachers and families at AMALGAM Open House and learn what a Center School education is all about. This event takes place on Sunday, March 1st, from 1-3pm. All kids and families, kindergarten through 8th grade, welcome! Center School. admissions@centerschool.net. 71 Montague City Rd, Greenfield, MA.

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

Featured Summer Programs & Camps

Friends Camp. South China, ME. Friends Camp is a Quaker overnight camp in Maine. They welcome a diverse group of campers who work together to create a loving camp community. At Friends Camp, participants can unplug, make new friends, make art, swim & boat on the lake, and make music. They offer affordable sessions with the primary focus of building community, including offer specialized two-week sessions just for teenagers. Teen programming includes conversations about social justice, climate change, and more. They center themselves in the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Camp counselors are college students and graduates, eager to share their interests and act as inspiring role models. Follow on Instagram, @friendscamp. Dates: Jun 21-Aug 15; Age Range of Campers: 7-17yo. Contact: 207-877-4302. director@friendscamp.org. www.friendscamp.org

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. For a summer they will talk about forever — clowning is encouraged, flying is the norm, and climbing on your friends is a success! Aspire, express, and be strong at NECCA’s new facility with world-class coaches, a foam pit for flipping, indoor flying trapeze, and a trampoline wall. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 1; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo. Contact: 802-254-9780. ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org. www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Summer at Ohana School Of Performing Arts. Chicopee, MA. Ohana is a family that shares a passion for creativity, self-expression, love, and performance! Experience positive, life-enriching, all-inclusive weeks of dance, art projects, & performance for all ages & abilities! Each day at Ohana, children will experiment with multiple dance classes in a variety of styles (jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, & more) & enjoy time to create themed art projects. Specialty weeks: Magical Adventure week exploring our favorite fairytale characters & sing-along songs, “Be the change” week with activities that focus on empathy, love, kindness & philanthropy, and Broadway Bound week learning all aspects of the stage, including dancing, singing, acting, and prop creation! Dates: Jun 29-Aug 21; Age Range of Participants: 3-16yo. Contact: 413-539-9996. ashley@ohanaperformingarts.com. www.ohanaperformingarts.com

Sled Dog Camps. West Chesterfield, MA. Learn to take care of & exercise a world-class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog. Choose a dog for the week. Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling. All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My daughter loved the week-long camp, really bonded with her dog and plans to return next year. Hilltown Sleddogs is one of Pioneer Valleys’ unique treasures!”(JG) “The hands-on connection with the dogs is amazing. At the end of overnight week, my boys don’t want to come home.” (EM). Dates: Jul 1-Aug 26; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo. Contact: 413-296-0187. hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com. www.hilltownsleddogs.com.

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA. Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 6-July 31. Themes this year are: July6-10 (Radio Hits); July 13-17 (1960’s-70’s); July 20-24 (1980’s-90’s); July 27-July 31 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $425 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 10 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Gruff Davies, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com. www.missleticia.com

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA. Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter FestivalLiving HistoryColonial LifeWomen’s HistoryFashion HistoryFiber HistoryDance HistoryHistory of MarriageFolk TraditionsSewingFood HistoryTavern FareCulinary ArtsButcheryMoroccan CuisineS’moresChocolate Chip CookiesPhysicsChemistryAviationAerodynamicsDronesPaper AirplanesLEGOsBubblesPuppetryMedia LiteracyPodcastingLanguage StudiesCartographyJewish FolktalesIrish LegendAnimationFrenchMandarinRacismVotingWinter BotanyZoologyNative SpeciesLive AnimalsAdaptationsCougarsRabbitsMusic StudiesInstrumentsJazzDuke EllingtonPauline OliverosCommunity SingArt StudiesFigure DrawingColor TheoryClay WorkshopInk PaintingArts & Craft SwapCreative Free-Play

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 15-21, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
Click here to subscribe!

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 15-28, 2020

Saturday, Feb 15Sunday, Feb 16
Monday, Feb 17Tuesday, Feb 18Wednesday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 20Friday, Feb 21

Saturday, Feb 22Sunday, Feb 23
Monday, Feb 24Tuesday, Feb 25Wednesday, Feb 26
Thursday, Feb 27 Friday, Feb 28


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FEATURED EVENTS & SCHOOLS

Share the love! Take 20% off all items in Oak Meadow’s bookstore from February 14-29. Oak Meadow’s flexible K-12 homeschooling curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience, delivered with imagination and heart. The curriculum includes weekly lesson plans for a full year and can be customized to meet your student’s needs and interests. Purchase complete packages for K-8 or individuals courses for high school; or purchase craft supplies, homeschooling resources, books, and more. Shop February 14-29, 2020, at oakmeadowbookstore.com.

The Academy of Music Theatre is bringing Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s most wildly popular story, The Rainbow Fish, to the Academy stage as part of the 19.20 Season Series on Monday, February 17 at 1pm in Northampton, MA. With innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, this experience is sure to be a family hit that will enchant even the youngest child with the magical glow-in-the-dark tale of the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Stay directly after the show for a Q&A session with the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.aomtheatre.com or by calling the Academy of Music Theatre Box Office at 413-584-9032 x105.

