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72 Comments

  1. October 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Lots of info below. Location will be Mullins Center Amherst!

    Online registration for the Amherst Hockey Association’s Learn To Skate and Learn To Play programs is now available at http://www.amhersthockey.org.
    ***********************************************
    GEAR SALE
    The AHA Gear Sale for Young Players, with the best prices in town, will be held on Saturday, November 8,
    from 3:00-5:00 at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink.
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    FREE TRY HOCKEY
    If your young person is not sure about ice skating and hockey, please register for free to join us on Saturday, Nov. 8 back at the UMass Mullins Center practice rink for AHA “Try Hockey For Free Day”.
    *********************************
    REGISTER FEE LEARN TO SKATE LEARN TO PLAY
    The AHA is a non-profit, volunteer-run association serving over 300 Hampshire valley families. The Learn
    To Skate and Learn To Play programs provide a fun and safe environment, allowing boys and girls age 4 to
    8 the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence needed to safely enjoy themselves in the rink. The programs begin in November and
    continue through the winter. For more information, please visit http://www.amhersthockey.org and feel free to contact Dan Feldman at mbedan@comcast.net with any questions.
    *****************

    The Amherst Hockey Association also fields coed travel teams, playing in the Greater Springfield League, available to all ages of children.

  2. October 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Northampton Recreation Department is offering late fall youth swim lessons, including Parent/Child through level 4. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and run for six weeks.

    Dates: Saturday classes (Nov. 8 – Dec. 20) No class Nov. 29
    Sunday classes (Nov. 9 – Dec. 21) No class Nov. 30
    Location: Aquatic and Family Center at JFK Middle School
    100 Bridge Rd. Florence, MA.
    Time: Saturday classes: Pre-level, 9:30 a.m., Level 1 or 2,10:00 a.m.,
    Level 3 or 4, 10:30 a.m., Parent/Child, 11:00 a.m.
    Sunday classes: Pre-level 11:30 a.m., Level 1 or 2, 12:00 p.m.,
    Level 3 or 4, 12:30 p.m.
    Ages: Parent/Child ages 1 and older
    Fee: $25/$50/$58 (fees listed in order or AFC Member, Resident Non-Member, or Non-Member, Non-Resident).

    Pre-registration is required at least one week before start of session; space is limited. Registrations accepted at Northampton Recreation 90 Locust St, or at the AFC between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Northampton Recreation at 413-587-1040 or email recreation@northamptonma.gov.

  3. October 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

    There is a class and a few events. Hope okay listed in both but didn’t want folks to miss if thee was an interest. FYI.

    From: kfbissell@gmail.com [mailto:kfbissell@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Kyle Bissell
    Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:57 AM
    To: Kyle Bissell
    Subject: Archery: New Fall Programs, New Clinics & A Few Cancellations

    Hello Archers!

    New Programs:
    1) Three new Pumpkin Shoot opportunities scheduled on Tuesday October 28, Wednesday Oct 29, Thursday October 30: 3:45 – 5:15. Enroll online.

    2) NEW Fall Spooky Shoot: Thursday, October 30, 7:00-8:00. Targets have lights on them…..everything else is, well, dark and spooky. Enroll online. Optional: Wear a costume…bring a Jack-O-Lantern.

    3) Homeschool or Retired?: Late Fall 1:00 Thursday Session: Thursdays, Oct 16-Nov 13, 1:00-2:30. Enroll online.

    4) Clinics: Check out our new clinic series! Inform your decision making process when buying a new bow so you end up with the best options for your goals and budget. Learn to select and fletch arrows, tune bows and more. Enroll online.

    5) We are still trying to secure an indoor location for Winter 2015. If you have suggestions, please contact me.

    Cancellations: No Pumpkin Shooting or JOAD/AAAP on Thursday or Friday Oct 16th or 17th after 3:00. The road to the farm will be closed and a large surrealist outdoor cabaret and pumpkin walk (The Royal Frog Ballet) will be performing. I highly recommend attending this event! I went last year, LOVED it, and will attend again.

    Thanks!

    Kyle


    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    http://www.AmherstArchery.com
    Like us on Facebook

  4. October 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Northampton Recreation is offering an adult yoga class Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. beginning Monday, November 10 through December 29. Instructor Beth will break down a variety of yoga poses to gain a better understanding of how to align bodies safely. This class is a great way to build a strong and more flexible body. Ideal for beginners or for anyone wanting to work on stress-release.

    Dates: Mondays Nov. 10 – Dec. 29
    Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Aquatic and Family Center, 100 Bridge Rd. Florence, MA
    Ages:18 & over
    Cost: $55/$60/$70 (fees listed in the order of AFC Member/Non-Member Resident/ Non-Member Non-resident).

    Pre-registration is encouraged.

    For more information please call the Northampton Recreation Department at 587-1040; visit our website at http://www.northamptonma.gov/recreation or email us at recreation@northamptonma.gov.

  5. October 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Positive Discipline Parenting Classes:
    Positive Discipline is an approach for working with children in a way that is neither permissive nor punitive, but rather teaches problem solving, relationship building, communication, cooperation, and other crucial social skills. The tools of punishments and rewards are replaced with teaching tools and specific techniques that will encourage children to become independent, respectful, and thoughtful individuals.
    http://www.workingwith.org
    Please call to Register at 413-387-8540
    Where: Atkinson Building, 17 Research Dr., Amherst, MA 01002
    When: 6:30pm-8:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month:
    October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd.
    Cost: $15.00 per person per class, Couples: $10.00 per person per class.

  6. September 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Archery Classes in Amherst and Belchertown to start next week!
    See schedule below.

    From: kfbissell@gmail.com [mailto:kfbissell@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Kyle Bissell
    Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 9:28 AM
    To: Kyle Bissell
    Subject: Archery: Pumpkin Shooting starts next week!
    Hello Archers!

    Fall Pumpkin Shooting starts next Tuesday and goes through to Oct 23! PUMPKIN! Pick and choose your days; pay by the day. Pumpkins provided! For Amherst Archery Academy alums only. See dates and enroll at: http://amherstarchery.com/?page_id=25 . Adults and kids.
    What? You have never attended our pumpkin shoot before? Picture a whole bunch of sugar pumpkins at different distances and heights on the outdoor range at Bramble Hill Farm. Now picture shooting arrows at them. Smiling yet? Every time a pumpkin gets hit archers yell out “PUMPKIN”! Yeah, super fun! Way better than balloons and they are biodegradable…and naturally orange!
    Enroll online at http://amherstarchery.com/?page_id=25
    Thanks! Kyle

    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    see BELOW CUT and Paste from website
    **********************************
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    http://www.AmherstArchery.com
    Like us on Facebook

    BELCHERTOWN
    Fall Pumpkin Shoot in Belchertown, 2014
    Hosted at Little Sports Fitness, 40 Turkey Hill Rd, Belchertown, MA 01007

    The annual Fall Pumpkin Shoot with Amherst Archery Academy is bursting with fun! What a joy it is, for people of all ages, to try hitting a seasonal orange squash! Pumpkin Shoot is for Amherst Archery alum only as we do not provide basic instruction during Pumpkin Shoot. Pumpkin Shoot takes place on several different days so come once, twice or to all of the events! Your choice! Mondays in Belchertown. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Amherst. We provide the pumpkins and equipment, you provide the archer.

    Btown Pumpkin Shoot 1, Belchertwon 10/20/2014 – 10/20/2014 Monday: 3:45 – 5:15 $30 Register
    BtownPumpkin Shoot 2, Belchertwon 10/27/2014 – 10/27/2014 Monday: 3:45 – 5:15 $30 Register

    *****
    AMHERST
    Fall Pumpkin Shoot in Amherst, 2014
    593 South Pleasant St. Amherst, MA

    The annual Fall Pumpkin Shoot with Amherst Archery Academy is bursting with fun! What a joy it is, for people of all ages, to try hitting a seasonal orange squash! Pumpkin Shoot is for Amherst Archery alum only as we do not provide basic instruction during Pumpkin Shoot. Pumpkin Shoot takes place on several different days so come once, twice or to all of the events! Your choice! Mondays in Belchertown. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Amherst. We provide the pumpkins and equipment, you provide the archer.

    Amherst View Sessions

    Pumpkin Shoot 1, Amherst 10/07/2014 – 10/07/2014 Tuesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 2, Amherst 10/08/2014 – 10/08/2014 Wednesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 3, Amherst 10/09/2014 – 10/09/2014 Thursday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 4, Amherst 10/14/2014 – 10/14/2014 Tuesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 5, Amherst 10/15/2014 – 10/15/2014 Wednesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 6, Amherst 10/16/2014 – 10/16/2014 Thursday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 7, Amherst 10/21/2014 – 10/21/2014 Tuesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 8, Amherst 10/22/2014 – 10/22/2014 Wednesday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register
    Pumpkin Shoot 9, Amherst 10/23/2014 – 10/23/2014 Thursday: 3:45 – 5:15 $25 Register

  7. September 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    ONGOING FREE Cloth Diaper 101 at Life Work’s Studio in Great Barrington during their Mom’s group from 12noon to 1pm EVERY FRIDAY. Located at 50 Castle St. Suite 2, Great Barrington MA 01230

    Come and learn about the how-to’s of cloth diapering, bring things you have questions about, participate in hands-on demos, or speak with us about our service offerings for local families in our effort to expand our weekly delivery to South Berkshire County.

