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Suggested Learning Ideas, Resources, & Events for Western MA

Suggested Learning Ideas, Resources, & Events for Western MA

Suggested Learning Ideas, Resources, & Events for Western MA

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 31 – November 6, 2020

Saturday, Oct 31Sunday, Nov 1
Monday, Nov 2Tuesday, Nov 3Wednesday, Nov 4
Thursday, Nov 5Friday, Nov 6


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 24-30, 2020

Haunted HistoryParanormal ActivityArchitecturePsychologyPhysiologySeedsFiber ArtsPlant BiologyWorld HistoryCandySlaveryFood HistoryTheater HistoryJack-O-LanternsIrish FolkloreArtisan TechniquesCostumesIndigenous CulturesFilm StudiesStorytellingFashion DesignGrain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorMeteorologyLiteratureScarecrows Cemetery StoriesBirding Boreal ForestFish MigrationSea TurtlesHawk MigrationArt StudiesPoster ArtDisability HistoryArt HistoryOperaCreative LetteringHalloweenHalloween CostumesGhost ToursVoting Rights for WomenWampanoagShaker HistoryAgricultural History

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 24-30, 2020

Saturday, Oct 24Sunday, Oct 25
Monday, Oct 26Tuesday, Oct 27Wednesday, Oct 28
Thursday, Oct 29Friday, Oct 30

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Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm[/caption]

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat at New England Air Museum on Halloween![/caption]

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to participate in a costume contest + scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars! The winning costume will receive a family membership for a year. A take-home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag will be available for guests. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm, closed on Mondays during winter season. Admission: $16 for ages 15+, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for 4-14. For info, directions, & safety protocols, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] After-School@Home with the Berkshire Museum, starting Nov 3![/caption]

Keep curious kids busy and learning past 3pm with After-School@Home! Starting November 3, the Berkshire Museum is hosting new, remote opportunities for students in grades 3 to 6 to travel the world, experiment with chemistry, learn to code, create art, and more. Try one or more of their 6 unique, interactive 5-week @Home programs led by the museum’s expert educators. All materials are included in the After-School@Home Kit, so no shopping is required! Register your future scientist, animator, or archaeologist today to add exciting art, science, and history to their curriculum. Visit explore.berkshiremuseum.org/after-school-at-home to review offerings and register.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.[/caption]

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Virtual Educational Fair on Thurs, Nov 19.[/caption]

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event. Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School. Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA[/caption]

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



SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 17-23, 2020

Jack-O-LanternsIrish FolkloreArtisan TechniquesCostumesIndigenous CulturesFilm StudiesStorytellingFashion DesignGrain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryWeather FolkloreMeteorologyCaterpillarsPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyCulinary ArtsArchaeology

 

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 17-23, 2020

Saturday, Oct 17Sunday, Oct 18
Monday, Oct 19Tuesday, Oct 20Wednesday, Oct 21
Thursday, Oct 22Friday, Oct 23


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Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In-person archaeological investigations at Historic Deerfield: Oct 17.[/caption]

Historic Deerfield starts its archaeological investigation of the Stebbins House site in October as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month. On October 17, museum visitors are welcome to stop by the excavation site and talk to archaeologists about what they’re doing. Artifacts unearthed at the Stebbins House Site will be processed at a field lab table for visitors to see. Visitors can view artifacts and ask questions about daily life at the site more than 175 years ago. Admission is $15 for adults (18+) and FREE for kids age 17 and under. Visit www.historic-deerfield.org to purchase tickets in advance online. The museum is open from 9:30am-4:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 29, 2020.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm[/caption]

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat at New England Air Museum on Halloween![/caption]

The New England Air Museum (NEAM) will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat program on Saturday, October 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to participate in a costume contest + scavenger hunt throughout the museum hangars! The winning costume will receive a family membership for a year. A take-home kit with a build and fly “Bat Glider,” spooky activity pages, and a trick or treat goodie bag will be available for guests. NEAM is open daily from 10am-3pm, closed on Mondays during winter season. Admission: $16 for ages 15+, $14 for seniors 65+, $10 for 4-14. For info, directions, & safety protocols, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305. NEAM is located in Windsor Locks, CT, adjacent to Bradley International Airport.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors[/caption]

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.[/caption]

 

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Virtual Educational Fair on Thurs, Nov 19.[/caption]

 

Join admission representatives from six local independent elementary and middle schools located throughout the Pioneer Valley in a virtual educational fair on Thursday, November 19 from 5-6pm! After a short introduction by each school, families will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions directly to the representatives. Registration required. Participants will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours before the event. Participating schools include Academy Hill School, The Bement School, The Center School, The Common School, Four Winds School, and Smith College Campus School. Visit bement.org/virtualschoolfair to register.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA![/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA![/caption]

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



SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 3-9, 2020

Grain HarvestEuropean CultureNative American CustomsColonial Food HistoryWeather FolkloreMeteorologyCaterpillarsMushroomsBiochemistryAgricultureCulinary ArtsPlant BiologyColonial HistoryPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyOrnithologyHawk MigrationRaptorsAnimal SoundsOpera HistoryHalloween Through HistoryGhost TownsGhost Tour ArtifactsArt StudiesCreative Lettering DrawingMuseum StudiesFilm StudiesParentingStorytimeAstronautZoologyEcologyMarine BiologyPumpkin ShowCulinary Arts

 

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 10-16, 2020

Saturday, Oct 10Sunday, Oct 11
Monday, Oct 12Tuesday, Oct 13Wednesday, Oct 14
Thursday, Oct 15Friday, Oct 16


SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Bulletin Board

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In-person archaeological investigations at Historic Deerfield:
Oct 10 & Oct 17.
[/caption]

Historic Deerfield starts its archaeological investigation of the Stebbins House site in October as part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month. On October 10 and October 17, museum visitors are welcome to stop by the excavation site and talk to archaeologists about what they’re doing. Artifacts unearthed at the Stebbins House Site will be processed at a field lab table for visitors to see. Visitors can view artifacts and ask questions about daily life at the site more than 175 years ago. Admission is $15 for adults (18+) and FREE for kids age 17 and under. Visit www.historic-deerfield.org to purchase tickets in advance online. The museum is open from 9:30am-4:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through November 29, 2020.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors[/caption]

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In-person on Saturday, October 31. 9am-2pm[/caption]

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9am-2pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated! For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT.