Finding Neverland. Tuesday, February 25, 7pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says Time Magazine. The story-line follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR). $30-$65; Youth 17 & Under: $20-$30. Approximately 2.5 hours. Appropriate for ages eight years and older. More at fineartscenter.com/neverland or call 800-999-UMAS.

The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


FEATURED CLASS

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.


FEATURED SUMMER PROGRAMS & CAMPS

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. For a summer they will talk about forever — clowning is encouraged, flying is the norm, and climbing on your friends is a success! Aspire, express, and be strong at NECCA’s new facility with world-class coaches, a foam pit for flipping, indoor flying trapeze, and a trampoline wall. Dates: Jun 24-Aug 1; Age Range of Campers: 3-17yo. Contact: 802-254-9780. ssmithforchion@necenterforcircusarts.org. www.necenterforcircusarts.org.

Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp. Amherst, MA. Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interim/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 6-July 31. Themes this year are: July6-10 (Radio Hits); July 13-17 (1960’s-70’s); July 20-24 (1980’s-90’s); July 27-July 31 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Road in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:45am-3pm M-F. Campers bring their lunch, snack provided — cost: $425 weekly (multi-week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 10 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Gruff Davies, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration. Dates: Jul 6-31; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo. Contact: 413-246-7338. missleticia@missleticia.com. www.missleticia.com

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE


FEATURED PRESCHOOLS

Amherst Montessori School believes your child is inherently intelligent and that hands-on learning is critical to their developing brains. In mixed-age classrooms, your child is empowered to explore, discover, and learn through all five senses. AMS offers Spanish language learning in the Children’s House level for ages 3 through 6 (preschool-K). In a beautiful new building designed uniquely for children, classrooms are filled with sunlight, natural materials, and views outside to playgrounds. Trained Montessori teachers nurture each child’s innate curiosity and independence. Open 8:15am-3pm with before care starting at 7:30am and after care until 5:30pm. More at: sthompson@amherstmontessori.org or 413-253-3101.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL: Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, Mt. Washington, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Washington, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter FestivalWinter Trails DayOutdoor AdventuresIce SculptingWinter HikingNaturalist SkillsIce FishingIce SkatingEcosystemFire EcologyTrackingPorcupinesNature PhotographyMoonlight HikeSpruce-Fir ForestClimate ChangeArt Night OutArt StudiesFolk ArtFiber ArtsCraftingHandmade ValentinesWet FeltingPisankiFigure DrawingIce SculptingArt InstallationMuseum AdventuresValentines DayDate NightSTEMChemistryChessLEGOsMedia LiteracyNutritional AnthropologyMardi Gras King CakeTavern FareHomebrewingOenologyMusic StudiesOrchestraQuartetSpanish GuitarPercussionFather-Daughter DanceFunding CollegeCurrent AffairsCivicsAmerican FactoriesStorytellingLiving HistoryWomen’s HistoryAfrican American HistoryVotingFilm StudiesTheater StudiesAcademy AwardsShakespeare

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 8-14, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 8-21, 2020

Saturday, Feb 8Sunday, Feb 9
Monday, Feb 10Tuesday, Feb 11Wednesday, Feb 12
Thursday, Feb 13 Friday, Feb 14

Saturday, Feb 15Sunday, Feb 16
Monday, Feb 17Tuesday, Feb 18Wednesday, Feb 19
Thursday, Feb 20Friday, Feb 21


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This Saturday, February 8 from 10am-4pm head to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for Friendiversary, a FREE family day! A free Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie book for every child (while supplies last)! Take a photo with costume characters Elephant & Piggie, enjoy art making, films, and special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker (11:30am) and Happier Valley Comedy (1:30pm). Visit carlemuseum.org for more information.

Starting February 15 at the Northampton Center of the Arts, The Fun of Failure & Acting as Play! In this two-part 8-week, acting class, students will move through a series of ensemble games before diving into scene work. This class will strengthen students’ ability to listen and work together, to be generous with others and themselves, vulnerable enough to find fun in failure and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life outside the theatre, including leadership, self-confidence, and community/civic engagement. Open to ages 16-18. For more info, visit www.completelyridiculousproductions.com, or email gabe.levey@gmail.com.

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

Children only get one preschool experience. Experience The Common School in Amherst. The Common School, serving children ages 3-12 years, has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5 years. These classrooms provide strong student/teacher ratios, a diverse and inclusive community, opportunities for experiential learning, a stellar social and emotional curriculum, environmental awareness, play based learning, significant time spent outdoors and many resources, such as an extensive library, music and movement class. Call for a tour 413-256-8989 and visit the website at www.commonschool.org.

Lights, Camera… Party! Always a hit, your child will be the star of the show when you take your cue and book a movie theater birthday party at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters. Special Effects include your own green room (private theater) with balloon props and optional concessions. Don’t settle for a B party, act now and book your child a blockbuster party the whole family and cast will remember. For more information, visit www.towertheaters.com or email info@towertheaters.com. Conveniently located in The Village Commons, 19 College St, South Hadley, MA.