  8. Jennifer Rau said,

    September 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Parenting from the Heart
    Parenting class using non-violent communication. We want a real connection with our children instead of controlling them. We want to understand their and our needs and find ways in which everyone’s needs can matter, all at the same time!
    The class is lead by Gina Simm, an experienced first grade teacher, mom, and step-mom. There is childcare available on request ($ shared among people who need child care). The class is up to $8 per class on a sliding scale. (Do not let money hold you back.)
    Wednesdays 4.30-6 in North Amherst, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, in the Common House. More info under gina (at) cohousing.com

    This has been a life-changing class for me.

  9. Susan Brennan said,

    September 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    The Social Underground offers dynamic social thinking groups geared towards students with Asperger’s and other social-cognitive challenges including nonverbal learning disabilities, semantic/pragmatic communication disorder, and ADHD.

    12-14 yr old group
    begins September 29! (2 spaces open!)

    Utilizing individual strengths & interests to build competence, we explore:

    Þ the “hidden rules” of social world
    Þ perspective taking: using it to connect to others
    Þ problem solving & collaborative thinking
    Þ connecting interactions to the context
    Þ flexibility- when it’s needed & how to use it
    Þ identifying your social strengths, because you’ve got some!
    Þ social awareness, regulation, and self-advocacy

    8-9 weeks
    Mondays 4-5pm
    Sessions: 1 hr time slot (50mins +10min flex transition)
    On West St in Hadley : close to Esselon Café
    $65/session with a commitment to full package. Or email me.
    (SU does not take insurance, however we do provide invoices with codes for you to submit to your provider.)
    Calendar is from end-September to mid-December: some Mondays off.
    Email susan@thesocialunderground.org if you are interested.

    New Groups will form for other ages based on interest

  10. Gabi Morgan said,

    September 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    A Child’s Potential, Inc. is offering a FREE workshop for families with children on the autism spectrum of all ages & skill levels!
    The focus will be on giving families strategies to increase social & communication skills with their kids with autism.
    When: Tues., Sep. 16th from 6:00-7:00 pm
    Where: Holyoke Public Library, Board Room
    For information or to reserve your space please visit:
    http://www.achilds-potential.com
    or email:
    gmorgan@achilds-potential.com
    *sorry, no childcare will be provided.

  11. September 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Heron & Swift Eagle Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs
    Fall Session starts Friday, September 19 (about 10-12 classes)
    9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Amherst, MA
    Heron: Ages 7+
    Swift Eagle: Preteens/Teens

    Celebrating 15 years of Heron Homeschool Program–where hundreds of children have learned and practiced not only wilderness skills, but mentoring and being part of a community. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature.
    $50-$65/class, sliding scale, + $10 for bound Journal/Handbook; 50% tuition due upon registration.

    Visit http://www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161

    check website for class details

    Jeannette Tibbetts
    Earthwork Programs
    413-340-1161

    FRIDAYS, starting 9/19, 9:30-2:00 Heron & Swift Eagle Homeschool Programs, Amherst, MA; ages 7+
    SAT, 9/27 & SUN, 9/28 2nd Annual Wilderness Extravaganza, Conway, MA; Adults, Teens, Families!
    * Sat, 9:30-12:30 The Skill of the Knife (N E W)
    * Sat, 1-4 Wild Edibles
    * Sat, 4:30-7:30 Primitive Cooking & Wilderness Cuisine (N E W)
    * Sun, 9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire
    * Sun, 1-4 Animal Tracking + BONUS Bird Language
    FRI, 11/28-SUN, 11/30 SPECIAL CONFERENCE–Lost in the Woods: Finding Your Way to Meet Any Challenge, Rowe, MA; Adults (REGISTER THRU ROWE DIRECTLY)

    BEING SCHEDULED–Emergency Prep Talks (f r e e) & Wilderness Survival & Self-Sufficiency Skills Workshops!

    BE SURE TO REGISTER ONLINE & PAY EARLY FOR THE DISCOUNT Call 413-340-1161 if you want more info!

    Join us on Facebook!
    Follow us on Twitter

    Sign up for our monthly ezine!

    Contact Frank if you would like to bring Living History Programs to your school and/or library!

    Learn while you play Wildcraft! The Herbal Adventure Game!

  12. September 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Meadowedge Art in Bernardston begins the fall semester( Oct-December) on October 6! Call Cynthia Fulton
    413-219-7807
    Our NEW FREE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
    Toddlers will be exploring a multitude of media to develop skills in fine motor coordination, line, pattern and color recognition, descriptive vocabulary, reasoning and concept development, and social development. The small group gathers with or without a caretaker in a vibrant , comfortable environment where they are engaged in carefully chosen activities with Cynthia, a Montessori teacher and art teacher with 40 years of experience. Outdoor play on a play structure and with varying balls, climbing structures, hoops provides fresh air and gross motor development.
    Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-11 Free or pay what you can
    5-7 Year Olds
    There are two time slots for this age- Monday after School and Friday Morning. With a class size no larger than 6, Cynthia is able to work individually with each child, tailoring the projects to fit his or her needs and interests. Drawing is particularly encouraged, especially from perception. Drawing is complemented with Painting, Printmaking, 3d Assemblage ( wood, wire, fabric, yarn, stuff) and Clay. The 1 ½ hour period is broken up with a mini yoga/stretch and snack break.
    Mondays 330/4-5:45/Fridays 9:30-11am 10 Weeks $140.
    8-10 year olds
    A little more drawing and painting with emphasis on line variation, textures, form and, color .to build confidence. Modeling with paper mache and clay , applied printmaking( books, collage) and crafts such as felting and stone carving are popular.
    Wednesdays 3:30/4-5:45 Fridays 9;30-11am/$10 weeks $140
    11-14 year olds
    Many young artists these ages want to draw and paint rrealistically or work on their fantasy or cartoon type mastery. They will be provided a variety of practice work in perspective, modeling, figure drawing and anatomy. They will have the opportunity to try some more advanced crafting techniques- hand-building clay containers, mosaics, weaving, felting and carving are some of the media they will have access to.
    Thursdays 3:30/4-5;45 pm 10 weeks/$140
    Homeschool All ages
    More tailored to a mixed ages and possibly focused on complimenting something they are studying , the homeschool period follows the above programs, but on a more individualized basis.
    Fridays 9:30-11/1;30-3pm 10 weeks $140.
    HORSES HORSES HORSES!
    For all ages who love horses. The drawing and 3D projects will be themed around horses
    Friday3;30/4-5:45 /10 weeks $140/ negotiable for groups

  13. Deb Holman said,

    September 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Save the date! Oak Meadow’s annual fall Open House is coming!

    Saturday, Oct. 11
    11am to 1pm
    132 Main St.
    Brattleboro, VT 05301

    Learn about our progressive, creative, experiential homeschooling curriculum for grades K to 12. Speak with teachers, browse curriculum materials, network with other families. Crafts, music, and more for the kids. Yummy Vermont treats. Free and open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about homeschooling, whether you use the Oak Meadow curriculum or not.

    For more info, visit oakmeadow.com

  14. September 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Do you want your child to learn classical acting, using techniques that brought Shakespearean plays to the stage?

    Announcing a new theater school for children opening in the valley:

    The Hampshire Academy of Dramatic Arts.

    The academy focuses on the specific craft of acting, using Shakespeare and other classical texts. Training includes acting; voice and ear training, in particular speaking verse; memorization; and movement.

    Our first session begins in October with our Introduction to Acting.

    Please visit our website: http://hampshireacademydramaticarts.org

    For further information please contact: Victoria Kent Worth: hampshireacademydramaticarts@gmail.com

  15. September 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Northampton Recreation is offering a youth diving class taught by Jack Ferrier, Northampton High School diving coach. This six week session is great for kids who are interested in learning to dive or for the experienced diver looking for practice time to improve their skills. Class is broken up into two age groups; Ages 7-10 4:00 – 4:45, ages 11-14 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.Prerequisites: Participants must be able to swim short distances in deep water and hold breath when fully submerged for 3 seconds.
    Dates: Wednesdays September 10 – October 15
    Time: 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. (Ages 7-10)
    4:45 – 5:30 p.m. (Ages 11-14)
    Location: Aquatic & Family Center 100 Bridge Rd., Florence, MA
    Fee: $25/$44/$54 (fees listed in order of AFC Member/Non-member/Non-member, Non-resident)
    Registrations accepted through September 10 at Northampton Recreation 90 Locust St, or at the AFC between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Northampton Recreation at 413-587-1040 or email recreation@northamptonma.gov.