 

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Accepting Applications for Fall 2021.[/caption]

 

Bement is open with students attending school in person and they are accepting applications for fall 2021. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 200 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Bement’s rich curriculum motivates and challenges students with strong academics, a renowned fine arts program, and a diverse athletic program. Students participate in athletics and fine arts every day. The pervasive atmosphere at Bement is that of a family, learning and living together. Bement actively seeks an academically diverse, international, and multi-cultural student body. For information join their virtual info session or call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

A2Z Science & Learning Toy Store in Northampton is celebrating an amazing 33 years in business with 20% off the entire store!!! The sale starts Friday, October 9th and ends Sunday, October 11th. It is their way of saying a big THANK YOU to all of their amazing customers for helping them continue to be the best toy store in the Pioneer Valley! Shop in store or online with their full inventory range. (Over 8000 products!) They can also do curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping! Find them at 57 King Street, Northampton MA, or online at A2ZScience.com.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA![/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA![/caption]

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


 


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 3-9, 2020

MushroomsBiochemistryAgricultureCulinary ArtsPlant BiologyColonial HistoryScarecrowsWorld HistoryHarvest SeasonPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyNature-based LearningGardeningMarine EcologyCarnivorous PlantsPumpkin Show PumpkinfestSukkotLebanonNew ZealandCaribbeanAbolitionDance Studies Music StudiesChantey Sing Birds of PreyOwls Animal WelfareLanguage ArtsStorytimeParanormalArchitectural Sculpture

 

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
October 3-9, 2020

Saturday, Oct 3Sunday, Oct 4
Monday, Oct 5Tuesday, Oct 6Wednesday, Oct 7
Thursday, Oct 8Friday, Oct 9


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Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Online classes for lifelong learners![/caption]

Located in the Pioneer Valley, Greenfield Community College opens doors for students from all stages in life! This fall, GCC is offering Business Bootcamp, an opportunity for lifelong learners to update their skills to become more marketable to employers or establish a new career path. Non-credit classes include Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs (Tues, 9/29-11/3, 6-8pm. $249) and Wordpress 101(Mon/Tues, 10/5-11/17, 10-11am. $330). These online classes offer an excellent opportunity to boost skills with training in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Social Media and Digital Marketing, and more. All sources are delivered remotely via Zoom. To learn more about these non-credit classes and other lifelong learning opportunities with GCC, visit Workforce Development & Community Education with Greenfield Community College.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Virtual. Adapted In-Person Outdoors & Indoors[/caption]

Springfield Museums: Field Trips and Museum School. Springfield, MA. For homeschoolers and schoolers with five museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking and observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Springfield Museums offer a broad range of educational programs for all ages and interest levels, and they are happy to custom-build an experience for your small group. For more information: fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org; 413-263-6800 x322; springfieldmuseums.org/groups/school.

The Institute for the Musical Arts will be offering a Collaborative Home Recording Intensive, October 19-November 1. This virtual recording intensive designed to introduce participants to the basics of creating high-quality recordings home. Whether you are interested in recording music or spoken word or in production and sound design, this course will provide you with basic studio production concepts, terminology, mic selection, and recording technique. In a collaborative virtual environment, participants will explore recording voices for oral histories or podcasts, remix a previously recorded piece and learn to produce, record, and mix music on your PC. All ages & abilities are welcomed. Enrollment is limited. Register at www.ima.org.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA![/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA![/caption]

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


 


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 26-October 2, 2020

Harvest SeasonPumpkinsSquashGourdsCulinary ArtsElectricityNature ArtHoneyCulinary ArtsEntomologyHawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologyDendrologyMusic StudiesDrummingFilm StudiesArt StudiesTie-DyeingPlacemakingTrain RidesNative American StudiesBasket MakingAgricultureCosmologyFolklorePoetry

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 26 – October 2, 2020

Saturday, Sept 26Sunday, Sept 27
Monday, Sept 28Tuesday, Sept 29Wednesday, Sept 30
Thursday, Oct 1Friday, Oct 2


SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Online classes for lifelong learners![/caption]

Located in the Pioneer Valley, Greenfield Community College opens doors for students from all stages in life! This fall, GCC is offering Business Bootcamp, an opportunity for lifelong learners to update their skills to become more marketable to employers or establish a new career path. Non-credit classes include Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs (Tues, 9/29-11/3, 6-8pm. $249) and Wordpress 101(Mon/Tues, 10/5-11/17, 10-11am. $330). These online classes offer an excellent opportunity to boost skills with training in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress, Social Media and Digital Marketing, and more. All sources are delivered remotely via Zoom. To learn more about these non-credit classes and other lifelong learning opportunities with GCC, visit Workforce Development & Community Education with Greenfield Community College.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.[/caption]

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA ♦ Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (outside Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River for 7 days, through Native Athabaskan Villages crossing Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA![/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA![/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Adapted In-Person Birthday Party Venue[/caption]

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.