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, March 14, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.


MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Hinsdale-Peru, Holyoke, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Pelham, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Springfield, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Dance PartyLion DanceNative American DanceFolk DanceWinter FestivalLuminariaCulinary ArtsPancake BreakfastHand PiesPuppet ShowShadow PuppetryMuseum AdventuresDinosaursSTEMChemistryAstronomy Chess ClubAlternative MedicineFirst AidADHDHomeopathyMedia LiteracyOrnithologyOwlsArt WalkArt StudiesMonotype PrintsPastelsFigure DrawingPaper MarblingFiber ArtPotterySewingWomen’s HistoryImbolcChinese New YearValentine MakingSwedish HeartsGratitudeKindnessCritical ThinkingSustainabilityTheater StudiesCostumesNaturalist SkillsTrackingNocturnal WildlifeHistory PlaygroupParents’ Book Club

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, February 1-7, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
February 1-14, 2020

Saturday, Feb 1Sunday, Feb 2
Monday, Feb 3Tuesday, Feb 4Wednesday, Feb 5
Thursday, Feb 6Friday, Feb 7

Saturday, Feb 8Sunday, Feb 9
Monday, Feb 10Tuesday, Feb 11Wednesday, Feb 12
Thursday, Feb 13 Friday, Feb 14


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Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

GuGu Drum Group From Shanghai. Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. This award-winning percussion group from Shanghai presents a theatrical drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions showcasing the various percussive instruments used in ancient drum music. Featuring drum vignettes based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales, this performance highlights the human evolution, awareness, social commitment, and communication that ancient drumming has as its history. This high-energy extravaganza will entertain audiences of all ages! $20-$38; Youth 17 & Under: $10. @1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/gugudrum or call 800-999-UMAS

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Luminaria 2020Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on Sat, Feb 1 from 5-8pm on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. For updates and info: Fire & Ice Event.

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

 width=Whole Children Summer Programs. Hadley, MA ♦ Wait till you see what’s going on at Whole Children this summer! The fun for school-aged (7-12) and teen (13-17) groups will include Minecraft, gym, outdoor games, cooking, martial arts, LEGO building, arts & crafts, science experiments, board games, video games, and movies. As always, there will be a free- choice and opt-out/quiet time opportunities too. The July program runs from 1-4pm and the August program runs from 9am-3pm. In August, there will be some themed weeks that will be sure to get your imagination goin’. July 6-24; Afternoon Program (1-4pm). July 27-Aug 21; Full Day Program (9am-3pm). Visit the Whole Children website for more details. Dates: Jul 6 – Aug 21. Age Range of Participants: 7-17yo. Contact: 413-585-8010. julie.hooks@pathlightgroup.org. www.wholechildren.org.

Giving Tree preschool program in Gill, MA, is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting children ages 2.9 – 5. For more information: www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, or call 413-863-9218.


 

MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Chester, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Holyoke, Montgomery, New Salem, Northern Berkshire, Plainfield, Shelburne, South Hadley, Springfield, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsBasket MakingOrigamiHerbal MedicineNaturalist SkillsTrackingOwlsEcosystemsSkillsharingUpcyclingCommunity ServiceMindfulnessFloral DesignFigure DrawingWinter SportsSnowshoeingNordic SkiingIce SkatingSTEMAIQuantum MechanicsScience MuseumGeometryChessNew England HistoryTree HistorySpruce Fir-ForestNature-Based Arts & CraftsParents’ Night OutSocial StudiesWomen’s MarchMartin Luther King, Jr.Community MealFood TourPancake BreakfastTheater StudiesTheatersLiterature in TranslationMusicalFamily ConcertMusic StudiesPreKSoundLanguage ArtsSign LanguageMedia LiteracyPodcastingZinesComics

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 18-24, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 25 – February 7, 2020

Saturday, Jan 25Sunday, Jan 26
Monday, Jan 27Tuesday, Jan 28Wednesday, Jan 29
Thursday, Jan 30Friday, Jan 31

Saturday, Feb 1Sunday, Feb 2
Monday, Feb 3Tuesday, Feb 4Wednesday, Feb 5
Thursday, Feb 6Friday, Feb 7


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We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

Luminaria 2020Fire & Ice is a kickoff event for the week-long WinterFest in downtown Amherst, sponsored by the Amherst Downtown BID. In its 3rd year, the Luminaria is bigger, better, brighter, warmer. This fantastic and free event happens on Sat, Feb 1 from 5-8pm on the Town Common features fire juggling and performance by Matica Circus, live music with Cajordian, a whimsical busking-honed duo, which plays instrumental pop music on cajon and accordion, and the Amherst College A Capella group, the DQ. Food & drink available outside at 30 Boltwood and Holyoke Hummus Food Truck. Live Ice Sculpting starts the evening. Walk the beautiful pathways illuminated with candles in paper bags decorated by area school children. For updates and info: Fire & Ice Event.