  16. September 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Interested in Cloth Diapering, but have questions about how? Simple Diaper & Linen is teaming up with Life Work’s Studio in Great Barrington to offer an ongoing FREE CLOTH DIAPER 101 CLASS every FRIDAY DURING THEIR MOTHER’S GROUP FROM 12-1PM during the month of SEPTEMBER.
    The studio is located at 50 Castle St., Suite 2, Great Barrington MA.
    Simple Diaper will also be offering their services to the Southern Berkshire county and coupons for service discounts will be offered to attendees! For more information please contact Angie at Simple 413-749-6232, or email at info@simple.coop. More information can be found at http://www.simple.coop

  17. September 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Community Music School of Springfield will host an Open House Saturday September 6th from 1-3 pm at Robyn Newhouse Hall, 127 State Street. The Open House will give prospective students and their families the opportunity to explore a variety of musical instruments including voice and choral. A number of musician/educators will be on hand to guide activities and demonstrations and to answer questions.

    Demonstrations and presentations will include Suzuki violin, Suzuki guitar, and Suzuki cello; Early Childhood Music activities; an “Endangered Instrument Petting Zoo”(which will include tuba, harp, bassoon as well as others); Prelude Preschool and Kindergarten of the Arts activities and Voice activities.

    The Open House is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the CMSS lot on Stockbridge Street. Visit CMSS online at http://www.communitymusicschool.com or call at 413-732-8428.

  18. September 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Patrick is very excited to be teaching a new homeschool class for 9-12 year olds this fall. The program will focus on one of his all-time favorite subjects, herpetology (see below). There is still space available in Patrick’s class! Call (413) 256-6006 to register.

    Homeschool II Class
    Hop, Slither, Crawl: Investigating Herpetology
    with Patrick O’Roark, Hitchcock Center Educator
    Ages 9-12
    Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
    Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 (9 weeks)
    $374 Members / $404 Nonmembers
    Please call 413-256-6006 to register.

    Whether it’s a slimy and smooth bullfrog poking its head out of the duckweed-covered pond, or a jet black rat snake searching for mouse scent amongst the rocks and leaves of a sunny hillside, the Pioneer Valley is filled with fascinating reptiles and amphibians. In this homeschool class we will learn the tools and techniques of herpetologists, scientists that study reptiles and amphibians. In addition to exploring the biology and adaptations of these fascinating creatures, we will use the scientific method and field survey procedures to discover, analyze and map local populations of herps. Along the way we’ll have fun and learn with games, outdoor exploration, special guests and field trips. At the end of our time together our homeschool herpetologists will know how to ask good questions, make observations, gather data and interpret results. Space limited to 10 participants. View this and all Homeschool offerings.

    The Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    525 South Pleasant St. (off 116 near Amherst College)
    Amherst, MA 01002
    413-256-6006
    info@hitchcockcenter.org
    Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9AM – 4PM

  19. August 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Homeschool Rock Climbing- Registration Now Open! Central Rock in Hadley is offering climbing days for homeschool families ages, 4.5 yrs and up. There are several options to choose from. For more information on prices, times, or to register, please click the link.

    http://www.123contactform.com/form-1083840/Homeschool-Climbing

    Or email Hana Skirkey or call Central Rock @ (413) 584-7625.

  20. Ginny Hamilton Yoga said,

    August 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Yoga for every-body.
    Gentle-Moderate Yoga concluding with Restorative Yoga
    Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 pm beginning 9/11.
    Hadley Health Center 234 Russell St, 2nd Fl. (Rte 9 – across from Wildwood BBQ) Free parking.
    First class $10. Sliding scale drop in, class cards available.

    Release the stress of your week – work out the tension from your body, engage your core, then experience the deep relaxation of restorative yoga. When you care for yourself, you can better care for others. Make Thursday nights about you! More info at http://www.ginnyhamiltonyoga.com.

  21. Ginny Hamilton Yoga said,

    August 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Plus Size Yoga
    4 class series begins Weds. Sept 10 in Hadley.
    Pre-registration is required (no drop-ins please.) Class is limited to 8 people.
    Sliding scale.
    Call 253-0949 for info & to register. http://www.ginnyhamiltonyoga.com

    Carrying extra weight can take a toll on your joints, challenge your balance, and sap your energy. In this small, supportive class, we will explore gentle movement, breathing exercises, meditation and deep relaxation to awaken your natural flow of energy.

  22. August 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Parenting Journey
    Family Resource Center and The Family Place are planning another Parenting Journey group. The Parenting Journey is a 12 week journey of self discovery that provides a friendly, supportive place where parents can discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. The group will include discussions and activities to help parents better understand childhood experiences and memories and how they affect parenting.
    The Group will begin September 23rd and will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 on Tuesday nights at the Haskins Center in North Adams for 12 weeks. FREE dinner, transportation and childcare provided. Registrations are being taken now and space is limited. Call 664-4821 to register. Those who register will be called to schedule an intake meeting prior to the start of the group.

  23. Anne in Belchertown said,

    August 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    From: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:51 AM
    To: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    Subject: Art Always Fall 2014 Schedule

    Art Always. 221 Pine Street #314. Florence, MA. 01062 413-584-3050 or art-always.com

    FALL SCHEDULE 2014
    Classes for Children and Teenagers (Scroll down for Adult Classes)

    Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-12)
    Mondays, September 15 – October 27 (no class 10/13); 6 weeks 3:30pm – 5:00pm $115 (includes materials)
    This class will help students develop their painting and drawing skills through weekly technique demonstrations, material experimentation and projects which focus on a variety of subject matter. In addition to exploring the ways in which value, line, color, perspective and design can enhance a work of art, we will also look to past and contemporary artists for inspiration. This will be a fun and relaxed introduction for students who feel less confident in their abilities as well as an opportunity for students with more experience to develop their skills.
    Sculpture Extravaganza(Ages 6–12)
    Tuesdays, September 16 – October 28; 7 weeks 3:45pm – 5:15pm $130 (includes materials)
    Children in this class will turn their ideas into 3- dimensional pieces of art! We will work with clay, wood, cardboard, paper mache, wire and more to create a variety of small and large sculptures. This is a great class for children who have big imaginations and a love for building! Come ready to get your hands messy! Smocks are provided.
    Art Exploration (Ages 5-12)
    Wednesdays, September 17 – October 29; 7 weeks 3:45pm – 5:15pm $125 (materials included)
    This class is perfect for children who want to try a little bit of everything! Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and techniques. Throughout the session we will experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, collage, and more! At the end of each class there will be “choice time”: an opportunity for students to explore materials and subject matter of their choice.
    All About Fall! – A Parent/Child Workshop Celebrating the Season! (Ages 7 – 11 with a parent) Saturday, October 25th 10am – 12noon; $25 for a parent/child pair; $10 for additional participants (pre-registration is required by Wednesday, October 22)
    Come enjoy a morning of making art together! We’ll make 3 dimensional fall trees, pumpkin and apple drawings in pastel, and owl collages using natural materials. Some students may have time for all three…some may choose to focus on just one. Come nurture your creative side in a relaxed environment and leave with some beautiful projects! No art making experience required.

    Private Lessons $40/hour (ages 5+) For small group lesson fees, contact the studio.

    **Come join us on September 19th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Art Always studio for some fun (free) art activities as part of Florence Arts Night Out! Drop by at any point during the hour but be sure your child (age 4+) is accompanied by an adult.**
    Classes for Adults
    The Fundamentals Of Color Theory
    Sunday, November 2 9am – 12pm $40 (includes materials)
    This workshop is designed for those people who want to improve their understanding of color theory so as to better mix colors, create dynamic compositions and convey mood in their work. We will spend the 3 hours creating our own color wheels, value swatches and other mixing tests as well as exploring the impact of colors when they are placed together through a variety of painting and/or drawing exercises. This class will be a fun and useful introduction (or review) to color principles for the novice and experienced artist
    All About Fall! – A Parent/Child Workshop Celebrating the Season! (Ages 7 – 11 with a parent) Saturday, October 25th 10am – 12noon; $25 for a parent/child pair; $10 for additional participants (pre-registration is required by Wednesday, October 22)
    Come enjoy a morning of making art together! We’ll make 3 dimensional fall trees, pumpkin and apple drawings in pastel, and owl collages using natural materials. Some students may have time for all three…some may choose to focus on just one. Come nurture your creative side in a relaxed environment and leave with some beautiful projects! No art making experience required.
    Lindsay also teaches at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA. To register for these classes, you MUST attend Hill Institutes registration on Saturday, September 6 from 10am – 11:30am and classes begin the week of September 22. Hill Institute can be reached at 413-584-1725 with any registration questions. Classes cost $60 (materials are not included).
    Drawing Basics Mondays 9-11am 10 weeks
    This workshop is designed for the beginning drawing student (no prior drawing experience necessary) who is looking for a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment to build observation and drafting skills and to feel more confident in his or her artistic abilities. The 10 week course will act as an introduction to contour line, composition, value, color, perspective, proportion, figure drawing, and portraiture. Weekly projects will look to a variety of subject matter for inspiration (including still life, photographs, models, and more) and will also introduce students to a variety of drawing media and working methods.
    Landscape Painting Mondays 12-2pm 10 wks; Thursdays 9am-12pm 7 wks
    This class provides an opportunity to delve into your painting and to receive the instruction, support and critique you may need to move forward as an artist. It is open to students of mixed levels (including true beginners) and students working in a variety of materials (watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pastel). Individual instruction on technique, material usage, color theory, and composition is provided with the goal of helping each student with issues that are pertinent to his/her skill level and interests. It is a wonderful opportunity to build artistic community and to be inspired by the working methods of others.
    Exploring Drawing Tuesdays 12-2pm 10 weeks
    This class provides an opportunity to delve into your drawing and to receive the instruction, support and critique you may need to move forward as an artist. It is open to students of mixed levels (including true beginners) and students working in a variety of drawing media. Individual instruction on technique, material usage, color theory, and composition is provided with the goal of helping each student with issues that are pertinent to his/her skill level and interests. At certain points throughout the session, a still-life will be provided should students choose to work from it. This is a wonderful opportunity to build artistic community and to be inspired by the working methods of others.