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



SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 19-25, 2020

HoneyCulinary ArtsEntomologyHawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyBluejaysCrowsAnimal BehaviorApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologySeed SavingBotanyGardeningFood SecurityCaterpillars

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 19-25, 2020

Saturday, Sept 19Sunday, Sept 20
Monday, Sept 21Tuesday, Sept 22Wednesday, Sept 23
Thursday, Sept 24Friday, Sept 25


SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Bulletin Board

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Options: Adapted In-Person/Outdoors. Virtual. Hybrid.
[/caption]

Join Girls on the Run this fall! In today’s unpredictable world, the social-emotional skills and strategies learned at GOTR are more important than ever. At GOTR, youth build self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and learn skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, and helping others. GOTR will be offering three options for this fall: In-person, hybrid, and all virtual. Their teams are smaller this season, and they have adapted all the lessons to ensure safety and social distancing. Fall season begins September 14 for eight weeks, ending with a site based 5K celebrations and/or their virtual GOTR 5K on November 14. Contact Alison.berman@girlsontherun.org for more information and see their website for team options: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180"] Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.[/caption]

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA ♦ Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (outside Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River for 7 days, through Native Athabaskan Villages crossing Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180"] Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.[/caption]

Need a break from homeschool? Jen Bixby is offering Outdoor Educational Camp in Pelham, MA, for ages 5-8. Space is limited, and the first 4-week session starts Sept 21. Jen Bixby’s learning camp takes a creative, process approach to learning – nurturing confidence and curiosity through nature walks, singing, stories, art, and gardening. Reading, writing, math, and science are integrated throughout the day. Jen is a reading, writing, and math tutor and an academic and executive functioning coach for students in elementary through college, primarily at the Hartsbrook School. She has taught graduate school courses and public Special Education with degrees in special and elementary education, psychology, and music. Jen is a singer/songwriter and currently performs with her band. She has raised four children in the Amherst area. For more information, contact Jen at jbixby@comcast.net or call 413-575-0214


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.


The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org.


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



SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 12-18, 2020

Hawk Migration SeasonOrnithologyBirds of PreyApple SeasonAgricultureCulinary ArtsAutumn FoliageDeciduous TreesChemistryPhenologySeed SavingBotanyGardeningFood SecurityCaterpillarsMonarch ButterfliesAnimal MigrationHabitat ConservationEntomologyLocal HeritageWalking ToursWorld CultureCityscapes

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 12-18, 2020

Saturday, Sept 12Sunday, Sept 13
Monday, Sept 14Tuesday, Sept 15Wednesday, Sept 16
Thursday, Sept 17Friday, Sept 18


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Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.

Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org.


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Options: Adapted In-Person/Outdoors. Virtual. Hybrid.

Join Girls on the Run this fall! In today’s unpredictable world, the social-emotional skills and strategies learned at GOTR are more important than ever. At GOTR, youth build self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and learn skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, and helping others. GOTR will be offering three options for this fall: In-person, hybrid, and all virtual. Their teams are smaller this season, and they have adapted all the lessons to ensure safety and social distancing. Fall season begins September 14 for eight weeks, ending with a site based 5K celebrations and/or their virtual GOTR 5K on November 14. Contact Alison.berman@girlsontherun.org for more information and see their website for team options: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org


Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org.


Virtual

Yoga Sanctuary. Northampton, MA. Join Yoga Sanctuary for yoga for the whole family – online! Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga with Baby, and Yoga for Teens 6 week series start the week of 9/21/20. The Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Yoga with Baby series include check-in, breathwork, meditation, and physical (asana) practices for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Yoga for Teens provides a welcoming space for all teens to connect deeply to breath and movement, building flexibility and strength, and cultivating inner resilience. All kinds of bodies and experience levels welcome. Their weekly adult classes provide nurturing and expert instruction in alignment-based hatha, flow, yin and restorative yoga. Join their strong, sweet community where their yoga practice nourishes body and soul. For more information: info@yoga-sanctuary.com; 413-585-9642; www.yoga-sanctuary.com.


Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors.

Hilltown Sleddogs. West Chesterfield, MA. Meet Marla BB & the Hilltown Sleddogs, who mushed 750 miles across interior Alaska last winter on the Iditarod/Serum Run Trail. In 1925, mail carriers mushed antitoxin to dying children of Nome during a Diptheria Epidemic. On February 22, 2020, the Team mushed from Nenana (near Fairbanks) past the Tolovana Roadhouse (where Wild Bill Shannon almost froze to death) onto the Yukon River through Native Athabaskan Villages then across Norton Sound & the Bering Sea Coastal Yupik Villages. They camped in Arctic Oven Tents at -45 degrees, slept in tribal halls, community centers & schools where children ran out to greet the dogs. On March 13th, the Expedition arrived in Nome only to learn the rest of the country was in lock-down due to a Pandemic! For more information: hilltownsleddogs@gmail.com; 413-296-0187; www.hilltownsleddogs.com.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


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


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 5-11, 2020

Seed SavingBotanyEcologyEcosystemHabitat ConservationBiodiversityEntomologyCaterpillarsLife CycleMigrationMonarch ButterfliesAeronauticsSTEMLiterary GuidePlein Air PaintingArt StudiesLocal HeritageGlobal HeritageArt HistoryAmerican HistoryLabor DayHuman RightsCapitalismFamily MealsSelf-Guided Walking Tours

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
September 5-11, 2020

Saturday, Sept 5Sunday, Sept 6
Monday, Sept 7Tuesday, Sept 8Wednesday, Sept 9
Thursday, Sept 10Friday, Sept 11


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Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.

Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org.


Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching

New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org.


Virtual

Yoga Sanctuary. Northampton, MA. Join Yoga Sanctuary for yoga for the whole family – online! Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Yoga with Baby, and Yoga for Teens 6 week series start the week of 9/21/20. The Prenatal Yoga and Postpartum Yoga with Baby series include check-in, breathwork, meditation, and physical (asana) practices for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Yoga for Teens provides a welcoming space for all teens to connect deeply to breath and movement, building flexibility and strength, and cultivating inner resilience. All kinds of bodies and experience levels welcome. Their weekly adult classes provide nurturing and expert instruction in alignment-based hatha, flow, yin and restorative yoga. Join their strong, sweet community where their yoga practice nourishes body and soul. For more information: info@yoga-sanctuary.com; 413-585-9642; www.yoga-sanctuary.com.


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Virtual

Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Springfield, MA. Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 2-6yrs. For more information: rstorozyk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude.


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org.


Enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate!

The Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington wants to meet the needs of the Hilltown community during this Covid-19 pandemic and beyond! All are encouraged to complete their online survey by SEPT 1. Survey takers will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to the Creamery and other prizes. The Old Creamery Co-op is a community hub, a gathering place, and a values-driven community enterprise, nestled in the heart of the Hilltowns. They promote local and regional production, practice environmental sustainability, and welcome and reflect diversity. They prepare wholesome foods and sell everyday goods and products to the community. Located on Route 9 in Cummington, the Old Creamery Co-op is open to all.


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

 

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 29-September 4, 2020

Saturday, Aug 29Sunday, Aug 30
Monday, Aug 31Tuesday, Sept 1Wednesday, Sept 2
Thursday, Sept 3Friday, Sept 4


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Girls Scouts. Western MA. Girl Scouts is a way of life that brings out the best in your girl, and helps her bring out the best in everyone around her. The Girl Scouts have a variety of options your girl can choose from – virtual programs and troop or in-person programs and troops, or hybrid mix of both. Sign your girl up today to start her leadership journey! While your girl is learning about the outdoors, STEM, important life skills, and finances, she’ll also discover new ways to make your family and community stronger, kinder, and better for everyone. For more information: info@gscwm.org; 413-584-2602; gscwm.org. Virtual. Adapted In-Person/Outdoors & Indoors.


Kids need space and adventure. Parents need to know they’re safe and learning. At The Center School in Greenfield, you get both–it’s all about balance. With small class sizes, outdoor learning spaces, a focus on their students’ social and emotional needs, and a curriculum rooted in social justice, the Center School plans to provide responsive, in-person school beginning August 24th. While in-person, the focus will be on creating joy and a classroom community that can be pivoted to a rigorous remote learning environment if necessary. Read more about their reopening plans, and see an educational overview, at www.centerschool.net. Due to small class sizes, space is very limited. To apply, email Lauren Obregón at admissions@centerschool.net. PreK-8th. In-Person/Indoors & Outdoors.


Outdoor classrooms for the coming year! Hartsbrook’s 55 acres of woods, farmland, and streams offer students an opportunity to become immersed in hands-on exploration (while staying socially distant). Chemistry, botany, ecology, literature, non-western/indigenous knowledge, history, sustainability, and more, are all subjects supported by an outdoor curriculum. During this unsettled time, give your child the gift of being grounded in nature and supported by a strong community — Pre-K through grade 12. Because of state safety guidelines, spaces are strictly limited. Visit their website for more information, or to submit an inquiry: www.hartsbrook.org. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA. Outdoor Classrooms.


Find what you’re looking for in our 2020/2021 Preschool & Daycare Directory for Western MA!


 

Community Music School of Springfield’s Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Springfield, MA. Prelude Preschool of the Arts’ remote programming features music, visual arts, theater, movement, and academic instruction – presented within engaging themes while nurturing 2-6 year-olds’ social-emotional development. Choose from 1 of 3 programs and a host of enriching add-ons to fit your family’s needs best, whether you’re keeping your little one at home all day, or you’d like to infuse some art into after-school time. Prelude’s remote programs are thoughtfully designed to nurture your child’s creativity and love for learning while fostering social connections. Prelude is also committed to providing caregiver-turned-teacher support, both in the form of easy-to-access materials and optional adult group interactions. Preschool. Early Childhood Education Program. Ages 2-6yrs. For more information: rstorozyk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-750-9560; communitymusicschool.com/prelude. Virtual


Discover virtual & adapted programming in our 2020/2021 Class Directory for Western MA!


Wolf Tree Programs in Montague, MA. Wolf Tree’s programs are designed to foster children’s curiosity and connection to nature in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Experienced and engaging instructors help them learn essential leadership and team-building skills, develop confidence, and become stewards of the land and local communities. Learn to make fire and rope, plant and tree identification, wildlife tracking, outdoor cooking, nature crafts, and more. Wolf Tree Programs fosters healthy relationships to self and community through nature immersion and wilderness living skills. They offer a variety of summer and school year programs for children and adults. Sending kids home happy since 2007! 413-775-3181. info@wolftreema.com. www.wolftreema.com.