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.



MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Gill, Goshen, Hadley, Heath, Holyoke, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne, South Hadley, Springfield, Westhampton, and Windsor Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsBasket MakingOrigamiHerbal MedicineNaturalist SkillsTrackingOwlsEcosystemsSkillsharingUpcyclingCommunity ServiceMindfulnessFloral DesignFigure DrawingWinter SportsSnowshoeingNordic SkiingIce SkatingSTEMAIQuantum MechanicsScience MuseumGeometryChessNew England HistoryTree HistorySpruce Fir-ForestNature-Based Arts & CraftsParents’ Night OutSocial StudiesWomen’s MarchMartin Luther King, Jr.Community MealFood TourPancake BreakfastTheater StudiesTheatersLiterature in TranslationMusicalFamily ConcertMusic StudiesPreKSoundLanguage ArtsSign LanguageMedia LiteracyPodcastingZinesComics

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 18-24, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 18-31, 2020

Saturday, Jan 18Sunday, Jan 19
Monday, Jan 20Tuesday, Jan 21Wednesday, Jan 22
Thursday, Jan 23Friday, Jan 24

Saturday, Jan 25Sunday, Jan 26
Monday, Jan 27Tuesday, Jan 28Wednesday, Jan 29
Thursday, Jan 30Friday, Jan 31


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Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

 

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm, UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall in Amherst, MA. A joyful celebration of music from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists. Interspersed with the spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the evening brings together music from Nina Simone to The Wiz, Stevie Wonder to traditional spirituals; music that shows the lineage of these civil rights visionaries is still with us today. Pre-performance talk in the lobby at 6:30pm.$15-$35; Youth 17 & Under: $10. Approximately 1.5 hours. Appropriate for all ages. More at fineartscenter.com/overcome or call 800-999-UMAS.


The Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Imagine a school that values and encourages the unique qualities of your child: The Hartsbrook School provides just that, with warmth and attentiveness. Abundant outdoor play, storytelling, music, and creative problem-solving all lay the foundations for future learning and deep social connection. Children’s imagination and empathy are awakened through the rich curriculum. Walks in the woods, visits to the school’s farm animals, and tending the gardens develop an awareness of, and care for, the natural world. Discover how meaningful a school experience can be and enjoy a vibrant, active parent community. Pre-K, K and an outdoor forest kindergarten for ages 2.9 – 6 years. 193 Bay Road, Hadley, 413-586-1908, www.hartsbrook.org

Mark your calendars and get ready to dance off the mid-winter blues! On Saturday, February 1, from 10am-12noon, Hilltown Families and Flywheel will continue the beloved ‘Saturday Morning Music Party‘ series with a community breakfast bash featuring pancake, dancing, and diversions for kids at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. Following the pancake breakfast, DJ Youthelectronix will be spinning family dance tunes for the “best ever dance party before noon!” Save on the babysitter and celebrate mid-Winter with a Saturday Morning Music Party! This annual series is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

EntomologyZoologyOrnithologyBotanyEconomicsPhysicsDendrologyCritical ThinkingInvestingBeekeepingNative SpeciesBirds of PreyNature Scavenger HuntMedia LiteracyComputer CodingVideo GamesChessYoYoLEGOsSalt ScienceMusic StudiesClassical MusicSingingArt StudiesFigure DrawingLandscape PaintingPotteryIce SculptingChinese CalligraphyMandarinSewingBasket CoilingWhite PineBookselling HistoryMark TwainPhotographyIce SkatingHikingNew England HistoryIllumination HistoryWomen’s HistoryEqual RightsFour FreedomsDrag StorytimeFolkloreHerbal MedicineMedical HistoryPolioAromatherapyBaking ArtsRye BreadFood TourMindful EatingForest Bathing

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 11-17, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

Saturday, Jan 4Sunday, Jan 5
Monday, Jan 6Tuesday, Jan 7Wednesday, Jan 8
Thursday, Jan 9Friday, Jan 10

Saturday, Jan 11Sunday, Jan 12
Monday, Jan 13Tuesday, Jan 14Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16Friday, Jan 17


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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

Saturday, Jan 11Sunday, Jan 12
Monday, Jan 13Tuesday, Jan 14Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16Friday, Jan 17

Saturday, Jan 18Sunday, Jan 19
Monday, Jan 20Tuesday, Jan 21Wednesday, Jan 22
Thursday, Jan 23Friday, Jan 24

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Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) presents Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical! This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the novel by the “brilliantly batty” Roald Dahl, is a wild ride for the whole family with singing, dancing, sweet and sinister school teachers, and plenty of revolting children! Presented with lavish sets and costumes and a full live orchestra in Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, nine performances will run January 16-19 and January 23-26, 2020. For tickets, call LSSE at 413-259-3065 or visit www.alsct.org.

All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or go to www.fourriverscharter.org/admissions.