  24. Felice Wolfzahn said,

    July 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    SUMMER DANCE WEEK #2
    August 11th-15th
    ages 11yrs. and up (with some dance experience)
    9-1:30
    Shelburne Falls
    Some spaces still left
    Modern Dance technique, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Composing dances.
    Relaxed, fun and non-competitive environment.
    Experienced, professional teacher…
    sliding scale: $75-$125 for the whole week!
    Contact Felice 413 625-6776
    felwolf@crocker.com
    Please pass the word!
    Thanks

  25. July 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The Northampton Center For Couples Therapy will be offering a complimentary class on Baby-Proofing Your Relationship – Staying Connected With Your Partner After Baby.

    ATTENDANCE IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

    In partnership with the Cooley Dickenson Midwives the class details are as follows:

    Where – Community Room at the Center For Midwifery Care, 10 Denniston Place, Northampton

    When – Tuesday, August 5th from 7-8 p.m.

    Rachel Stein, LiCSW is a therapist at The Northampton Center for Couples Therapy. Rachel is a former leader of parent and me groups for new parents, is a certified Reflective Parenting Program group leader, and has specialized training in postpartum mood disorders. Rachel has received advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy which she uses daily in her work with couples at NCCT. Rachel’s approach is a relational one which focuses on attunement and mindfulness, as well as connection and strengths. In addition to her clinical expertise in couples and family dynamics, Rachel is fluent in Spanish and experienced at working with families who are bi-cultural. Rachel is married with two children

    About the Northampton Center For Couples Therapy:

    The Northampton Center for Couples Therapy is the only center in New England dedicated exclusively to working with couples. Our therapists have 135 years of collective experience, in addition to specialized training in the leading evidence-based models in the field of relationship distress. Our passion is to support couples, and in doing so create stronger families and community. More information can be found about NCCT at northamptoncouplestherapy.com or by calling 413-586-2300.

  26. Jennifer said,

    July 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Hampshire County 4H exchange club
    no animals required**
    This is a travel club that will travel to different states and then host

    Who: Teens 13-17
    Where: Hampshire County
    When: September 2014-August 2016-
    *two year rotation with exchange group
    Cost: no cost- but do need to work local fairs to help raise funds for traveling
    Description: This is a travel group that exchanges with a different state.

    Teens will host an exchange student for one week and the club then shows the group around our state/family. Then the next summer the group will travel to the exchange state for one week to stay with host family and tour around that state. Group will have monthly meetings, community service and fundraising.

    For more information contact
    Jennifer Bak
    413-296-4301
    Chesterfield

  27. July 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM
    12-Week Fall Session starts Friday, September 19

    In Earthwork Programs’ Heron Homeschool, children begin a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

    WHO: Teens (& possibly preteens) Who Have Attended Heron Homeschool
    WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
    WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
    HOW MUCH: $610-$730/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL AT START OF PROGRAM); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

    Register online (www.earthworkprograms.com) OR call 413-340-1161

  28. July 22, 2014 at 10:05 am

    HERON WILDERNESS HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM
    12-Week Fall Session starts Friday, September 19

    Heron is Earthwork Programs signature program, taking place in Amherst for more than 10 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

    Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

    WHO: Ages 7+
    WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
    WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 am-2:00 pm; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
    HOW MUCH: $610-$730/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL AT START OF PROGRAM); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

    Register online (www.earthworkprograms.com) OR call 413-340-1161

  29. July 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Saturday, July 12,
    11:00 am-1:00 pm Chesterfield, MA
    Course Code: HOR3404
    Leader: Jim McSweeney,
    Arborist and Horticulturalist Fee: $26 (Member)
    / $32 (Nonmember)
    Limit: 20

    Natural Pest Control

    Join certified arborist and horticulturist Jim McSweeney to learn how to apply natural or “organic” techniques to control a variety of pests of edible and ornamental plants, including diseases, insects, rodents, deer, and weeds. Find out which methods do and don’t work in the home orchard, and ornamental and vegetable gardens. Feel free to bring sample pests and lots of questions. Leave the workshop with information on how to protect your landscape from unwanted herbivores, using the most environmentally sensitive and effective products available. This hands-on workshop will take place at Jim’s home/office where he has many edible and ornamental plants to evaluate. Portfolio

    For more information visit the New England Wildflower Society website.

    for more info call Jim @ 413.559.1905 or email James McSweeney

  30. July 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley offers a parent aide training for those who might want to volunteer to help a struggling family. Our Parent Aide Volunteers are assigned to visit an individual family once a week for a year to help the parent/s reach their goals. The training starts in Sept. 2014 meeting for 3 hours once a week for 6 weeks. Those training do not need to decide about volunteering until they have completed the training. There is no cost. Trainees must be adults and those who are matched with a family must have a car. The families served live in Hampshire County. For more information: call Lydia at 413 584-5690 Ext. 144 or email lvernon-jones@bcfcma.org

  31. July 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Attention TEACHERS: Are you looking for more ways to bring agriculture into your classroom? Are you curious on how you can use agriculture to fit educational standards? Do you want to learn more about farms in Massachusets? Then the MAC Summer Workshops on the Farm are for you! MAC will be holding 8 Educational Workshops on the Farm for Educators in the month of July. Using Massachusetts farms as the classrooms, teacher will learn how agriculture can enhance their curriculum, enthrall students and meet many Curriculum requirements. These workshops offer agricultural-literacy training through fun, hands-on study and investigation of agriculture education resources. Details here: http://www.aginclassroom.org/Conferences_Workshops/Seasonal_Workshops_On_The_Farm/seasonal-workshop.html

  32. June 28, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Home School Classes kids THIS FALL Tues Hitchcock Ctr Amherst——-

    HS Hop Slither Crawl Hitchcock Ctr Fall 2014
    Sign up opens today, June 17, 2014 –Few spaces open
    Homeschool II Class – Hop, Slither, Crawl: Investigating Herpetology
    with Patrick O’Roark, Hitchcock Center Educator
    *****Ages 9-12 in the past younger sibling were allowed with their older sibling but please ask)
    ———-Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
    Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 (9 weeks)
    $374 Members / $404 Nonmembers
    Whether it’s a slimy and smooth bullfrog poking its head out of the duckweed-covered pond, or a jet black rat snake searching for mouse scent amongst the rocks and leaves of a sunny hillside, the Pioneer Valley is filled with fascinating reptiles and amphibians. In this homeschool class we will learn the tools and techniques of herpetologists, scientists that study reptiles and amphibians. In addition to exploring the biology and adaptations of these fascinating creatures, we will use the scientific method and field survey procedures to discover, analyze and map local populations of herps. Along the way we’ll have fun and learn with games, outdoor exploration, special guests and field trips. At the end of our time together our homeschool herpetologists will know how to ask good questions, make observations, gather data and interpret results. Space limited to 10 participants.
    525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
    (413) 256-6006 / (413) 253-2809 fax

  33. Cyndy Sperry said,

    June 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hilltop Community Tennis for Kids at the Chesterfield Town Courts

    Tuesday and Thursday evenings July 22-August 14 with Jared Hirsch, tennis instructor from the Judy Dixon Junior Tennis Camp in Amherst
    5:30-6:15 for 5-9 yr olds and 6:30-7:30 for 10 and up.

    To register go to chesterfieldrec.com

  34. Sara Coblyn said,

    June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Sweet Roots Gardens Kids CSA
    The CSA just for kids and their grown ups!
    ages 2-6 (backpack babies welcome)
    At Sweet Roots educational gardens, South Deerfield
    Tuesdays, 10am, starts July 8

    Cost:$15 for an individual session or $70 for full 5 week session- pre- registration required. Cost includes a weekly ‘snack share’ of vegetables- veggies that kids generally enjoy snacking on (for example- carrots, kale, cucumbers, beans, radishes, tomatoes and more).