Northampton Community Music Center: Online Lessons & Classes. Northampton, MA. The Northampton Community Music Center is a nonprofit organization offering the highest quality music instruction for all ages and abilities to residents of Western Mass and beyond since 1986. Music Together for babies and toddlers provides an excellent musical foundation and family bonding experience. Individual lessons in more than 20 instruments and a variety of musical genres are available for students as young as age 4. A wide choice of group classes is available for children and adults to explore specific styles, tools, and music-making techniques. All skillfully taught online until we can all safely be together again. Registration now open for the fall through their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information: registrar@ncmc.net; 413-585-0001; ncmc.net. Virtual


 

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


New England Center for Circus Arts. Brattleboro, VT. Come to the New England Center for Circus Arts to add creative physical activity to your child’s learning experience. Join their classes or bring your own group for private lessons. Online and in-person options provide inspiring and fun movement activities for circus enthusiasts and novice students wanting to add balance and dexterity to their lives in a fun and unique way. Circus is a broad and active art form offering aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, trampoline, and more for developing team-building, diligence, and invention. Classes can be simply circus or connect with NECCA to consider an educational residency model where circus is the medium for framing experiential learning discussions. For more information: info@necenterforcircusarts.org; 802-254-9780; necenterforcircusarts.org. Virtual, Adapted In-Person/ Indoors, Private Tutoring & Coaching


The Old Creamery Co-op in Cummington wants to meet the needs of the Hilltown community during this Covid-19 pandemic and beyond! All are encouraged to complete their online survey by SEPT 1. Survey takers will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to the Creamery and other prizes. The Old Creamery Co-op is a community hub, a gathering place, and a values-driven community enterprise, nestled in the heart of the Hilltowns. They promote local and regional production, practice environmental sustainability, and welcome and reflect diversity. They prepare wholesome foods and sell everyday goods and products to the community. Located on Route 9 in Cummington, the Old Creamery Co-op is open to all.


 

The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org


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


 


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 22-28, 2020

Unseen WorldTime-lapseSlow-motionElectron MicroscopeWords Of WisdomAstronautsSpace TravelSocial IsolationHuman ConnectionGaia HypothesisExtinctionEndangered AnimalsInvasive SpeciesAnimal ConservationGene-EditingConservation BiologyRewildingTrophic CascadeMega FaunaKeystone SpeciesUmbrella SpeciesTomato SeasonAgricultureHeirloom VegetablesBotanyFood HistoryCulinary ArtsSweet Corn SeasonNative American CultureSeed SavingPhysicsPop CornFolk MusicShadowsMoon LoreStorytellingShadow Art

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 22-28, 2020

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


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Kids need space and adventure. Parents need to know they’re safe and learning. At The Center School in Greenfield, you get both–it’s all about balance. With small class sizes, outdoor learning spaces, a focus on their students’ social and emotional needs, and a curriculum rooted in social justice, the Center School plans to provide responsive, in-person school beginning August 24th. While in-person, the focus will be on creating joy and a classroom community that can be pivoted to a rigorous remote learning environment if necessary. Read more about their reopening plans, and see an educational overview, at www.centerschool.net. Due to small class sizes, space is very limited. To apply, email Lauren Obregón at admissions@centerschool.net.

YMCA in Greenfield Preschool. Greenfield, MA. An exceptional experience for the young learner! Healthy child development and learning starts early. That’s why YMCA in Greenfield Preschool offers an early childhood education program that helps children learn the essential skills they’ll need later on. Certified, trained, supportive staff work to help everyone have the best possible start in their education! The Y Preschool allows children to: grow personally, clarify values, develop specific skills, improve personal & family relationships, and become better leaders. Early learners become instilled with the YMCA’s mission of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility while encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and a safe environment for all. Preschool. Ages 2.9-5yrs. For more information: ljackson@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org

Roots Gymnastics Center: Fall Classes. Westfield, MA. Join Roots Gymnastics Center this fall with their small class sizes, socially distanced groups, and additional cleaning and sanitizing makes for a clean and safe gymnastics experience! For more information: info@rootsgymnastics.com; 413-562-2333; www.rootsgymnastics.com.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Distance Learning Program. Greenfield, MA. Stoneleigh-Burnham School, an independent day and boarding school for girls in grades 7-12, is pleased to offer a remote experience for the first half of the 2020-21 school year. Beginning in September 2020, students will engage in a robust online program that has been designed and evaluated through the lens of distance learning to serve better their students’ interests, abilities, and circumstances. In addition to formal class time, co-curricular programs, and remote social events, students will participate in wellness and physical activity programming. SBS fosters the development of strong female identities in a small and inclusive multi-cultural environment and supports students in a variety of time zones. For more information: admissions@sbschool.org; 413-774-2711; sbschool.org/more.

Wolf Tree Programs in Montague, MA. Wolf Tree’s programs are designed to foster children’s curiosity and connection to nature in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Experienced and engaging instructors help them learn essential leadership and team-building skills, develop confidence, and become stewards of the land and local communities. Learn to make fire and rope, plant and tree identification, wildlife tracking, outdoor cooking, nature crafts, and more. Wolf Tree Programs fosters healthy relationships to self and community through nature immersion and wilderness living skills. They offer a variety of summer and school year programs for children and adults. Sending kids home happy since 2007! 413-775-3181. info@wolftreema.com. www.wolftreema.com.