Giving Tree School will host an Open House on Sat, Jan 25, 9-11am. The Giving Tree preschool program is thoughtfully designed to support young children’s social-emotional growth, problem-solving, & conflict resolution skills. Students enjoy ample outdoor exploration and playtime each day in our rambling and rugged Outdoor Classroom. Only 15 mins from downtown Greenfield, set among the woods & pastures of Gill. Giving Tree is committed to fostering active, hands-on early learning experiences that are playful and purposeful, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Licensed by EEC & accredited by NAEYC and HighScope. Sliding scale tuition. Accepting ages 2.9 – 5. www.givingtreeschool.org, admin@givingtreeschool.org, 413-863-9218

Amherst Montessori School invites families to an Open House on Saturday, February 1st from 10am-12pm with a preschool information session at 11am. Meet teachers and administrators, tour AMS’ beautiful school in south Amherst, and learn about the hands-on, child-led Montessori curriculum for infants through sixth grade. Amherst Montessori is a warm, safe, and supportive community that nurtures a lifelong love of learning. Learn more and register online at amherstmontessori.org. Amherst Montessori School. 27 Pomeroy Lane. Amherst, MA.

WinterFest Amherst is the “Pioneer Valley’s Largest Winter Carnival!” Celebrate the season with fellow Amherst residents. On Saturday, February 1, these week-long festivities will kick-off with the Luminaria on the Town Commons, a public display of over 1,500 flickering luminarias, and end the week with the signature Grand Finale events. Make sure to keep an eye on their online calendar since it will be jam-packed with 35+ more events throughout the week, including Ice Skating Performances, Hockey Games, Sledding, Live Music Events, Art Classes, and much more. And keep in touch with the WinterFest crew on their Facebook and Instagram pages. WinterFest is produced by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation, presented by local sponsors.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp allows children to slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts, and enjoying carefree days with other young “farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors guide campers as they enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children become more confident and grounded in their everyday lives. For ages 4-12. Early bird discount available before March 1st. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. www.hartsbrook.org


MARKET YOUR SUMMER CAMP: In an effort to connect families with summer camps & programs in the region, Hilltown Families is offering camps and programs a chance to partner with us in their online marketing with a special enhanced publicity offer. On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Hilltown Families will be featuring summer camps and programs in the region on Hilltown Families with a special directory: 2020 Summer Camps and Programs in Western MA. Find out more about this targeted marketing opportunity HERE.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Hilltown Families’ list of Suggested Events is supported in part by grants from the Amherst, Buckland, Hadley, and Plainfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Self-DefenseQi GongWinter SportsOutfittingWinter FitnessIce SkatingFencingMindfulness MovementHistory WalkNew England HistoryVotingArt StudiesChinese PaintingAfrican ArtPolish HeritageAustrian MusicThree Kings DayChinese New YearMuseum AdventuresNeedle FeltingFiber ArtPotteryFigure DrawingSewingMusic StudiesSing AlongOrchestraSTEMPhysicsComputer LabCodingLEGOsChessYoYosOrigamiExperiential LearningCritical ThinkingMindfulnessCreative Free-PlaySustainabilityCommunity MealCivicsMarine BiologyIchthyologyBotanyGreenhouseCoffee ShopsCommunity MealCook Book ClubMedia LiteracyLanguage ArtsLiteracyZinesBook ArtsStorytimeWord Games

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 4-10, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 4-17, 2020

Saturday, Jan 4Sunday, Jan 5
Monday, Jan 6Tuesday, Jan 7Wednesday, Jan 8
Thursday, Jan 9Friday, Jan 10

Saturday, Jan 11Sunday, Jan 12
Monday, Jan 13Tuesday, Jan 14Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16Friday, Jan 17


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All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Saturday, January 18 from 11:30am-3:30pm. The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

The Maple Hill Play Garden in Amherst, MA. The Maple Hill Play Garden offers an alternative early childhood program that nurtures the joy and wonder of a simple childhood. Amanda M. Lugo, M.A.Ed., provides a warm, nourishing, inclusive, home-like environment in which play is the heart of the child’s morning. She offers a nature-based program with toys made from natural materials and abundant time outdoors. The program cultivates a gentle and consistent daily rhythm that helps to ground children in a sense of place, all within in a socially conscious environment. Hot, wholesome, organic meals and snacks are provided. The Maple Hill Play Garden serves children ages 14 months – 3 ½+ years. Learn more at www.MapleHillPlayGarden.com. Contact Amanda at 978-500-3070 or NourishingChildhood@gmail.com.

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.


Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

AstronomyConstellationsStar GazingNew Years EveFamily Dance PartyIntergenerationalMenorah LightingHanukkahThree Kings DayLEGOsSTEMRocketsModel AirplanesPsychologyPaleontologyFossilsOutdoor AdventuresMusic StudiesSongwritingOrchestraArt StudiesBotanical IllustrationsMonetSportsOutfittingGymnasticsIce SkatingHikingScuba DivingNew England HistoryPerformance ArtPuppetryMarionettesGingerbreadPancakesCookbooksAgricultureAyurvedaHindu MedicineMagicFirst NightFirst Hike

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 28, 2019 – January 3, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Saturday, Dec 28Sunday, Dec 29
Monday, Dec 30Tuesday, Dec 31Wednesday, Jan 1
Thursday, Jan 2Friday, Jan 3

Saturday, Jan 4Sunday, Jan 5
Monday, Jan 6Tuesday, Jan 7Wednesday, Jan 8
Thursday, Jan 9Friday, Jan 10


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Holiday Vacation Programs: With schools out for the holidays, the New England Air Museum is hosting a series of daily interactive workshops. Activities will be offered from 10:30am-2:30pm each day and are included with admission (unless otherwise noted). Workshops include Lunar Landscape Painting (12/26), 1st Annual LEGO Brick Aircraft Contest (12/27), Marshmallow Constellations (12/28), Straw Rocket Challenge (12/29), and a Model Airplane Workshop & Demonstrations (12/30). The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closing at 3pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For more information about these and other events, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located at 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT.

Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield will host Admissions Information Sessions for prospective students and families on Saturday, January 11 at 10am, Wednesday, January 29 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 3 at 10am. Meet faculty, administrators, current students, and parents; look at samples of student work; see what makes this public school distinct. Accepting applications for Fall 2020 in grades 7-12, Four Rivers is dedicated to educating young people for lives of learning and service. Call 413-775-4577 (x105) or go to www.fourriverscharter.org/admissions.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Chanukah CelebrationKwanzaaSolsticeSantaNew England ChristmasChristmas HistoryLocal HistoryUrban LifeHoliday Train RideAviationPuppet ShowMerry Go RoundBoard GamesIce SkatingGymnasticsPhysicsMakerspaceTreesCandlelit HikeSpiral WalkSolstice CelebrationWinter SolsticeAstronomyFilm StudiesHoliday FilmMYO SoapMYO OrnamentMYO MenorahDance StudiesIrish DanceKlezmer MusicSing AlongCommunity MealPastry ArtsGingerbreadSufganiyotMuseum AdventuresLight FestivalLight DisplaysMenorah LightingLuminaries

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 21-27, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 21, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Saturday, Dec 21Sunday, Dec 22
Monday, Dec 23Tuesday, Dec 24Wednesday, Dec 25
Thursday, Dec 26Friday, Dec 27

Saturday, Dec 28Sunday, Dec 29
Monday, Dec 30Tuesday, Dec 31Wednesday, Jan 1
Thursday, Jan 2Friday, Jan 3


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Holiday Vacation Programs: With schools out for the holidays, the New England Air Museum is hosting a series of daily interactive workshops. Activities will be offered from 10:30am-2:30pm each day and are included with admission (unless otherwise noted). Workshops include Lunar Landscape Painting (12/26), 1st Annual LEGO Brick Aircraft Contest (12/27), Marshmallow Constellations (12/28), Straw Rocket Challenge (12/29), and a Model Airplane Workshop & Demonstrations (12/30). The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and closing at 3pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For more information about these and other events, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located at 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT.

Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcrackerwill beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

The Common School: Community, collaboration, inclusivity, social justice, environmental education- Come learn how these words are put into action at their winter Open House on Saturday, January 11, from 10am-12noon. Play in their classrooms, meet their teachers, chat with current parents, and tour their beautiful campus situated amongst 120 acres of conservation land on Larch Hill in Amherst. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Contact Director of Admissions, Dana Kadish at outreach@commonschool.org or visit www.commonschool.org.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

MARKET YOUR PRESCHOOL:Are you looking for a preschool that fits your child’s personality and reflects your family’s values for next year? Check out our Preschool Directory, which features preschools and programs across Western MA. Find the perfect place for your young one! ♦ If you have a school or program you would like to add to our directory, contact us at info@hilltownfamilies.org for more information on how you can be added at any time.

ADVERTISE HERE: Want to reach thousands of families living across Western MA? See your community event, after-school program, summer camp, class, school, open house, audition, homeschool program, workshop, volunteer opportunity, wellness program, local business, fundraiser, or non-profit featured here in the Bulletin Board section of our list of Weekly Suggested Events and in our weekly eNewsletter! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

KindnessIntergenerationalCommunity MealLocally MadeOpen StudiosMYO OrnamentsYule CelebrationChristmasHoliday Light DisplaysHoliday StrollTrain RidesIce SkatingZoologyOrnithologyNocturnal AnimalsDendrologyWhite BirchAromatherapyPastry ArtsGingerbread HousesMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesPicture Book ArtsDr. SeussElfEmily DickinsonLiterature In TranslationStorytellingStory HourDance StudiesBalletNutcrackerA Christmas CarolIt’s A Wonderful LifeMusic StudiesWorld MusicAmerican Roots MusicSymphonySingingNew England HistoryBroadcast HistoryWinter Farmers’ Market

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 14-20, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 14-27, 2019

Saturday, Dec 14Sunday, Dec 15
Monday, Dec 16Tuesday, Dec 17Wednesday, Dec 18
Thursday, Dec 19Friday, Dec 20

Saturday, Dec 21Sunday, Dec 22
Monday, Dec 23Tuesday, Dec 24Wednesday, Dec 25
Thursday, Dec 26Friday, Dec 27


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Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a show full of music, dance, song, and story to drive the dark away. A myth of the importance of music in our lives is told with the help of magical beasts in the form of puppets. The show includes traditional songs and dances along with new material from Rose Sheehan, Welcome Yule’s founder and Colin De la Barre. Enjoy the Abbots Bromley Horn dance, a sword dance, the now-familiar carols, a mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13th &14th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec.15th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $15, children 5 – 16 years and seniors $12. For reservations and information, see www.welcomeyule.org.