    Sign up today! Enjoy and learn about gardening with your child, watch as they snack on healthy veggies, climb under the bean tunnel, pick from the pizza garden, explore the sensory garden, feed the chickens, play in the outdoor kitchen & more. A ‘snack’ share of veggies is included in the registration. Sign up for individual classes or the 5 week session.

    http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com

    About:
    Sweet Roots Gardens offers garden education and yoga programs to children and families and sells vegetables, herbs, flowers at farmers markets and herbal bath and health products.

  35. Christine said,

    June 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Village Theatre Company – Summer Workshops for 8-13 year olds

    That’s Improvable! Ages 8-12
    July 14-18 Grace Church Parish Hall in Amherst 8:45-1pm $185
    Create a play in a week! Using theatre games and improv, young actors will develop and perform their own show, complete with costumes, props and a set.
    Impossible? No, That’s Improvable!

    Making a Musical Ages 8-13
    July 21-25 Grace Church Parish Hall in Amherst 8:45-3pm $300
    In which we take a well loved story and turn it into a musical with original music, movement and songs. Songwriting and story development techniques are taught in this unique workshop. A full production for family and friends is performed at the end of the week. Taught by Olivia Holcomb and Emma Ayres (of June and the Bee).

    Visit http://www.villagetheatreco.com or call 413 687 1881 for more information

  36. June 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    *Summer Solstice Sacred Springs & Streams Hike in the Highlands
    Saturday June 21st 9am-1pm at Tamarack Hollow and adjacent conservation lands. Join naturalist Aimee Gelinas M.Ed on a trek to visit sacred springs, wells, streams of Windsor and Savoy. Come to the highlands to an area called “drowned lands”, a part of
 the Berkshire Plateau that serves as headwaters to the Westfield, Hoosac and
 Housatonic Rivers. On this 3-mile moderate hike, see water actually seeping from the ground in natural springs, 19th century wells that have withstood the test of time and streams winding down the mountain. Hear folklore
 about the importance of springs and wells as sacred sites in the Celtic and 
Native American traditions. The hike will conclude with a quick drive to a 
local “watering hole” – a natural spring where the “locals” fill up water
 bottles. Bring water/snack and wear long pants. Directions sent upon registration. Call 413-584-3009 or visit http://www.massaudubon.org to register

  37. June 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Homeschool Discovery Days
    with Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Center Educator
    Ages 6-12
    Tuesdays & selected Thursdays, 10am-2pm
    $42 Members / $46 Nonmembers each or $114 Members / $126 Nonmembers for all 3

    **Registration opened today!
    Thursdays are still open if you can come!

    FULL***Tuesday, October 28: Caving Adventure at Mt. Toby* Full

    Thursday, October 30: Caving Adventure at Mt. Toby*

    FULL***Tuesday, November 25: Rube Goldberg Machine Day Full

    Thursday, December 4: Rube Goldberg Machine Day

    FULL***Tuesday, December 16: Spikes, Spines and Sensitive Plants: Field Trip to Durfee Conservatory Full

    Thursday, December 18: Spikes, Spines and Sensitive Plants: Field Trip to Durfee Conservatory
    **
    Homeschool Discovery Days are back in Fall 2014! Sign up for one or more one-day homeschool programs about exciting topics in science and natural history. Discovery Days take place on Tuesdays and often involve special guests, field trips and science experiments. Join us for a mixed-age, fun learning experience!

    *Special Notes: This program involves a steep, challenging hike and a narrow passage through a very dark cave. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
    525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
    (413) 256-6006 / (413) 253-2809 fax

  38. June 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    HS Hop Slither Crawl Hitchcock Ctr Fall 2014

    Sign up opens today, June 17, 2014
    Homeschool II Class – Hop, Slither, Crawl: Investigating Herpetology
    with Patrick O’Roark, Hitchcock Center Educator
    Ages 9-12
    Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
    Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9 (9 weeks)
    $374 Members / $404 Nonmembers
    Whether it’s a slimy and smooth bullfrog poking its head out of the duckweed-covered pond, or a jet black rat snake searching for mouse scent amongst the rocks and leaves of a sunny hillside, the Pioneer Valley is filled with fascinating reptiles and amphibians. In this homeschool class we will learn the tools and techniques of herpetologists, scientists that study reptiles and amphibians. In addition to exploring the biology and adaptations of these fascinating creatures, we will use the scientific method and field survey procedures to discover, analyze and map local populations of herps. Along the way we’ll have fun and learn with games, outdoor exploration, special guests and field trips. At the end of our time together our homeschool herpetologists will know how to ask good questions, make observations, gather data and interpret results. Space limited to 10 participants.

    525 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
    (413) 256-6006 / (413) 253-2809 fax

  39. June 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY for Ages 12-16
    Dates: 4 One Week Sessions, July 7-Aug 1
    Location: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
    Time: 9am-5pm
    Age Ranges: 12-16
    Cost (if free, please state so): $100 for one week / $350 for all 4
    Description of Class: An interactive arts experience for ages 12-16. Classes include engaging topics like: Special Effects Painting, Blacksmithing, Drawing Dead Animals, Live Animal Drawing, Printmaking, Plein Air Painting, Anatomy Drawing, Figure Painting, Sculpture, Still Life Painting, Adventure Drawing, Movie Magic and an independent study. Classes are taught by Benjamin Martins who teaches with the Chicopee Academy and is a professional watercolor painter.

  40. May 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Embroidery Classes at Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse

    These classes is being offered individually or as a series. Sign up for both classes & save $10!

    Embroidery I
    10am-12pm
    Saturday, June 21st
    $30
    Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
    Eastworks
    116 Pleasant Street, Suite 126
    Easthampton

    http://www.knack.org/blog/embroidery-i-0

    Get started stitching! Learn the basics—running stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy, seed stitch, French knots, and blanket stitch/applique. Hoops, needles, fabric, and threads will be provided—but feel free to bring your own. You’ll also get a fragrant mix of lavender, chamomile, and rosemary for making an herbal sachet.

    Fun Stitches
    10am-12pm
    Saturday, June 28th
    $30
    Knack: The Art of Clever Reuse
    Eastworks
    116 Pleasant Street, Suite 126
    Easthampton

    http://www.knack.org/blog/fun-stitches-embroidery

    Embroider a sampler using colorful woven and embellished stitches: couching, Pekinese, woven circles, cloud filling, and more. After class, you can display your completed sampler in an embroidery hoop or use it to create something lovely and useful for your home.

  41. Lui Collins said,

    May 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    LUI COLLINS’ UPSIDE-UP MUSIC
    Family music classes and curriculum
    Music Together for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver

    **SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN week of July 2 In Ashfield and Williamsburg. 6-week session ends August 7**
    EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE June 4; FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 25.

    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 lui@luicollins.com Info and registration at http://www.luicollins.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER: Mixed-age early childhood classes, developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Children participate at their own level; they’re not required to sit still, but rather are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the musical environment. Activities include:
    * Singing
    * Rhythmic chants
    * Creative movement, from fingerplays to large motor movement activities
    * Instrument play (the play-along jam session is loads of fun!)

    KIDS’ JAM FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP: Intermediate music classes for ages 5-7 with a parent or caregiver (younger/older sibs welcome too). Lays the groundwork for formal instrument instruction and participation in school/community choral groups.
    * Singing and ear-training exercises
    * Solfege with Curwen hand signs and hand bells
    * Music literacy exercises, oral and written
    * Singing games to build tonal and rhythmic proficiency, movement vocabulary and coordination
    * Engaging repertoire of traditional and original songs about the natural world, for family, school and community
    * Build life-long skills for expression and sharing in community

    The recordings feature Lui and multi-instrumentalist / producer Anand Nayak (of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem fame) on vocals and a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, slide guitar and mandolin.

    ALL UPSIDE-UP MUSIC CLASSES:

    TUITION: first child $115 (less Early-bird discount of $5 before June 4), additional siblings $60 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    Includes:
    6 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    CD and Songbook for use in home and car (magic on long – or short – car rides!)
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.
    Financial aid available, please ask if needed.

    Schedule, registration and more information: Online at http://www.luicollins.com or call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email lui@luicollins.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

  42. May 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Amherst Archery with Kyle in Amherst, MA

    This is great! My kids loved it. Wish we could fit into our schedule. Classes in June 2014

    Bramble Hill Farm, 593 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

    Summer Sessions meet once per week for 5 consecutive days (Mon – Fri) and meet in the afternoon so that you can attend after work or after your summer day camp! Convenient right? It is also a lot cooler in the archery field by the afternoon and evening. General Group Sessions are for all ability levels and people ages 7 through Seniors. All equipment is provided. One Session consists of 5 classes that are each 1.5 hrs in duration. Tuition is due at the beginning of the first class and all release forms are provided at that time as well. No person may participate without a signed assumption of risk form. If someone else is bringing your child/minor to the first class, simply contact us and we will e-mail you a form to complete and send with your child/minor on the first day.