Hybrid Music Lessons and Classes at Community Music School of Springfield. Virtual/Springfield, MA. Fill your fall with music! CMSS is now enrolling for hybrid private and semi-private music lessons for children, teens, and adults across a wide range of instruments and genres. Students are carefully matched with a teacher who will best meet their needs, and CMSS registration team will gladly assist you in deciding whether to rent or purchase your instrument. This year, ensembles are completely FREE! CMSS invite musicians of all ages to meet and mingle with like-minded music-loving peers and create memorable music experiences in a group that matches your interests and musicianship level. 2020-21 programming will start remotely, and students will have the choice to ease into a mix of remote and in-person experiences as possible/appropriate. For more information: rstorozuk@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

Northampton Community Music Center: Online Lessons & Classes. Northampton, MA. The Northampton Community Music Center is a nonprofit organization offering the highest quality music instruction for all ages and abilities to residents of Western Mass and beyond since 1986. Music Together for babies and toddlers provides an excellent musical foundation and family bonding experience. Individual lessons in more than 20 instruments and a variety of musical genres are available for students as young as age 4. A wide choice of group classes is available for children and adults to explore specific styles, tools, and music-making techniques. All skillfully taught online until we can all safely be together again. Registration now open for the fall through their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information: registrar@ncmc.net; 413-585-0001; ncmc.net.

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


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


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 15-21, 202

MindfulnessPhenologyChemistryBiologyEntomologyBotanyFamily DinnerSocial SkillsEmotional DevelopmentLinguistic SkillsFractalsGeometryMath HistoryFermentationKimchiSauerkrautPicklesSourdoughChemistryCellular BiologyCanoesNative American CultureRiver Walks & TrailsHousatonic River WalkWestfield RiverDeerfield RiverConnecticut RiverRainbowsMeteorologyPhysicsScienceMusic HistoryArtisan Tradition

 

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 15-21, 2020

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


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PreK-8th. In-Person/Indoors & Outdoors. – Kids need space and adventure. Parents need to know they’re safe and learning. At The Center School in Greenfield, you get both–it’s all about balance. With small class sizes, outdoor learning spaces, a focus on their students’ social and emotional needs, and a curriculum rooted in social justice, the Center School plans to provide responsive, in-person school beginning August 24th. While in-person, the focus will be on creating joy and a classroom community that can be pivoted to a rigorous remote learning environment if necessary. Read more about their reopening plans, and see an educational overview, at www.centerschool.net. Due to small class sizes, space is very limited. To apply, email Lauren Obregón at admissions@centerschool.net.

PreK-12th. In-Person/Outdoors – Outdoor classrooms for the coming year! Hartsbrook’s 55 acres of woods, farmland, and streams offer students an opportunity to become immersed in hands-on exploration (while staying socially distant). Chemistry, botany, ecology, literature, non-western/indigenous knowledge, history, sustainability, and more, are all subjects supported by an outdoor curriculum. During this unsettled time, give your child the gift of being grounded in nature and supported by a strong community — Pre-K through grade 12. Because of state safety guidelines, spaces are strictly limited. Visit their website for more information, or to submit an inquiry: www.hartsbrook.org. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA.

K-4th. In-Person/Outdoors. – The School at Morse Hill in Shutesbury is an outdoor elementary school on an 85-acre site offering experiential education for students who thrive in hands-on learning experiences. Practices center around social-emotional learning, team building initiatives, collaborative problem solving, and restorative justice. Anti-racist and anti-bias education practices are embedded within their nature-based academic curriculum. Students will participate in Morse Hill adventure experiences, including canoeing, hiking, climbing, and a ropes course. They will remain open for in-person learning following safety protocols unless the Governor closes all schools. Grades: K-4th grade. Contact: admin@schoolatmorsehill.org. Website: www.schoolatmorsehill.org.

Indoor & Outdoor ProgramYMCA in Greenfield Preschool. Greenfield, MA. An exceptional experience for the young learner! Healthy child development and learning starts early. That’s why YMCA in Greenfield Preschool offers an early childhood education program that helps children learn the essential skills they’ll need later on. Certified, trained, supportive staff work to help everyone have the best possible start in their education! The Y Preschool allows children to: grow personally, clarify values, develop specific skills, improve personal & family relationships, and become better leaders. Early learners become instilled with the YMCA’s mission of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility while encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and a safe environment for all. Preschool. Ages 2.9-5yrs. For more information: ljackson@your-y.org; 413-773-3646; www.your-y.org.

Adapted In-Person/IndoorsRoots Gymnastics Center: Fall Classes. Westfield, MA. Join Roots Gymnastics Center this fall with their small class sizes, socially distanced groups, and additional cleaning and sanitizing makes for a clean and safe gymnastics experience! For more information: info@rootsgymnastics.com; 413-562-2333; www.rootsgymnastics.com.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Distance Learning Program. Greenfield, MA. Stoneleigh-Burnham School, an independent day and boarding school for girls in grades 7-12, is pleased to offer a remote experience for the first half of the 2020-21 school year. Beginning in September 2020, students will engage in a robust online program that has been designed and evaluated through the lens of distance learning to serve better their students’ interests, abilities, and circumstances. In addition to formal class time, co-curricular programs, and remote social events, students will participate in wellness and physical activity programming. SBS fosters the development of strong female identities in a small and inclusive multi-cultural environment and supports students in a variety of time zones. For more information: admissions@sbschool.org; 413-774-2711; sbschool.org/more.

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Hybrid Music Lessons and Classes at Community Music School of Springfield. Virtual/Springfield, MA. Fill your fall with music! CMSS is now enrolling for hybrid private and semi-private music lessons for children, teens, and adults across a wide range of instruments and genres. Students are carefully matched with a teacher who will best meet their needs, and CMSS registration team will gladly assist you in deciding whether to rent or purchase your instrument. This year, ensembles are completely FREE! CMSS invite musicians of all ages to meet and mingle with like-minded music-loving peers and create memorable music experiences in a group that matches your interests and musicianship level. 2020-21 programming will start remotely, and students will have the choice to ease into a mix of remote and in-person experiences as possible/appropriate. For more information: info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.