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 13 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience and is also ideal for young children. Select performances will have special guest entertainment and the chance to participate in a pre-show Storytime with Clara. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Santa’s Trains at Look Park: 
A holiday tradition for the whole family! Enjoy a magical evening with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elves. The Garden House will be transformed into a beautiful train station. Watch as model trains whizz by, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and of course, make sure you’re on the nice list! Santa’s Trains is open daily 4pm to 8pm December 13-23 and 10am to 2pm on December 24th. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Celebrate the opening of Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Arton Sat., Dec. 14 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art w/exhibiting artists Elisa Kleven, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Barbara Lehman, Grace Lin, Raúl the Third, Shadra Strickland, Don Tate, and Evan Turk. See their childhood art displayed next to their professional picture book art. Co-curator Jarrett J. Krosoczka will lead Now & Then artists in a series of fun drawing activities in the morning, while co-curator Grace Lin will lead artists in an afternoon discussion on ways to support the growing creativity of young artists. Plus, book signings, art activities & drop-in workshop w/Elisa Kleven to explore Texture Collages. Schedule at www.carlemuseum.org.

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 189th birthday at her home, the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 14, join the Museum for a festive open house from 1-4pm. Tour the houses for free, enjoy the holiday decorations and live music, create an artistic postcard to add to their project, “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” and enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome, and no fee or reservations are required. EmilyDickinson Museum. 413-542-8161. 280 Main St, Amherst, MA.

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcrackerwill beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

“Curated toys for curious minds.” A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store, located in beautiful downtown Northampton, has a unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find quality toys for every age. A2Z has great developmental toys for infants and toddlers, programmable robots and sensory toys for kids, and fun strategy games and brainteasers for teens and adults! A2Z also has construction toys, books, stuffed animals, minerals, dress-up, remote control toys, crafts, and so much more! Click here for the A2Z Holiday Shopping Guide to see featured products. A2Z is located on 57 King Street across from Hotel Northampton. Look for the dinosaur! For more information, visit A2ZScience.com.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

Do you know children who are talented instrumentalists? Are they motivated to practice and make music with other young musicians? The Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra offers a dynamic & supportive ensemble environment for talented musicians in middle & high school. Directed by Steven Bathory-Peeler, PVSYO performs in 2 standalone concerts and also collaborates with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensemble opportunities are also offered. The PVSYO rehearses at Greenfield High School on Sundays from 5:30-7:30 during the school year. Auditions for all instruments (except trumpet & clarinet) will be held in Greenfield on Jan 5, 2020, 5:30-7:30. To learn more or register for an audition, visit www.pvsoc.org/youth-orchestra.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter SportsCurlingIce SkatingOutfittingCollaborative ConsumptionMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesHigher EducationOrnithologyCrowsChristmas Bird CountChristmas FairCraft FairWinter FairHoliday StrollTree LightingLight FestivalYule CelebrationWinter LightsLantern Light ParadeHoliday Train RideCommunity MealIntergenerationalNon-CommercialOpen StudiosPlacemakingCreative Free-PlayToy ExchangeGingerbread BuildMYO GiftsOrigamiPapercraftsBook ArtsLiterature In TranslationHoliday StoriesMusic StudiesCarolingSing-A-LongChoralChorusOrchestraDance StudiesNutcrackerBalletA Christmas CarolHistoric ArchitectureSustainable ArchitectureNew England HistoryRestaurant HistoryFood StudiesFrench CulturePolish CultureWinter Farmers’ Market

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 7-13, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.s

LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
December 7-20, 2019

Saturday, Dec 7Sunday, Dec 8
Monday, Dec 9Tuesday, Dec 10Wednesday, Dec 11
Thursday, Dec 12Friday, Dec 13

Saturday, Dec 14Sunday, Dec 15
Monday, Dec 16Tuesday, Dec 17Wednesday, Dec 18
Thursday, Dec 19Friday, Dec 20


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Mark your calendars! On the first day of 2020, Hilltown Families and Flywheel are partnering again in the beloved annual New Year’s Day Morning Dance Party, a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, and diversions for kids held at Flywheel Arts Collective on Wednesday, January 1, from 10am-12noon. New this year, local storyteller, Tom McCabe, will spin a yarn while folks enjoy a community pancake breakfast. After breakfast, families can join DJ Youthelectronix for the “best ever dance party before noon.“. This annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the work of Flywheel Arts Collective. Minimum suggested donation: $6/person. Start the new year with a New Year’s Day Music Dance Party. Save on the babysitter and dance away on the first morning of the new year! So much cheaper than a night out on the town and just as much fun! Flywheel Arts Collective. 413-527-9800. 43 Main St, Easthampton, MA.