    Summer 1A 06/23/2014 – 06/27/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 1B 06/23/2014 – 06/27/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 2A 7/7/2014 – 7/11/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 2B 7/7/2014 – 7/11/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 3A 07/14/2014 – 07/18/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 3B 07/14/2014 – 07/18/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 4A 07/21/2014 – 07/25/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 4B 07/21/2014 – 07/25/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 5A 07/28/2014 – 08/01/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 5B 07/28/2014 – 08/01/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 6A 08/04/2014 – 08/08/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 6B 08/04/2014 – 08/08/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register
    Summer 7A 08/11/2014 – 08/15/2014 Mon – Fri: 4:00 – 5:30 $160 Register
    Summer 7B 08/11/2014 – 08/15/2014 Mon – Fri: 5:45 – 7:15 $160 Register

  43. Anne in Belchertown said,

    May 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    From: Lindsay Fogg-Willits [mailto:lindsayfoggwillits@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:46 AM
    Subject: June Classes Start Soon!

    There is still space in the Tuesday and Wednesday classes starting the first week in June!

    *Call or visit the website to register ~ 413-584-3050 art-always.com

    ****
    Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-12)
    Tuesdays, June 3 – June 24; 4 weeks 3:45pm – 5:15pm $70 (includes materials)
    This class will help students develop their painting and drawing skills through weekly technique demonstrations, material experimentation and projects which focus on a variety of subject matter. We will explore ways that value, line, color, perspective and design principles can enhance a work of art. This will be a fun and relaxed introduction for students who feel less confident in their abilities as well as an opportunity for students with more experience to develop their skills.
    ***
    Art Exploration (Ages 5-12)
    Wednesdays, June 4 – June 25 ; 4 weeks 3:45pm – 5:15pm $70 (materials included)
    This class is perfect for children who want to try a little bit of everything! Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and techniques. Throughout the session we will experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, collage, and more! At the end of each class there will be “choice time”: an opportunity for students to explore materials and subject matter of their choice.

  44. May 22, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Pop-Up Weekend at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. Our most popular workshops are making a surprise appearance at a special price. May 31 – June 1.

    For teens and adults – a great intergenerational opportunity!

    Woodturning, Kiln Glass, Encaustic Painting, and Welding.

    $260 for two days with lunch. $385 for overnight and all meals.

    Graduation present? Father’s Day?

    Not in our catalog, not on our website – just for you! Call for more details and to register (by Wednesday, May 28). 413-268-3101. http://www.snowfarm.org

  45. May 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    ART CLASSES FOR TEENS
    (Taught by Benjamin Martins – http://www.benjaminmartins.com)
    At Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street Holyoke, MA

    Tuesdays 6-8pm Junior Artists
    Wednesdays 6-8pm Arts Immersion
    Thursdays 6-8pm Life Drawing

    Drop-in for $25/class (enroll any time – send email to benjamin.c.martins@gmail.com)

    Descriptions:

    JUNIOR ARTISTS (Ages 11-18) An introduction to materials and technique for beginning artists from middle school to high school. Students will learn a variety of drawing and painting methods like charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink and many more. Students will concurrently create a body of work in a theme or method, exploring different ideas through art.

    ARTS IMMERSION (All Ages) This ongoing class will provide art students of all ages with beginning art techniques. Students will explore drawing and painting in tone and shade, and begin to find their specific arts interests. Class will include subject instruction as well as a healthy dose of art historical technique and context.

    LIFE DRAWING (13-18) A beginners to intermediate figure drawing class for middle to high school age artists. Students will learn from instruction and observation of a posed model, covering all aspects of the human form. In addition students will work to incorporate the figure into their own body of work, creating pieces expressing themselves through the human body.

    MORE INFO AT http://WWW.GATEWAYCITYARTS.COM

  46. May 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Hello Archers,
    Spring has sprung! Early Spring Sessions begin next week at the Bramble Hill Farm location.

    You can still enroll. View the schedule below or online. Enroll by going here or e-mailing Kyle.
    Early Spring 1A: Tuesdays April 8 – May 6, 3:34 – 5:15
    Early Spring 1B: Tuesdays April 8 – May 6, 5:30 – 7:00
    Early Spring 2A: Wednesdays April 9 – May 7, 3:34 – 5:15
    Early Spring 2B: Wednesdays April 9 – May 7, 5:30 – 7:00
    Early Spring 3A: Thursdays April 10 – May 8, 1:00 – 2:30
    Early Spring 3B: Thursdays April 10 – May 8, 3:34 – 5:15
    Early Spring 3C: Thursdays April 10 – May 8, 5:30 – 7:00
    JOAD/AAAP 1A: Fridays April 11 – June 13, 3:34 – 5:15
    JOAD/AAAP 1B: Fridays April 11 – June 13, 5:30 – 7:00

    Thanks,
    Kyle


    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    http://www.AmherstArchery.com
    Like us on Facebook

  47. May 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    The Raspberry Hill Community Garden offers workshops for families and individuals at least once a month all summer and fall. It is on the Guyette farm owned by the Franklin Land Trust in Plainfield, Mass.

    The next workshop is making Hypertufa planters and stepping stones for your garden. Hypertufa is a mixture of cement, peat moss, vermiculite, stones, and colorants that you can mold or hand build outdoor containers, stepping stones or sculptures.

    It is on May 31st, 1-4 pm. Materials fee is $25 for a project. Children can work together with adults on a project. (suggested age, 10 and up, and children’s hands MUST be protected with rubber or latex gloves.)

    For more information, go to the website:
    raspberryhillgarden.org
    The “workshops” tab has a listing of all workshops and information on how to register.

  48. May 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

    BIRD! Noted sculptor Susan Halls will again offer one of her popular clay sculpting workshops at White Square Books in Easthampton.

    This Sunday (May 4, 2-5 pm) we will build the bird. Seated, standing, resting – it’s your choice, as long as it’s your own interpretation. The birds then head off to the kiln, and in Part Two (May 13, 6-8 pm) we add a finish with stains, paints, inks or glazes. All techniques will be demonstrated and personal assistance offered.

    The $75 fee includes tools, materials, and one firing. No experience necessary. Register at the bookstore either in person or by calling 413-203-1717.

  49. April 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    May 23-26 Rowe Camp and Conference Center
    Generations Camp

    FOR GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN

    Taught Rachel Gibson Westfield State UNiversity childrens music educator and Walter Cudnoihufsky Ashfield MA watercolor Artist
    http://www.cudnohufsky.com

    You and your darlings will revel in three very special days of music-making, drawing, painting, and games. Walt, a distinguished artist and teacher, is a grandfather; Rachel, his daughter-in-law, is an experienced music educator and a mother of small kids. You’ll enjoy legendary meals (fussy eaters cheerfully accommodated!) and have time to share your joys, frustrations, and grandparenting tips with other grandparents. Come prepared to be moved and uplifted! You’ll leave with songs in your heart, writing and matted pieces of art in your hand, and resources to continue the experience. Most of all, you’ll have the warm satisfaction of giving your grandchildren memories they’ll never forget.

    Fees visit www,rowecenter.org

  50. Sara Coblyn said,

    April 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Kids Yoga!
    For caregiver and child, walkers through age 5
    Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop, Amherst
    Fridays April 18- May 2, 10-10:45 am
    Pre-register, email saracoblyn@gmail.com

    http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com

    $15/session or 3 sessions for $40. Older siblings welcome, $5/class for second child.

    Adults and children are lead through yoga, movement, song and art in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. We begin with an opening yoga circle, followed by breathing exercises and sun salutations set to children’s music. Other activities include pretend trips, abc’s, storybook yoga, garden yoga, and more.Children learn breathing and poses (including partner poses) and adults get to stretch too. Focused attention by kids not required! Sliding scale available- please inquire! For questions or to register, please contact us.

  51. Deb Holman said,

    April 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    To all homeschooling high schoolers: What do YOU want other teens to know about homeschooling?

    Oak Meadow is throwing a video contest and we want you to play! Great prizes, video exposure, and your chance to show the world what homeschooling in high school is really all about.

    –Grand Prize: Google Nexus 7 and one free enrollment in any Oak Meadow distance learning class
    –Two Runners Up: Google Nexus 7 and one free curriculum package for an Oak Meadow class (to use at home)
    –Three Honorable Mentions: One hour of college counseling or a $60 gift certificate in the Oak Meadow Bookstore

    Here’s what you need to do: Submit two minutes of video that gives us a glimpse into your daily life and shows the world why homeschooling is so cool. The winning videos will be shared on our website and YouTube. Deadline is May 15.

    Visit oakmeadow.com/video-contest.php for all the details.

  52. April 8, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Family Resource Center Playgroups:

    All groups are free of charge and are for parents and children to attend together. The Play and Learn Group setting is a way to introduce young children and their families to educational and social learning experiences through play. Family Resource Center staff facilitates the group, circle time, and snack.