The 10th Annual Will Bike 4 Food is taking place with a virtual twist! Join The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a month-long version of their WB4F cycling event to provide emergency meals to local families & individuals during Hunger Action Month in September. Riders of all ages & abilities are welcome to participate, cycling at any time, anyplace, and any distance to raise funds to support neighbors facing hunger. To encourage WB4F participants to stay active while safely engaging with fellow cyclists, The Food Bank is partnering with local fitness establishments, offering virtual fitness classes & online workshops. Individuals/teams register at WillBike4Food.org. Registration is $35 to benefit The Food Bank. Inquiries: jennifert@foodbankwma.org


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Deadline to register: August 14th
Sign up by August 14th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN OUR PRESCHOOL & DAYCARE DIRECTORY!
Deadline to register: August 14th
Sign up by August 14th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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


 


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 8-14, 202

MindfulnessPhenologyChemistryBiologyEntomologyBotanyFamily DinnerSocial SkillsEmotional DevelopmentLinguistic SkillsFractalsGeometryMath HistoryFermentationKimchiSauerkrautPicklesSourdoughChemistryCellular BiologyCanoesNative American CultureRiver Walks TrailsHousatonic River WalkWestfield RiverDeerfield RiverConnecticut RiverRainbowsMeteorologyPhysicsScienceMusic HistoryArtisan Tradition

SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 8-14, 2020

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


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Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Outdoor classrooms for the coming year! Hartsbrook’s 55 acres of woods, farmland, and streams offer students an opportunity to become immersed in hands-on exploration (while staying socially distant). Chemistry, botany, ecology, literature, non-western/indigenous knowledge, history, sustainability, and more, are all subjects supported by an outdoor curriculum. During this unsettled time, give your child the gift of being grounded in nature and supported by a strong community — Pre-K through grade 12. Because of state safety guidelines, spaces are strictly limited. Visit their website for more information, or to submit an inquiry: www.hartsbrook.org. The Hartsbrook School is located at 193 Bay Road in Hadley, MA.

The School at Morse Hill in Shutesbury is an outdoor elementary school on an 85-acre site offering experiential education for students who thrive in hands-on learning experiences. Practices center around social-emotional learning, team building initiatives, collaborative problem solving, and restorative justice. Anti-racist and anti-bias education practices are embedded within their nature-based academic curriculum. Students will participate in Morse Hill adventure experiences, including canoeing, hiking, climbing, and a ropes course. They will remain open for in-person learning following safety protocols unless the Governor closes all schools. Grades: K-4th grade. Contact: admin@schoolatmorsehill.org. Website: www.schoolatmorsehill.org.

Family Fun Activities at Storrowton Village Museum. West Springfield, MA. Do some Family Fun Activities at Storrowton Village Museum on Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Each week combines 19th-century history with 21st-century fun! Weekly themes include homesteading, archaeology, nature & art, inventions & machines, toys & games, and clocks. Geared toward ages 7-12, with all ages welcome! Dates: Fri & Sat – Aug 29; Age Range of Participants: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-205-5051. storrow@thebige.com. www.storrowtonvillage.com.

Kamp for Kids. Virtual/Westfield, MA. Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. This summer’s virtual Kamp experience includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. Zoom gatherings and some project supplies available for delivery. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is Kamp for Kids’ mission to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. Visit their website to register and for more information. Dates: Aug 1-31; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-562-5678. anne.benoit@bhninc.org. www.bhninc.org

Sattva Center Archery Classes & Coaching. Florence, MA. Archery classes for ages 7+. Sattva Center offers outside socially distant target archery classes all week, all summer at Look Memorial Park. Their classes are ideal, whether you’re exploring archery for the first time or want to take your skills to the next level. With their experienced coaches, participants will develop a solid foundation in a welcoming and professional atmosphere. Participant registration includes a one-time annual pass to Look Park per family. All equipment included. All classes are multi-generational and multi-level. Virtual coaching is also available as well as backyard archery range equipment. For more information: hello@sattvaarchery.com; 774-261-3399; www.sattvaarchery.com.

Northampton Community Music Center: Online Lessons & Classes. Northampton, MA. The Northampton Community Music Center is a nonprofit organization offering the highest quality music instruction for all ages and abilities to residents of Western Mass and beyond since 1986. Music Together for babies and toddlers provides an excellent musical foundation and family bonding experience. Individual lessons in more than 20 instruments and a variety of musical genres are available for students as young as age 4. A wide choice of group classes is available for children and adults to explore specific styles, tools, and music-making techniques. All skillfully taught online until we can all safely be together again. Registration now open for the fall through their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information: registrar@ncmc.net; 413-585-0001; ncmc.net.

Community Music School of Springfield: Hybrid Music Lessons and Classes. Virtual/Springfield, MA. Fill your fall with music! CMSS is now enrolling for hybrid private and semi-private music lessons for children, teens, and adults across a wide range of instruments and genres. Students are carefully matched with a teacher who will best meet their needs, and CMSS registration team will gladly assist you in deciding whether to rent or purchase your instrument. This year, ensembles are completely FREE! CMSS invite musicians of all ages to meet and mingle with like-minded music-loving peers and create memorable music experiences in a group that matches your interests and musicianship level. 2020-21 programming will start remotely, and students will have the choice to ease into a mix of remote and in-person experiences as possible/appropriate. For more information: info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.


RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN OUR CLASS DIRECTORY!
Deadline to register: August 7th
Add virtual or in-person classes, private lessons, tutoring services, and online educational opportunities to Hilltown Families’ annual Class Directory! The deadline to register for our Class Directory debut is August 7th. Reserve your spot now and benefit from free updates to your listing throughout the year. Advertise in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts, reaching thousands of students throughout the region.
Sign up by August 7th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN OUR PRESCHOOL & DAYCARE DIRECTORY!
Deadline to register: August 7th
Hilltown Families’ Preschool & Daycare Directory welcomes yearlong listings for preschools, daycares, and early childhood programs across Western MA, including indoor/outdoor and virtual/in-person programs. The deadline to register for our Preschool & Daycare Directory debut is August 7th. Reserve your spot now and benefit from free updates to your listing throughout the year. Advertise in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts, reaching thousands of students throughout the region.
Sign up by August 7th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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


 


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 1-7, 2020

Unseen WorldTime-lapseSlow-motionElectron MicroscopeWords Of WisdomAstronautsSpace TravelSocial IsolationHuman ConnectionGaia HypothesisExtinctionEndangered AnimalsInvasive SpeciesAnimal ConservationGene-EditingConservation BiologyRewildingTrophic CascadeMega FaunaKeystone SpeciesUmbrella SpeciesTomato SeasonAgricultureHeirloom VegetablesBotanyFood HistoryCulinary ArtsSweet Corn SeasonNative American CultureSeed SavingPhysicsPop CornFolk MusicShadowsMoon LoreStorytellingShadow Art


SUGGESTED LEARNING IDEAS,
RESOURCES, & EVENTS
August 1-7, 2020

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


SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!
Sneak peaks of our newest podcast.


Family Fun Activities at Storrowton Village Museum. West Springfield, MA. Do some Family Fun Activities at Storrowton Village Museum on Fridays and Saturdays this summer. Each week combines 19th-century history with 21st-century fun! Weekly themes include homesteading, archaeology, nature & art, inventions & machines, toys & games, and clocks. Geared toward ages 7-12, with all ages welcome! Dates: Fri & Sat – Aug 29; Age Range of Participants: 7-12yo. Contact: 413-205-5051. storrow@thebige.com. www.storrowtonvillage.com.

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Kamp for Kids. Virtual/Westfield, MA. Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. This summer’s virtual Kamp experience includes art, health, nature, and other inclusive, fun activities. Zoom gatherings and some project supplies available for delivery. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is Kamp for Kids’ mission to serve a population of both children with disabilities and their typically developing peers. Visit their website to register and for more information. Dates: Aug 1-31; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo. Contact: 413-562-5678. anne.benoit@bhninc.org. www.bhninc.org

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Sattva Center Archery Classes & Coaching. Florence, MA. Archery classes for ages 7+. Sattva Center offers outside socially distant target archery classes all week, all summer at Look Memorial Park. Their classes are ideal, whether you’re exploring archery for the first time or want to take your skills to the next level. With their experienced coaches, participants will develop a solid foundation in a welcoming and professional atmosphere. Participant registration includes a one-time annual pass to Look Park per family. All equipment included. All classes are multi-generational and multi-level. Virtual coaching is also available as well as backyard archery range equipment. For more information: hello@sattvaarchery.com; 774-261-3399; www.sattvaarchery.com.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180"] Virtual[/caption]

Northampton Community Music Center: Online Lessons & Classes. Northampton, MA. The Northampton Community Music Center is a nonprofit organization offering the highest quality music instruction for all ages and abilities to residents of Western Mass and beyond since 1986. Music Together for babies and toddlers provides an excellent musical foundation and family bonding experience. Individual lessons in more than 20 instruments and a variety of musical genres are available for students as young as age 4. A wide choice of group classes is available for children and adults to explore specific styles, tools, and music-making techniques. All skillfully taught online until we can all safely be together again. Registration now open for the fall through their website. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information: registrar@ncmc.net; 413-585-0001; ncmc.net.

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Community Music School of Springfield: Hybrid Music Lessons and Classes. Virtual/Springfield, MA. Fill your fall with music! CMSS is now enrolling for hybrid private and semi-private music lessons for children, teens, and adults across a wide range of instruments and genres. Students are carefully matched with a teacher who will best meet their needs, and CMSS registration team will gladly assist you in deciding whether to rent or purchase your instrument. This year, ensembles are completely FREE! CMSS invite musicians of all ages to meet and mingle with like-minded music-loving peers and create memorable music experiences in a group that matches your interests and musicianship level. 2020-21 programming will start remotely, and students will have the choice to ease into a mix of remote and in-person experiences as possible/appropriate. For more information: info@communitymusicschool.com; 413-732-8428; communitymusicschool.com.


RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN OUR CLASS DIRECTORY!
Deadline to register: August 7th
Add virtual or in-person classes, private lessons, tutoring services, and online educational opportunities to Hilltown Families’ annual Class Directory! The deadline to register for our Class Directory debut is August 7th. Reserve your spot now and benefit from free updates to your listing throughout the year. Advertise in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts, reaching thousands of students throughout the region.
Sign up by August 7th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN OUR PRESCHOOL & DAYCARE DIRECTORY!
Deadline to register: August 7th
Hilltown Families’ Preschool & Daycare Directory welcomes yearlong listings for preschools, daycares, and early childhood programs across Western MA, including indoor/outdoor and virtual/in-person programs. The deadline to register for our Preschool & Daycare Directory debut is August 7th. Reserve your spot now and benefit from free updates to your listing throughout the year. Advertise in the region’s go-to, online resource for community-based educational opportunities in Western Massachusetts, reaching thousands of students throughout the region.
Sign up by August 7th and take advantage of our advertising package!
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.

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

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