Winter Fair! An alternative to traditional holiday buying, this fun and participatory Winter Fair on Dec. 7, 10am-3pm, at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton offers a chance to create homemade gifts and enjoy crafting, musical performances and delicious food! Many crafts use recycled and natural materials – including fairy houses, full-sized wreaths, jewelry, herbal sachets, and more. HCCPS is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing an arts-integrated approach. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery for students in Hampshire and Franklin counties. All proceeds from the Fair support the school’s library and educational programs. For information about the Fair or the school: www.hilltowncharter.org

The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Admissions Open House event for interested families on Sunday, December 8, with presentations starting at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents, and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic programs and warm and inclusive community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. The Academy offers generous financial aid and daily round trip bus service from Greenfield, Amherst, Northampton, and the Hilltowns. Imagine loving school every day. Details at www.charlemont.org.

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker! Join Clara as she battles the Rat King to save the Nutcracker Prince, then travel through the enchanted Snow Forest and beautiful Kingdom of Sweets. Live on stage December 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. A special Sensory and Family Safe Presentation on December 13 at 4pm has lighting and sound accommodations for a reduced sensory experience and is also ideal for young children. Select performances will have special guest entertainment and the chance to participate in a pre-show Storytime with Clara. Get tickets today at aomtheatre.com. For more information about the Pioneer Valley Ballet company and school, visit pioneervalleyballet.org.

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration revels in the return of the sun with a show full of music, dance, song, and story to drive the dark away. A myth of the importance of music in our lives is told with the help of magical beasts in the form of puppets. The show includes traditional songs and dances along with new material from Rose Sheehan, Welcome Yule’s founder and Colin De la Barre. Enjoy the Abbots Bromley Horn dance, a sword dance, the now-familiar carols, a mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. The Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13th &14th at 7:30pm, Sunday, Dec.15th at 2pm. Tickets: adults $15, children 5 – 16 years and seniors $12. For reservations and information, see www.welcomeyule.org.

Santa’s Trains at Look Park: 
A holiday tradition for the whole family! Enjoy a magical evening with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elves. The Garden House will be transformed into a beautiful train station. Watch as model trains whizz by, enjoy hot cocoa by the fire and of course, make sure you’re on the nice list! Santa’s Trains is open daily 4pm to 8pm December 13-23 and 10am to 2pm on December 24th. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 189th birthday at her home, the Emily Dickinson Museum! On Saturday, December 14, join the Museum for a festive open house from 1-4pm. Tour the houses for free, enjoy the holiday decorations and live music, create an artistic postcard to add to their project, “The World Writes Back: Postcards to Emily Dickinson,” and enjoy coconut cake made from the poet’s own recipe. All are welcome, and no fee or reservations are required. EmilyDickinson Museum. 413-542-8161. 280 Main St, Amherst, MA.

Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcrackerwill beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with live Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Bring your family to this one showing event on Saturday, December 21st at 3pm at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Tickets are $12-20. Information can be found at www.aomtheatre.com.

Nikki Gardner Photography is offering a sale on a Fall Mini Portrait Session through December 6th. These fun 30-minute sessions (in their Northampton studio or on location) are great for holiday cards and family portraits! The price of a mini session is $150 and includes 5 digital files; a non-refundable deposit of $50 saves your session date/time, and $100 is due at the session! Press-printed holiday cards: 25 cards for $50. Additional files, albums, and prints available. Nikki Gardner Photography offers boutique portrait and commercial photography for the artistic soul. For more info and to book your mini session: www.nikkigardnerphotography.com; nikki@nikkigardnerphotography; 978-684-2294.

Imagine a cozy space where caretakers and their little people are invited to read, create, play, & linger together. Now place it in downtown Florence, right off the bike path—then add bike & stroller parking, comfy spots for relaxing & feeding, and a family-friendly bathroom. It’s High Five Books, a NEW independent kids’ community bookstore. High Five Books is the neighborhood go-to for new board & picture books, early- and middle-grade readers, YA books & graphic novels, plus art kits and other creative supplies. They share their welcoming space with Art Always, an art school for children & adults. They offer $5 daily drop-in art sessions, family literacy & art events, and snacks. And, of course, high fives anytime. www.highfivebooks.org

“Curated toys for curious minds.” A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store, located in beautiful downtown Northampton, has a unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find quality toys for every age. A2Z has great developmental toys for infants and toddlers, programmable robots and sensory toys for kids, and fun strategy games and brainteasers for teens and adults! A2Z also has construction toys, books, stuffed animals, minerals, dress-up, remote control toys, crafts, and so much more! Click here for the A2Z Holiday Shopping Guide to see featured products. A2Z is located on 57 King Street across from Hotel Northampton. Look for the dinosaur! For more information, visit A2ZScience.com.

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