    Monday
    Williamstown Youth Center Play and Learn Group 10:00-11:30 a.m.
    For ages walking to 5 years old

    Gym Playgroup at the Haskins Center, North Adams
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. For ages walking to 8 years old

    Tuesday
    Preschool Group at Haskins Center in North Adams
    10:00-11:30 a.m. For ages 2.9-5 years old

    Gym Playgroup at Gabriel Abbott Mem. School gym, Florida
    5:30-6:30 p.m. For ages walking to 8 years old

    Lego Club – a drop-in group in Adams
    2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 3:30 – 4:30p.m.
    For ages 4 – 8 years old at Adams Library

    Wednesday
    Toddling Tikes Play & Learn Time
    in FRC Playroom at Haskins Center in North Adams
    10:00-11:00 a.m. For ages 1 to 2.5 years old

    Thursday
    Gym Playgroup at the Haskins Center
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For ages walking to 5 years old

    Friday
    Movers and Shakers at the Adams Youth Center East St., Adams
    2nd and 4th Friday 10 a.m. -11 a.m. For ages walking to 5 years

    Lanesborough Group at Lanesborough Town Hall
    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. For ages walking to 5 years old

    Baby Group at Williamstown Youth Center
    1st Friday of the month
    10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for infants up to 15 months old. Siblings welcome.

    Parents are welcomed to drop in at groups. No need to pre-register. Call 664-4821 for more information.

  53. April 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Raising a Reader , April 9th, May 7th and June 18th, 5:30- 6:30pm, at the Cheshire Elementary School Cafeteria. Borrow a new bag of children’s books each week for 10 weeks (great for ages 2-5). FREE Family Fun that introduces you to a special way to share reading with your family. Call 413-664-4821 to register.

  54. April 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Home Ec: A Spring Break Mini-Session for Middle-Schoolers
    Wed, Thurs & Fri, April 23-25 @ 12:00 – 3:00pm
    Grades 5 – 8
    Limit: 6 Students
    $200

    Are you looking for something fun & educational for your middle-schooler to do this Spring Break? Do you remember Home Ec. fondly? Does your child enjoy making things?

    Join us for 3 sessions of sewing & cooking this spring break! During this mini-session, we will sew an apron & a bag and prepare tacos, chocolate mousse & risotto.

    Please alert us of your child’s food allergies or restrictions.

    Taught by Melody Litwin: Melody is co-founder of The Haberdashery. With a degree & certification in K – 12 Art Education, a background in sewing & a passion for food, Melody has always dreamed of teaching Home Ec. She is so excited to finally have the platform to do so!

    To sign up, visit: http://haberdashery.tictail.com/product/spring-break-home-ec-for-grades-5-8

  55. Cara Leach said,

    April 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

    KIDS YOGA + YOGA FOR DANCERS
    New class starting at Celtic Heels in Greenfield located at 267 Main Street.

    Classes being offered are:
    ‘Stretching, Strengthening & Stillness’ for ages 4-7
    Fridays 4:30-5:00 ($28/month)
    ‘Kids Yoga’ for ages 8-11
    Fridays 5:15-6:00 ($33/month)
    ‘Yoga for Dancers’ for ages 12-adult
    Fridays 6:00-7:00 ($40/month)

    For additional information contact celtic heels by email at celticheels@gmail.com
    413-475-3353

    http://www.CelticHeelsDance.com

  56. March 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Birding the Valley for Youth -6 Saturdays

    Birding the Valley for Youth
    with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
    For young people ages 8-13
    6 Saturdays: April 12, 19 & 26, May 3, 10 & 17
    7:30am-10am
    Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Each week new species return from the south wearing their spring colors. ***
    *****Each week we will explore a different local site and meeting locations will vary. Be the next generation of birders!
    ********************************************************************
    Members: $60/Non-members: $75 • Space is limited
    413-256-6006 The Hitchcock Center, Amherst , MA

  57. Lui Collins said,

    March 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

    LUI COLLINS’ UPSIDE-UP MUSIC
    Family music classes and curriculum
    Music Together for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver

    **SPRING CLASSES BEGIN week of April 8 In Williamsburg, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls**
    Spaces still available in most classes.
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1.

    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 lui@luicollins.com Info and registration at http://www.luicollins.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER: Mixed-age early childhood classes, developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Children participate at their own level; they’re not required to sit still, but rather are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the musical environment. Activities include:
    * Singing
    * Rhythmic chants
    * Creative movement, from fingerplays to large motor movement activities
    * Instrument play (the play-along jam session is loads of fun!)

    KIDS’ JAM FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP: Intermediate music classes for ages 5-7 with a parent or caregiver. Lays the groundwork for formal instrument instruction and participation in school/community choral groups.
    * Singing and ear-training exercises
    * Solfege with Curwen hand signs and hand bells
    * Music literacy exercises, oral and written
    * Singing games to build tonal and rhythmic proficiency, movement vocabulary and coordination
    * Engaging repertoire of traditional and original songs about the natural world, for family, school and community
    * Build life-long skills for expression and sharing in community

    The recordings feature Lui and multi-instrumentalist / producer Anand Nayak (of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem fame) on vocals and a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, slide guitar and mandolin.

    ALL UPSIDE-UP MUSIC CLASSES:

    TUITION: first child $180, additional siblings $100 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    Includes:
    10 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    CD and Songbook for use in home and car (magic on long – or short – car rides!)
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.
    Financial aid available, please ask if needed.

    Schedule, registration and more information: Online at http://www.luicollins.com or call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email lui@luicollins.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

  58. violaduo said,

    March 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Violin and Viola Lessons

    Slapin-Solomon Studios still has openings. The first lesson is always free. Ages 8 and up. Located in South Hadley, MA. Also offering online lessons via Skype (especially useful for homeschoolers).

    40 minute lessons: $45 (in South Hadley only)
    60 minute lessons: $55 (in South Hadley only)

    You can sign up on the website: http://www.violaduo.com or call (413) 345-5062 and leave a message.

  59. Liz Bedell said,

    March 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

    StoryCatchers: Writing to Discover
    A Springtime Writing Workshop for Girls in 5th and 6th Grade

    Mondays 3:30-5:30 in Florence, MA
    April 7-June 16 (except April 21 and May 26)
    $180 for 9 weeks

    In this supportive creative writing workshop, girls will explore and invent and imagine. We’ll gather each week at a peaceful yoga studio in downtown Florence, settle in with a quick snack and check-in, and then write. Each week I’ll provide a writing prompt or two – which might be a found object, a quote, an image, a piece of music, but girls are free to go wherever their writing takes them. After a period of sustained, silent writing, we’ll gather to listen to one another’s words, offering encouragement and appreciation for the gift of each other’s stories.

    “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” asks Mary Oliver. Let’s discover that – and discover our own stories – by writing together.

    http://www.storycatchersworkshops.com

    For more information: info@storycatchersworkshops.com

  60. Sara Coblyn said,

    February 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Kids Yoga!
    For caregiver and child, walkers through age 5
    Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop, Amherst
    Fridays ongoing 10-10:45 am
    Pre-register, email saracoblyn@gmail.com

    http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com

    $15/session or 5 sessions for $60. You have 7 weeks to complete your 5 sessions. Try a drop in class and then if you’d like to sign up for a series to receive the discount, we can put your $15 toward that total.

    Adults and children are lead through yoga, movement, song and art in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. We begin with an opening yoga circle, followed by breathing exercises and sun salutations set to children’s music. Other activities include pretend trips, abc’s, storybook yoga, garden yoga, and more.Children learn breathing and poses (including partner poses) and adults get to stretch too. Focused attention by kids not required! Sliding scale available- please inquire! For questions or to register, please contact us.

  61. Miranda Shannon said,

    February 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hello All,
    Thought I would pass this along eventhough it is for the 20+ crowd. I can think of quite a few moms, such as myself, who might be interested in a real fun and dynamic beginner contemporary dance class with two very talented young women. Claire Maurey is the founder/choreography of The Movery, the dance company my daughter dances with. Here is the information:
    Adult Beginner Contemporary Dance
    Classes Start February 19th
    Wednesday Nights 7:00 to 8:30
    $14/class
    1st Class Free
    Check out this killer video of sample dance combinations!

    Questions:
    Where are you located?
    East Street Dance Center
    47 East St., Hadley, MA
    (in the same building as Grey Matter Books)
    What should I wear?
    Loose, comfortable clothing and socks
    I have never taken a dance class before. Will I have trouble keeping up?
    The class will go at a slow pace and Stacey or Claire will be happy to help you along. That is part of the reason why we are teaching the class together, so there is always someone there to help you, if you need it.
    For more info about Stacey and Claire check out http://www.themovery.com/
    Contact
    Themovery@gmail.com

  62. Sara Coblyn said,

    February 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    How To Garden! A monthly workshop series for families
    Gain the tools necessary to have a garden this season.
    Fridays 11:15am: February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
    Second Chances Kids Consignment Shop, Amherst

    Would you like to have a garden with your child but don’t know where to start? This workshop will help simplify the process and leave you with the skills to begin your gardening career! Designed for parent and child, the activities will be hands-on and engaging for children while also providing information for parents. Topics include; planning your garden, starting seeds, preparing soil, garden maintenance, child friendly garden projects and more. Adults will leave with helpful garden tips and a garden plan and children will leave with gardening projects to continue at home. Takes place the first Friday of the month at Second Chances Kids Consigment shop in Amherst from 11:15am-12:00. February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6. $15/session or 5 sessions for $60.

