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  1. 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
    $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.

  2. 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 for all the details.

  3. 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.

    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

    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

    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

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

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    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:

  6. Cara Leach said,

    April 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

    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

  7. 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
    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

  8. Lui Collins said,

    March 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

    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.

    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 Info and registration at

    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.


    TUITION: first child $180, additional siblings $100 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    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 or call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

  9. 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: or call (413) 345-5062 and leave a message.

  10. 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.
    For more information:

  11. 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
    $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.

  12. 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
    1st Class Free
    Check out this killer video of sample dance combinations!
    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

  13. 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 or go to our website Be sure to like us on facebook (Sweet Roots Gardens) to receive workshop updates. Thanks!

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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:

  17. 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 To register, call the Office of Community Education at 413-236-2127 or email

  18. 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:

    For more information, contact the History Department Outreach Director at

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. December 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    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!

    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
    Address: Walter Cudnohufsky, Artist PO Box 419, Ashfield, MA 01330
    View Walt’s portfolio, résumé, exhibits at

  22. 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: or give me a call: 413-625-8203

  23. 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 or give Barbara a call: 413-625-8203. Music for Life – All ages.

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