    To register or for questions, please email saracoblyn@gmail.com or go to our website http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com Be sure to like us on facebook (Sweet Roots Gardens) to receive workshop updates. Thanks!

  63. February 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Rowe Camp and Conference Center
    Generations Camp Three days of joyous music, art, fun and love for grand parents and grand kids ages 6-13
    May 23 -May 26

    You and your darlings will revel in three very special days of music-making, drawing, painting, and games. Sometimes you’ll be together with the grandkids, sometimes with your age-mates. Walt, a distinguished artist and teacher, is a grandfather; Rachel, his daughter-in-law, is an experienced music educator and a mother of small kids.You’ll enjoy legendary meals (fussy eaters cheerfully accommodated!) and have time to share your joys, frustrations, and grandparenting tips with other grandparents. You’ll have a chance to explore together with other grandparents issues such as relating across distance, step-grandparenting, how to listen so kids will talk, passing on the essence of what you believe, dealing lovingly with differences between yourself and your adult children, and much more. Come prepared to be moved and uplifted! You’ll leave with songs in your heart, writing and matted pieces of art in your hand, and resources to continue the experience. Most of all, you’ll have the warm satisfaction of giving your grandchildren memories they’ll never forget.

    Grandkids ages 6-13 are welcome. This Memorial Day weekend workshop ends on Monday and costs an additional $110 for the extra day. The cost for each child is $100 for the whole weekend.

    Walter Cudnohufsky has taught a popular 10-month watercolor class for adults since 2007 in Ashfield, Mass., and also conducts occasional watercolor classes for children. Author of several books, he is the principal landscape architect at Walter Cudnohufsky Associates, Inc.

    Rachel Gibson, Ph.D., taught elementary-school music for 15 years and is currently a professor of music education at Westfield State University. Rachel employs a creative hands-on approach to music-making that fosters a love of music and an inclusive community. At the heart of her programs are folk songs, dances, and singing games from around the world.

  64. January 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Horticultural workshops in the hilltowns! Join Cert. arborist & horticulturist Jim Mcsweeney for one of his Chesterfield based workshops. Topics include pruning, natural pest control, permaculture, etc…prices vary as they are run through the New England Wildflower Society. See link for workshops…http://www.hilltowntreeandgarden.com/workshops.html

  65. January 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Great Falls Discovery Center – Winter & Spring Saturday Preschool Series – FREE!

    Led by Janel Nockleby, each program will feature stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. If you enjoy our summer Kidleidoscope series, then you will not want to miss these programs!

    Saturday January 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Who’s Been Here? Let’s Find Out!
    Join Janel for a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center.

    Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Groundhog Weather School!
    Will the groundhog see his shadow? How long until Spring? Let’s find out more about this hibernating mammal and its mysterious forecasts.

    Saturday, February 22, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
    Where Are All the Animals Hiding?
    Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! We’ll investigate the secret hidden animal homes of the season.

    Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Animal Babies! Aw … little animals are more than cute. They are adapted to grow into the best grown up animals they can be! Come learn about the lives of young animals.

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Salamanders and Frogs. Our favorite wetland critters are on the move! We’ll learn about their homes, songs, and habits.

    Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
    Phone: (413) 863-3221
    On the web at: http://www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

    https://www.facebook.com/greatfallsdiscoverycenter

  66. January 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Berkshire Community College (BCC) is launching a new Kid Academy geared toward providing youth with the opportunity to take classes and get a peek at what it’s like to take a course at BCC. The majority of the classes, which primarily take place on Saturdays and will begin later this month and in February, are geared toward youth aged 7 to 17. Featured classes focus on such topics as crafting, video production, hiking, sewing and cooking. Other skills-based workshops offer hands-on instruction such as safe sitter training and speech improvement, among others. For detailed information about Kid Academy classes, visit http://www.berkshirecc.edu/spring. To register, call the Office of Community Education at 413-236-2127 or email lmorelli@berkshirecc.edu.

  67. January 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    ~ Announcing ~
    Spring 2014 Online History Classes
    From the UMass Amherst History Department

    The UMass History Department is offering a number of online classes this upcoming spring term. Course topics range from the modern Middle East to Latin American history; from American environmental history to the history of U.S. thought and culture. All online classes from the UMass History Department are small, discussion-based courses and are open to the general public.

    The list of online history offerings is available here: http://www.umassulearn.net/classes/spring-2014?view=listing&sids=49

    For more information, contact the History Department Outreach Director at outreach@history.umass.edu.

  68. January 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to recommend the kung fu and wushu classes for kids offered at the Chinese Kung Fu Wushu Academy in Hadley. Sifu Binh Nguyen is a wonderful, patient and experienced instructor and a great martial artist. My daughters take classes there and they love it.

    Sifu Binh offers a Little Dragons program after school for 4-7 year olds, a Kids Kung Fu program for 8-13 year olds, and then classes for teens and adults. Our kids were having such a good time, my husband and I started taking classes there too!

    Check it out on his website and he’s also on facebook at TheChineseKungFuWushuAcademy.

  69. Marlene Rye said,

    December 29, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Drop in Art Classes for Teens and Adults with Marlene Rye

    Ongoing from January – April 2014
    Paragon Arts and Industry, 150 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA
    1-4 Saturdays
    Teens and Adults
    $35 a class
    6 class punchcard, $200
    10 class punchcard, $300

    Come on out to Marlene’s studio to work in the medium and subject of your choice. All materials are provided! All skill levels are welcome. Some of the mediums available include: oil painting, acrylic painting, drawing in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, sculpture in clay, wood and found objects. Marlene has 15 years of experience teaching art to all ages of students, including 6 years of teaching at the college level.

    Other times and age ranges are available upon request.

    Mrye@MarleneRye.com
    http://www.MarleneRye.com
    413-297-0991

  70. December 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS
    October 2013 – June 2014
    Walter Cudnohufsky Artist – Ashfield, MA
    When & Where
    Mostly Second Saturdays and/or Second Sundays – Primarily
    9:00 – 5:00 pm Full day! (4 classes in one!)
    Locations: Belding Library Main St. Ashfield, MA.– rear entrance.
    Local food available!

    All skill levels welcome including absolute beginners!
    Perspective, drawing, composition and numerous painting techniques will be taught. Demonstrations (step by step) by the instructor included. The participants can anticipate a “finished” matted painting. Subjects must be approved by the instructor. There will be evaluative discussion and critique. The monthly subjects will not repeat during this series.
    Anyone can paint is our proven motto!

    Attendance, fees & other information
    A maximum of 21 people per class will be accepted. Anyone 14 years of age is welcome. (Younger students are possible with participating parent or adult) Seniors (65) + and youth (under 18) eligible for 15% discount.

    The materials are inclusive for each class. The fee is $100 per session. Discounted to $80 each for eight or more sessions. All art materials paint, brushes, tapes, material supplies mats, plastic sleeves are provided! Confirmed enrollment and pre payment required for discount!

    Payment
    Requests for installment payments to take advantage of the handsome eight class discount are possible. I will be pleased to discuss and accommodate as possible.

    A minimum of 8 students per class is needed for it to go forward.

    To register
    Call or e-mail Walter for details and registration!
    Phone: 413.628.4600 ext # 11 Days or 413.628.4759
    Email: walt@wcala.com
    Address: Walter Cudnohufsky, Artist PO Box 419, Ashfield, MA 01330
    View Walt’s portfolio, résumé, exhibits at http://www.cudnohufsky.com

  71. November 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Simply Music Piano is an Australian developed, playing-based beginning piano method. From the very beginning, this innovative system has you playing a huge variety of music including composing, improvising, arranging, playing accompaniment, classical, blues and jazz, understanding and reading music, all done through the lens of Simply Music’s unique, ‘playing-based’ approach. Barbara Goodchild, a certified Simply Music Teacher ,has age appropriate classes: Play-a-Story for children ages 5-7 yrs with an adult , and Simply Music Piano for children ages 7-17 yrs. with an adult and Simply Music Piano for adults. Lessons cost $20 per student per lesson, plus materials ($50 to start). Goodchild Music is located in the beautiful hills of Shelburne, MA. For more information please visit: http://www.goodchildmusic.smtwk.com or give me a call: 413-625-8203

  72. November 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Goodchild Music’s certified Simply Music teacher Barbara Goodchild is taking new students for her Simply Music Rhapsody classes, Saturday & Friday mornings, October 2013 thru June 2014. 45 minute classes for ages 3 months to 5 year olds with parent. One Free Class is offered per family. Based on the Orff Schulwerk philosophy, this year long curriculum has age appropriate classes, filled with singing, instruments, games and dance, to encourage language development, physical coordination, living skills, social interaction, and individual musicality. Materials cost $50 for the instrument kit and CD for the 1st half of the year, and $20 for the CD for the 2nd half. Classes cost $12 per child per class, payable in 10 week sessions $120. Location is in the beautiful hills of Shelburne, For more information please visit http://www.goodchildmusic.smtwk.com or give Barbara a call: 413-625-8203. Music for Life – All ages.


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